Jab, Cross, Hooked

..on the swankiest boxing studio in Manhattan.

And I'm not just saying that because of the studio's Instagram-able lighting, it's posh spaced out vibe, it's badass training staff, or even because of it's spacious locker room/showers and products..

I'm talking swankiest workout in town. Think Soulcycle rhythm with Mile High Run Club's lighting and Barry's Bootcamp intensity. That's right I just named 3 of my favorite NYC fitness studios and mashed them up into one addicting sweat sesh.

Here's why:

The Vibe

shad·ow·box - (v) spar with an imaginary opponent as a form of training.

What's the fun in that you may think?

Now picture a dark, mirror-filled, soundproof, black lit studio equipped with 40 heavy bags, blasting beats and energetic instructors facilitating your shadowbox.

I think the picture says it all.

The Tribe

Not as culty as say a Soulcycle but definitely as trendy. Be prepared to be surrounded by sweaty, minimally clothed athletes ready to work and instructors inspiring you to fight.

The Class

As recommended, arrive to the studio with ample time to get acclimated. The studio offers gloves to rent for $1 and reusable wraps for purchase for $4, both of which are required.

Newbee's be not afraid, the studio may look like a fun house getting to your bag, especially if you've never seen the outline, but each instructor is great at making you feel welcomed and comfortable.

Before beginning each class the instructor invites newcomers to the center of the room to go over the basics (jab, cross, hook, upper cut + defensive moves and the proper boxing stance). If you are new it may seem a bit overwhelming but it's easy to grasp once you get started.

After a quick tutorial it's go time! Every class is designed the same. 10 minute plyometric/HITT warm up (think squats, jump squats, planks, mountain climbers and burpees), followed by 10 minutes of shadowboxing where you go over your basic technique, then you hit the bag for 7 rounds of boxing work with an active recovery in between each set (again go back to the squats, burpee, plank, bicycle crunches mindset) and finally ending with a well deserved recovery.

The Trend

With models like Adriana Lima and Gisele promoting the fitness craze it's no wonder everyone's running to a bag. However, to me, boxing goes way beyond the "new new."

As a competitor, I possess a passion and drive that goes beyond maintaining physical shape. To me, boxing is not just a form of physical fitness; its a liberating, out-of-body experience that sets you free.

Every time I step foot into the dark room, I am completely drawn to the athleticism and discipline involved in the sport. It is a craft that can never be perfected; an athlete always has room to grow in both their strength and endurance, which is both inspiring and motivating to me.

Boxing is also a multidimensional sport--it targets full body aerobic and anaerobic capacity. It challenges coordination, strength, speed, agility, rhythm, core, mind, and soul. I believe it helps me tremendously on both a physical and personal level. I love every opportunity I get to unleash the fighter and inner badass inside of me.

However, this is a class that you get what you put in. It will kick the crap out of you if you kick the crap out of it but in the same respect it will not be incredibly difficult if you half ass it. But really who wants that?

The Rundown

Studio: Shadowbox

Class: Shadowbox 45

Location: Flatiron (W20th btwn 5th & 6th)

Teacher: All are badass

Good For: high intensity, HITT, ploymetric, agility, boxing technique

Bad For: new exercisers, low impact

Intensity: 5

Difficulty: 5

Amenities: Lockers, Showers, Towels, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Shower Products, Fuel Bar

Requirements for Class: Wraps (available for purchase), Gloves (available for rent), Water

#shadowbox #HITT #boxing

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