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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-03-27

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times and cardio five times a week.
She likes kickboxing because "I can get
it all in an hour."
Even JCC Executive Director Mark
Lit is into boxing. "I was doing regular
boxing with some kicks:' Lit says. "It's
one of the best workouts, especially, if
no one's kicking back:' he jokes.

Very Aerobic
Still, it's not as popular in West
Bloomfield as it is at the Oak Park
branch, says Michael Piper, JCC group
fitness director. There, Plowden
teaches three classes a week and Levy
incorporates boxing into her personal
"I'm definitely one of the women
pioneers;' says Levy, 47, who began
boxing competitively 20 years ago.
After trying out various aerobic
exercises, she says, "There's nothing
that gives you the kind of workout you
get from kickboxing. Different studies
show that an hour of kickboxing is like
running six miles.
"Boxing is all from the waist:' she
says. "It gets at those trouble spots,
particularly for women."
Indeed, Blair Somberg, 50, of
Huntington Woods is often the only
male in the JCC's Oak Park classes.
"I like it for my health;' the television
producer-director says. "There was a
time when I didn't work out. Being fit
at 50 has been my goal."
Joni Redisch is a Farmington Hills
grandmother and a regular in Kerry
Papenhagen's kick and jab classes at

Sports Club of West Bloomfield.
"I've been doing aerobics for almost
30 years," she said. "Kickboxing is
something different. I'm doing it for
health, for fun and a release from
frustration. It's a sort of therapy. Kerry
makes it a lot of file
Indeed, Papenhagen's classes are
ever-growing and three more punch-
ing bags are being added to the four
already in use. Warmups are routines
set to music, combining punching,
kicking and aerobic exercises. Then
participants head to the bags, wearing
wraps and gloves.
"Bag work is safer than shadow box-
ing," says Papenhagen, who is certified
to teach kickboxing by the Aerobics
and Fitness Association of America
and also teaches at the Sports Club
of Novi. "In shadow boxing, there's
nothing to stop your joint action from
Dr. James Bragman, a Beaumont
Hospital physician with specialties
in internal medicine, geriatrics and
sports medicine, agrees. "My only con-
cern is the elbow and knee," he says. `A
good punch or kick should go only a
short distance:'
"As long as your general health is
good, kickboxing is a great workout
that is gaining in popularity," says
Bragman, whose office is in the
Beaumont Center in West Bloomfield.
"It is good aerobically and gets all four
"I think it's a better cardio work-
out than most classes;' says Alana
Anschuetz, a young West Bloomfield
mother of two boys, ages 4 and 7. "Plus
the time goes by so fast." ❑

Local Kickboxing
• Beverly Hills Athletic Club,
31555 Southfield Rd., Beverly
• Franklin Athletic Club, 29350
Northwestern Hwy., Southfield
• Jewish Community Center,
15110 W. Ten Mile, Oak Park
• Jewish Community Center,
6600 W. Maple, West
• Lifetime Fitness, 4000 High
Pointe Blvd., Novi
• Powerhouse Gym, 6750
Orchard Lake Rd., West
• Sports Club of Novi, 42500
Arena Dr., Novi
• Sports Club of West
Bloomfield, 6343 Farmington
Rd., West Bloomfield

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