Not only is boxing an amazing sport, but it’s one of the best exercise forms for complete body fitness too…
And you don’t need to be the next heavyweight champion to get loads of benefits from this type of training – it really does work for all.
Surrounding yourself with others who not only fight competitively, but also people who share the same fitness philosophy as you is hugely advantageous when training.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at what we consider to be the 9 best boxing gyms in London town…
Here you can take part in a host of different organized classes – including workouts in the open air during the summer months. They also offer private coaching, sparring sessions, and full training up to competitive level for those whose aim is to get into the ring and win.
FighterFit offers Boxing Yoga classes – an awesome additional way to hone your fitness.
2. Stonebridge Boxing Club
Simply referred to as SBC, the Stonebridge Boxing Club in Bethnal Green is a place only for the serious boxer. This is not a gym to come and pose, it’s a place to head for if you honestly want to become the best boxer you possibly can.
Toks Owoh and Krteshnik Qato (British middleweight champions) are senior coaches here, and some of the UK’s top young talent train at the gym. The atmosphere is electric, and the clientele are less “members,” and more a family who inspire and motivate each other to greater things.
3. Repton Boxing Club
This is a typical old school gym – and one strictly for the competitive boxers out there. This is the oldest boxing gym in the country, and continues to churn out super successful boxers year after year.
If you want to surround yourself in an atmosphere of true training for competitive success, this tough guy gym could just be the place for your.
4. Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club
The “not for profit” Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club is a great place for both competitive boxers and those who simply want to reap the benefits of this type of training.
They welcome people from all communities, including youth groups, recreational boxers, keep fitters, and those who box competitively. The gym boasts two boxing rings, punch bags, speed balls, and all the other regular gym equipment you’d expect to see.
They also run an intensive KO Circuit training to help you achieve a level of “ultimate fitness.” Located in North Lambeth, Fitzroy is a superb gym that boasts Pippa Middleton (Kate’s sister – The Duchess of Cambridge – wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) among its clients.
5. 12 Rounds Boxing
Located in Clapham Junction, 12 Rounds Boxing is a husband and wife run centre that provides not only competitive training, but the whole ethos of boxing training for fitness.
You can take advantage of one on one training or small group classes, as well as an open gym, and there’s a range of different membership options depending on exactly what you want from your training.
They even provide childcare in the mornings to allow busy parents the opportunity to train. The four trainers offer personal training, boxing training, fight preparation, fight promoting, transformation coaching, and nutrition coaching.
6. Miguel’s Boxing Gym
Not far from Brixton, Miguel’s Boxing Gym caters for both the serious competitive boxer and those who want to use the training simply for fitness.
They have great personal trainers who offer one to one sessions, but if you’re brave enough (and are prepared to work hard – and we mean REALLY REALLY hard), then sign up for one of the “white collar” classes that run every Wednesday and Friday evenings.
In addition, the club offers mum and baby boxing classes, obesity classes, kids boxing, and various beginner classes as well.
7. Peacock Gym
One of London’s most famous boxing gyms, Peacock in Harlesden has churned out such names as Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno over the years. Boasting 3 boxing rings, the gym with the tagline “proud as a peacock” provides training up to the highest levels in ABA boxing and martial arts.
They also sport an academy for youngsters from 14-19 years to use sports skills and discipline to hone their business and entrepreneurial skills.
There are different training areas, including an amateur room, free weight area, pro-boxing and cardio area, fixed weight area, and an aerobics hall. The top class instructors offer personal training and a range of classes, from white collar boxing through to kick boxing, circuits, and Muay Thai.
8. Left Hook
This Shadwell club offers boxing training to those with all levels of experience, including the complete beginner. Left Hook has earned a reputation that’s known far and wide in the world of boxing.
As co-owner and founder Oner Avara says, “We are more concerned with the love and art of boxing than the high tech or superficial finishes that you find in corporate gyms.”
And it’s this very philosophy that’s seen boxers and fitness fans of all levels flock to the gym over the past 25 years. They offer boxing training for all – one on one training, classes, sparring, and use of the excellent selection of gym equipment and weights.
9. The Ring
This legendary club really is a little piece of boxing history, and has been in place since 1910. Today, The Ring offers training at all levels, including the Cityboxer Training System for a personal roadmap to the highest level of fitness.
Beginners are welcome, along with boxers of the highest level. And for the total novice, you can take advantage of a one on one introduction to boxing to get you started. There’s also a great range of classes, and for those with the competitive edge, white collar fight nights.