Instructors

Alexander "Pepper" Kaufman

Alexander "Pepper" Kaufman

Founder | Boxing | Sparring | Powerlifter

Why I Love Boxing:

Boxing is my great escape. It is my time to lose myself and tap in to something almost “savage”. When I train, I give myself the permission to think and feel without censorship. I am “me”, in its most rare and raw form.

My Class:

My wish is for my clients to have such an incredible experience, that they can’t help but tell everyone they know about it. I want to blend authenticity and charisma to give you a workout like nothing you’ve experienced before.

My Nickname:

I am the founder of PepperBoxing. Pepper originated as an acronym for Practical.Exercise.Personally.Planned.Equals.Results. My life’s work has been devoted to health and wellness. Allow me to add some spice to your training.

Kimberly "Slice" Gilfus

Kimberly "Slice" Gilfus

Boxing | Pro Bikini Competitor

 

Why I Love Boxing:

I love the dedication and discipline that boxing requires. I enjoy the challenges that come with jumping rope, executing combos to the face and really pushing my body to the limit.

 

My Class:

By competing professionally in bikini, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge for toning and symmetry. I plan every session to be fun, light and energetic. I also integrate my knowledge of body re-composition to make sure my clients not only feel “Great” but look “Great” too.

 

My Nickname:

There is nothing more rewarding than being the catalyst for change in the lives of others – Except maybe pizza. Pizza is pretty rewarding and they do call me “Slice”.

So I ask you – Do you want a piece of me?

David "Cookie" Cook

David "Cookie" Cook

Boxing | MMA | Muay Thai | NPC Physique Athlete

 

Why I Love Boxing:

I love the escape that boxing provides me. When someone is trying to punch you in the face, everything in your life fades away but that moment. When I enter the gym I can leave life at the door and just work on David. 

My Class:

My fitness experience makes my classes special. I’ve trained for and fought in MMA and Muay Thai, I bring a fighters perspective and technique to training. My experience in bodybuilding and powerlifting also allows me to shape my classes around strength, conditioning, and toning. My goal is to have everyone walk out of my class with more confidence both physically and mentally. 

My Nickname:

I’ve had the nickname “Cookie” since middle school, so you’d think I’d be sick of it. It helps remind me to just chill out, relax and not take life so seriously. Plus, everyone loves some raw cookie dough. Am I right?

 

 

Jay “Kid Biscuit” Heidemann

Jay “Kid Biscuit” Heidemann

Boxing Coach/MMA Amatuer

Why I Love Boxing:

I’m a young mixed martial artist that has been fighting for over 6 years. I appreciate the tremendous grace and finesse that boxing requires. I train tirelessly to achieve that balance between fighter and athlete.

My Class:

I hope everyone that takes my class learns at least one new thing each time they “see me”. I want my athletes to feel the level of intensity that I try to bring to each class and to feed off my “vibes”. My aim is for you to leave taking home an increased love for self and love for boxing.

My Nickname:

The Pepper team has dubbed me “Kid Biscuit”, which wasn’t my favorite to start with. But after careful consideration, chocolate biscuits are pretty delicious, so I’m ok with it.

Lia "PooPooie" Knapp

Lia "PooPooie" Knapp

Boxing Coach

Why I love boxing:

In my experience, there is nothing more effective at forcing you to connect with the strongest, fiercest, most driven parts of you than boxing. It is a focused art form, but the stakes are high, and the consequences for failure are immediate, and difficult not to learn from.

My Class:

I want the people in my class to feel empowered and fueled by the strength and skill they acquire through boxing. I want them to find their fire as they push to do better in the gym, so that they can become warriors in the ring, and in all aspects of life.

My Nickname:

Poopooie, is a light hearted reminder of the way the general public looks at chronic illness: The “woe is me” type of derogation that conveys apathy and ignorance, or the pity that gives the illness power. I talk about it because it is my motivation behind trying to lead a strict and healthy lifestyle at a young age, but nobody wants to be defined by their weaknesses.

Benedict "The Old Man" Cheng

Benedict "The Old Man" Cheng

Boxing Coach | Personal Trainer | Yoga

Why I Love Boxing:

I love how Boxing requires as much skill and mental acuity as it does stamina and strength. The athlete becomes as focused as they do tenacious. The duality excites me.

My Class:

When you leave my class, I want you to feel satisfied and relieved that you “put” everything you had on that bag. My wish is for you and your 15 classmates to feed off eachother. They punched harder because you punched harder. You punched faster because they punched faster. That you are a Champion with AND without your gloves on.

 

Nickname:

Never underestimate “old-man” strength.  Age is just a number… in my case it’s a pretty big number, but not as big as my will to keep getting stronger. Besides, Boxing keeps me young.