London boxing classes
Had a hard day? Take it out on the punch pads in this 45-minute class, where you'll learn boxing drills and combinations, which are designed to build strength, get you sweating and de-stress. So if you need motivation to get you to the class, just envision the face of your unreasonable colleague and/or irritating housemate on the punch pads.
Various Frame locations, including King’s Cross, Queen’s Park, Shoreditch, Victoria.
Get ready to rumble at the super swanky 1Rebel gym, which offers a no-holds-barred approach to boxing. The ‘Rumble’ classes combine throwing punches with footwork, strength and cardio at a seriously fast pace, with no resting. According to the gym, it’s ‘survival of the fittest’, so bring your A-game and willpower by the bucketload. You’re going to need it.
Not sure if you want to commit to the punch bag just yet? Try a pair of boxing gloves on for size at the London Fields Fitness Studio’s weekly boxing classes, where there’s no membership necessary, classes are only £5 and open to all levels of ability. The sessions concentrate on improving your technique with padwork and boosting your fitness with high-energy drills.
Say goodbye to all your pent up frustration at Gymbox’s FightKlub classes, where you’ll kick, punch, knee and elbow the freestanding boxing bags, all to a soundtrack with a seriously heavy bassline. This is a non-sparring class that gives wannabe boxers the chance to learn the ropes, without actually hurting anyone (or themselves).
Included in membership. Various locations.
There’s a reason why Rocky Balboa trained using a skipping rope in all those montages - it’s seriously hard work. But you’ll find that out for yourself at Equinox’s boxing boot camp. This hour-long session will help you build strength and improve your fitness levels through boxing drills, shadow boxing, kickboxing, core strengthening exercises, and yes, plenty of skipping. Listening to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on repeat, however, is optional.
Whether you’re totally clueless or you’ve got a mean left hook, Blok’s boxing classes aim to provide solid training in boxing fitness and technique. You’ll work in pairs for the padwork, so you’ll be partnered up with someone of similar ability. But you’re on your own for the conditioning exercises, where you’ll be put through your paces using equipment such as battle ropes, slam balls and kettlebells.
If you don’t fancy spending all your spare cash on exercise classes, you can still learn to throw some punches without breaking the bank. Sportswear brand Sweaty Betty offers plenty of free in-store sessions, including a high energy Boxfit class, which incorporates the strength and fitness techniques used in boxing. Secure your place early, as these classes get booked up pretty swiftly.
Free. Various locations
From the brains behind the gruelling Barry’s Bootcamp comes this equally intense boxing workout, which is described as: ‘Fight Club meets nightclub’. During this 60-minute class, you’ll alternate between practising your boxing skills on a punchbag, and strength training using medicine balls, cables and dumbells. Kobox is a non-contact class, but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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