Former Sacramento Anchor to Open 9Round Gym in Natomas

9Round Offers 30-Minute Workout Focused on Kickboxing Techniques

August 22, 2016 // // Greenville, SC – The world of fitness franchising has grown dramatically in recent years. In a landscape once dominated by big-box gyms, the expansion of smaller, more specialized facilities is rapidly gaining ground. One such fitness concept that is achieving a competitive edge over the local marketplace is 9Round, a national chain of kickboxing fitness franchises, which is showing no signs of slowing down.

The new gym, located in the Natomas community of Sacramento at 4730 Natomas Blvd. Unit 130, is set to open in early October. 9Round Natomas uses an intense 30-minute workout focused on kickboxing techniques to achieve a total body workout. This location marks the company’s second gym in Sacramento and is part of a larger expansion plan that calls for as many as seven total gyms throughout the metro area over the next few years.

“One great thing about 9Round is that there are no class times; you show up and start your workout whenever you want - morning, afternoon, or evening,” said 9Round Natomas owner Keba Arnold. “It’s a full body workout with no machines or silly routines. The workout changes every day, so you won’t get bored. We provide the gloves, hand wraps, and trainer if you provide the hard work and positive attitude!” 

Prior to her decision to open her first 9Round gym, Arnold, who is now a certified 9Round trainer, held a 12 year career as a broadcast journalist. Arnold worked for news stations in Waco, TX; Boston, MA; Sacramento, CA; and, most recently, Oakland, CA. While working at KTVU in the Bay Area, Arnold craved a new adventure and decided to make the transition from news anchor to small business owner. Opening a 9Round gym in Sacramento was an easy decision for Arnold since she fell in love with 9Round as a member of their Walnut Creek location and desired to return to Sacramento - a place she considers home. In addition to enjoying 9Round for the positive atmosphere it offers, Arnold credits 9Round in helping her control her blood sugar as she manages her type 1 diabetes.

Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises along with kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds to recover.

There are no class times, trainers are always on site to motivate and lead the workouts, and the exercises change daily, giving members a fresh workout every time they come into 9Round.

“Our mission is to help people reach their physical fitness goals, one round at a time,” said Arnold. “9Round is the perfect setting to achieve your personal goals and have fun while doing it! Since each workout is only 30 minutes, there are no excuses for you to not come in for a great workout.”

9Round Natomas will be open Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

First time visitors can try the 30-minute workout for free.

For more information, call the gym at 916.900.4698 or visit

About 9Round

Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are more than 350 9Round clubs open and operating in 38 states and four countries, with plans to have a total of 1,000 locations by 2018. For more information, please visit


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