If you’re looking to get fit, have fun, and build your confidence, but gyms aren’t quite your speed, starting a sport of some kind can be an excellent alternative. Boxing is an amazing way to build your strength, as well as learn some very valuable self defense skills.
Boxing enthusiasts around the world swear by the life-changing power of the sport – whether this change leads to pro competition, or simply a healthier outlook on life. It’s also accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness, so there’s no need to feel daunted going in.
If you’re looking to take up boxing here in Canberra, you’ll need to find a suitable boxing school. For that, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll walk you through what to look for in a great boxing gym, as well as a handy guide to the best gyms in Canberra.
What makes a great boxing gym?
Not exactly sure what you want from boxing classes in Canberra? Not to worry. Start by looking out for the following characteristics:
- A welcoming atmosphere. If you’re wanting to start boxing, you may feel intimidated or uncertain at first. The best boxing school boast a welcoming and supportive atmosphere and cater to all boxers – from total beginners to seasoned fighters – and should put you right at ease.
- Expert trainers. The greatest boxing gyms and one-on-one training sessions are led by expert trainers with years of experience.
- Flexible pricing options. You may want to attend a boxing class once a week or once a day – either way, the leading boxing schools in Canberra offer flexible pricing options that cater to everyone’s boxing goals and availability levels.
- Opportunities for growth. You may enjoy boxing so much that you’d like to start competing. The best boxing school can help you reach your full potential as a fighter, giving you access to as many opportunities for growth as possible.
The best boxing gyms in Canberra
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Phoenix Gym has been running for 23 years, and is Canberra’s only 24-hour Muay Thai and boxing club. With training available for people of all ages and levels from full time professional coaches, Phoenix Gym is all about providing world class programs in a family friendly environment. With an all-inclusive membership and free consultation, Phoenix Gym has the dedication and the experience to help any aspiring boxer develop their skills and their fitness.
As Tuan Le writes on Facebook, “A great place to learn , get fit and develop your skills. First class coaches that care about their students. I highly recommend Phoenix gym to all young or old.”
If getting fit and having fun through boxing is what you’re after, Flames Fitness could be the boxing school for you. Committed to providing expert guidance through a unique style of affordable personal training, Flames Fitness helps people from all walks of life improve their health and wellbeing. This well-equipped gym offers boxing classes for both adults and kids.
As ‘Local Guide’ Adam Magee writes on Google, “I love this place. Enthusiastic and interested staff that take the time to understand what your fitness goals are and tailor a program to suit. No pretence, no gloss, no fads. Real people - real results.”
Independently owned and operated, Elements Fitness is a popular martial arts, Thai boxing, and personal training studio situated a short walk from Canberra’s city centre. Elements Fitness offer classes for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, wrestling, Thai boxing and kickboxing, athletic conditioning, strongman training, and more.
On Google, Robbie Christensen writes, “One of the best gyms in Australia, everyone who trains there are legends and the coaches are awesome, super friendly and very helpful.”
From one-on-one training to group boxing and fitness classes, Fight Smith Boxing welcomes individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities. Specialising in promoting wellbeing and a positive attitude, Fight Smith Boxing is a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing about real change for the good of the local community.
As Harry Elliott writes on Google, “If you’re looking to learn boxing fundamentally or just get fit you have found the right place. Coach is brilliant and the atmosphere is encouraging. Highly recommend.”
Whether you’re aiming to become a competitive fighter or just train for fitness, Chopper’s Gym strives to help everyday people achieve their ambitions. Chopper offers a wide range of boxing classes, from thai pads, heavy bag, sparring and personal training to boxing classes and Chopper’s very own fight team, there’s something for everyone at every level. With a combination of traditional fighting styles such as Dutch K1 and Muay Thai, training at Chopper will help you develop rapid, precise, and explosive combat techniques.
On Facebook, Malachi Martin writes, “Great gym, knowledge trainers with professional experience and a welcoming environment that caters for beginners up to professionals.”
Are you looking for more ways to get in shape, other than going to a gym? Check out our articles on the best martial art schools, the best dance studios, the best high-intensity interval training classes, the best yoga studios or the best Pilates studios in Canberra for some helpful information.
Your experience with boxing gyms in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How fit do I need to be to get into boxing?
Anyone can start boxing at any level of fitness. Training in boxing will help you build up your strength and endurance, as well as aid in weight loss. If you're concerned about your fitness levels going in, talk to a boxing instructor and see if they can advise on the safest and most effective program for you to join.
Is boxing easy for people just starting out?
Boxing is very easy to pick up, as for beginners it mostly consists of a small number of repeated moves and combinations. However, it can be very difficult to master, so while it will be easy for beginners, it will take time and dedication to become a truly skilled boxer.
Can I watch a class before I join, or get a free trial?
This depends on the club. Some clubs do offer free trials, which can include anything from one class to a week's worth, while others offer paid trials instead. Talk to the club you're interested in joining to find out what they have on offer.
Will I get injured training in boxing?
There is certainly risk of injury involved with boxing, as is the case with any contact sport. However, if you make sure that your coaches are professionals who know how to handle beginner boxers, and are providing a safe environment for everyone, then you should have nothing to worry about.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as "Thai Boxing," is a form of boxing that incorporates elbows, knees and shins as well as fists. Boxing clubs often incorporate Muay Thai into their training programs to help students develop strong defensive and offensive skills that incorporate the entire body.