Lace up your gloves and burn up to 1,000 calories at TITLE Boxing Club

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To keep things fresh, Title Boxing Club offers four different types of classes: boxing, kickboxing, strength and MMA. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Patricia Nugent

Title Boxing Club in Strongsville is celebrating its one-year anniversary by adding new classes, welcoming new trainers and saying thank you to the scores of members who have trained here since the beginning.

“The only thing I can think of that’s as empowering as one of our classes is the feeling of camaraderie and personal accomplishment you experience,” says owner Casey Wandell.

“All it took for me to get hooked was one class. I was pushed further than I thought I could go. It was exhilarating and addictive. I joined and went from being totally out of shape and 50 pounds overweight to becoming a trainer and then an owner.”

He suspects one of the reasons the calorie-torching and core-strengthening workouts have become so popular is that although they are a group activity, the effort is individual.

“You hit the bag as hard as you wish,” he says. “And that’s part of the reason why you’ll see as many women and seniors here as men and teens.”

“Yes, our members lose weight and gain muscle, strength, flexibility and endurance, but we are about so much more than that,” he adds. “I see people rediscover their confidence and self-esteem on a daily basis.”

Changing it Up
To keep things fresh, Title Boxing Club offers four different types of classes: boxing, kickboxing, strength and MMA.

Boxing is a high-intensity interval training workout that sculpts your body and burns mega calories. A trainer will lead your class through boxing rounds where you’ll deliver jab, cross, hook and uppercut combinations on 100-pound heavy bags.

The kickboxing workouts incorporate kicking with punching for a challenging experience.

Strength and MMA classes are new to TBC. Strength features alternating eight-minute burnout rounds of boxing with kettlebell moves.

MMA classes utilize new MMA-style bags, which are longer and thinner than a traditional bag and feature handles. Classes blend boxing and kickboxing for the ultimate full-body challenge.

Calling All Trainers
The core team of trainers is fairly unanimous when it comes to what they like most about their job: helping people. Get to know them a little better.

Heather, Assistant Manager

Heather got into fitness with a family fitness challenge. She had just had her third baby, was at her heaviest and was ready to finally lose the weight for good. In 2013, she was approached by an instructor and asked if she ever thought about teaching fitness classes, because the instructor saw that she had a passion for helping others on their journey.

Here at Title Boxing Club, she says her favorite part of the job is the camaraderie, saying the staff and members all feel like family. After recently having back surgery, she says the members and staff were very supportive of her.

Fave move: Speed punches
Why: “They take agility and coordination, and really tone the arms and shoulders.”

Katie, Head Trainer

Although she has a background in personal training, Katie says the first Title Boxing Club class she took was unlike anything she’s ever done. She loves nurturing the other trainers and seeing them progress, as well as the members.

Katie says what she likes best about her job is “the energy and the love shown as our team gets people from point A to point B.”

Fave move: Power hooks
Why: “I love the intensity. They make me feel strong and powerful.”


Joe has been involved with fitness for more than seven years. Being active in everything from P90X to Insanity workouts to kickboxing to boxing, he says working closely with members to help them meet their goals is what he likes best about the job.

Fave move: A roundhouse kick
Why: “As a fundamental move in kickboxing, it develops power and mobility. Plus, it’s fun.”


As a high school and college athlete, Julie fell in love with fitness. She played basketball and ran track, and received her Bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy from Baldwin Wallace University. She discovered group fitness classes back in 2007 when she was getting ready for her wedding. After falling in love with fitness, she became a certified group exercise instructor.

Fave move: A combo jab-cross-lead hook-cross-jab-rear hook
Why: “It’s a complicated combo, and form is everything to getting it right.”


Amanda grew up in fitness, dancing and coaching cheerleading. Amanda likes learning new experiences and rising to challenges.

Fave move: Power hooks
Why: “They make me feel really powerful.”


Like most of the trainers, Natalie was a member first. She says she needed a little break from watching her seven children, ages three to 21. Motivating members to transform their lives is what she likes best about her job.

Fave move: Sprawls (like a burpee)
Why: “It’s intense, but also like one-stop shopping. A sprawl works the upper and lower body as well as the core.”


After playing just about every sport in high school, Amy knew training would be her path. After her first class at Title Boxing Club six years ago, she says she became addicted to the training, and started coming every day. She loves all of the technical aspects of boxing moves, as well as pushing members outside of their comfort zone, and helping them reach their goals. Amy calls her workouts “the best therapy ever.”

Fave move: Slips and rolls
Why: “These are defensive moves to avoid being punched. They are very calculated, and are at the very core of real boxing.”

Title Boxing Club is located at 14783 Pearl Road in Strongsville, just south of Route 82. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call 1-855-269-4649 or visit, or follow them on Instagram at #TBCboxCLE for more information. Casey Wandell also owns Title Boxing Clubs in Mentor, Solon, Highland Heights and Ohio City.

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