I Tried It: Kickboxing
The class moved so quickly, there was no time to get bored—or give up.
Photo by Jennifer Siegwart
You Try It!
Title Boxing Club, 2852 University Avenue, North Park. $65 for 2 unlimited weeks; $109 per month; first class is free. titleboxingclub.com
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the ring. I’ve made my way around town to plenty of yoga and barre studios, but boxing, which can supposedly burn up to 600 calories per hour, was the one workout I hadn’t yet tackled.
I arrived at Title Boxing Club with a friend, and their staff helped us get our hands wrapped and prepped for gloves before we headed to an open room with rows of boxing bags. The first portion of class was a warm-up that builds in intensity—squats and lunges, then high knees and jumping jacks. The class moved so quickly, there was no time to get bored—or give up.
Then we started bag work. Our instructor, Nate Salva-Cruz, called out an order of moves—jab, jab, cross, uppercut—which we followed until the next combination. My adrenaline pumped, my heart rate climbed, and the stress of the day melted away.
After an hour, we peeled off our gloves and settled down on mats for core work. I was a sweaty mess but felt invigorated. Nate’s high-energy style made the workout fly by, and his encouragement kept me going even in moments of fatigue. Once the soreness fades, I’ll definitely be putting those gloves on again.