I have been on a boxing kick lately thanks to having so many great boxing studios in LA. When I first started working out, boxing was super intimidating to me since I thought it was rough and tough and almost too "masculine" for me- man was I wrong. I absolutely love it! Seriously, nothing beats punching the bag (and its cheaper than therapy!), the major calorie burn from the cardio and the toning from all the punches!
Since I know firsthand how intimidating boxing can be when you first start out, thought I would share some of my essentials and favorite studios in LA to help you get your punch on!
There are A LOT of Boxing studios out there and each one offers a different style of group boxing class. Some are straight bag punching and cardio, others are more bootcamp style and some are boxing and conditioning. I def recommend trying out different places and styles until you find the one you like (or do them all!). All of the studios below are on ClassPass! If you have never used ClassPass before, click here to get $40 off your first month!
BoxUnion in Santa Monica, CA (also opening in WeHo soon!!!) is a great place for first timers and those who just want to punch things. They have 40 bags in class and you spend 45 minutes learning the 6 basic punches and moves. They also add in cardio breaks and abs so you can get the max calorie burn in a short amount of time!
Punch Brentwood is another great place for first-timers and those who want to get experience in the ring. Andrew (owner and trainer) keeps his classes small so you get ample one-on-one time to practice your punching and footwork in an actual boxing ring (Side note- why is it called a boxing ring when really its a square?!?)... anyways.... He also breaks the class out into a few strength training, cardio, and conditioning stations so you get a full body workout in an hour. (Pro tip: For your first class, make sure you get there 15 minutes early so you can get your hands wrapped and he can go over the basics with you).
Iron Boxing (At Iron Gym in Brentwood) takes a more "bootcamp" style approach to their boxing class. They set up a circuit you go through twice which includes cardio, footwork, punching mitts, punching the bag, weight training and then ending with core/abs. This class is great for first timers who might want to check boxing out but not be 100% committed since they offer the whole circuit of workouts.
Now that you have some classes to go to and things to punch, I wanna share some of my favorite boxing necessities that you need in your gym bag!
While most studios offer glove rentals, I found that having the right gloves makes all the difference in the world (plus you don't have to worry about other sweaty people using your gloves haha). After a year of wearing a cheap pair of gloves I got on Amazon, I upgraded to the Society Nine Bia glove and it was worth every penny. Not only do I think they make me look like a bad-ass power ranger, but they are designed for a woman's hand (aka smaller) and offer padding in all the right places so your knuckles don't look like you punched a wall after class. Once you try them on, you'll see why I am obsessed with mine... the fit and feel makes all the difference... and you end up feeling a lot more comfortable with your punches. Society Nine is a bas-ass female-owned small business that supports their community which is another reason I love them. Since boxing gloves come in different weight (usually 12, 14 and 16oz), I highly recommend checking out their site since it is super helpful (if you have any questions, their customer service is also AMAZING and will def be able to help you out!). I have the 14oz Bia glove in black and gold (but am also eyeing their white ones 😍).
When it comes to boxing, hand-wraps are extremely important; the help protect your hand and knuckles while throwing punches but also support your wrists. I know a lot of people prefer the actual hand-wraps but being the lazy chick that I am, I have found and am in love with Quick-Wraps. Not only does it save you time before class trying to wrap your hands (meaning you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes which feels like an hour when you're waking up for a 6am class) but you also don't have to deal with the pain of rolling them up after class and after you wash them (Wash more than one pair at a time and you'll easily spend 15 minutes trying to separate them afterwards haha). I highly recommend the Kali Active Quick-Wraps! Like Society Nine, Kali Active is also a female-owned small business which means you're supporting empowering women which I am all about. Their quick-wraps are gel filled so you have lots of protection but still the right amount of movement which is important since a lot of boxing classes do shadow boxing without gloves before you glove up. They also offer a pretty awesome collection of the OG hand wraps if that's more your thing.
Some other helpful things to have in your bag:
Water Bottle (Duh): You will sweat A LOT in any boxing class so remember to stay hydrated.
Good Wipes (or towel): To clean up your face after sweating literally everywhere.
Training Shoes: Y'all know I love me some APLs but whichever shoe you wear, make sure it is comfortable since a lot of boxing is footwork, your feet need support (I usually end up hitting about 5,000 steps in one 45 minute class).
Do you have any boxing tips or tricks? Comment below!