Here are some tips to finding a good boxing gym. As a general guideline, your boxing gym should be an encouraging atmosphere for learning the sport of boxing. A real legitimate boxing gym should be focused on proper technique and constant improvement.
Your trainer should be able to tailor workouts to your physical abilities and explain to you the details of certain boxing techniques. Check out several gyms and talk to a few trainers. Be honest and upfront with them as to what goals you plan to achieve in boxing fitness, amateur competition, boxing professionally, supplementing other martial arts skills and let them know what your budget is.
Most individuals in boxing do it out of passion since the sport itself is very difficult and many people quit for that reason. No-Nonsense Way to Find a Good Competition Gym If all you want to do is compete and nothing else, ignore the rest of this guide and just read this one paragraph. Look up local amateur boxing tournaments in your area and see which gyms have the best ranked fighters. Go to that gym and see if you can get access to the same trainers.
Train there until you have nothing else to learn. Win as many amateur tournaments as you can. Different types of fitness centers that teach boxing: There are usually all sorts of people in here — kids, women, old men, and anyone else from the neighborhood looking for a good workout. The cost is minimal and most of the trainers are old veterans that love teaching people for the love of boxing.
Just show up at the gym and ask a random person how much it costs to train there. You can spot the pros easily, just look for the guys wearing shirts that are completely drenched in sweat. The atmosphere can be quite intimidating imagine guys cracking the heavy bag for hours without getting tired but at the same time very inspirational and inspiring.
The fighters here are all hardcore and train to fight. Your workout WILL definitely push you beyond your limit. Real MMA gyms will focus their classes on variations of grappling, kickboxing, and boxing. Their knowledge of boxing is pretty good. My only complaint about some MMA gyms it that they only focus on the basics and aspects of boxing that are useful for MMA combat.
These fitness gyms are purely in it for the money and their motives are easy to spot. Their gym is very clean, often spacious, and they offer a wide assortments of price deals and training packages. These gyms typically have the worst boxing instruction and charge you the most money. My favorite telltale signs of good boxing gyms: You will also see posters of upcoming tournaments and local boxing shows showing their constant involvement in the local boxing scene.
You get to judge the personality behind the gym and the man behind the principles. You can see if the trainer and gym is working in your best interests. Good boxing gyms are not underground fight clubs and athletes should not be allowed to wail on each other until one quits.
The key is to listen to the adjustments made by trainers. That is where you learn how to fight, that is where you truly learn how to box! In great gyms, the ring is always in use—you never see it empty. Somebody is shadowboxing, hitting the mitts, or sparring in there. There should always be people waiting in line to get into the ring! Quite often, there may be almost as many trainers as there are fighters. Chances are, if the gym is full of trainers…it might also be full of talent!
Even if you never get good, at least you always have someone correcting your form. In one day, I might be corrected 10 times by 3 different trainers. Look for groin protectors hanging around the gym. Look for guys in sauna suits.
You should be noticed and given at least a little attention every time you come to workout. This common practice is a bit like hazing where new guys have to earn their respect before the trainers will take them seriously. Another disgusting trait of bad gyms is how they focus more on winning than they do on boxing skills.
Over time, this bad habit develops into just teaching fighters on how to cheat instead of using superior boxing skills to win. Your workouts should be flexible to your ability and not what the athlete next to you just did. A good gym and trainer should be able to challenge you without taking you beyond your limits.
I do hope that you all find a good gym and get to enjoy and love the sport of boxing as I do. Read my other guides on boxing gyms: