9Round brings interval kickboxing to Viera


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Stephen and Kim Cunningham, owners of 9Round Kickboxing, opened the high-intensity interval kickboxing studio in February.

VIERA VOICE Jill Blue Gaines

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is all the rage and for good reason. Research has shown shorter workouts with spurts of intensity can burn more calories than longer ones.

Viera has a new option for anyone looking for HIIT fitness — or for those who just enjoy kickboxing for exercise.

9Round is a 30-minute kickboxing circuit workout that can burn up to 500 calories per session. The newly opened Viera location, is located at 2338 Citadel Way, located just north of The Avenue Viera in the same plaza as First Watch.

The Viera location is one of 600 throughout the country.

“We picked this spot because of the high level of foot and regular traffic. We’re really visible here,” Kim Cunningham, co-owner, said. “We also know that this type of workout is a fit for people who live in Viera and the nearby areas.”

So how does it work? There are no set class times and people can arrive at any point when 9Round is open to work out. When clients arrive, they start with a brief warmup and then begin on round 1, moving through each station until round 9 has been completed. Each station takes 3 minutes to complete with a short strength or cardio break in between.

A personal trainer follows the people working out at each station, explaining each exercise and answering questions. The stations are designed for a maximum of two people at a time, but several people can be completing different circuits at the same time, all on the same timer.

The fundamentals of kickboxing are the driving force behind the workouts, incorporating elements of kicking, punching and core balance.The workouts change each day so a client will never do the exact routine on a visit.

“Any fitness level can do this because you are working alongside yourself, not competing against others or in a group setting,” Cunningham said.

Those who are interested are invited to try their first workout for free. The location is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 3 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.9Round.com MelbourneFLCitadelWay, call 321-355-5503 or head to the location’s Facebook page: 9Round Fitness – Melbourne, FL.