Why boxing is the new spinning
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,