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15 SPOTS FOR A BOXING-INSPIRED SWEAT SESSION IN NYC

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GABRIELLE KASSEL

JUL 30, 2020

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Whether you’re trying to channel your inner Rocky, secretly envy Gigi Hadid, or just want to mix up your workout routine, boxing-style workouts are all the rage in the studio scene right now, and these amazing spots are proof. Check out all that the NYC boxing world has to offer and get to jabbing — boxing is cheaper than therapy, after all.

Boxing babies, this one’s for you. Lots of fitness classes may say they’re good for all levels, but this place actually delivers. Every sequence is broken down to help beginners catch on slowly before turning up. And they’ve even got two kinds of classes: one that focuses exclusively on boxing and another called "Box WORK" that mixes in HIIT-style training (think medicine ball throws, burpees, and kettlebell swings). Plus, this NoHo studio has an “asshole-free” policy, so the energy may get intense, but it’s always positive.

Michael Olajide Jr. was ahead of his time when he opened Aerospace in Midtown back in 2004. It was an instant success then, and it’s still one of the best boxing studios in the city. There's a whole suite of signature classes offered, from heavy bag "Aeroimpact", and shadow boxing "Aerobox", to jump rope cardio "Aerojump" and boxing/barre hybrid "Areobarre". Expect to leave Aerospace's classes with your obliques on fire and drenched in sweat. Oh, and you may just see some Victoria’s Secret models getting ready for the runway, because the angels swear by Olajide’s toning power.

Want to learn a little bit about boxing while getting your butt kicked HIIT-style? This trendy Tribeca studio is your jam. While “The Pound” is known for personal training and celeb sightings, they also offer group boxing classes where mastering technique is first, but challenging boxer conditioning exercises like squats, burpees, crunches, and battle ropes are a close second. You'll have to reach out to the gym for more info on group classes, but once you conquer that hurtle, you're in. It's a tight-knit group, so expect to spend at least an hour after class hanging with team and taking photos for the ’gram. Fitt Tip: they don’t allow jewelry, so make sure you leave that nose stud and wedding ring at home.

Shadowbox’s approach is to take the basic tenets of modern boxing and apply them to fun, 45-minute group workouts. The group boxing studio is an enclosed, soundproofed room filled with 40 heavy bags (all numbered), each equipped with an attachment to hold your towel, water, and gloves. In some kind of mood? Bring that intensity to the bag. Shadowbox requires passion: thumping music, dark lighting, and high-energy plyometrics (jump training). After your sweat sesh, hit up the front of the studio for a Jùs by Julie or cup of Kilogram Tea.

Throwing jabs and hooks is all the rage in celeb and boutique-y studios, but Rumble doesn't offer your run-of-the-mill kickboxing class. Instead, class-goers spend half of their 45-minute class punching it out on Rumble’s tear-shaped, water-filled bags and the other half working on strength-training and body-weight conditioning. This boxing studio (with 5 locations in NYC) is all about replacing intimidation with cool. Enter: cushioned benches for hanging out and swanky locker rooms equipped with selfie-approved lighting to document that after-class glow. Let’s just say you’ll never have to worry about getting punched in the face (#winning).

Alright, spiritual gangsters and badass yogis, this workout was practically made for you — both of you. Box + Flow is for women who aren’t afraid to get messy and men who aren’t ashamed to flow. This basically means that the 45-minute class is all about bringing together opposites (i.e. “fight” and “flow”) in a spiritual dance. The class starts off with beats like DMX and Nirvana for some good ol’ boxing sequences, and then transitions to Bon Iver and Frank Ocean for fast flow sequences and child’s pose. Equal parts zen and adrenaline, mind-body-soul equilibrium, here we come.

Title Boxing Club opened its first location in Midtown West in June 2014, which makes it one of the OGs. This studio (now with two more locations) is all about empowering people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds by making them drip sweat until there are straight up puddles on the floor. No, seriously. Title’s goal is to reawaken people’s fighting spirits by giving them a bag to beat up in boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes. Next time you’re nearby, check out this sweat spot and start perfecting that right hook.

If authentic is what you’re going for, add this NoHo and Brooklyn hot spot to your boxing to-do list. With gritty decor, minimal amenities, and dark basement classes, you’ll show up wondering whether you’ve just stepped into a cultish meeting or a shadowboxing class. (The space used to be where anti-war movement groups hung out in the ’60s). If PBR is your drink of choice, make sure you come by Friday nights because Overthrow offers Box & Booze, which is exactly what it sounds like: a cardio session followed by foamy brew.

When it comes to skill level, Mendez Boxing runs the gamut. With first-timers, world champs, and everyone in between, this Flatiron club offers an opportunity for both amateurs and pros to train or compete, or both. First-timers, your first group session is free, just pay $15 for hand wraps and gloves. And pros, you can use the studio’s two training rings and heavy bags to work out on your own. You’ll come for the authentic Fight Club feel, but stay for the great coaching and community.

No surprise here — this studio is for badass babes only. This female-only sparring spot is all about the power of women. Try out a first-timer's boxing class, then start leveling up with their technique classes. Need to slow down? Try one of the weekly yoga classes offered right in the ring. Our advice: rally your girl gang and call WWB your new hang spot for girl’s night.

Straightforward. Effective. Intentional. When it comes to boxing classes, those three things are essential, and Gotham gives ’em to you every time. If 7am or 6pm are your favorite to times for fitness, register early so you don’t get on the wait list of these popular boxing classes. Show up expecting a combination of strength and endurance training in addition to buckets of sweat. Fitt Tip: both boxing gloves and hand wraps are required for every class. Bring your own or get there a few minutes early to rent or buy a pair at Gotham.

Don’t dismiss this national chain just ’cause it’s a chain. With an emphasis on heavy bag work—which means every student gets their own bag—you’ll feel like you’re in your own private gym. So whether you’re looking to burn fat, reduce stress, or just throw some high kicks, CKO is all about real people using real bags to get real results. And if you like HIIT-style workout, this spot is for you — once you get that heart rate up, it’ll stay up. Bonus: the first class at any of their locations is free.

At every Trinity Boxing Club training session you’ll feel like you’re fighting for the title, which means the vibes here can get pretty intense. Group classes are kept small and combine shadowboxing, sparring, and heavy bag and speed bag (the one that’s kept at eye level) work with conditioning exercises like jump rope. This Tribeca spot gets bonus points for focusing on form. They make sure you know the difference between boxing and throwing punches (no, they’re not the same thing).

Church Street Boxing is the love child of an authentic fighting club and a welcoming NYC sweat spot. They offer more than 100 boxing, Muay Thai, MMA, and bootcamp classes a week (at all of their locations), which means however you wanna hit it, they’ve got it. And ladies, don’t let the fact that this is the largest boxing gym in the city keep deter you, half of the boxers at this gym are women. Honestly, the authentic, gritty vibe is the best part, so come feeling rough and tough and ready to fight.

Hit House is next-generation cardio kickboxing. The studio at Spring & Bowery offers Muay Thai kickboxing classes using a personal heavy bag/fight dummy hybrid that is designed for lower-impact strikes — that means beginners won’t have to worry about bruises or swing back while they learn. Rent a pair of hand wraps and gloves, then slip into the studio for a 50-minute class of jabs, crosses, hooks, uppercuts, and badass kick combinations.

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