Traditional boxing is taking a back seat to Toronto’s newest workout. The idea of stepping into a ring—or anything that resembles actual sparring, for that matter—can often feel intimidating, which is an element that Spadina’s Drop Boxing personally wanted to change.
From their bright and chic lobby to their Instagram-worthy mural of the 6 God himself, Drop has all the elements of a welcoming boutique space that will make you want to hang out after a class rather than rush out the door.
Drop Boxing officially opened their doors March 27, 2019, inviting Toronto into a knockout of an experience. Going from the lobby to what they call the “Drop Room” is similar to going from a modern café to a King St. nightclub, complete with LED lights and an incredible sound system. The gem of the 5000 sq. ft. studio houses 20 200lb. Aqua Training Bags and strength training decks and is the perfect venue for their 10-round, 50-minute class.
But it takes more than just LEDs, high-end equipment, and their branded white boxing gloves for an effective workout. Thus, every instructor at Drop went through an extensive six-month training to ensure they were up to speed on “The 6ix Punches”. Regardless of your fitness level, the darkroom was created with the intention of allowing you to cross to the beat without feeling watched or uncomfortable. You can completely get into the zone without the pressuring of immediately perfecting your technique.
Doing a few simple stretches before and after exercising won’t always cut it. Drop’s slogan is a reminder that rehabilitating and healing your body after an intense workout is just as important as the class itself, which is why they put as much emphasis on athletic wellness as they do on boxing combinations.
Whether you’re new to boxing or already trained, Drop’s rehabilitation and wellness services are open, and encouraged, for everyone. They offer a multidisciplinary athletic wellness approach to rehabilitation including physiotherapy, fascial stretch therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic treatments.
But feeling like a champ extends past the physical to the motivational. It’s no secret that an Instagram-ready aesthetic will get customers through the doors, and from a perfectly arranged boxing glove wall to a Drake-inspired mural, Drop was designed with purpose.
There are many nods to music icons that inspired its opening including vintage vinyl of Wu-Tang Clan, P. Diddy, Biggie, and more. The artist recognition doesn’t stop there; Drop is filled with uplifting quotes from big names such as Madonna and Pharrell Williams.
And, of course, a boxing gym wouldn’t be complete without praise to Muhammad Ali — the Drake mural hangs beside a mural of “The Greatest”, both commissioned by a Canadian artist. Side by side, the pieces are a representation of Drop’s passion for the combination of music and boxing.
Drop believes every customer that comes through the door is an athlete, and their instructors are ready to help prove it. They managed to put a twist on traditional boxing gyms by creating the ultimate community workout spot.
If Drop’s wall-to-ceiling neon sign isn’t enough to get you inside, their weekly schedule should be. From Monday to Thursday, Drop targets different body muscles paired with their boxing circuit. If you’re craving a challenge, you can head over to the Entertainment District on a weekend for their full-body mash-up. Though, with their dedication to the playlist, we can assure you there will never be a dull workout.