The workout that packs a punch
knees bent, hands by your face, stay balanced. I throw a jab into the air and promptly find that balance is something I do not have. “It’s all about your core,” Logan informed me.
A few more careful pointers and it’s time to enter the ring — me with boxing gloves, Logan with pads. We walk through all of the basic moves I need to know: jab, cross, hook. But it isn’t just a case of throwing punches at Logan’s pads. Every wrong foot, every time I come off balance, every time my hands drop down from my face, we stop and began again. Here, technique is everything.
So BXR takes boxing very seriously — but, as a beginner, is it really going to help you get fit and tone up? In a word, yes. “You are enduring your body so you’re getting fitter and cardiovascularly you’re getting fitter,” says Logan. “From anyone who comes in who wants to work at losing weight or at toning. you can do it.”
After 45 minutes of effectively squatting whilst throwing my weight around with an engaged core, I certainly feel the burn of muscle toning. But Logan isn’t letting me go just yet: he’s saved a circuit of jump squats and rope battling for the end of the session.
I leave exhausted, but on a high because, as Logan says, it’s endorphin releasing. It’s a similar feeling to the one you get after an hour’s spinning class — but the difference here is that, for the next few days, my whole body aches like I’ve done a couple of rounds with a heavyweight. After spinning, you feel it in your legs; here, I feel it in my legs, my arms, my stomach, my hands, my back, my shoulders everything, basically. Areas I didn’t even realise I’d worked on hurt — which is about as good a recommendation for the class as you can get.
While some of BXR’s members are fighters themselves, proving the high standard of the gym, there is a huge variety in the people taking to BXR, according to its founder, Olia Sardarova.
“We expected a lot of members to come from intense, demanding jobs, trying to release that postwork-related stress. However, we found that our members come from all sorts of backgrounds and jobs — all with their own motivations behind joining, and we have a lot more female members than we anticipated.”
Logan agrees that the classes’ appeal should know no bounds. “The great thing about boxing is that everyone can do it, from young children to the very old anyone can do it. That’s what I’ve enjoyed most about it.”