The 10 Best Boxing Classes in New York City

The 10 Best Boxing Classes in New York City

I’ve called the Big Apple home for a little over a year now. During my time in the city, I’ve done quite a bit of boxing training, as I’ve found so much reward from the intensity of the work out. To be honest, it’s also incredibly therapeutic! Hitting shit is good for the soul.

New York has a large fight scene, with boxing at the forefront. If you’re a local, or just passing through town, here are the best workouts in NYC that will get your heart rate up, blood pumping, and fists punching.

1. Rumble

This is a boxing-INSPIRED fitness studio, that incorporates HITT circuit training with boxing on spherical water bags. The studio is dark, the vibe intense, and the sweat on another level. Not for the faint of heart, but great for those looking to get conditioned, fast.

2. Overthrow

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This gym is vintage-inspired and has that gritty, sweaty boxing gym appeal that many look for. It’s fun, it’s a great workout, but also a very empowering atmosphere. Plus, the trainers are actual fighters, thus the technique you’ll learn here is on point. My personal favorite class they offer is Ringwork, which combines boxing technique with HIIT conditioning.

3. Shadowbox

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This is boxing for millennial hipsters, but in the best way possible. Shadowbox classes focus on both proper punching technique, as well as conditioning. The studios are glow-in-txhe-dark which really allows you to focus on the task (bag) at hand, while you break more of a sweat than you probably imagined you could. These classes are great for both testing your limits, as well as finding motivation, and digging deep.

4. Box + Flow

Probably my personal favorite on the list, this unique fitness class combines boxing and yoga, in the most satisfying way. The class starts with some shadowboxing and light cardio, followed by 9 rounds on the heavy bag, with the class coming to a close with a vinyasa flow that is sweat-filled, messy, and sweet. Box + Flow is the perfect workout for wellness junkies, boxing fanatics, and yogis alike.

5. Gotham Gym

Gotham is one of the most highly-respected gyms in NYC, with trainers having worked at the highest level and an environment that feels like a true fight gym. They offer both boxing and muay thai classes, which are not for the faint of heart. You can expect to do pad work with other trainees and instructors, as well as some light sparring and pad work with other people. If you want a more hands-on experience with more emphasis on implementing, this is the place for you.

 

 

 

6. TITLE Boxing Club
 

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Although the TITLE franchise exists around the country, I’ve found their classes to be so effective that they are worth mentioning in a NYC list. Plus, their Midtown East gym is massive and kept in tip-top condition, which is a rare find in the city. They offer boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes, although I have only ever done classes of the boxing variety. These consist of a warm-up that will make you say “That was the WARM UP?!” followed by 8 rounds on the heavy bag, filled with both speed and power drills. Then, you’ll move into the final 15 minutes of class, that consists of abs and a much-needed cooldown. Not a workout for the faint of heart or out of shape!

7. Hit House

 

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A new edition to the New York fight scene, Hit House is a muay thai studio in the Lower East Side, that has a unique set up with human-shaped heavy bags. You’ll use these to throw a variety of strikes, from elbows, to knees, high kicks, and liver shots. Be prepared to sweat and also be corrected by the instructor, since they emphasize technique (hence the bags that don’t make it easy!).

8. Everybody Fights

This boxing gym combines sleek, sexy design with sweat and hard work. The gym offers several different types of fitness classes, from bag work sessions to circuit training, technique-based sessions, even yoga. Plus, they have an open gym option for members, that you can also access through a ClassPass subscription, allowing you to both checkout and use the space at your leisure. If you love both class and grit, this is the studio for you.

9. PACT Park

A hidden gem in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed Stuy, Red Planet was started by a former fighter out of the famed Gleason’s Gym. Here, you’ll find trainers who all have fighting experience, as well as an atmosphere that’s conducive to getting in a sweat while getting to practice technique on people, rather than just bags. The workout is tough and the coaches are ace, as the classes are totally hands-on, with some light sparring and mitt work always worked into the sessions. A great place to train if you want to get more experience and different looks.


 

 

Although this class doesn’t have a permanent residence (classes are held at Lululemon in Flatiron), this dynamic striking and MMA inspired class allows you to test your strength, power, and agility, with wearable sensors that gather data on how you pack a punch. The workout is intense, upbeat, and different from anything else out there.

 

10. Red Planet Muay Thai

A hidden gem in the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed Stuy, Red Planet was started by a former fighter out of the famed Gleason’s Gym. Here, you’ll find trainers who all have fighting experience, as well as an atmosphere that’s conducive to getting in a sweat while getting to practice technique on people, rather than just bags. The workout is tough and the coaches are ace, as the classes are totally hands-on, with some light sparring and mitt work always worked into the sessions. A great place to train if you want to get more experience and different looks.

 

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