Curious to Try Boxing? We've Rounded Up the Best Classes Nationwide
Boxing is one fitness trend that's likely here to stay, what with its faithful celebrity following and seemingly endless capacity for torching fat and calories. Why is it so effective? Most classes mix in elements of other workouts (strength conditioning, interval training) to make boxing your one-stop shop for a full-body workout. And if that weren't reason enough to try it, let's be honest: throwing some punches is a pretty great stress reliever, too. If all the buzz has you anxious to take your first class, you've come to the right place. Here, you'll find a list of the best boutique boxing studios and gyms so far.
9 Round Fitness
9 Round Fitness offers unique, kickboxing-based workouts in each of its 700 locations, but there's a catch — you don't actually need to register for a class. Just show up at your convenience, and a trainer will help wrap your hands and walk you through the gym's nine exercise stations. Even better, each workout takes just 30 minutes.
Equinox offers more than luxury amenities and equipment — membership also comes with a full roster of group classes, including 45 different types of boxing and martial arts sessions. Many of these classes integrate traditional boxing with other activities, such as karate and jump rope, for a dynamic and energizing workout. And you can't beat the convenience: Equinox boasts more than 100 locations throughout the United States.
Santa Monica-based BoxUnion is best known for its innovative studio spaces. Special floors have been installed to better absorb impact, while the gym's bags are filled with water and high density foam to be easier on joints and hands. If you're new to boxing, take the form and footwork class first.
There's something for every skill level at Overthrow Boxing in New York. The gym's Underground Boxing class focuses on shadow boxing, heavy bag work, and basic boxing technique, while the Ring Work class gets you — you guessed it — in the ring, where you'll learn to move like a fighter. (There's no contact.) Both classes are 45 minutes long.
Gloveworx is an ultramodern boxing studio and athletic performance facility that has locations in California and is opening in New York in 2019. To ensure you get the best workout possible, the gym offers a variety of classes taught by former professional athletes and boxing champions, with no more than five students to an instructor.