Boxing and weight training are part of Ann Arbor’s new gym

ANN ARBOR, MI – Chicago-born Angel Cabrera used boxing as an activity to avoid trouble while living on the south side of town.

Cabrera’s father took him to educational classes when he was 5 years old to protect him from school and from crimes near his home such as substance abuse, theft, and constant gunfire.

“To protect myself and to make sure I didn’t get involved in gang violence, his way of doing this was to make sure I continued to focus on going to school,” said Cabrera.

Because of his experience in training and working in boxing facilities, he opened his own gym, Optimum Fitness Training at 4477 Jackson Road. Before opening, Cabrera worked as a trainer at the Title Boxing Club in Ann Arbor and rented rooms in various gyms to offer private training.

The 28-year-old left Chicago to study at Eastern Michigan University and “jumped from job to job” until he opened his new store on April 3.

Optimum Fitness offers personal training for all ages, boxing classes, nutritional coaching, weight loss training, post-physiotherapy rehabilitation and strength training, cardio, flexibility, fitness, and in the future yoga and Pilates, said Cabrera.

“We’re seen more as an elite personal training gym because we’re going to be working with sport-specific athletes,” said Cabrera.

But Optimum is open to everyone, whether they’re an athlete or want personal training, he said. Cabrera is launching new membership packages in May. In the meantime, everyone can check out what’s available on the website.

“Helping people in general is the biggest thing I enjoy,” said Cabrera. “With fitness, I feel like I have been able to transform a lot of people or change their mindset to incorporate fitness or a healthy lifestyle into an everyday lifestyle.”

The gym is open Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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