Everyone from Victoria’s Secret models to fashion bloggers are becoming boxing devotees, putting the workout up there with cult favourites Barry’s Bootcamp and Psycle. Ideal for those looking to tone up while also getting a cardio hit, SL paid a visit to new-kid-on-the-block Power of Boxing, whose classes are held in some of the capital’s oldest boxing studios.
The concept: A one-hour, high octane session of HIIT and non-contact boxing in an old-school boxing ring, combining technical pad work and cardio boxing in a fast-paced workout. The class prides itself on its authentic, rustic style – sessions are led by former amateur boxers and reformed offenders. In fact, one of the most notable aspects of Power of Boxing is the positive impact it has on the local community, working with charity Carney’s Community to help ex-offenders re-integrate into communities through boxing.
The workout: Expect a warm-up followed by four 12-minute circuits, alternating between pad work with trainers, bag work and HIIT exercises before a final ab blitz. When done properly, boxing utilises every muscle in the body, so you can be sure this will challenge you. Expect to burn around 1,000 calories per session.
Where? Classes take place in Battersea and the Lambeth location, Fitzroy Lodge. The latter is one of London’s oldest boxing clubs, having been around since 1908. While it may not be the most glamorous setting, both studios are very cool and you’ll certainly feel like a pro when it comes to your session in the ring.
Why we rate it: While there’s none of the nightclub vibe of other boutique gyms offering similar classes, Power of Boxing was one of the toughest workouts we’ve done in a while, and surprisingly fun, too. It was also refreshing to be shown exactly what we were doing wrong – this is definitely a class for those looking to improve their boxing technique or tone up before a holiday or special occasion.
How much? A single class costs £12.50, but they’re cheaper if you buy in bulk.
Anything else? Wraps and gloves are provided but it’s worth taking your own towel (you’ll need it) and plenty of water. And though the classes may seem intimidating, don’t be put off, as the sessions are suitable for beginners and pros alike.