I love boxing! Now, I’m not talking the type of boxing where you get hit. I love using boxing as a way to keep fit. Where I grew up out in Essex I used to go to a boxercise class twice a week and when I moved to London I really struggled to find anywhere that offered something similar. Yes there are lots of boxing gyms but there was something about going to a old school boxing gym that I found really intimidating. Yeah, I think I’m ok at it, but my technique is probably not quite what it should be so the thought of going to somewhere like that was just too daunting for me. Particularly when a friend was describing a class at one place and she said at the end you spar for 30 minutes. Yes spar! This is when you get into a ring with someone and essentially have a practice fight!!! No, sorry, but that is just not for me!!!!
This is where KOBOX comes in. It has arrived on the Kings Road in the centre of Chelsea and offers exactly what I have wanted from a boxing gym. It’s an hour long class which is designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone the body using boxing training techniques. Perfection! And on top of that the studio and surrounding areas are gorgeous with Diptyque candles at the front desk and REN toiletries and GHD’s in the changing rooms (which are nicer than my bathroom at home!)
Here’s a little more about what the workout is. Class is an hour long and your time is split into the following;
- Warm-Up – this is done as a group and consists of anything from shuttle runs to bouncing in a boxing stance and tapping hands on the floor/high knees/jumping etc.
- Shadowboxing – KOBOX works with a punch by numbers system. During this section you learn how to perfect your punch and also which punch relates to which number. It’s done with small hand weights giving you that extra burn.
- Boxing + Strength – from here you are divided into two groups and will start on either a wall spot or a bag spot. When boxing you have your own Aqua Training bag – this is a teardrop shape bag which is full of water, meaning it’s soft. So ladies, those nails will remain very much intact and pretty. The KOBOX number system comes into play when you’re on the bag as you’ll have punch sequences which are projected onto the wall. This means you don’t have to worry if you switch off during a demonstration, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re doing from the projections. The strength work on the wall is different every day and will consist of exercises using body weight, weighted discs, medicine balls and resistance bands. All exercises will be boxing based to help you achieve that lean look loved by the likes of Gigi Hadid!
- Stretch – the last 5minutes of class is when the lights get dark, the music gets slower and you get to stretch out whilst thinking about what you’ve just accomplished.
There really is no other workout to leave you feeling exhausted, empowered and like a mother f’ing gangster!
Classes start from £20, the more you buy the cheaper they get. There is currently a First Timer deal available which gives you two classes and a pair of KOBOX branded wraps for £25. All info can be found on their website.
When the studios lights go down, anything fluorescent GLOWS
REN in the showers
The KOBOX ring which is used for technique classes and private training
photo’s c/o myself and Shane Collins