Why not punch up your boring workout routine at these high-voltage boxing gyms?
Like any New York City neighborhood worth its salt, Tribeca is home to a wide range of boutique fitness studios including the expected yoga and Pilates outposts. But in addition to bending and stretching, this neighborhood is filled with great boxing and boxing-inspired gyms. If you feel like taking your exercise routine up a notch, make like Rocky Balboa with these hard-hitting fitness hotspots.
291 Broadway (between Duane and Reade streets)
As one of New York City’s premier Muay Thai and boxing gyms, The Wat (“temple” in Thai) is focused on training mind, body and spirit under Muay Thai Master, Kru Phil Nurse. With classes in Muay Thai, American boxing, and WatFit (a rigorous fitness program incorporating a hint of Thai boxing), there’s something for everyone here. And while the workouts may be intimidating, the staff is supportive and friendly.
116 Duane St. (at Trimble Place)
Trinity Boxing Club (Image: Cons/uv iew)
“This is a gym for people who can’t stand health clubs,” proclaims the Trinity Boxing Club website, immediately setting it apart from the traditional fitness crowd. With workout regimens based on those of actual professional boxers, attendees shadowbox, work the speed bag and the heavy bag, spar, and endure hardcore conditioning drills. In the end, devotees rave less about the physical workout (but to be sure, it is grueling) and more about the grit and tenacity they’ve honed at Trinity. Three group training sessions are held daily and personal training is available.
2 Renwick St. (at Canal Street)
If you follow at least one fashion model on social media, chances are you’ve already seen the inside of The Dogpound. In its stark, black box backdrop, models and civilians alike sweat through far-from-glamorous boxing workouts including bag work, jump rope, and weight training. In addition to the obvious physical benefits, co-founder Brey Pena says clients call it “the best therapy session they’ve ever had.” And in New York City, that’s really saying something. Group and personal training available.
255 Canal St. (at Lafayette Street)
Locals rave about the chill and welcoming vibe at this Canal Street gym focused on boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and personal training. Regardless of skill level, students get plenty of guidance and one-on-one time in a sunny, Zen loft dojo. The owners promise “enlightenment through combat” and a workout that’s guaranteed to kick your butt.
25 Park Place (at Church Street) and 52 Walker St. (between Broadway and Church)
Church Street Boxing Gym (Image: Courtesy of Church Street Boxing Gym)
Catering to greats like Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, as well as mere mortals, Church Street Boxing Gym prides itself on offering an authentic fight gym with a welcoming ambiance. The extensive class schedule offers up more than 60 sessions in boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and Krav Maga at all skill levels. Be prepared for an intense cardio-driven warm-up followed by bag work and sparring.
With so many great boxing options, you’ll be floating like a butterfly and stinging