We all know how important exercise is when it comes to staying in good physical shape and staying healthy, but when you’re diagnosed with a debilitating illness, such as Parkinson’s Disease, it may feel nearly impossible to carry out a normal fitness routine. But a local business owner has made it his mission to offer fitness programs to anyone and everyone who is willing to give it a try, including those facing physical challenges.
TRC spoke with Chad Welch, owner/coach at BoxFit Lafayette, a boxing facility right here in Greater Lafayette. He’s sharing the story behind his business and some of the different programs offered.
What is the history behind BoxFit Lafayette and how did it come to fruition?
During the summer of 2020, while everything was shut down because of COVID, some friends with Parkinson’s contacted me about needing to do something because their symptoms were returning. So, four of us started working out in the park. We outgrew the park and a local church allowed us to use their parking lot. In December 2020, we opened our current location.
Tell us about some of the programs/classes BoxFit Lafayette has to offer.
We offer our Rock Steady program for people with Parkinson’s, but we also offer a variety of classes for fitness. We do a Box & Burn, which is a combination of HIIT (High intensity interval training) and boxing, a Beat Box class which involves boxing to the beat of different songs, boxing for fitness classes which includes 12 three-minute rounds, and we also have kid’s classes.
When did boxing become a popular trend here in the U.S.?
Just like any cardio session, boxing comes with stress-relieving benefits. However, this workout allows you to bring your anxiety, anger, and frustration and unleash them on a variety of punching bags.
Would you recommend anybody and everybody of all ages come in and give BoxFit a try?
Everyone who has joined BoxFit had no experience coming in. Now, it is their favorite way to exercise. Your first class is always free because we believe that once you try it, you will want to come back.
How would you encourage someone to come in and give it a try?
If you don’t come in for the boxing, come for the dog. Then try out the boxing and see what you think!
How do you define wellness?
I think wellness is being physically, mentally, and emotionally strong enough to do the things you want to do. That looks different for different people, but for all of us it’s about getting a little better each day. That’s why our motto is “Stronger Than Yesterday.” You aren’t competing with anyone else, only your past self.
For more information about BoxFit Lafayette, visit www.boxfitlafayette.com.