Up­per cut your way fit

PUNCH is a bou­tique box­ing stu­dio with a dif­fer­ence. By Har­riet Shep­hard

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - INSIDE -

Bored of ex­er­cis­ing alone in the gym ev­ery day? Well check out why box­ing stu­dio PUNCH could be the new work­out you’ve been look­ing for.

THERE’S NEVER AN ex­cuse for not ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly in Abu Dhabi. Which is mainly a good thing (ex­cept for those Satur­days when we feel like stay­ing in bed all day). There’s al­ways some fancy new gym stu­dio open­ing, a new Àt­ness class to try out or a sports team to join.

We’re big fans of vent­ing our daily frus­tra­tions in a box­ing class. After all, there’s noth­ing like a few jabs and up­per­cuts for clear­ing the mind.

So when we saw that a new bou­tique box­ing stu­dio had opened in the cap­i­tal, we couldn’t

wait to go and check it out. Then, when we re­alised that each class is ac­com­pa­nied by loud, adren­a­line-pump­ing tunes and cool light­ing, we were ba­si­cally sold al­ready.

PUNCH is a 45-minute, box­ing-in­spired ex­er­cise class that is avail­able in two dif­fer­ent for­mats. PUNCHIIT mixes box­ing tech­niques with a se­ries of high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing (HIIT) ex­er­cises. This in­volves mov­ing quickly from do­ing punch­ing rou­tines to short bursts of body­weight moves such as burpees, pushups and moun­tain climbers. This means your heart rate will soar, and you’ll also burn fat at the same time.

But as each set is ac­com­pa­nied by in­fec­tious tunes and dim disco-like light­ing, you’ll barely no­tice how hard you’re work­ing. It’s the op­po­site ex­pe­ri­ence to slog­ging away on a tread­mill, when 20 min­utes seems to last for­ever and the sec­onds drag by.

Mean­while, the PUNCHARD work­outs are more fo­cused on the wa­ter-àlled punch­ing bags. As well as work­ing on im­prov­ing your Àt­ness lev­els, these classes also cover how to box cor­rectly and ef­fec­tively. Each ses­sion will tone and strengthen your en­tire body; it’s a se­ri­ously ad­dic­tive way of ex­er­cis­ing and you’ll be feel­ing like a pro­fes­sional boxer in no time.

The stu­dio works on the mantra that it’s “less about the Àght, more about the fun”.

It’s cer­tainly sur­pris­ing how quickly 45 min­utes can pass when you’re jab­bing away in time to the mix of mo­ti­va­tional beats.

The PUNCHIIT work­outs are also avail­able as mixed and ladies-only classes, and the cost is worked out on a sim­ple pay-as-you-go ba­sis. Each class costs Dhs100, but Àrst timers can take ad­van­tage of a two-for-one of­fer.

Other pack­ages in­clude Àve classes for Dhs475, 10 for Dhs900 and 20 for Dhs1,500 (which can also be split be­tween you and a friend, should you want to share the cost).

The classes are held be­tween 5pm and 7.30pm ev­ery week­day; per­fect for when you want to un­wind and de-stress after a long day. You can view the full sched­ule at www.punch­club.ae.

We’ll see you in the ring!

→ From Dhs100. Sun­thu, class times vary.

In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis

Com­plex, Zayed Sports

City (050 754 8474).

“Your heart rate will soar and you’ll burn fat at the same time”

WHAT IS IT... A new fit­ness stu­dio that’ll get you in shape the puglis­tic way

WHY GO... For the sound­track and to get those mus­cles re­ally pump­ing

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