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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-inspired fitness business opens in his hometown

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new gym specializing in high-intensity fitness workouts created by champion boxer and Grand Rapids native Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming to West Michigan.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness opens Saturday, March 5 at 6670 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in the canton of Gaines. Opened by Grandville resident Zachary LeMieux and his father, Craig, the gym offers a workout that combines boxing, weight training and cardio to make patrons feel like they’re training alongside the boxing.

“You’ll feel tired but good, and like you trained like the champ,” LeMieux said.

Prior to opening the gym, LeMieux worked alongside his father to open Tropical Smoothie Café franchises in Michigan and northern Ohio. He said he was interested in opening the franchise because he values ​​physical fitness and because gym classes are modeled after Mayweather’s own workout regimen, which makes it different from other offerings. In the region.

“It’s really good training,” he said. “On average, people burn about 500 calories in the first 45 minutes.”

Mayweather, 45, grew up in Grand Rapids and attended Ottawa Hills High School. He compiled a lifetime record of 49-0 before hanging up the gloves in 2015. Two years later, he returned for a non-title fight against mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, held at the T -Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and won the victory. no. 50.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness is based in Los Angeles and has over 55 locations open or on presale across the United States. In addition to Grand Rapids, the gym company has two other Michigan locations – Dearborn and Birmingham in Metro Detroit.

The gym offers 45-minute high-intensity training classes Monday through Friday and one-hour classes on weekends. In the classes, participants complete eight different workouts, each lasting 3.5 minutes with a 45-second break in between, LeMieux said.

Workouts include punching bags, battle ropes, rowing machines, treadmills, and weights. Workout classes have different goals throughout the week. Some days focus on strength training, while others emphasize cardio. The boxing component includes punching bags, and saving with other boxers is not offered.

Prices are $30 for a walk-in class (although the first class is free), LeMieux said. An unlimited monthly subscription is $129.

“So far we have had a very good reception,” he said. “People seem very excited that we are coming. It is something new and we are very different from other competitors. We have more integrated and just more fun, I think.

LeMieux also says Grand Rapids is a good fit for the company, given Mayweather’s ties to the area.

“We definitely ran into some crazy stories,” he said, noting how a worker who delivered a shipment of boxing gloves to the gym grew up in Grand Rapids and once received a free pair of shoes from Mayweather. “Just some really cool stories we’ve heard.”

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