Come learn what you are made of at the Body and Soul Boxing gym. We were invited to take a class a few weeks ago, and we can tell you, it is not for the faint of heart. It really takes all your body and even those tiny pieces of your soul you thought were forgotten.
Where to Start
There is always a bit of hesitation when we try something new. Not knowing what to expect, we walked into the gym with keys in one hand and a water bottle in the other. If there was one thing we did know was that we needed an escape plan in case the ring got the best of us. We also knew lots of hydration was required—mostly because we would be sweating off last night’s cheese fries.
Our boxing instructor was very approachable. He helped us wrap up our wrists before putting on the boxing gloves. That was helpful; and if you’re a beginner, this fitness class involves learning basic techniques from punches, footwork, combinations, and working up to intense conditioning. However you find yourself here, the non-stop workout will get your heart racing.
After a quick warmup, we get right into it. There is a green-light, red-light system on the wall. Green means go, and red means catch your breath. The green light is on for three minutes, and then you have one minute in which the instructor explains the next movement. Here’s where you want to grab that water bottle (the one you hopefully remembered to pack).
The combinations in the workout range from different punching styles: Jab, Cross, Hook. We start off practicing one at a time, on repeat for three minutes, and then we put them all together. It sounds easy, right? Put it to practice and you will quickly feel the sweat down your cheek.
Get Some Ring Time
Okay, so we are not in the ring, but we do get one-on-one time with the trainer. When the light turns green and he calls your name, be prepared to follow his commands. He calls the shots and you get to throw the punches with all your strength. This was our favorite part as we really got a feel for moving through the workout.
There is a lot of coordination in this sport. That makes this workout, not only a lot of fun, but takes a lot of energy to keep it up for the full hour. While you are going for the uppercut, coach is calling out the next move. He is also correcting your form and offering adjustments that allow for a better workout.
That’s a Wrap
Before dismissing the class, there is one last cool down. We all grab an ab mat and lay down on the floor for some abdominal work. Because so much of the force comes from the core, this is one of the most important areas of the body to strengthen in boxing. After several sets of toe-touches and side crunches, we finally cooled with a stretch.
Body and Soul Boxing offers many options for body work from beginner and intermediate classes to kids boxing, kickboxing, TKO (high intensity) classes and even some Friday Night Sparring. Check out the website here for more details.