Kickboxing gym 9Round to open in Midtown Row Monday

Staff writer

The holiday season is a time for family and, of course, hearty meals at the dinner table. Area residents looking to burn off some of those excess calories will be glad to see 9Round open in the former Monticello Shopping Center on Monday, Dec. 17.

According to co-owners Sean and Natalie Joslin, the kickboxing gym offers 30-minute high-intensity workouts as members rotate between nine stations, each with specially tailored exercises that change every day.

Natalie said the fast-paced workout is especially beneficial to those with busy daily schedules who can’t afford to spend hours at the gym.

“We’re an all-in-one, one-stop shop so you don’t have to spend an hour and a half at the gym wandering around and wondering (whether) you’re doing the right thing and not seeing results,” Joslin said. “We’re quick, we’re short and we’re results-driven. We’re fun, we’re fast and we’re super loud.”

The couple said they were excited to open their business in the fast-growing Midtown Row development, and are hoping to attract customers from William and Mary, New Town and across the city.

“With Midtown Row growing the way that it is and the construction that’s going to be happening across the street, this is a prime location within Williamsburg’s redevelopment of stepping into the future,” Sean Joslin said.

9Round is located at 218-A Monticello Ave., next to the Soap-N-Suds laundromat and just a few doors down from Ace Hardware and Earth Fare. The gym is approximately 1,370 square feet, and is staffed by the two owners along with three part-time trainers.

The kickboxing gym will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, where locals can take a look at the space and sign up for a charter membership. The owners said new members can pay a $25 joining fee until the grand opening, which will jump to $199 once the promotion ends.

Those who sign up will get boxing gloves and wrist wraps included in their memberships, along with a discount on heart-rate monitoring torso bands. After paying the initial joining fee, members can expect to pay a monthly fee of $98.

“The key there is that the trainer is always included,” Sean said. “If you go to any other gym in the area, you pay additional costs for any trainer that you use whereas here, you don’t.”

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 17, which will feature remarks from Vice Mayor Doug Pons.

9Round will be open at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes for lunch at 1:30 p.m. before reopening two hours later. The gym closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and at 7 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturdays, 9Round is open from 8 a.m. to noon, and is closed on Sundays.

Other soon-to-arrive tenants in the mixed-use commercial and residential development include Great Clips, Bonanza Social Kitchen, The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and London Co. Coffee and Tea.

Midtown Row also will consist of four five-story buildings that will have four stories of apartments. In total, the project will have 240 residential units containing 624 beds across one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. The commercial center is expected to be completed in 2020.

For more information, visit 9round.com/fitness/Williamsburg-VA-x9304.

Structural engineering firm The Structures Group recently announced that one of its engineers, Kyle J. Polk, recently passed his professional engineers exam.

Polk started with the James City County-based firm in 2014, and focuses primarily on forensic and engineering projects as a structural engineer, according to a news release from the company.

For more information, visit thestructuresgroup.com.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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