9Round boasts 30-minute kickboxing fitness
The grand opening celebration for one of Matthews’ newest fitness locations includes a free workout session with boxing professional Xavier Biggs.
9Round Matthews, 929 Park Center Drive, suite 102, will host its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Biggs will lead a free group workout from noon to 1 p.m. and participants will have the chance to win a 12-month 9Round membership. Visitors who workout during the grand opening can enter to win other prizes, including 9Round T-shirts, bags, wraps, gloves, a massage, haircut and more. All workouts during the grand opening are free.
9Round is part of a national franchise focusing on 30-minute sessions incorporating kickboxing and boxing moves with other strength training exercises. Matthews owner Katherine “Kat” Allender decided to become a franchise owner after the former teacher gave it a try herself in California.
“I became addicted to the speed bag,” she said. “When we’re working out, the energy is great. We’re into having you do it right so you don’t get hurt. It really is an effective workout.”
The exercises change daily and the business also offers nutrition training. And, Allender said, anyone can do it.
“It doesn’t matter what fitness level you’re at,” she said. “It’s also a self-confidence booster.”
9Round is open Monday to Wednesday 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call 980-253-3613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Body Fitness opens
Visitors to a new ladies-only gym in Matthews can workout for free Sept. 16 to 21.
A Better Body Fitness, 1020 Crews Road, offers strength training, yoga, cardio, Zumba classes and more for area women. The new business is owned by Jennifer Loman, who left a career in operations management to become a personal trainer after losing 35 pounds. She’s been traveling to personal training clients since 2008, but recently opened her own studio to serve more women.
“I thought ‘I can do that,’ and I wanted to help people feel better too,” she said.
Classes are limited to the first 12 people who register because Loman said she wants to know her clients. The first class is always free.
During September’s free week of classes, visitors can register for each of the six classes offered.
For more information, visit http://abetterbodyfitnessmatthews.com.
Win free house cleaning
Mint Hill’s Maid Pro will give away a free house-cleaning certificate during its open house and grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.
The free event includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, refreshments and giveaways. Maid Pro is located in the B.G. Walters shopping center at11300 Lawyers Road, suite D in Mint Hill.
Small business blood drive
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will host a blood drive for small businesses on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Charlotte center, 4447 South Blvd.
The inaugural “Small Businesses, Big Impact Community Blood Drive” is specifically for small businesses that are unable to host blood drives of their own, but would still like to give back to the community, according to a news release. The free event includes a light lunch.
Small business owners and employees are encouraged to bring their coworkers, friends and family to the event and give blood.
To make an appointment, contact Lenora Tibbs at 704-972-4733. For more information, visit www.cbcc.us.
Caregivers can win cruise
Caregivers statewide can be nominated to win a free Royal Caribbean cruise from Home Instead, Inc, franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network.
Residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers – including themselves – for the opportunity to win the free, four-night, five-day cruise scheduled for Feb. 3 to 7, 2014, on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will set sail from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with stops in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. The winner also will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional for their senior loved one during the cruise.
“The stress of caregiving can have debilitating effects not only on family caregivers, but also on the older adults who are receiving that care,” Home Instead President Jeff Huber said in a news release. “That’s why it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves. And what better way to do that than during a tropical getaway?”
To nominate a caregiver for the contest, visit http://cruise.caregiverstress.com. Entries are due by Aug. 24 and the caregiver with the most online votes wins.
Have ‘Dinner with the Doc’
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce will host “Dinner with the Doc” Tuesday, July 30 with Dr. Erin Haynes of the Charlotte Medical Clinic.
The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Jimmies Restaurant, 7024 Brighton Park Drive. Haynes will be talking about preventative healthcare. The event is open to the public but reservations are required.
For more information or to register, call 704-863-9355.