This powerful holiday punch enriched with fitness benefits for women | Sports
The walls might be pink, but there’s nothing sweet about what’s going on inside the new Jabz boxing studio in Mesa.
“You see pink and you think it’s just a women’s gym,” said Ann Marie Piatt, who owns it. “But it’s intense training. When you’re done, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.
Piatt’s studio, 3638 E. Southern Ave., Suite C-101 in Mesa, is the newest in a chain spread between Scottsdale and East Valley. Its experiences and benefits are representative of those of all Jabz studios.
Jabz is a high-intensity, full-body interval training that uses boxing-inspired exercises. Each workout is intended exclusively for women.
For local women who have made fitness a New Year’s resolution, Piatt says Jabz is a good choice. She knows firsthand. Piatt first tasted Jabz almost four years ago after her nieces convinced her. She had taken kickboxing lessons and tried Jabz soon after giving birth to her daughter to get back in shape.
It was nothing she expected.
“It was tough. I thought I was going to die,” Piatt said. “I remember asking the coach if I should come back when I was more fit and she assured me to keep coming back. . “
The more classes she took, the more addicted she got to full body training.
Piatt felt lost when she and her family moved to Gilbert, far from a Jabz gym, so the idea of opening her own studio was born.
A teacher at the time, Piatt knew she didn’t want to do anything until the 2017-18 school year was over. After talking to the owners of the Jabz franchise, she received her license to open her own studio.
“I finally decided to do it and I was the 21st franchise license,” Piatt said. “I love the concept. I love the business and it made sense to my family.
Piatt’s studio opened in November near Val Vista and Southern Drives in Mesa. A graduate of Dobson High, Piatt said she felt like she was ‘back home’ when she opened the studio and believes she has already made an impact on women in the community.
“I’ve had women who say their clothes look different in a short period of time,” Piatt said. “There are women who achieve fitness goals they never imagined they could achieve. It’s all about empowerment.
“These women are doing things they never imagined they could do and that’s really cool.”
Each class lasts approximately 37 minutes with continuous strength and cardio movements. Each member performs around the gym, which features a ring and several standing mannequins and punching bags. Each station is numbered and offers unique exercises with cardio in between.
The women of the class never fight with each other. Instead, they punch or kick bags, mannequins, or pads that class coaches wear for one-on-one work. They are never hit back.
Jabz has several classes per day from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. On Saturdays, the studio is open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the last class dedicated to new members. With 16 members per class, each workout is positive and intimate with music and encouragement.
“We have members between the ages of 16 and 65,” Piatt said. “The ladies who have been with us from the start are now seeing new people coming in and cheering them on. It is very positive.
Piatt believes that she is creating a community within her studio that has impacted the young people in the community in other ways.
This holiday season, Piatt encouraged Jabz members to donate household items to the Children’s Services Department for children who are 18 and leaving foster care. Many young adults enter the world with the help of DCS alone. Piatt and members of his studio donated a large box of dishes and household items as well as gift cards.
Newly opened, Piatt acknowledges that owning her own studio is always surreal every time she walks in.
“It’s difficult and stressful, but I feed off the energy of our customers,” Piatt said. “Everyone who knew me before knew I loved Jabz. Now being able to share that with other women is great.
It offers a one-week free trial, available on the website.
For more information or to find the nearest Jabz visit www.jabzboxing.com.
Jabz studios locations
Mesa: 3638 E. Southern Ave., Suite C-101, 602-524-2700.
Chandler: 941 W. Elliott Road, Suite 7, 480-788-0306.
Gilbert: 2335 S. Lindsay Road, Suite 103, 480-707-1981.
Temper: 8707 S. Priest Drive, Suite 102, 480-788-0306.
Queen’s Creek: 21365 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite E104, 480-865-6200.
Scottsdale: 7770 E. McDowell Road, Suite 102, 602-885-6422.
Scottsdale-Pinnacle Peak: 7601 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite C15, 480-886-7123.
Scottsdale-Thunderbird: 13610 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 23, 480-788-0306.
Scottsdale-Via Linda: 8989 E. Via Linda, office 115, 480-454-8402.
Arcadia: 3136 E. Indian School Road, 602-885-6422