Before heading to Boxing at Spartans Boxing Club, you’ll read from their bio that the training is “addictive”. Safe to say, this is a big understatement. With 1-2 instructors running the group through a combination of punches, drills and circuits, their Boxing class doesn’t feel like a workout – it feels like a fight you want to win. With old-school shadow boxing techniques, rap music and pictures of famous boxers on the walls, this space makes you feel stronger just walking through the doorway.
The Boxing class was run by Dan, a professionally trained boxer in coaching and sports science. Focusing on shadow boxing to start, the instructor teaches newcomers and reminds the regulars the basic combinations and movements that will be used throughout the class – so don’t worry if you’re new to boxing, everything is explained and demonstrated.
Train to fight, train for fitness
After the first 20 minutes, we had worked our way up to 3-hit combinations, learning how to drive power through any hit, and speed punch circuits. I very quickly began to understand the hype around boxing as an exercise. It increases your heart rate, targets your shoulders and biceps whilst engaging a huge amount of core strength to deliver force behind that punch. To top it off, every few minutes or so you may hear one of the instructors yell out “SPRAWL,” which means stop what you’re doing, drop into a burpee and give 3 powerful punches into the bag.
Bringing out your natural instincts
A great thing about Boxing at Spartans Boxing Club is that it doesn’t move away from the idea that you are training for self-defence. Yes, boxing is a great workout – but the combination of punches and drawbacks, along with ducking and shielding yourself is all part of boxing as a contact sport. This incorporation of basic instinct training keeps you motivated and activates your body’s awareness to protect itself, taking your mind of the workout and allowing you to enjoy your body’s capabilities and strength.
The class also includes bag punching with combination drills and circuits completed with a partner, and by the end of the class everyone has had at least one one-on-one session with the instructor to go through the basic moves and something each person can work on for the next time.
Finishing off with shoulder exercises using lightweights, core work and stretching, the class rounds off and everyone is left exhausted but cheerful.
Spartans Boxing Club is located at 393 Joo Chiat Road on the East Coast, and runs both boxing and Muay Thai classes. They also have a boxing class specifically for women, which is fantastic for women wanting to learn the basics.
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Amenities: Boxing gloves, showers, water refill
#GuavaTip: Spartans Boxing Club isn’t too easy to find – it sits tucked into the corner of a complex so keep an eye out for The Modules building and its just to the right of that.