In classes all week, manager Vince Varsh and his team motivate and entertain groups of men and women gathered together for their happy hours.
But they aren’t there to knock back cocktails. They were knocking down punching bags.
iLoveKickboxing, under the ownership of Kurt and Susan Gillis, opened recently, and is a fully equipped kickboxing studio at 530 Kings Hwy Cutoff, next to the Edge and across from The Home Depot. iLoveKickboxing is part of a fitness national kickboxing franchise, and the Gillis’ second in the area. The Gillis’ original Shelton location is now in its third year of operation. The programs are high-intensity interval training, which features intense bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. Classes meet throughout the week Monday through Saturday. In celebration of its official grand opening, iLoveKickboxing is running a special promotion in which three classes are 50 percent off ($19.99) and include free gloves.
Class schedules can be found online or on their Facebook page at iLoveKickboxing — Fairfield.
"Kickboxing is an amazing form of exercise," says Varsh, who when not managing, actually kickboxes as an amateur in competition.
Varsh explained that the classes, which are co-ed, are tailored to people’s fitness levels and needs. “We start with a warm up and stretching, followed by kickboxing moves and techniques,” Varsh noted.
“The first fifteen minutes are intense ... people usually want to kill me,” Varsh said, laughing. Jogging, squats, burpees, push-ups and abdominal work are part of the program.
About 500 people have come through the door since the business opened, Kurt Gillis estimates. Many, like Jody from Fairfield, have become regulars. “This place is truly amazing. I have been a member for about 1 month now and I have lost weight and am feeling stronger each and every day. The team here is amazing - they are all so personable and friendly and know their members by name - what other gym does that? - I'll tell you - NO OTHER!”
Another member, Sharon, also from Fairfield says, “I’ve done workout classes before and I usually get bored or uninterested ... but not here. As a lifelong active person, I found this to be the best workout I have ever done. I began in hoping to fight the slowing metabolism of age, and am now in the best shape of my life. Second, the instructors are awesome. They are real people, with real personalities, and are so encouraging.”
“There’s loud music playing and it’s high energy ... When I leave, everything is sore,” she said getting ready for her class Friday night.
Both noted that since they’ve started they’ve both noticed increased flexibility. “I love it,” Sharon said. “And everyone is so welcoming,” she added.
For more information, visit or call the gym at 203-292-6688, or go to iLoveKickboxing.com.
Picture caption: Fairfield Chamber President Beverly Balaz and Fairfield Community & Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart join First Selectman Mike Tetreau, iLoveKickBoxing owners Kurt & Susan Gillis (flanking First Selectman Tetreau) and Manager Vince Varsh (2nd from right) and staff at the grand opening of their Fairfield location on Friday, December 8, 2017.