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Sweating like crazy, Kristen Strahan, punches, jabs, and kicks a large punching bag at 9Round Fitness Kickboxing, 6100 Washington Ave., which opened in February. Three weeks ago Strahan could only do 11 push ups, now she’s up to 15. Learning to kickbox was on her bucket list, she said. “It’s definitely a good challenge… and it’s the most fun I’ve had working out,” Strahan said. Opening 9Rounds in Mount Pleasant has been a career change for Jerry Cain, who used to be a chef, and his wife Trina Cain, a librarian at Jerstad-Agerholm Middle School. Trina fell in love with working out at 9Round and she got Jerry into working out with her. Tired of working at a restaurant, Jerry was in search of a career change when they looked at the franchise. “I was cooking for the last 30 years and I just needed a change,” Craig said. The workout consists of nine cross training workout stations that last three minutes long. And for Trina, who is a runner, the workout was fun because it helped strengthen her whole body. But opening up their own business also gave Trina and Jerry the opportunity to do something different — both with the business and working out together. “I always wanted him to join me, but he was always too tired and he worked too much,” she said. “So it’s nice that we can get healthy together.” The focus of the workout is on building muscle, then working on the weight. The workout is intense, but people can go at their own pace and it can be adapted to fit various fitness levels, Jerry said. “There’s no class time, you can come in when you want and there’s always a trainer here,” he said. “You work all nine stations, then you are done.” The company also offers nutritional counseling. Owning the business has also brought the couple closer together. One night the two were working out together at the gym, and Trina asked Jerry if he ever thought they would be able to workout at their own gym together. “Our family is better for this… we see each other more,” Trina said with a laugh. 9Round is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.    

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.