I've never boxed before. Do I need to take a beginner's class?
This is a beginner's class. And intermediate, and advanced. How can we train three different levels at the same time? We don't. We train you individually. Even though there are other people in the group, we work with each person separately from the group, and then together with the group.
How can you individually and together at the same time?
Pretty much like we did when we were fighting. Amateur and pro fighters trained together, and unless you were an amateur or professional champion, you weren't getting a trainer's undivided attention for more that 10 minutes. On a regular basis, two rounds on the focus pads to work on your technique, combined with sparring, bag work, partner drills and conditioning are great to get you in fighting shape.
How is this different from other boxing gyms?
The only other boxing gyms I've been to in New York is Gleason's, and in LA Wild Card, which I will gladly defer to as Kings of the Ring, mainly because of the incredible guys who own them. As far as other gyms go, I don't know and really don't care. My goal as a boxing gym owner is not to be the best at what we do but to be the only ones who do what we do, which is educate educated people in the science and sport of boxing.
Will I need my own equipment?
Yes, but not until after your first lesson. We'll tell you what to get, where to get it and how to name drop so you can get a discount on it.
What was it like being on Ray Donovan?
Looking back, I wish I had taken the football.
Do I have to spar if I join?
No. Although many of our members do, some choose not to and that's fine. I do highly recommend it though just for the experience. We have people in their 60's and 70's who have never boxed before and they love doing it. They trainers will put on the gear and spar with them. The training itself is great, but sparring is life changing.
It says on the website that training is from 6am-9am. Does that mean it's a 3 hour class?
No. It's a 1 hour lesson that takes place between 6am and 9am and in the evening between 5pm and 9pm. The lesson starts right after you warm up and generally lasts about an hour.