Cycling has become synonymous with SoulCycle in the same way tread interval training has with Barry’s Bootcamp. NYC-based Rumble, meanwhile, has called dibs on boxing and we think it’s safe to say they’ve got it. And lucky for us Chicagoans, we’re about to get in on the action.
Backed by none other than “Rocky” (aka Sylvester Stallone) and favored by a cult-like following that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty, it’s no wonder Rumble has found its way to Chi-Town. What’s more therapeutic than punching out your day’s frustrations (Chicago traffic — need we say more)?
We’re talking a total-body sweat sesh — 10 rounds, 45 minutes of bag work, strength training, and conditioning. Half the time, you’ll be mastering six punches on the bags; the other half, you’ll be doing exercises that target specific muscle groups, like mountain climbers and squat presses (hello, summer bod). No boxing experience is required. And when the combos get a bit more complicated than a one-two punch, the screens at the front of the room list them out, taking the guesswork out of it.
We’re not going to lie though — it’s no walk in the park. But thanks to the club-like feel, killer hip-hop and house beats with Rumble-exclusive mash-ups thrown in the mix, and high-energy, motivating instructors (their chiseled arms alone will make you work harder), you’re in for a good time. The best part? You can’t help but feel like a badass as you channel your inner Rocky and leave feeling empowered.
But what really sets Rumble apart from other boxing studios? Well, instead of traditional boxing bags, you’ll find 180-pound teardrop-shaped bags filled with water (as opposed to sand) that don’t swing back at you, making it safer and easier on your joints and your stamina stronger. Co-founder Noah Neiman insists he wants you to get fit, not hit.
From the moment you walk in, you’ll be greeted with five-star treatment — from the lounge-style space and pristine white walls featuring commissioned pop art to the ultra-luxe locker rooms with posh extras and the 60-person neon-lit room itself (equipped with the best sound system money can buy, by the way).
The Gold Coast outpost on the corner of E. Elm and N. State streets promises to deliver the same heat, sweat, and badassery as its OG NY counterpart.
No opening date has been announced yet, but keep an eye on their Instagram for updates and get your wraps and gloves ready (or rent them there).
Trust us — you’ll get addicted one jab at a time. After all, it’s celeb tested, millennial approved.
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