Inspired by Rio? Try Boxing at These Gyms

Boxing became part of the Games in 688 B.C., and with this much history, it’s no wonder boxing creates such amazing athletes. Modern boxing training, with or without impact, is popular for fitness, fun and self-defense.  

Fusion Integrated Fitness

Fusion Integrated Fitness adapts the latest and greatest in fitness across boxing bootcamps, warrior training, sport-specific training and primal training classes. Owner-brothers PJ and Nick Vlahantones provided conditioning programs for Detroit sports teams for years, and now combine cardio, core and strength training in their comprehensive group workouts. The boxing bootcamp hits you with 12 rounds of 3-minutes-on then 1-minute-off to make you faster, stronger and leaner.

Where to find it:

20169 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

Beatbox Fitness

Beatbox Fitness combines shadow boxing, shadow kickboxing and bodyweight exercises with a live DJ pumping out popular beats (about 138 per minute to keep the moves in sync). The idea behind the class is that a workout should be exhilarating fun rather than a painful slog. No gloves or wraps are needed, just a love of music, a joy in movement and a desire to sweat.

Where to find it:

Pearl Studios:  519 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018 ​
The Ball NYC: 131 West 35th St., New York, NY, 10001

Gotham Gym

Upon entering the intentionally gritty Gotham Gym, one of the first things you’ll see is: “TODAY’S MENU: PAIN.” The paint is permanent, so the menu probably doesn’t change often. You may be surprised that Gotham Gym has a growing clientele of celebrities and models—then again, if these VIPs are after a toned physique, these hard-driving classes with expert instructors might be just the ticket. Book a boxing, sculpt and tone or Muay Thai class today.

Where to find it:

600 Washington St., New York, NY, 10014
43 Crosby St., New York, NY, 10012

Maple Avenue Boxing and Fitness

Maple Avenue Boxing and Fitness offers separate classes for those who want to get fit and those who want to improve their technique, but everyone trains using full-on boxing workouts. In fact, Errol Spence, Jr., who went pro after the 2012 Games, currently trains at Maple Avenue. Former world champion Jesus Chavez is among the expert trainers pushing clients through crossbox, boxing bootcamp and fitness classes. Ready to toughen up? Book a class.
Where to find it:
2525 Butler St., Dallas, Texas 75235

Joltin’ Jabs

Joltin’ Jabs is run by Joltin’ Joey Demalavez, who went pro at the late age of 38. Joey had to be in tip-top shape to compete in the young man’s game of boxing and developed his own workouts to get there. Now he brings his wisdom, energy and down-to-earth approach to his clients in the gym he built from the ground up. Joey’s energy is so inspiring that Charles Barkley (named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History) trained with him to stay fit in retirement.

Where to find it:

The Camac Center (12th Street Gym) 201 South Camac St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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