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Port Orange Observer Friday, Jul. 20, 2018 2 years ago

New center combines pilates and boxing

Also: Parkinson’s patients fight back.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Ignite Fitness II, 4240 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, has reorganized with new management and has some new classes including “piloxing,” a combination of pilates and boxing, which is new to the area, according to Joanne Buzzone, who owns the gym along with Dago Boden.

“It’s fast-paced and done to music,” she said.

The class-based fitness center also offers boxing (non-contact), pilates, hip-hop dancing and Zumba in its 3,100-square-foot facility.

“We’re showing fitness can be fun,” she said. “That’s what we’re about.”

Zumba is maintaining its popularity and boxing is drawing a lot of interest, especially from women, Buzzone said.

“Boxing works the entire body,” she said.

Benefits of boxing include cardiovascular health, improved strength, decreased stress level, self defense and health and weight management, she said.

“People come in after work and let their frustrations out,” she said.

The boxing uses heavy bags and speed bags; there is no contact with others.

They also offer TRX, a popular new suspension training system.

They have additional small room and are exploring options such as adding a yoga class.

Ignite Fitness opened in March but was dissolved in May and recently opened again with the “II” added to its name because of new ownership. It was given a “re-opening” ribbon cutting on July 11 by the Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce.

The gym offers a free week to those who are interested. Members have access to all of the classes.

Buzzone had always worked out to maintain physical fitness, she said. So, when she and Boden decided to start their own business, a fitness center seemed like a logical choice.

“I walked the Dunlawton Bridge every day,” she said.

Visit or call 265-0272.


Fighting Parkinson's


Jerry McHugh, of Ponce Inlet, known as ‘Jumpin’ Jerry,’ works the heavy bag in a Rock Steady Boxing class at Ignite Fitness II. Courtesy photo

Ignite Fitness II in Port Orange is the location for Rock Steady Boxing NSB, the local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization that uses non-combative boxing to help people with Parkinson’s disease.

They meet three days a week at the center, and Buzzone has seen the difference it can make.

“One person forgot to take her walker with her after the class,” she said. “It’s all about the movement.”

The class was started by Marianne Chapin, of New Smyrna Beach, who heard about the nonprofit when she started an outreach for Parkinson’s disease patients while working at Halifax Hospice in Flagler County.

Now located in Volusia County, she travelled to Indianapolis to become certified as a coach for Rock Steady Boxing in January and started teaching in March. Classes have been held at Ignite Fitness II since June.

 The workout improves dexterity, strength, range of motion, rhythm, hand-eye coordination, etc., she said.

“It helps with balance and it's just fun to hit stuff,” she said.

All of the participants have boxing nicknames, such as “Jumpin’ Jerry,” “The Duke,” etc.

It evens help voice projection, as the participants yell and count down.

She said participants don’t realize how much of a workout they are getting because it’s so much fun.

“We do all kinds of fun things in a circuit,” she said. “The whole purpose is to push them out of their perceived limits.”

Chapin said another person is currently being certified as a coach and more will be needed because the class is growing.

She’s excited about the results she has seen in the boxers. She mentions one man who was nervous about exercising at first and is now taking his wife dancing.

Visit or call 314-1910.


Arbys’ coming 


An Arby’s Restaurant with drive-through is planned for 1058 Dunlawton Ave. Hill/Gray Services LLC is the applicant for the 3,000-square-foot facility. The engineering firm is Development Services of Orlando, according to a city document.


Cannabis on its way


Surterra Wellness, a medical cannabis dispensing company, has opened at 3665 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 201, Port Orange. The company has eight locations in Florida, including Orlando and Deltona.  Cannabis is available in oils, topical lotions and patches at the location. A cannabis card, issued by a state-licensed doctor, is necessary. Visit









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