Instructors

Alexander "Pepper" Kaufman

Alexander "Pepper" Kaufman

Founder | Boxing Coach | 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 Coach | 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 Coach | Sparring | MMA | Muay Thai | NPC Physique

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?

Dani "California" Kammann

Dani "California" Kammann

Boxing Coach | Welcome Desk

Why I Love Boxing:

Life has a way of pulling you in a million different directions and it’s easy to lose yourself amongst the chaos. When I’m boxing it’s hard to think about anything else except well, boxing.  It’s oddly calming and almost clarifying despite the possibility of getting hit in the face. I’m so focused on boxing, I can’t afford to be thinking about life outside the ring.

My Class: 

My class blends a nurturing atmosphere with some rough and tough boxing training. Let my music distract you, let the atmosphere take you, let my workout change you. 

My Nickname:

“Cali” is where I’m from. I left the west coast to discover myself. I’m half surfer girl / half competitive polo player. Think – laid back beach “meets” rough waves.

Benedict "The Zen" Cheng

Benedict "The Zen" 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.

My Nickname:

Living a balanced life is my priority. I have worked hard to calm my mind but make savage my body.

Jay “Kid Biscuit” Heidemann

Jay “Kid Biscuit” Heidemann

Boxing Coach | Sparring| MMA

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.

Stephen "GucciTron" Grand

Stephen "GucciTron" Grand

Boxing Coach | Sparring

Why I love boxing:

I love boxing because it is a reflection of life. This sport, as relentless as it is, will reveal to the participant all the hardships and victories they could imagine. Boxing is a true test of mental toughness more than anything. If your mind is not strong then your body will fail no matter how much talent is present. For me, it is a source of healing, fueled by the desire to never give up on myself. I will always be my toughest opponent no matter who stands across the ring.

My Class:

You can expect to learn all the fundamentals from beginner to expert in my class. I will teach you technique while giving you the best workout you’ll find in Nashville. My athletes will build self-confidence and increase mental toughness with my style of teaching.

My Nickname:

I have been given the nickname “GucciTron” because my style in the ring is classy and flashy like a “Gucci”. “Tron” because I transform into the meanest and toughest guy you’ve ever had the luxury of laying your eyes on.