Now firmly back on home stomping ground fresh from New York, I’ll be bringing you posts on London’s hottest fitness studios. Stay tuned for the best places to Tone What You Own in London Town; keeping Londoners (& everyday heroes like yourself) fitness forward. First up; Box Clever Sports.
BOX CLEVER SPORTS
Having been out of the boxing game with the move back from the states, I took the first opportunity I got to get back in the ring with Box Clever Sports. I knew the minute I put the address into my Google maps that this was going to be a class with a difference. Not so much of a street address as a car park address, I found my way one of west London’s favourite secret boxing hideouts.
The studio is immersed in a multi-storey car park a short walk away from Westbourne Park. Once you enter you realise that this setting is simply genius. The minimalist design of boxing clubs of past gone by, plus the grungey, urban setting of the studio is a match made in boxing heaven. What could get you more revved up, more amped, for a hard hitting boxing class than an environment that mirrors that of boxing?
I’m barely in the door before being greeted by Pete, the (super friendly) owner, quickly putting any first class nerves at bay. We’re introduced to other members of the class and encouraged to exchange names, bringing a great team atmosphere to the class. The first class I tried was the boxing class with Pete himself. Pete takes us through a rigorous ‘HIIT’ style warm up. Mountain climbers, squats, lunges, anything that gets your heart pumping and your muscles warm ready for the next round. It’s definitely done the trick in getting us hot and sweaty. We run through boxing drills and techniques before hitting the punch bags (of which there are ample). Finishing up with some more full body workouts and a corker of an upper body exercise – I thought my arms were going to drop off and have since kindly inflicted this on my personal training clients! Couple that with some cracking core drills and we’re done. One hour of sweaty, exhilarating boxing fun. I didn’t want the class to end (well apart from that upper body drill!)
The Total Body Class
Given my clear excitement for my first Box Clever class, I didn’t hesitate to book my second. This time the total body class. Again, I was greeted with the same friendly face. To my surprise (not sure why!?) this class obviously included boxing – it is one of the ultimate total body conditioners after all.
We started out on the jump rope, swiftly followed by a running relay to get our cardio cooking. Next up, bodyweight exercises and strength stations followed by punch bags, including a 1 to 1 chance to spar with Pete and the mitts. Can’t forget that core again to finish, and again I’m not disappointed by the butt kicking workout class that packs serious punch from Box Clever.
The awesome thing is that they try to keep class numbers low to give you more attention – hello increased burn with the bonus of it being performed correctly! The studio is kitted out with wraps, mitts, punch bags a plenty, a boxing ring, a full selection of weights, cable machine and battle ropes; meaning they have plenty of toys to keep your body guessing week in week out. They also provide crazy cool tunes and a complimentary bottle of water, all with friendly team camaraderie.
What’s not to love? Get your butt down for a boxing butt kicking with Pete and his gang before those classes pack out! See you in the ring!
Sending health & happiness,
With thanks to Box Clever Sports and Strive Club UK, for the opportunity to trial the awesomeness!
Box Clever Sports
Lowerwood Court car park,