A gym the first of its kind has landed in New Zealand, making its home in the Bayfair Shopping Centre in Mount Maunganui.
Kieren Macgregor has brought the UBX gym franchise and concept over from Australia, opening only just a few weeks ago.
“The Mount’s a fantastic location, it’s a very active community. You can see people walking around the Mount in active wear, a lot of people are out running,” he says of why they chose Mount Maunganui to be the very first UBX location.
“It’s just a vibrant community we have here. So it was sort of a natural fit for a concept like this to slot into the Mount, and it was something completely new as well, so that’s why we chose opening up in this location.”
Four-time world champion boxer Danny Green is the co-founder of the UBX global franchise, and Kieren says his involvement ensures you get a good boxing experience.
SunLive reporter Caitlin Houghton took a break from her traditional reporting role to see what all the fuss was about the new boxing craze.
Read her experience below.
What the workout is like:
Turning up to the gym I was more nervous than I thought I would be. I had never done anything like that before and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
Only within the past couple of months have I joined a gym and since leaving high school would have put on what the Americans would call ‘the freshman 15’ when they enter college.
So, knowing I was unfit compared to my past, and not sure what type of exercise/workout the team was going to put me through, I was starting to doubt myself.
Looking around the room at all the gym gear, weights and different stations was just a little bit overwhelming, as I wasn’t sure how to use most of the equipment. The team quickly put me at ease, as they taught me the correct stance with my feet and with my hands preparing to box, and talked me through what all the lingo meant and how to do it.
Soon, I was in the middle of the workout getting put through my paces. During some of the activities, I wanted to just sit on the floor and give up but that isn’t who I am, plus I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it – even if it was just completing one rep.
I was told the workout can sometimes be an emotional rollercoaster and boy was it what! But thinking back on it now, makes me want to go back and improve my technique, work on my strength, my boxing and really push myself to my limits.
It was a tough workout but just like Kieren says, I left with a smile on my face, proud of what I achieved.