Why boxing is the new spin­ning

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HEALTH - By RACHEL MATTHEWS

Boxing classes have been around for years. Most of us would iden­tify them as the sweaty “box­er­cise” classes taught in the lo­cal sports cen­tre — a fat burn­ing ses­sion, where pads and pant­ing come high on the list of pri­or­i­ties, and true tech­nique some­where far be­low.

But all that is be­gin­ning to change. Se­ri­ous boxing is mak­ing it’s way onto the fit­ness scene — and it’s not just the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret mod­els that are pick­ing up on it (which, trust me, they are).

BXR Lon­don is an ex­am­ple of this, a bou­tique boxing gym that stepped into the ring back in Jan­uary and is en­dorsed by heavy­weight cham­pion An­thony Joshua. Its found­ing com­mit­tee also in­cludes Mark Ron­son, boxing pro­moter Ed­die Hearn and Sara Sam­paio and Maryna Linchuk (see, I told you about the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret mod­els).

The idea is for the gym to of­fer equip­ment and classes good enough for an ath­lete and im­ple­mented by qual­ity coaches who are all pro­fes­sional fight­ers. No bad shape or dropped guards al­lowed.

There are two types of train­ing pack­ages of­fered. The ground floor is a pay-to-train con­cept for non­mem­bers, known as Sweat by BXR. It boasts a va­ri­ety of fit­ness classes, in­clud­ing car­dio, strength and con­di­tion­ing, and skills classes de­signed to im­prove your boxing tech­nique. Then, for around £180 a month, you can pay for a mem­ber­ship, which al­lows you to at­tend three of the Sweat by BXR classes, have full ac­cess to the up­stairs gym, which in­cludes an 18 by 18 foot boxing ring, and book per­sonal ses­sions with the pro­fes­sional train­ers. All of this is fo­cused on train­ing like a cham­pion.

It is dur­ing one of the one-on-one ses­sions when the boxing gets re­ally se­ri­ous and I find my­self un­der the in­struc­tion of head boxing coach, Gary Lo­gan.

A martial art

Lo­gan refers to boxing as a martial art, em­pha­sis­ing the im­por­tance of tech­nique. “Boxing can be fun — it is fun, but we teach it know­ing that you can be un­der threat at any day of your life and you should feel con­fi­dent enough that you can fend off an at­tacker. So that’s the whole con­cept of how we do it here at BXR — it’s not just taught as a boxing work­out.” And it re­ally isn’t. The ses­sion be­gins with Lo­gan teach­ing me the cor­rect stance of a boxer. Weight on the back leg,

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