• Punch it up

    Aerospace High Performance Center in Ashland uses boxing moves to reprogram bodies
  • With its "really unique" emphasis on boxing, a new Ashland gym does much more than help Erin O'Kelley Muck to roll with the punches.
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      Aerospace High Performance Center Ashland is at 1522 Siskiyou Blvd. Adult memberships afford unlimited classes with options for one-on-one training; prices range from $150 to $575 per month with di...
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      If you go
      Aerospace High Performance Center Ashland is at 1522 Siskiyou Blvd. Adult memberships afford unlimited classes with options for one-on-one training; prices range from $150 to $575 per month with discounts and teen memberships available. Find the class schedule, descriptions and more information at www.aerospaceashland.com or call 541-708-6004.
  • With its "really unique" emphasis on boxing, a new Ashland gym does much more than help Erin O'Kelley Muck to roll with the punches.
    At Aerospace High Performance Center, Muck no longer wonders whether she is exercising her core — or which muscles constitute that buzzword body part.
    "I know where it is — I can totally tell," says Muck, 40. "It's probably the best core workout I've ever had."
    Twisting torsos while throwing punches characterize the regimen developed by former professional boxer Michael Olajide in New York City and transplanted to Ashland in October. Aerospace group classes also incorporate jumping rope, light weight lifting, calisthenics, plyometrics and even dance maneuvers. Without cardiovascular or weight machines, Aerospace provides intense cardiovascular exercise that simultaneously builds and sculpts muscles and hones coordination and concentration, says Michelle Ronsen, owner of Aerospace Ashland.
    "It's really one of the only forms of upper-body cardio," says Ronsen. "It defines your body in a different way."
    A self-described "workout fanatic," Ronsen, 42, ran across some videotapes produced by Olajide and former professional ballet dancer Leila Fazel. The Ashland resident decided to check out the gym on a business trip to New York with her husband. Intending to give other gyms a shot, Ronsen says she never looked any farther than Aerospace, the first activity to truly engage her since she played college volleyball.
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