Fitness service business Pepper Boxing is slated to open in early May in Green Hills.

According to a release, the boxing concept offers a “high-intensity, full-body workout in a classic old-school boxing environment.”

Pepper Boxing will operate from a space located in a retail strip center with an address of 2176 Bandywood Drive. (See the building here courtesy of Google Maps.)

The studio will serve both beginning and experienced boxers with a circular ring-like bag layout and an instructor positioned at the center of the ring, creating a clear line-of-sight for clients (Pepper Boxing bills this orientation as distinctive to similar boxing businesses in Nashville). The Pepper instructors offer various group fitness backgrounds, including those in professional boxing, Muay Thai and yoga.

Alexander Kaufman, Pepper Boxing founder, said classes will deliver a full-body workout with clients burning between 750 to 1,000 calories per 50-minute session.

Of note, the studio will feature water-filled teardrop punching bags that, he said, allow for effective blow absorption and less stress on bones and joints.

“Boxing is a very graceful sport and a big stress reliever, which is why it’s no surprise that it’s been named the top workout of 2017 by many fitness experts,” said Kaufman, a New York City native who has trained worldwide and previously owned training companies in Berlin, Paris, London and New York.

“We’re focused on building a sense of community and camaraderie at Pepper Boxing so that clients can ‘see the beauty in getting ugly’ during their workout,” he added.

MTLC Building Group of Franklin is serving as general contractor, with Nashville-based MHP Architects handling design.

Kaufman, a former professional power lifter with more than 20 fitness certifications, is not disclosing the cost to get the business operational or terms of the lease.

Pepper Boxing will offer special programs for young boxers, ages 12 and under, through its “Pepperonis” program as well as discounts for college students, Kaufman said.

The studio is currently pre-selling class packages at a 20 percent discount, and all classes will be free throughout opening weekend in May with advance online booking, he said. The per-class price is $26 and private training is available for $100 per session.



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