PUNCHING FOR LIFE: Gym raises money for Relay for Life with boxing eventPublished 10:00pm Monday, March 25, 2013
A few dozen women recently threw punches for a cause.
And Fitness Unlimited found a way to combine fundraising with promoting Pink Gloves, the latest addition to their aerobics calendar.
Pink Gloves is a women-only boxing program the gym started offering in January that promotes empowerment, health and community. The gym was abuzz with curiosity from those who had not signed up for a spot in the limited class space.
The gym satisfied that curiosity by holding an hour-long trial session Friday afternoon.
The minimum cost of the session was a $5 donation to Relay for Life. The impromptu event raised $340 and plenty of interest in the new program.
Pink Gloves boxer Sam Yates said she loved the idea of raising money with the program.
“Anytime Fitness can raise money for Relay for Life, it’s a great idea, especially when exercise is involved,” Yates said.
April Bullock participated in the session.
“This was my first time trying it. I was going to work out anyway, so I figured I might as well do this,” she said. “It’s a good cause and was a good workout.”
The gym will offer free demonstration classes April 5 and 6 with the founder of Pink Gloves, Garret Garrels.
Edwin Castro, Pink Gloves trainer and director of the gym’s personal training program, said the program has a way of bonding members, which was one of Garrels’ goals.
“It’s very structured. He really designed this to be a community,” Castro said.
Yates takes Ping Gloves regularly. She said she really enjoyed the friendships she made in the class.
“Our class is the biggest class and we still bonded,” she said.
To learn more about Pink Gloves Boxing, call 975-7400 or go to www.pinkglovesboxing.com. To learn more about Relay for Life, go to www.relayforlife.org.