Last year I scored an amazing groupon to LA Boxing in Georgetown. It was something like ten classes for $39, which was a huge deal compared to their pricey membership packages. The studio was located only two blocks from my apartment and provided lots of flexibility with class times, for both regular boxing and kickboxing. But be warned, this class is NOT for the weak!
When I walked into my first class with my friend Ali, we had no idea what to expect. The staff wrapped our hands in straps, gave us boxing gloves, and told us to go stand near a punching bag. We soon found out that the class is more or less a boot camp where you’re afraid of getting yelled at by the drill sergeant and forced to do additional pushups. All of the instructors are serious boxing champions, and they stand at the front of the room and yell commands and drills at us. Oh, and it’s not just punching the bag. There is a lot of cardio involved, which even includes sprinting around the room for five minutes, as well as squat jumps, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and all other sorts of high intensity work outs.
As a first time boxer, the actual punches gave me the most trouble. Hook? Jab? Cross? I had no idea what an instructor wanted when he would call out a serious of punches. They all looked the same to me. Actually, during one particularly hard class, he paused the class and went up to me and asked me to reenact the sequence. Yea, we did a lot more pushups after I did my girly rendition of a hook-jab-cross-uppercut-hook-jab!
While it sounds awful, and yes I felt like I was dying about 99% of the time, my mind and body felt amazing afterwards! Mentally, I often struggle committing time to go to the gym or to push myself 110%. I mean, sometimes doing nothing just sounds so much better than a treadmill.
It’s a lot easier when there’s a giant, 300 pound wrestler yelling at you to jump higher in your jump squats. The best motivation is actually someone telling you that you can’t, because natural instinct is that you want to prove them wrong.
…and yes, punch harder!
If you’ve never been before, sign up here for a free class! You might hate me during it, but trust me, you’ll want to go back for more.