SOUTHINGTON — If you are looking for a nontraditional way to get in shape, ILoveKickboxing.com may be the answer.
The new kickboxing studio at 99 Executive Blvd. – one of the international company’s newest locations – is owned by Monroe resident, Margaret Lewis.
“We’re not looking to get champions…we’re looking for people who want to get fit and have a better, healthier lifestyle,” Lewis said.
The studio celebrated its grand opening and first class Thursday evening with food, music, and a ribbon cutting.
Lewis, 58, was in marketing for 37 years and had no intentions of investing in a workout studio. Then she suffered a stroke two years ago and found herself coming home in a wheelchair after almost a month in the hospital.
“I didn’t want to get depressed and just wait for the end to come —I needed to keep working,” Leslie told those gathered at the opening. “I needed to overcome obstacles of learning how to walk again, learning how to talk again, and learning how to eat and swallow again.
“Those are big obstacles, but they are very basic obstacles,” she added. “So I am living proof that we all can overcome obstacles in our life. Don’t let any obstacles get in your way, certainly not fitness obstacles.”
Studio manager Danielle Trubia said people of any age and fitness level are encouraged to try the sport. She’s seen everyone from teenagers to those in their mid-70s enjoy it.
“We make sure that we modify the workouts for everybody and make it fun,” she said.
Lewis chose to open her first of three studios in Southington based on market research. She plans to open two more locations in Connecticut in the next two years.
“It’s in a very prominent location right on West Street, they’re a very big name,” said Taylor Cofton, executive director of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think people know, but ILovekickboxing.com is actually an international company…To have such a big company like this choose a small town like Southington is great,”
The studio offers classes Monday through Saturday, at varying times. For more information about membership packages and rates, contact the studio.