Want to try boxing in London but don’t know where to start? Luckily, there are plenty of fitness studios and gyms where you can throw a few punches, whether you want to give it a go as part of a circuits-style class or actually spar in the ring. Head to one of these boxing classes in London and you'll soon be boxing clever.
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.
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. A combination of drills and padwork builds timing, speed, power, technique, distance and accuracy. Gloves are provided, but they recommend you pick up some hand wraps from reception.
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 twice-weekly boxing classes, where there’s no membership necessary and all levels of ability are welcome. 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 Gymboxing classes, where you’ll don gloves and learn the ropes from some of the capital's top boxing instructors. Look out for Aleksandar, who's been a professional Muay thai & K1 kickboxing fighter for over 13 years.
Whether you're a total beginner or know how to throw a punch in the ring, 12x3's Gloves On class will help you hone your technique and work up a sweat. The set-up is old-school cool, and you'll be bobbing and weaving with the best of them in no time. There's also Boxcon, a circuits class, and Ringcraft, for those who've progressed and want to get ready for contact boxing.
Aldgate and Paddington
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 50-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.
Also at Marylebone and City
If you’re the type of person who gets bored and starts to think about dinner 45 minutes into a session, the classes at this slick Euston studio could be perfect for you. They incorporate high-intensity training, meditation and boxing into a full-body workout, and they chop and change a lot – so much so that you’ve no time to think about getting distracted.