I absolutely love boxing. It’s fast, furious, intense and sweaty. I used to be a regular at a gritty boxing gym in Old Street until I changed jobs and, sadly, it wasn’t local anymore. Boxing is a phenomenal form of fitness that combines strength and co-ordination with a full body workout that is great for de-stressing and focusing the mind. Despite popular belief, it is also a sport that is open to all.
Last week I headed down to Moreno Boxing, Clapham’s newest Boxing Gym, and it’s pretty swish. Complete with a crossfit rig, Olympic weights, full-size boxing ring and water-filled punch bags, it offers you a ‘real’ boxing experience. What it is not is a boxercise class.
When I met Carlos, the founding director of Moreno Boxing, the thing that struck me was how passionate he was about his sport, and in that moment I knew I was going to love this place.
After having his first fight at 18, Carlos went on to compete in over 30 amateur boxing fights, he has several international championship medals under his belt, and even took the National Championship Title in Portugal in 2014. It’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about boxing and he’s keen to share that knowledge, and those skills, with ordinary people.
Why should the best training methods be reserved for professional athletes only? At
Moreno Boxing we give everyone the opportunity to learn proper boxing from experienced athletes. It’s about giving everyone the opportunity to be the greatest boxer they can be; it’s about helping others be who they want to be!
Carlos also talked about how important it was to be ‘present’ in his sessions and it’s this focus and attention that’s one of the things I love about boxing. It’s all too easy when you’re out on a run or on the bike to mentally switch off. But you can’t do that in boxing, and if you do you will only make that mistake once, trust me!
Keeping it simple, Moreno Boxing offer just two signature classes, both designed to develop different skills and afford different fitness benefits.
TIB – Technical Intensive Boxing
This class is your traditional glove and pad boxing class and it’s my favourite one. After a warm up and a re-cap on how to throw jabs, crosses, hooks and upper cuts, were partnered up and straight into the routine.
TIB is about developing the specific skills you need to be able to box, and not just to attack, but also to defend. This class breaks down each move into drills to give you an intense, lung busting workout that works both the arms and the legs (and in fact everything else!)
Combining power, speed, balance and co-ordination, as well as mental strength, it will push you to your limits and leave you completely knackered!
ITXT – Intensive Boxing Cross Training
The second class is dedicated to cross-training, but don’t think that that makes it any easier! The session is made up of a circuit which includes short, sharp bursts of exercises such as:
- Medicine Balls
- Push Ups
- Punch Bags
- Dead Lifts
- Kettle Bells
- Tricep Dips
- Battle Ropes
- Froggy Jump Squats (ahem, may not be the proper name…)
- Sit ups
Again, it’s a full body workout and, if you’re not knackered by the end, you weren’t doing it right!
With a cheeky glint in his eye, Carlos said we would end the class with the ‘squat song’. This turns out to be over 3 minutes of continually squatting to Moby’s Flower…errr, the perfect end to a 2 hour workout.
This is how happy we were…
Photo credit: Sophie from Fitology UK
Boxing is pretty trendy right now, I’ll give you that. But don’t do it because it’s trendy. Do it because it’s one of the most intense and rewarding workouts you will find. Do it because you want to get fitter and stronger. Do it because you love to sweat. Do it because you like to be challenged. Don’t do it if you’re scared of hard work…
Moreno Boxing has two gyms in London, the original is in Dalston, and the new one is in Clapham Junction. If you’re keen to test yourself you can find out more here and discover why Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh can’t get enough.
Photo credit: Simon Zhao
Massive thanks to both Carlos and and Healthy Living London for having me, I genuinely loved it and have booked in for my nest session! I was invited to come down to Clapham and try out Moreno Boxing, all opinions, as always, are my own.
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