9Round Fitness Franchise - Leadership Team
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson
Founder/CEO
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round Franchising, LLC is the current IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World. He won his title on October 1, 2011 with a 6th round TKO victory. He trains under legendary boxing trainer Xavier Biggs, brother of 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs. Shannon began martial arts at the age of seven, and has continued training ever since then. He has a 5th degree Black Belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and a 4th Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis's Fighting System JLFS. After over 70 bouts inside the ring, competing in Canada and Europe, Shannon could not find a place where the average person could be exposed to the "Top Secret" training of some of the best fighters in the world. If he could take the grueling workouts he did in the ring, and create a non-intimidating, convenient circuit workout format, then the average mom and businessman could enjoy the benefits of boxing and kickboxing without getting hit. Shannon is a family man himself with two children, and so, keeping the workout short but still effective was KEY. After much thought, he conceptualized the 30 minute workout with 9 different stations to work every muscle in the body, added the convenient circuit format, and the best part, a motivational trainer just waiting on YOU!! In July 2008, 9Round Fitness was born and quickly has become one of the fastest growing fitness franchises in the nation. Our mission is to get America Fit, 9Rounds At A Time
Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson
Franchise Account Manager
Kevin “Hurricane” Hudson began training in martial arts at the age of eight. Kevin began training for the ring early and began competing as a teenager. In 1992, he took over the running of the academy he grew up in with only 2 students, his brother Shannon and one more. In 1994, he won the K.I.C.K. World Cruiserweight Kickboxing championship with a 12 round victory over Neil Singleton. He continued to compete regularly, winning other titles under different organizations including the I.K.F. United States Heavy Weight title in 2002. During his travels and training he began working under Mr. Joe Lewis and has since earned his 6th degree black belt under Mr. Lewis. As a long time business owner and graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Business Management, he has a vast amount of knowledge and experience to bring to the franchisees and their gyms.
Justin "Sledge" Hammerstrom
Corporate Trainer
Being in the fine dining industry for many years Justin made a needed change and took over a financially floundering high school cafeteria; turning the menu around to healthy choices while simultaneously making it very profitable. While at the high school Justin coached wrestling for many years and held a professional MMA title in the Welterweight division. Justin is the G.M. of all Corporate 9Round locations. He also assists in training new franchisees when they come into the 9Round system.
Xavier "Bad Pads" Biggs
Director of Boxing
After a brief professional boxing career, Xavier assisted his younger brother Tyrell, as Tyrell made the transition to professional boxing after becoming America’s first Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold Medal Champion. Xavier served as an assistant coach for the Holyfield Amateur Boxing Team and worked with the USA Olympic Boxing program during the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. He will forever be known as one of the greatest trainers in the sport. Xavier is well known to be the best hand pad man in the business. Xavier was inducted into the Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame in June of 2009. He continues to be the most dominant presence in the Atlanta fight scene. He is currently the owner of The Decatur Boxing Club and is also author of "The Sweet Sucker Punch." Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson began training with Xavier Biggs in 2002. Biggs served as The Cannon’s head trainer for his IKF World Championship win in October 2011
Rick "Hollywood" Kattouf
9Round Nutrition Coach
Dr. Rick Kattouf II has recently been named as one of America's PremierExperts® in recognition of his world premier coaching service for Multi-Sport, Running, Cycling, Fitness and Nutrition. Rick is the Founder of TeamKattouf, Inc. and has spent more than 20 years focusing on health, fitness, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and human performance. Kattouf is the creator of 5-Round Fury nutrition supplement and has his own workout App, 5-Round Fury Fitness, as well. He is the author of Forever Fit: The Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Life Plan to Improve Your Body and Mind and also wrote a chapter in Training Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes. Along with his book, he is the host of 3-DVD series, Rx Nutrition: Eating for Improved Performance in Life, Fitness, and Sport. Dr. Rick is also the creator of TeamKattouf Nutrition Supplements. Kattouf is a NESTA Certified Food Psychology Coach, ITCA Triathlon Coach, MMA Conditioning Coach, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Wellness & Nutrition Consultant, Sports Nutrition Consultant and a Heart Rate Performance Specialist.
Dawn "The Killer" Koenig
Customer Support
Dawn learned about 9Round 4 years ago when she joined a weight-loss competition at work. She was determined to win and decided that 9Round was the way to do it. With the help of 9Round she lost over 50 lbs and became the victor of the contest. She recently moved back from the country of Nicaragua, where she and her 5 year old daughter worked in the mission field for 6 months. Dawn recently joined the 9Round family assisting with customer support and mapping. When she is not working, she spends most of her time volunteering with the teenagers in her church youth group and playing with her little girl.
