My name is Carmela Leone! I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a BSN degree. I am currently working as an emergency nurse at Mott Children’s Hospital. I was a cheerleader my entire life and I played a variety of other sports including tennis, softball, and basketball. Last summer I got certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
My personal mantra: "Your why has to be greater than that knockdown"
My training style is: energetic
My why: Working out has always been a huge part of my life, especially growing up. Between sports, runs with my dad, and working out at the gym with my two brothers and sister, it is something that has made my family very close. I got into boxing a few years ago with my brothers when we started going to my cousin's boxing gym. I loved how motivating the environment was and how hard the trainers pushed us to become better. I became a trainer to be that person for others, to help people reach their goals and prove they can push themselves further than they ever expected.
What gives me my fighting spirit: My family is my number one motivation. We are a little team, always lifting each other up to become strong not only physically but mentally. They have supported me and taught me to set the bar high and work hard to achieve my goals.
Alexander holds a degree in sports medicine and is a certified personal trainer. He lives by the mantra of pushing yourself to be better every time you train and would describe his training style as authentic and constructive. He became a trainer at Title to help give people a healthy fitness outlet and help clients better themselves every day. He gets his fighting spirit and his passion for fitness from pushing through past physical injuries and trying to constantly improve himself.
Rachel loves to share her passion with others- teaching and fitness. After receiving her Bachelors’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education, Rachel now teaches first grade and incorporates a lot of movement throughout her day! Since Rachel has always led an active lifestyle from playing sports like soccer and running track to constantly trying new workouts, Rachel was inspired to become a trainer. Rachel was a trainer at a HIIT/kickboxing gym for a year and a half before finding her new home with TITLE.
My personal mantra: Good things come to those who go get them.
My training style is: energetic
My why: Having an active lifestyle is important to me and I love sharing my passion with others while making a positive impact.
What gives me my fighting spirit: The fear of having an average or boring life.
Ace has been involved in sports since he was 7 years old. As a child, Ace started learning karate and made it to brown belt before discovering the sport of Boxing. He grew up idolizing Mike Tyson, and by the time he became a teenager, Ace started training in a local boxing gym. It was here where his boxing career began, quickly getting his license to compete through ABA. Once in college at the University of Alabama, Ace joined Skyy Promotions Boxing Gym and started training under Jay Deas, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder’s current trainer. In 2006, Ace achieved his main goal for the sport by winning his first Golden Gloves Championship. He was on the same team as Deontay Wilder, and had the privilege to train with him daily. Now, Ace enjoys training clients around Ann Arbor either 1 on 1, or in a class setting at Title Boxing Club.
My personal mantra: Don’t give up. Never give up!
My training style is: authentic
My why: I believe in any workout regimen that is derived from the spot of boxing.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Personal mental and physical fitness so that I can live a long, happy life with my family.
Javi is a two-time alum from the University of Michigan. He was born in Mexico City and has lived in the Ann Arbor surrounding area for the past 10 years. He began his time at Title Boxing Club as a member and shortly after transitioned to being a trainer. Similar to his experience as a member, Javi’s hope as a trainer is to give great workouts and motivation to all members. Outside of Title, Javi serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Mercy College of Ohio. During his free time, Javi loves to watch boxing, work on cars, and cook.
My personal mantra: Attitude is everything
My training style is: authentic
My why: For some time now, Title Boxing Club has been a place for Javi to recenter himself and get his day started with balance! He became a Title Boxing Club trainer to help others also get that “feel good” sensation after intense powerful workouts!
What gives me my fighting spirit: His family and partner give him fighting spirit outside of Title
Justin is a Michigan State alumni who moved to the Ann Arbor area to work in the Accessibility field for a local company. When he was younger, Justin used to play basketball, baseball and was a varsity quarterback. After being a TITLE member for over 2 years, Justin decided to become a part of the TITLE team!
My personal mantra: You can only control your attitude and your effort
My training style is: energetic
My why: I loved coming to classes at TITLE and wanted to contribute to the club’s amazing environment!
What gives me my fighting spirit: Being a cancer survivor
Deven is an University of Michigan Alum and has been involved in martial arts and combat sports since he was in high school. Having a background and accolades in Brazilian jiu-jitsu he also has knowledge and experience in Boxing, Muay Thai and Wrestling. Deven is a trainer and coach to several professional MMA fighters here in the Detroit area. Training and sharing knowledge of martial arts is what he truly enjoys, which makes TITLE Boxing Club a perfect fit for him!
My personal mantra: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take
My training style is: Heart
My why: TITLE Boxing Club is a place where I can bring fighting and fitness together for all people to enjoy
What gives me my fighting spirit: The desire to always be better than he was yesterday is what gives Deven his fighting spirit
Kady is the General Manager at the Ann Arbor club. She started training to fill in for classes when needed and ending up loving it! She was a TITLE member for 3 years while in college. Kady then ended up working front desk at the club. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree is Communications. Kady moved to Los Angeles and then New York to work in the entertainment industry. She eventually made her way back in Michigan and started back up at TITLE Ann Arbor moving her way up to management.
My personal mantra: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything mentionable can be more manageable."
My training style is: Encouraging and Energetic!
My why: My family! They are pretty great and help keep me motivated.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Not letting my mental illness hold me back. I have embraced my "crazy" but it does not define me.
