At a Glance:
Address: 1919 Broadway Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Class Length: 60 min
Price: 1 class/$25, 5 classes/$100, month unlimited/$149
Sweat Scale: high
Energy Level: high
I recently read a few articles proposing that boxing is going to become the next ‘it’ workout. It’s not exactly fresh but the ever-dependable boxing workout is making a trendy comeback. Apparently in New York City there are boxing gyms that are bringing the same amount of glamour that SoulCycle brought to spinning (think white everything, spacious bathrooms, amazing amenities). Models like Gigi Hadid claim that boxing is how they achieve their sexy, strong arms and toned physique. So I decided to take a hit (I’m sorry, I mean hint) and try out this old but new craze!
Iron Fitness (which is the the gym the boxing studio is attached to) is located near UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and St. John’s Hospital…good to know since I’m practically the klutziest person in the world. There were a few street parking spots when I arrived and I imagine more neighborhood spots around, no one complained about parking or arrived late to class. I accidentally walked into the gym first, not realizing that the boxing studio is in the basement of the gym and has a separate entrance to the left side of the building and down the stairs.
The waiver was pretty short, so I went to pick out my gloves. Jonnie Rice, one of the studio’s many professional boxers, introduced himself to me and asked if he could help me wrap my hands to protect them while wearing boxing gloves (it’s a surprisingly relaxing experience). I was now ready to punch it and was relieved to see that there were more than a few women when we started the class.
We all came together for our warm-up with lunges, high knees, and jumping jacks. Depending on the class size your warm-up could also include jumping rope. We then shadow boxed for another four minutes, this is when the trainers survey the group as well as instruct newcomers on the basic and key positions. Keep your hands up! I loved how professional it all felt, they treated everyone like they had the potential to be a pro. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t ready for the ring…yet. The class is then broken down into four circuits done 2-3 times: conditioning, sparring, bag practice, and stationary cycling. I can safely assume that sparring is everyone’s favorite section because you actually hop into the ring and practice with one of the professional boxers. Let me tell you, they do not go easy on you! By the time they called for the cool-down I was so pumped, I didn’t want it to be over!
I happened to notice when I accidentally walked into the gym that they have a Power Plate. I’ve never experienced one and kindly asked if I could try it, explaining how I’ve heard girls raving about it (they honestly seemed puzzled when I said that). I have to say that doing a plank while the plate was moving actually helped get out a kink in my shoulder! Otherwise, be sure to stop at the Santa Monica Co-Op while you’re in the neighborhood or Bergamot Station for great art. Shape House Santa Monica (a different kind of sweaty workout and worthy of it’s own review) is nearby on 10th.
Tricks of the Trade
- Get there early to search for your perfect gloves (mine are the hot pink ones!).
- Locker space is limited. I shared with another Classpasser, so try not to bring too much stuff with you.
- They have water fountains and more restrooms in the gym upstairs so fill your water up there if you need to.
- Overall be open and focused (don’t stress if you’re a beginner), my arms felt amazingly tired after this. Heck, so did my whole body!
About the Author: McCall is an Actress/ Makeup Artist (currently working for Sephora), living in the heart of West Los Angeles. She is addicted to dark chocolate, Arctic Zero Dairy-Free ice cream, and a good dose of movie theater popcorn (specifically at The Landmark). Her ultimate ClassPass adventure would be either trapeze or horseback riding lessons. But overall, she’s down to try anything. If you see her at a class, or even at work, feel free to say hello!
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