Boxing is fast becoming the number one workout for a stronger mind and body. With studios popping up across London, there’s never been a better time for regulars to get their fix or beginners to give it a try. From old-school rings to boutique spots, these are the best places to throw a punch in the capital.
Backed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, BXR is London’s first boutique boxing offering. The sleek interiors are more members’ club than gym and classes are led by professional fighters. Sweat by BXR, a pay-to-train concept, offers cardio and strength-based sessions designed to hone boxing technique.
All three of Kobox’s studios serve up the same endorphin-inducing workout that’ll improve strength, technique and cardio all at once. Sessions are split between bag and floor work, leaving no muscle untoned, while the uplifting playlists will boost motivation.
Combining the benefits of HIIT (high-intensity interval training), kickboxing and core work with mindfulness, a class at FlyKick won’t disappoint. The airy 5,000-square-foot space is less intimidating than other low-lit gyms, making it ideal for boxing newbies, while the studio’s green credentials (think biodegradable kit bags and recyclable water bottles) will also impress.
This heavy hitter on the capital’s boxing scene offers an authentic experience. The high-octane classes take place in an old-school boxing ring and are held by former amateur boxers and reformed offenders. Alternating between pad and bag work and HIIT exercises provides a real fitness challenge.
Get ready to rumble with Another_Round, the latest addition to the Another_Space line-up. A fast-paced combination of boxing drills will improve technique and supercharge fitness levels and the central Bank location attracts City workers. Pre-order a green smoothie before class and leave with a spring in your step.
The combat-themed sessions at London favourite 1Rebel come highly rated. A high-octane 45-minute boxing bootcamp comprising HIIT circuits and bag boxing means that these classes are packed with sound and energy. The luxurious changing rooms, featuring tri-temperature towels and heated seats, are an added bonus.
NOK OUT at Chelsea hotspot KXU isn’t for the faint-hearted. Classes are smaller than average and they focus on cardio, strength and boosting endorphins. The in-house Nutrition Bar serves up bespoke protein smoothies, poke-inspired salads and energy balls.
A five-minute walk from Paddington station lies 12×3, a technical boxing gym founded by Darren Barker and Ryan Pickard – both of whom have fought for the UK. Classes are technical, intense and can be personalised to suit your goals. Choose from one-to-one training or intimate group sessions with a maximum class size of four.