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Kobox is on the Kings Road in Chelsea and is London’s first boutique boxing studio. What we love is that it’s as much for the girls as it is for the boys and has, quite frankly, become our go-to place for clearing our head and letting off some steam whilst ensuring that our upper arms are looking sexy. KOBOX offers high intensity boxing-based classes in a bespoke studio setting. They combine heavy bag boxing routines with functional strength training in a Fight Club-meets-Nightclub style environment. At KOBOX you’ll get fit, without getting hit. They also have a boxing ring if you’re hankering after some one-on-one real boxing action and coaching. You have to go here. It’s awesome through and through.
Kobox have just opened up Kobox City at 85 London Wall EC2 and are already taking bookings, so for those in the City you have no excuse not to get in the ring. As they say #fightclubmeetsnightclub
These guys LOVE what they do. They eat, sleep and breathe boxing but don’t worry, you don’t have to be as in love with boxing as they are. Whether or not you already have a passion for boxing, they’ll endeavour to get you into the best shape of your life, teach you solid self-defence techniques and ensure you NEVER get bored. They believe it’s the ultimate training experience and they’re not wrong. From complete beginner to seasoned fighter, you’ll learn and develop real boxing skills from the best coaches in the business. Once you have a solid boxing technique, you can continue to train with a host of classes and exercises specifically designed to improve your fitness and develop your boxing skills, whilst keeping your mind stimulated and engaged. Try ‘em out.
Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club
The Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) is a non-profit making, charitable club, run by volunteers and supported by donations. This serious boxing club is a great place for both competitive boxers and those who simply want to reap the benefits of this type of serious training. While their primary function is the training of their competitive boxers, they do also welcome people from all communities, including youth groups, recreational boxers, keep-fitters, and those who box competitively. The gym boasts two boxing rings, punch bags, speed balls and all the other regular gym equipment you’d expect to see. They also run an intensive KO Circuit training to help you achieve a level of ‘ultimate fitness.’ Located in North Lambeth, Fitzroy is a superb gym that boasts Pippa Middleton among its clients. This place is serious business and it’s good.
Miguel’s Boxing Gym
Not far from Brixton, Miguel’s caters for both the serious competitive boxer and those who want to use the training simply for fitness. They have great personal trainers for one-to-one sessions but if you’re brave enough and are prepared to work hard (and we mean really, REALLY hard), then sign up for one of the ‘white collar’ classes that run every Wednesday and Friday evenings. In addition, the club offers Mum & Baby boxing classes, obesity classes, kids’ boxing and various beginners’ classes as well. They are affiliated to the Amateur Boxing Association of England and have already helped potential champs climb the ladder towards success. Old school and friendly.
Legends Boxing Gym
It’s great to have a boxing club out west. Legends offers two evening boxing workouts on every weekday except Friday and personal boxing coaching on a daily basis. If you’d rather train in company then small group training sessions are also available for two to four people. Free training is available for those willing to participate in the gym’s White Collar Boxing shows. Parents might be interested in the children’s boxing that runs Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Repton Boxing Club
The oldest established boxing gym in England, Repton Boxing Club once counted the Kray Twins among its fighting patrons. The Repton motto is ‘Non Viscara…Non Gloria‘ or ‘No Guts…No Glory’, which encapsulates the boxing mindset perfectly. And you certainly do need guts: the Repton is for serious, competitive boxers only. So if you need Beginner or BoxFit classes then this is definitely NOT the place for you. Repton takes pride in its ‘old school retro‘ look and is basically the same venue as when Ronnie and Reggie traded blows. As a result, it’s been used for films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and music videos for the likes of Plan B. And, um, If you fancy yourself a bruiser, this is the place to test that theory.
Peacock Gym is renowned throughout the boxing world. A charity founded in 1978, Peacock, like Stonebridge, is a testament to the communal work a good boxing gym can provide to an otherwise deprived region. Numerous fighters, from Lennox Lewis to Ricky Hatton, have sparred in its many rings. Floyd Mayweather enjoyed a public workout at the Peacock back in 2009. At the time he said, ‘It was like being back home.’
This well-endowed club boasts a Pro boxing and Cardio area, an Amateur Room, an Aerobics Hall and separate zones for fixed and free weights. Get round the place in a day and you’ll be eating steel for breakfast. The Peacock is now an established East End landmark and a point for potential London black cab drivers taking ‘The Knowledge’.
With former boxers Frank Bruno, George and Billy Walker among its patrons, there is probably no other gym which offers the range of activities the Peacock does. Currently located at Caxton Street North, a quiet side road off the busy Silvertown Way, it has become a hugely successful operation. The founders and operators are brothers Tony and Martin Bowers from a family who have been involved in boxing for over three centuries and seven generations. The knowledge passed down over the years makes The Peacock the real deal.
12 Rounds Boxing
12 Rounds Boxing is a members-only boxing gym in Clapham Junction. They provide both small group and one-to-one boxing and fitness sessions for all levels of fitness and boxing experience. Run by husband and wife team Kat and John, who are not only incredibly passionate about boxing and fitness but also about helping people lead happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives. Kat and John believe that this is not just a workout but an amazing way to build confidence and self-esteem and manage stress. If you’re south-west and around for a while then go check this place out.
Go on, get those fisty cuffs on. Get a clear head. De-stress. Lose those bingo-wings. Build a core of steel. Get sharp. This stuff works.
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