Reggie is a professional boxer. He boxed 5 years before going pro. As an amateur boxer he won a National College Boxing Championship and went to Golden Gloves Nationals. Reggie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. During his off time from boxing Reggie is usually relaxing with friends having good conversation!
My personal mantra: Take the risk or miss the chance.
My training style is: Energetic and hands on
My why: I wanted to help others understand boxing but also have fun while doing it!
What gives me my fighting spirit: Family and the support of my friends
Brigit has been involved in fitness through running, yoga, and Pilates since childhood and has found her love for boxing here at TITLE. She works as an occupational therapist at Michigan Medicine. As an OT, Brigit teaches goal-oriented exercise and balance programs to many clients recovering from illness or injury. Her client-centered programs focus on proper body mechanics and long-term health.
My personal mantra: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
My training style is: authentic
My why: I became a TITLE trainer because I love teaching and helping others achieve their goals. I also love the community at TITLE Ann Arbor and want to help it thrive.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Not letting depression and anxiety keep me from living the life I want.
Ahmad is a Michigan State University Alumnus and has been living and working in the Ann Arbor area for the past few years within the Recruiting & Staffing Industry. When Ahmad was younger, he was heavily involved in Tae Kwon Do and earned a Black Belt. He also enjoys playing soccer, basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting. Ahmad started as a member at TITLE Boxing Club Ann Arbor last year.
My personal mantra: “Every day it gets a little easier… But you gotta do it every day — that's the hard part. But it does get easier.” AND "Rest if you must, but don't you quit!"
My training style is: Authentic and Fun
My why: I became a TITLE Trainer because I wanted to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. I've always cared about health and wellness but never took it seriously until recently. It also helps that boxing is a ton of fun!
What gives me my fighting spirit: My fighting spirit comes from wanting to be the best version of myself every day. I am the eldest of 8 kids and have always been responsible for my family and younger siblings. Quitting is not an option for me.
Lauren has had a love for fitness all her life, and today she enjoys the opportunity to give back. “Growing up, I did competitive dance, cheerleading and was a track athlete. My work as a trainer, my medical education and becoming a nurse confirmed the importance of physical fitness and deepened my commitment to helping and coaching others.”
My personal mantra: "Daily reminder to stay hydrated and not give a crap about what other people think." AND "The time is NOW."
My training style is: Energetic
My why: I tried a 2 week promo and I was hooked. When I became a member, I just had this DRIVE to be a trainer. I've always wanted to teach a fitness class and this was it.
What gives me my fighting spirit: I'm a nurse and everyday I see people struggling for their lives. And oftentimes, these struggles could have been prevented with a healthy diet and exercise. So cheers to leading a HEALTHY and ACTIVE LIFE.
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We want to give a huge shoutout to one of our most dedicated members, Ben. Every time he comes in he pushes himself hard and motivates everyone around him. TITLEA2 is very lucky to have Ben be a part of our TITLE Fam. "TITLE Boxing Club Ann Arbor - Double Jab Cross – head then body. My favorite combination. Title Boxing has become a part of my life. I have been involved in multiple sports and exercise programs throughout my life. I was a competitive swimmer in high school – swam butterfly. I was a Senior National Ski Patroller for years. I ran 10K’s and half marathons all summer long for decades. I belonged to gyms and lifted weights. I competed in the Michigan Equestrian Hunter / Jumper circuit for years piloting a thoroughbred horse over four to five-foot fences. I even taught high-impact aerobics at Vic Tanney’s. All these efforts resulted in...
I’ve heard the classes are intense; do I need to be in great shape to do the workouts?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out in a while or have never boxed before, you can finish the workout feeling great! You’ll see that everyone goes at their own pace, but believe us that once you’re here, you’ll be inspired to give it your very best!
I don’t want to get hit; is this a contact workout?
No—not ever! Each person in class has their own heavy bag to workout on, plus their own space to move around the bag. Trust us, you won’t even realize anyone else is in the class because you’ll be so focused on the workout! And, rest easy, we never allow sparring or fighting at TITLE Boxing Club.
What makes TITLE different than other fitness studios?
Boxing is a great workout, perhaps one of the most challenging of all sports, and we want to bring you the intensity of the training, minus the impact. We’ll teach you how to roll with the punches by pushing you further than you thought possible.
I’m new to boxing; will someone show me the basics?
You bet! All of our classes are taught by instructors who will show you the ropes from the beginning. We’ll help you wrap your hands and walk you through the basic fundamentals. Everyone in class is at a different level, so take a deep breath and go at your own pace!
Can I bring my children with me?
We do not offer childcare services at TITLE Boxing Club. However, children over the age of eight are welcome to work out with you here and join as a member! Ask us about our Family Membership options.
What do I need to bring to class? How early do I need to arrive?
Hand wraps are essential for your protection and mandatory for class. You can bring your own or buy them here. We’ll have gloves for you to borrow your first time, and you might want to bring a bottle of water and towel! Plan on arriving 20 minutes early so we can get you settled and wrap your hands.
I’ve never hit anything before. Will I hurt myself?
For a beginner, the most important thing is to learn the proper form. The good news is that we’ll teach you! As you progress, you’ll be able to throw several variations of punches from different positions and develop your own punching technique to fit your style. People are usually surprised at how much they love hitting the heavy bag!
Can I try a class before joining?
Of course you can take classes before purchasing a membership. We have drop-in rates for single classes, three or six classes. These are great for people who travel often or want to try us out. You can choose our best value option and commit to a membership any time.