ring girl.

i’d always consider myself a lover. but at UNDRCARD boxing studio, i’m definitely a fighter!

a boxing workout can sound rather intimidating and trying something new can always be a bit nerve-wracking, but when it involves getting your aggression out by punching things, i’ll always be on board.

their first impressions are spot on: the studio is beautiful and the staff is really great.

they help you get checked in, pick a bag, and teach you how to put on your hand wraps. there is also a video playing outside the studio that walks you through the wrapping process – it can be a bit confusing, even if this is your tenth time wrapping your hands.

once your hands are wrapped and class is about to start, the big barn door slides open and you step into what could only be explained as a dance hall with heavy bags. low coloured lights and loud music accompany one of the sweatiest workouts i’ve experienced.

the class starts with a warm-up to get your heart pumping, followed by some shadow boxing so you can learn the six fundamental punches (jab, cross, left hook right hook, left uppercut, right uppercut) as well as a few combinations you’ll be throwing once you put your gloves on.

because of the many different possible learning styles in the class, the punches are referred to their names, but also to their numbers. a basic combination could be “jab, cross, left uppercut, cross” or “1, 2, 3, 2.”

once everyone is experienced at few air punches, and thoroughly confused by the combinations, it’s time to put on the gloves and work the heavy bag. you’ll practice the six punches again to get a feel of what it’s like to punch a bag and work through the combinations you learned.

there will always be a few cardio and strength bursts worked into the class, too. you’ll find them in the form of high knees, burpees, pushups, squats, jumping jacks and more. when you think about doing jump squats followed by speed punches up the length of the heavy bag repeatedly, you’ll know why i describe this class as a super sweaty one.

the class ends with abs and stretching, which you’ll be quite thankful for as you’ve probably been dreaming about laying on the floor for quite a while now. if you’ve never thrown a punch before, you’ll quickly figure out that boxing is a full-body workout. besides your arms, your core will be on fire and your booty will be burning.

one of my favourite things is that it really is your own workout. you control your speed and intensity when punching, and you don’t have to be in unison with anyone else in the class. if they want to punch really fast, but your heavy-bag opponent requires a bit more footwork, you can move around, slip some imaginary punches and strike when the time is right.

although i might need to work on my fight face a little bit, i can throw a mean punch. to me, UNDRCARD is definitely a knockout!

the fine print:

a drop-in is $24 and you’ll need to purchase hand wraps on your first visit, which start at $8. there are class passes and unlimited memberships available, too. the prices are slightly above the average – for example, their 10-class pass is $199, where most fitness studios sit at $180 – but it’s not enough of a difference to break the bank. in addition to the boxing group fitness studio, UNDRCARD also offers a ring, gym and private training. if you’re looking for something a little less fitnessy, there is an in-studio coffee, food and juice bar, 20 seat common area with complimentary wifi, and merch store.

let’s keep it simple:

is it a good workout? yes!

is it for me? definitely yes!

have you boxed before?