Heather "The Hero" Hudson
COO and CO-FOUNDER
Heather has been with 9Round since inception in 2007 and is Co-Owner of the Corporate 9Round gym, and Co-Founder of 9Round Franchising. She is a black belt in Shotokan Karate and grew up with a passion for fitness and overall wellness. She has always been active, but found herself wanting more after having two children. After falling in love with kickboxing for fitness, 9Round has been the avenue Heather used to take her fitness to a new level. Her passion is now helpings others realize that their fitness goals are never too high. Her favorite part of the 9Round Fitness program is the ability to assist beginners and advanced fitness levels individually, yet all at the same time. Her fondness for helping others doesn't stop in the gym. Heather is also extremely dedicated to helping the 9Round franchisees reach their financial goals. She sets high standards for herself and the 9Round company, and offers support to the franchisees at every level. She is the mother of two children and lives by the belief "man becomes what he thinks most about."
"Dangerous" Drew Brashier
Director of Operational Support
Drew joined the 9Round family in 2009 as a member of the Headquarters location shortly after leaving a career in law enforcement. He immediately fell in love with the workout and began attending on a regular basis. After dropping 11% body fat in only 8 weeks, Drew had the opportunity to see how truly life changing the 9Round workout can be. Shortly thereafter, He was hired by Founders, Shannon and Heather Hudson as the first trainer for the Headquarters gym. Drew has been involved with 9Round in nearly every capacity of the company. He has been a member, trainer, owning partner of a franchise location, and now serves as a corporate officer as the Director of Operational Support. He works very closely with each franchise location to assure that members are provided with the amazing quality workout that has made 9Round so popular. During this time he has had the opportunity to train under founder Shannon Hudson and compete in several amateur kickboxing bouts.
Uyen “The Knockout” Trinh
Franchise Account Manager
Uyen grew up in Mauldin, SC and graduated from Mauldin High School. She is currently attending Greenville Technical College pursuing an associates in business management. Uyen is a proud mother of a beautiful baby boy named Lucas. She has always had an active lifestyle but after her son was born, she became even more interested in health and fitness. She joined 9Round in January of 2013, lost all of her extra baby weight and more, and is now addicted to the 9Round Kickboxing Gym. Uyen is the Franchise Account Manager for 9Round Corporate, and she is excited to be able to work out and work for one of the fastest growing fitness gyms around. Uyen states “one of my favorite things about working there is being able to help the new franchisees bring 9Round to their city! I truly believe making fitness an important role in your life will only better you physically and mentally!”
Jason "Bonecrusher" Bishop
IT/Website and Software Development
Jason began working with computers at the early age of 13, programming in Basic and DOS. In the early 90's, while attending Lander University, he started working with BBS systems (Bulletin Board Systems). Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the Internet. In 1999, he received his MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer and A+ Certifications) from Ikon Office Solutions. In 2000, he started in Affiliate Marketing and learned the basics of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and in 2002 started working full time in affiliate marketing for top Fortune 500 companies. He has helped generate over $10,000,000 in sales for clients with his expertise in SEO and SEM (Search Engine Marketing.) In 2008, he started his own company, Net Studios Inc, geared toward helping small business with their websites and Internet Marketing, but especially with their SEO. He has been assisting 9Round with its website and Internet needs since 2008, and in 2012, he officially joined the 9Round team. He now works closely with each individual gym's needs for SEO and is helping to take the company as a whole to the next level. He believes his honesty, loyalty and integrity has been invaluable for him as a business man.
Jimmy "The Warrior" Wright
Director of Real Estate
Prior to joining NAI Earle Furman in 1998, Jimmy worked with Edens & Avant in its Commercial Brokerage Division, and with Montague Industries as a sales representative. Jimmy joined NAI Earle Furman with expertise in the retail marketplace and continues to focus on the retail sector. Since joining NAI Earle Furman, Jimmy has worked with companies such as Wendy’s on site selection and disposition, along with developers on grocery anchored shopping centers. He has also been involved with predevelopment for retail centers, including McBee Station in Greenville, SC. He has assisted numerous clients in applying and receiving new market tax credits and has great experience in tenant representation with retailers such as Urban Nirvana and Papa John’s. Since 2006, Jimmy has completed over $42,000,000 of retail shopping center sales in the Upstate of South Carolina.
I have had a great time at 9round University! Learning so much about being successful with our business and getting my butt kicked at the same time has been fabulous! I’ve enjoyed the workouts tremendously, as well as learning the business. There was so much to learn! Shannon was a hoot! I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and humor. Can’t wait to bring another manager to train here at 9round University! The trainers here are amazing! I appreciate them asking for our feedback and what we’ve learned. I just loved their energy! It was contagious.

Stephen M. of Florida
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Franchises Blog
by Helen Bush
Jun 21, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Great news 9Rounders, we are officially an international company. Our dreams of spreading the 9Round fitness concept to other parts of the world have officially come true. The opening of our first international 9Round in Ontario, Canada is only the beginning. There are many more 9Round fitness centers planned for Canada and Mexico; however, there is no need to worry if you are in Europe or Asia, we plan on seeing you soon too. We are excited to expand and share our unique fitness concepts with not just America and Canada but the entire world.   The new owners of 9Round Ontario are thrilled to be the first international 9Round. Danny and Franca Furgiuele are honored to be the first 9Round in Canada and outside of the US. They believe in the 9Round fitness concept and want to share it with the people back in their hometown. They are both from Bolton, Ontario, and this is where they are planning to open their gym. They are still in the planning phase, so you will need to watch