I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this blog than with a fitness review. Fitness has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. Since moving to New York City, I accompanied the herds of women who have flocked to join Classpass. As soon as I heard about the program, I knew it was the right fit for me. I ditched my boring routine at the nearby New York Sports Club. I couldn’t get away from it fast enough. In my eyes, ClassPass is a revolutionary gym membership. For a fee of $125 per month, the membership gives you access to hundreds of gyms throughout Manhattan, the boroughs, and even Long Island. You can go to an unlimited amount of classes per month but are limited to three visits per month at each studio.
I have always fallen victim to becoming bored of my routine at the gym. I mean, how many times can you run on the treadmill before you would rather gouge your eyeballs out with a fork? Seriously, it gets old quick. Boredom with your workout routine results in two things 1) You stop going at all or 2) Your body hits a plateau. Classpass gave me the chance to explore all different types of boutique fitness classes. The options seemed endless. I could do Hot Yoga, spinning, and barre all in one week?! Aqua cycling…what is that?! It also gave me the in to all of the fitness studios I had been reading about in SELF magazine or Well and Good.
I have spent months exploring various workouts and studios and I have to say there is one studio that has exceeded my expectations every time. Boredom isn’t an option at TITLE Boxing and this is one of the many reasons I have become a weekly regular. The class forces me to push out of my comfort zone and is one of the most physically challenging classes I have taken through this membership.
When you arrive at the studio, they will make you purchase hand wraps for $10. These are to protect your wrists and knuckles. You will not regret it. No one wants a broken thumb from punching a 100 lb bag.
The class begins with 15 minutes of “warm up” drills. Well, the “warm up” will leave you hot, sweaty, and questioning why you are putting yourself through this. The push ups, squat jumps, and mountain climbers alone are enough to make you exhausted.
After the warm up there are 8 rounds (about 32 minutes) of various fighting sequences. Each person gets their own bag so no sparring is necessary (this was of great relief to me my first class). Be prepared for the instructor to sound like a drill sergeant. Albeit slightly frightening, I realized that it is really for the students benefit as it keeps the entire class motivated and driven. The instructors are attentive to everyone in the room and are very helpful by correcting your form. Since none of us are Golden Glove boxers, we could all use some help once in a while. Stubborn as I am, I know I sure as hell needed it (no one wants to look like they have flailing sausage limbs). I never thought punching could be a workout. Boy, was I wrong. These combinations shred your shoulders, arms, and core. By the end you are dripping in sweat and it’s not over yet.
The class wraps up with 13 minutes of ab and core work including minute long planks, crunches, leg lifts, etc. By the end, you’ll feel as if you got punched in the gut. Just think, “BIKINI SEASON” and all will be worth it in the end.
Besides being both physically challenging and rewarding, this class and boxing in general has provided me with such a mental benefit as well. Boxing is empowering and cathartic. No one can deny that punching a bag after a long day at your desk feels great. I feel stronger the second the class ends. Not to mention, it can’t ever hurt to learn proper punching form right? Never know when you’ll need that! Kidding. But seriously, all ladies should know self defense that live in Manhattan.
Consider taking up boxing as a hobby! Push yourself out of your comfort zone. I swear you won’t regret it.