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Richmond Gym Uses Boxing as Teaching Tool for Teens

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Teens drop pounds and build discipline at Ninth Dimension Sports Circle Teens drop pounds and build discipline at Ninth Dimension Sports Circle
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Discipline can help you accomplish your goals. And at one boxing gym in Richmond, a man is helping teens reach them and drop dozens of pounds while winning multiple championships.

On hot summer days, there's no air conditioning at Ninth Dimension Sports Circle--only the fast-moving blades of a fan, and scores of dedicated young boxers dripping with sweat.

In the background there's always a voice, encouraging the teens to keep going: "Get up....let me hit the pad with you."

A busybody coach walks inside and outside, keeping even the parents in check.

"If you're not working, that's an automatic no-no," says Coach Omar Aleem.

He's helping the youngsters throw a punch in the right direction.

"I can see a kid come in here with his pants down, low grades, know, looking tacky, need some direction, and what I try to do is offer that."

And there's another benefit from all the sweating, workouts and discipline: the promise of a healthy body and weight loss.

Teens report losing  40 pounds and transforming into "totally different" bodies. Some have goals to reach the Olympics.

Coach Aleem is prepping them well. 

"I have them winning states, regional, and up to national level."

His two sons have gone pro, winning fights on national TV.

"They are on ESPN and Showtime," Coach Aleem says proudly.

His son Moshea Aleem supports his father's efforts with the teens at the gym.

"He wants them to be better than us and i think that's a good thing."

The teens seem confident, and it's because they've been listening to Coach Aleem's message over and over: "You did good today. You are getting better."

And with every punch, the goal is to get gold. 

"[I am] making champions out of them."

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Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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