Boxing Boot Camp

This post is part of my 2017 New Year’s Resolution to try every group fitness class offered at my gym, The Equinox in Chestnut Hill. See the full list of reviews here.

Wait, what are all these new classes?! Boxing Boot whaaaaat?

I returned from the summer to get back to my 2017 Resolution to try every class at the Equinox, only to discover that there are more. It reminds me that I need to stay focused if I’m going to take every class offered this year.

As for any discontinued classes… they don’t count! (Because there was no way to know.) My goal is by the end of December to be able to go through the class offerings and have no single class on the schedule that I haven’t taken.

(So please Equinox, don’t offer 8 new holiday classes, I’m begging you.)

Today’s Class: Boxing Boot Camp with Jennifer Nichinello

Class length: 50 minutes

Description from the Equinox: Work on creating or enhancing your boxing skills. Great for cardio conditioning, as well as building strength and endurance through, boxing drills, shadow boxing, kickboxing, jump rope, and a variety of core strengthening exercises. Check with the front desk to see if gloves and wraps are required.

What Class Was Like

5 minute jump rope warm up followed by a three station circuit repeated four times at two minutes each. The first station was boxing with a set combo, then a cardio station, and then a weight lifting squat station. Class cooled down with a 5 minute ab workout on the mat.

Best part? Definitely the boxing station, especially when the instructor rotated to let participants have a turn hitting the shield she held up while giving feedback.

Sample Exercises

  • jab, cross, double jab, cross sequence with gloves on
  • sideways shuffle then burpee (or modify with squat) and repeat
  • single leg squats with dumbbells
  • 5 minute jumprope warmup
  • 5 minute ab and stretching mat cooldown

Who would love it?

Cardio heavy with a little strength work mixed in, this is a good class for someone who is curious about boxing and wants their heart to pound.

Modifications / Beginner Friendly?

  • The class stations will likely get mixed up, but with jump rope in the description it’s probably not going to be a good class for anyone with an injury that requires low-impact workouts.
  • Instructor was good about giving modifications and keeping an eye on the energy levels and making new modification suggestions / offering encouragement as needed


Know before you go

  • All equipment was in the classroom
  • This class was a circuit workout with group stations, so aside from a jumprope and then a mat at the end of class, participants didn’t need to collect all the supplies for each workout

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