Kickboxing @ Keith Cooke Studio

Keith Cooke Studio

Class: Kickboxing

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Kickboxing

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Street parking, free validated lot until 5pm on weekdays, $4 on weekends and nights

Amenities:  filtered water fountain, free glove and wrap rental

Requirements for class: sneakers, towel

This is one of the more under-rated boxing classes around LA. Keith Cooke himself taught the class and as my friend Cassie puts it, he’s a ninja! The class is very welcoming to beginners, but at the same time, most of the clientele seem to know what they’re doing. The studio is no frills, but offers free glove and wrap rentals that don’t smell like other people’s sweat, which is a HUUUUUGE PLUS. It’s basically one big mirrored room with standing punching bags and everyone gets his/her own to do circuits (though I shared one with Cassie). The moves are a combination of standard boxing drills with some fancy kicks and turns, which I personally appreciated. You’re active the entire time, and at the end, you lay down the bags to do a core circuit.

Overall, the workout was great. It pushed you to your limits and incorporated moves that you normally don’t see at other boxing studios. The studio also offers other martial arts classes and it has a vibe of seriousness, without being intimidating. If you want a great workout without frills, this is it!

Iron Signature Boxing @ Iron Boxing Brentwood

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Class: Iron Signature Boxing Bw

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Circuit Training Boxing

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking (they will have validation in the building lot for a few dollars, but that hasn’t happened yet as of 3/18/16)

Amenities: Lockers, showers, filtered water, towels, gloves and wraps

Requirements for class: sneakers

This is a brand new studio that just opened last week and the locker room is BEAUTIFUL. I have been meaning to try Iron Boxing in Santa Monica, but never made it over there, so I was beyond excited that the Brentwood location opened less than a mile from my apartment! I went last Friday evening with a friend and there were only 6 people total in the class, so there was a lot of personalized attention. Ask for a walk through of the studio because the front desk didn’t really give me the rundown until I specifically asked (even though they knew it was my first time). There is only one bathroom for women and one for men, but these are separate from the locker rooms. The locker room is clean and big and full of amenities, with combo locks and 2 showers.

The studio itself is part gym, part boxing studio and there is also individual gym time offered where people can go and use the machines (treadmills, etc.) and the equipment. The boxing class takes place in a ring area and there are punching bags and a series of circuits set up. The class consisted of a cardio warmup, three circuits total that included boxing, punching bags, weights and cardio, and finished with ab work on mats and a stretch. It was an intense workout (kind of like Prevail, but with less people and more instructors). There were 3 trainers total for the 6 of us, so the ratio was pretty good. The area below my right shoulder blade was really sore the next day, so I hope that means I’m working a muscle I don’t normally work! I brought my own gloves and wraps but my friend rented hers for free from the studio. Overall, it was a nice and intense workout with a lot of personalized attention.

Kickboxing @ Title Boxing Club

Title Boxing Club

Class: Kickboxing

Location: Norwood, MA (though Title Boxing Clubs are nationwide, including one in Pasadena and one in Thousand Oaks) NOTE: Not all locations are on Classpass

Work-out: Boxing

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot

Amenities: Free glove rental, water fountain, swag for purchase, lockers (unlocked)

Requirements for class: bring your own lock if you want to lock up your belongings, wear sneakers, bring your own wraps and gloves if you have them

This was the first time that I have given a Title Boxing Club a try, and it was a kick-ass workout. Class started with a rigorous 15 minute warm up where you move the entire time. Then, the next 30 minutes is broken into 8 rounds of bag exercises. The instructor demonstrates the combination, and then you have 30 seconds to a minute of repeating the combination. Each round consists of about 3 sets of combos, followed by 30 seconds of active recovery. The clubs also have just boxing classes, which I imagine will be a similar setup without the kicking combos. The class ends with 13 minutes of core work and 2 minutes of stretching.

The particular location I went to was very clean (and only 3 months old). The class only had about 4 people in it, so overcrowding did not seem to be a problem, and there were at least 20 punching bags and a boxing ring. The facilities were very nice and well kept. My only complaint was that the core work was done on the hard floor (I didn’t see any mats) so it was a little painful on the back and tailbone. Other than that, the class was great; I wish there was one closer to me in LA!

Kickboxing @ All About Kickboxing

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Class: Kickboxing

Location: North Hollywood/Burbank

Work-out: Kickboxing

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking/small lot

Amenities: Glove and wrap rentals, shower

Requirements for class: Bring water, and wraps and gloves if you have them

I ventured far outside of my normal hood to take this class with a friend. The gym was no frills (it reminded me of a garage) but the class was a good workout. It started with a cardio warmup, and then everyone got their own punching bag for the remainder of class. We did different punching and kicking drills. The class is oddly barefoot/with socks (though it could get slippery with socks) or you can wear special boxing shoes if you have them. We ended class with some partner work and a few plank holds.

The owner was very nice and the vibe was very unpretentious. The regulars of the gym were helpful and it was a great workout if you’re in the neighborhood. They even offer 30 min. lunch time classes for those trying to fit in a quick workout.

Prevail Los Angeles

Prevail

Class: Prevail

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Boxing/Circuit Training

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 1.5

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Shower, water for purchase, free glove and wrap rental for first class and $5 for each rental after.*

Requirements for class: Wear sneakers, bring water, bring your own gloves and wraps (highly recommended). Also, tightly lace your shoes, wear a tight headband/hair tie and pants that will not fall down since you’ll be doing a lot of jumping and won’t be able to adjust with gloves on.

*The most important thing you will take away from this review is that you should most definitely bring your own gloves and wraps, even if it is your first class. The rental gloves reek of other people’s sweat, and it will stay on your hands after many washes. I learned this the hard way. The gloves and wraps are not expensive; you can make up the cost of renting after attending 5 classes, and believe me, buying your own is well worth not having to cringe at smelling like someone else’s sweat.

Other than that, the class was great. I first discovered Prevail at the Nike Training Club Tour and really liked the workout we did there, since it wasn’t hardcore boxing. Trainer Lo and assistant trainer Erika were good at teaching the newbies the basics, and it was a good way to shake up a regular workout. I will definitely come here again since there was cardio, core and toning all involved in this 45 minute sesh. The clientele isn’t hardcore boxers either. The gym is a favorite of models and high profile bloggers.