By Amna Nadeem | Jun 30, 2020 | Fort McMurray - Thickwood

Kickboxing in Fort McMurray 


Do you have a lot of pent-up anger? 

Do you just need a break? 

New year, new you? 


Well, keep on reading…..

Round 1: What Is 9Round?

9Round is a kickboxing fitness centre that provides a full-body workout in just 30 minutes. Our local 9Round here in Fort McMurray is a franchise, owned by a lovely lady named Judy. She’s hired the best people - every time I go in, I’m welcomed by these friendly, high-energy trainers, or Judy herself. :)

Background: 9Round was first established in 2008 on Butler Road, in Greenville, South Carolina. 9Round is a huge franchise that has a total of 791 locations in 19 different countries across the world. It is one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing companies. It started with a dream for Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Hudson, CEO and founder of 9Round, and it became his legacy. Shannon and his wife, Heather Hudson, COO and Co-Founder of 9Round, both lead this multi-million dollar company with their two kids. 


“Hudson family at 9Round’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration workout.” Photo courtesy of

Round 2: How Many Rounds?

That’s right, there are 9 rounds that last for 3 minutes/round, each with their own unique exercise that coaches change daily. The exercises range from cardio to kickboxing. You are literally getting a full-body exercise in 30 minutes with no time to waste. Each round has a 3-minute timer, and then you proceed to the next round. Personally, I love this circuit concept because when I go to a regular gym, I waste a lot of time taking breaks.

Round 3: Personal Trainers

Did I mention there are qualified professional trainers always available to cater to your needs? The biggest struggle for me when I go to any gym (other than showing up) is looking like a fool because I never know what half the equipment there is for! 

Whether you're 12 or 70 years old, the trainers are there at all times, helping you with every round…and telling you exactly what to do is so worth it. 

Round 4: Heart Rate Technology

9Round has this really cool piece of equipment that you receive after becoming a member, called the 9Round Pulse. It is a wearable heart rate technology that allows you to track your effort every step of the way. As soon as you walk into your location, you can see your heart speed on the monitor or even through the app. This helps to show you if you need to work harder to burn fat, or to slow down. 

Round 5: Your Own Equipment

The 9Round Pulse isn’t the only piece of equipment you get after becoming a member, you also get your very own boxing gloves and hand wraps. During the free trial period, they will always give you gloves to use for the time being. 

Round 6: My Experience

9Round is actually changing my life...for the better. From the trainers to the workouts, to the kind of people who work out (not the kind that stare), to literally getting all my goals checked off (even tying my shoelaces...that was a bit extreme, but talk about amazing customer service!). There is not a single thing that turned me away from the idea of becoming a member.

My boss, Tom, says he’s always struggled to actually go to the gym (going 7 times in 7 years). I gave him a free 10-day pass and he went 8 times. At the end of that, he got a membership and he’s gone 4-5 times a week consistently for the last 3 months.



Round 7: Membership Fees

Before they tell you the fees, they always make sure to ask you what your fitness goals are, which is amazing because it varies from individual to individual. Here are the fees:
  • 12-month term - $128/month
  • 6-month term - $148/month
  • 3-month term - $168/month 
I know what you’re thinking. Is it worth it?

Honestly, for the number of times I can go in a day (unlimited), to the personal trainers helping my lack of fitness sense, and to them catering to my every need, it is absolutely worth it. 

Round 8: Who Has The Time?

Trust me...I feel you!

Who has the time to work out when we are working most of the time? Well, when you get good with the hand wraps, you can be in and out in about 35 minutes. So, especially if you live in Thickwood, it works really well. Generally, people seem to burn anything from 300-600 calories in that 30-minute workout. That’s probably the same as about 1.5 hours at a regular gym for me. The other part is, you don’t have to book ahead. Just show up, and start on round 1. 

This whole company was founded on the basis of convenience for the average worker. Whether you have kids, a full-time job, or little time for any other reason, 9Round is literally made for you. Check out 9Round Fort McMurray’s hours.

Ding, ding ding! Round 9: Can I Get My Free Workout?

One of the coolest things about this company is that they offer free workout sessions so that people can have that “trial” phase to decide for themselves. This free-trial period applies to anyone who has never been to 9Round before and can last up to a week or 10 days! You can go as many times as you want within the hours of operation!

Lastly, 9Round often has promotions going on, so make sure you ask your branch for the best deal! 

Visit the 9Round website for more information.

Have more questions? Here’s the link to their FAQs.

Thanks for tuning it, hope to see you kick butt! If you’d like to learn more about more things to do in Fort McMurray’s communities, stick around and check out some other blogs . You’ll love our new website. :)


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Amna Nadeem

A full-time Fort McMurray resident, Amna writes articles for The A-Team. She writes about things to do in Fort McMurray, and about life in Wood Buffalo, generally.