Roundup: Local Boxing Gyms
Head to one of these local gyms for a fighter-style workout.
Tired of your daily treadmill, elliptical, crunches, and lunges routine? Ditch it and head to one of these local boxing gyms for a challenging workout. Whether you’re looking for a competitive boxing experience or a fight-based workout geared towards amateurs, one of these gyms will have exactly what you’re looking for.
Boston Boxing and Fitness
If you feel like doing some heavy lifting, this gym is your ideal destination. With more than 1,500 pounds of free weights, Boston Boxing & Fitness offers personalized strength and conditioning programs, as well as group boxing classes for men, women, and children. Each class has a stretching segment, followed by a series of circuit training exercises, and ending with heavy bag work.
100 Holton Street, Brighton; 617-987-0142; visit bostonboxing.com for more information.
Rumor has it that Denzel Washington has been training here for his upcoming film, The Equalizer. So if you’re feeling starstruck, or if you just trust Denzel’s judgement, head to The Ring for a workout. If you’ve never boxed before, don’t worry— they offer a free trial class on your first visit, and a week of free classes after that first session. Once you’re acclimated, they offer classes like technique, 12-round boxing, and strength training sessions.
971 Commonwealth Avenue; 617-782-6946; visit ringboxingclub.com for more information.
Peter Welch’s Gym
Peter Welch’s gym is an old school, Southie establishment in the back of a warehouse, and like you might imagine, it’s straight up, no-frills boxing. While you’re working out, you may see professional boxers pounding on the bags next to you. The group classes are based on fighter conditioning and include rounds of exercises like heavy bag and shadowboxing. You’ll sweat, and you’ll be feeling the workout the next morning.
371 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston; 617-269-4641; visit peterwelchsgym.com for more information.
This class fusion of boxing, gymnastics, hip hop, and martial arts, and its courses are specifically designed for women. Although the boxing is based on martial arts, it’s designed to help women express themselves creatively and gain confidence.
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street inside Boston Sports Clubs; 617-905-3666; visit sweat-box.com for more information.
Bancroft Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts
At this gym, beginners, Golden Gloves Champions, professional boxers, and former Olympians all work out together. Whether you just want to add boxing to your fitness routine or you’re interested in fighting at a professional level, this gym likely has a class for you. You can also attend open gym and open mat sessions, and scheduled sparring sessions.
59 Fountain Street, Framingham; 508-596-2086; visit bancroftboxing.com for more information.
Located on the South Shore, TNT Boxing offers everything from coaching for the Junior Olympic team to boxing classes for ladies who lunch. All of the instructors have been professional fighters at some point in their careers, so they know what they’re talking about. You’ll get a killer workout no matter who your instructor is (the website warns that this isn’t your standard gym’s ‘cardio boxing’ class— it’s a whole lot harder), and you won’t have to pay an arm and leg for that workout, either.
14 Plain Street, Braintree; 626-422-1908; visit tntboxinginfo.com for more information.
Redline Fight Sports
Redline teaches classes in MMA, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, fighter-FIT, and self defense for people of all ages. You can join the Redline Fight Team if you’re looking for a competitive experience, or if you’re just looking for a good workout, you can head to their high-intensity classes.
614 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge; 617-868-2275; visit redlinefightsports.com for more information.