Unfortunately, women were rarely welcome in traditional gyms or in the ring. So in 1996 Bauch, calling on her background as a fitness instructor and small business manager, founded Uppercut Gym. From its humble beginnings in a Lake Street storefront that consisted of 4,000 square feet, Uppercut has grown into the Midwest’s largest boxing gym consisting of 13,000 square feet and the only boxing gym in the United States in 1996 to be solely owned and operated by a woman.
In its spacious, fully equipped headquarters in a northeast Minneapolis warehouse, Uppercut offers training for fitness or competition to members of all ages. Men and women now train together in a diverse environment of respect and accountability. Whether a member’s goal is to compete in the ring or to improve physical condition, Uppercut offers a challenging workout that emphasizes safety and technique while improving self-confidence. Uppercut also sponsors special mentoring and training programs for teens, working in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, the YMCA, the YWCA, and the Girl Scouts of America. In 2006, Uppercut Gym was named one of the top 25 fitness gyms in the Twin Cities by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and most recently in 2008 was voted the “Best Boxing Gym” in Minnesota Monthly “Best of the Cities” issue.