After driving by this place several times and finally seeing it on Classpass, I decided to give it a shot. I had always been terribly uncoordinated in typical kickboxing classes, so I was a little nervous walking into it.
I signed up for a morning class and was shocked walking in to an empty gym, minus the instructor, Scott. I was greeted immediately and asked to fill out a form. After, I was given a pair of loaner boxing gloves and got a run down of the workout.
Just like the name tells you, there are 9 rounds of workouts, each lasting 3 minutes. The last 30 seconds you are encouraged to push yourself a little bit harder. Between exercises you are told to do a basic exercise move such as a plank, squats, burpees, “fun” runs, etc. Each round is a different exercise, the first round being cardio (typically jump rope) to get your heart rate up. Second is typically weights, then the gloves come on for rounds 3-7. Exercises vary, examples include combos of jabs, hooks, and kicks. Round 5 is typically free style, and often the instructor puts on a pair of punch mitts and gives you combos to practice. Round 8 is a speed bag, which was extremely hard to get used to at first, but provided 3 minutes of practice and a bit of a break. The last round consists of ab work.
One of my favorite parts of this workout is that there are no class times. So, if you sign up for a 9:30AM class and you are running late, you aren’t missing anything. You can essentially jump in every 3 minutes. This provides great flexibility for those with crazy schedules (isn’t that all of us?!) Overall, the 30 minutes flew by, and at the end I was wanting more. It’s a different workout every day, so I can’t imagine ever getting bored of this workout. The only thing I wish was that it was longer!
Average HR: 81%
Max HR: 99%
*Photo courtesy of 9 Round Orlando Instagram