The Basics: Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson had a vision to make kickboxing enjoyable, convenient and affordable to the average person. At his gym, 9Round (http://www.9round.com), you get to go through your workout as if you were an actual fighter. His fitness programs give you a full body workout in only thirty minutes. The routine is based on 9 rounds that last for three minutes each.
Hudson has had previous experience in running a fitness gym. Hudson and his brother previously ran three karate schools before opening the first 9Round. They began opening franchises after one year. Now you can find 9Round at approximately 70 locations in 25 states.
Challenges: “There can be some growing pains when you expand a business so quickly,” Hudson says. “There are times when you are not as accessible as you once were, and that sometimes upsets people,” says Hudson.
Rewards: The most enjoyable and rewarding time for Hudson is when he is introduced to new club owners and gets to train them.
Philosophy: “Fighting is a lot like business: You need to remember there is no plan B. You must give it your all,” says Hudson.