As a new member of the Trinity Boxing Club, here’s a few things you need to know to get you through the rookie stage. First, you’ll need to buy your own wraps and learn how to wrap your hands. One of the trainers will teach you how, and then you can follow this video to practice at work, preferably when the boss is watching.

Next, don’t dress to impress. It’s a gym, not a fashion show. Wear clothing that is comfortable and breathable. If you’re not soaking wet by the time you’re done, you’re not done.

Boxers traditionally wear boxing shoes (go figure) because it makes it easier to move around the canvas ring. Regular sneakers will do too. I like Converse All-Stars high-tops (“Chuck Taylor’s”.) They’re cheap, durable and versatile.

We don’t require that you buy your own boxing gloves, but I highly recommend it. A good pair of gloves could run you up to $150, but it’s well worth the investment. Decent gloves can last up to 5 years or more. We’ll tell you which ones to get. DO NOT BUY GLOVES AT THE LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORE! They’re great for decorating your office or home but that’s about it.

If you’ve never boxed before or if you’ve boxed somewhere else and are new to Trinity, I want to give you a quick rundown of what we do so you’ll know what to expect. First of all, welcome to the Club. I appreciate that fact that with so many different training options available and so many different places to do it that you chose boxing and you chose to do it with us. Boxing can be a challenging skill to learn, but if you weren’t up to the challenge you wouldn’t be here in the first place.

The two most important things I want you to remember is that a) you came here to get in shape. Don’t worry if you’re not. You will be. b) if you think you might be the most uncoordinated person that’s ever walked in somebody else beat you to it. When it’s taught right, anyone can learn how to box. We’ve built a business on teaching it right.

If you’re a member of our New York gym, there’s a good chance you’ve signed up for our Unlimited Monthly Training since that’s our most popular program and has been for a while. The way that works is you’ll show up at one of our three daily training sessions, wrap your hands and get ready to go. The first few times we’ll teach you how to wrap your hands and then after that you’re own. We also have instructional videos on the website showing you how to do it. The workout will start with a warmup, usually on the jump rope for a couple of rounds before we get into the lesson. For two rounds we’ll have you jump in front of the mirror and shadow box, where we go over some of the finer points of offense, defense and footwork. From there we’ll have you begin on the heavybags before getting in the ring with the trainer for two rounds on the focus pads. Once the boxing part of the workout is complete, you’ll work with another trainer on various conditioning exercises, targeting stamina, strength and core stability. Although the training sessions are open ended, we ask that you show up at least an hour before the end of the session to get the full workout in. A lot of people sign up for this program because of it’s flexibility and affordability. While we don’t require that you have your own boxing gloves, we do highly recommend it. Before you buy anything talk to us. We’ll tell you what to get, the best places to get it and how much it should cost. Don’t walk into Modell’s and buy the fake stuff. For a few dollars more you can get equipment that the pros use that will last a lot longer and save you from injuries along the way.

For those of you doing private lessons, we do our best to be as accommodating as we can. The farther in advance you can book the lesson, the better. The same goes for cancellations. We ask for a minimum 24 hour notice if you have to cancel, especially if it’s during prime time. Of course, things happen beyond anyone’s control that make it impossible to make it in, but we ask that if it’s not a great excuse to miss a session, at least be creative in coming up with one so we can use it if we find ourselves in a similar situation.

Customer service is everything, especially when it comes to your health. To me, you’re not just our customer, you’re our fighter. Whether I’m in New York or LA, I want you to feel free to contact me if you’ve got questions, concerns or suggestions. My email is I used to give out my cell number but after receiving a few drunken calls at 2AM to settle a debate on who the greatest fighter of all time was, I decided against it. I’ll respond to your emails as soon as I can. And just in case you were wondering, it’s Sugar Ray Robinson.

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