Boxing workout at Lincoln-Way North could sound like a broken record
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2014 2:44PM
Adults in the group fitness class at Patriot Boxing and Fitness go through a variety of exercises. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 10, 2014 6:27AM
Gus Yiakos is looking for at least 500 people who want to find some fitness fun, raise money for local charities and get into the Guinness World Records book — all in the same day.
He invites people of all ages to participate in what he hopes will be the world’s largest boxing class at 12:30 p.m. May 18 on the Lincoln-Way North High School football field, 199th and Harlem Avenue, in Frankfort Township — rain or shine.
“Who doesn’t want to be in the Guinness Book of World Records?” he said. “Everyone is excited about it. It will bring the community together.”
Yiakos, owner of Patriot Boxing and Fitness, 9418 W. 191st St., Mokena, said the event is about much more than breaking the world record of 490 in a boxing class, set in Australia.
It is about raising awareness for two local charities, the Wounded Warrior Project — which provides programs and services to assist injured service members (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) — and Court Appointed Special Advocates, which trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected (www.casaofwillcounty.org).
The event is free to the public, with T-shirts given to the first 500 participants, plus other prizes and giveaways. Those who want to make a charitable donation can do so online by visiting www.boxingworldrecord.com, where three packages are offered, for $39, $69 and $129.
“The boxing class will be a unique fitness experience and a great way to meet other locals while raising awareness for our charities,” Yiakos said. It also will raise awareness about his boxing fitness program, which he brought to Mokena seven months ago.
To make the record book, the effort must have a continuous class of 500 participants. The class will be a sample of what he offers at Patriot Boxing and Fitness: an intense but low-impact workout that gets fast results, he said.
The former high school physical education teacher said he and his partner, Adrian Michalewicz, have created their own category of family fitness that is “drawing a lot of buzz.”
The group programs emphasize “building your core,” like professional fighters. Boxing is part of their name and a component of their program, but that’s not all, he said. Through resistance exercises, pushups, squats, lunges, shadow-boxing and kicking, all the body parts are moving at once.
“It’s a better workout that saves time and money, because you don’t need a personal trainer or a lot of expensive machines,” he said.
Patriot Boxing and Fitness also offers spin classes and hot yoga.
“If it’s a great workout and you’re having fun, it doesn’t seem like a workout,” Yiakos said.
For more information, call (708) 995-7649.