Earlier this week, I took my first boxing class at the newest location of UFC Gym in Soho. In the past, I’ve taken classes that incorporate boxing elements, but I’ve never had a bag all to myself. UFC Gym is the first major brand extension of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world leader in the sport of mixed martial arts. The brand gives both experienced fighters and newbies the opportunity to practice the training techniques of famed UFC athletes. UFC offers group fitness classes, private MMA training, and personal training all in the same open, industrial space. Other than boxing, classes include Daily Ultimate Training, UFC Fit, Kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai, and more.
After taking a tour of the space, which does include locker rooms with showers, the staff helped me wrap my hands (you can see my neon wraps next to my water bottle above) and put on a pair of gloves. My class was an Intro to Boxing class, which is required before you can enter the ring and fight with another person. To warm up, we did jumping jacks, high knees, squat jumps, plank shoulder taps, etc. It’s more challenging to do some of these movements, especially a plank, with boxing gloves on.
After the warmup, the instructor walked us through basic jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts. Each was assigned a number from 1-6. We practiced each movement individually for about a minute, then started to combine them. For instance, we did a 1+3+2, or a jab+hook+cross, for another full minute. Some movements were for speed, while others were for power. Boxing requires just as much endurance as running. I was dripping with sweat and trying to figure out a way to wipe it off with gloves on for most of the time. At different intervals throughout the class, we would stop and complete more conditioning with the gloves on. For the last 10-15 minutes, we took the gloves off to do ab work on the floor with our feet under or hooked around the bag.
The day after boxing class, I was feeling it in some forearm and upper back muscles that I don’t typically work. The class was a lot of fun and can be easily scaled for participants of all levels. It’s also a great way to relieve stress. If you’d like to try a UFC Gym Soho class before considering membership or a class package, you can get a Guest Pass online.
NOTE: UFC Gym allowed me to visit for a free class, but I was in no way compensated to review it on my blog. These are honest opinions.