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At left, Shaun Berner, the owner of 9Round Kickboxing at 665 N. Colony Road, as he trains Laurie Plourde, in the middle, and Lisa Lee. | (Andrew Ragali/ Record-Journal Staff)

Another option on Wallingford’s workout gym landscape


WALLINGFORD — After Shaun Berner was laid off from his software job of 17 years, it was time to find another calling. His wife, Tina, is a certified kickboxing trainer, so it seemed natural for the couple to enter the fitness business.

After searching for a franchise to buy, they found 9Round Kickboxing, a nationwide franchise that uses kickboxing as the basis for a fast and fun workout. After finding success running their first gym in North Branford, the couple opened a second location on Route 5 in Wallingford in June.

The gym, at 665 N. Colony Road, offers a “mixture of fun and fitness,” said Berner, who works as a trainer at both locations.

With plenty of workout choices in Wallingford, 9Round Kickboxing provides an original experience, said Doreen DeSarro, business recruiter for the town’s Economic Development Department.

“We don’t have anything like this is town,” she said.

There are no appointments at the gym, Berner said. “Anytime you come in you can work out,” he added. The gym is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The gym takes its name from having nine workout stations. Gym-goers spend three minutes at each station, as if they are rounds in a boxing match. Each station works out a different part of the body. For example, the first station, or round, often consists of cardiovascular exercises, Berner said. The next round puts patrons through a full body workout. Other rounds are boxing or kickboxing rounds. The last round concentrates on core workouts.

When a round starts, a buzzer goes off and a green light at the rear of the gym turns on. After two-and-a-half minutes, the light turns yellow, starting a 30-second burnout session. Then the light turns red, offering a 30-second break while gym-goers switch over to the next round. All the while, Berner or other trainers shout encouragement and “make sure they’re having fun,” Berner said. “It’s fast, and it’s not repetitive.”

Trainers choose from more than 400 exercises, “so we don’t get bored,” Berner said.

While kickboxing is involved, it’s for fun, not competitive reasons. The gym is for “people who want to do kickboxing in a fun environment,” he said.

Those who sign up for the gym receive a T-shirt and their own boxing gloves. Discounted memberships are offered to teachers, students, first responders and senior citizens. In addition, “the first workout is always free to try, so potential members can simply come by and try it to see if it’s something for them,” Berner said.

aragali@record-journal.com (203) 317-2224 Twitter: @Andyragz



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