Welcome to Fight Klub! Review of Reebok Sport Club’s boxing class

We review the Reebok Sport Club's Fight Klub class as part of their Summer Festival theme this month

The first rule of Fight Klub? Do it at Reebok Sports Club.

The class appealed to me, particularly after a recent viewing of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw and interviewing Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua.

However, I’ve never tried boxing before and frankly, I can lack co-ordination in football, never mind floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

The instructor is Reebok Sport Club group exercise manager Tanya Camilleri and the class fills up quickly with a variety of different builds and both men and women.

We start the class with an impromptu warm-up which loosen ups the arms, shoulders and legs before a series of simple punching routines.

Next we move onto the punching bags. This is where the fun begins as we deliver single punches and alternate between left and right jabs for five minutes.

It was surprisingly hard work, especially as Tanya demands that you keep your free hand in front of your face at all times, although my natural instinct is to drop my arm.

The class moves up a gear as you hit the punchbag with a high, middle and low right jab before a fuller punch with my left. This routine alternated between arms and it wasn’t long before my shirt was drenched.

The legs were tasked with helping to maintain my balance and co-ordination, which I found particularly challenging as I looked to focus all my energy on landing my punches.

Your legs soon become engaged with the punch bag as we indulge in a spot of kick-boxing, hitting the bag as high as possible before reaching down to touch the floor, engaging our core.

Between each round on the punch bag, Tanya had the class completing a minute of bodyweight exercises, which really push you to the limit.

The music is also a key component of the class and it sets the mood. As part of their Summer Festival Classes, Reebok Sports Club also provide a live DJ for some of the sessions, who comes into the studio to really set the vibe.

The last part of the Fight Klub class is all out. Your partner holds the bag while you blast away with a flurry of punches for 20 seconds. This really provides the opportunity to get rid of any tension from the body – a real stress-buster!

The class was excellent for toning the arms and body, and improving your core, and also provides the opportunity to enjoy some hardcore punching for those who perhaps don’t feel ready to try an actual boxing class.

Which brings me onto the second rule of Fight Klub: tell everyone about Fight Klub.

Find out how to join Reebok Sports Club here.

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This article was last updated on February 20, 2018.
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