So, you’re at the point in your exercise regime at which you are googling ‘boxing lessons near me’. It’s a great first step – so keep at it!
But now you need to turn your digital dexterity into proper activity – pulling on your shorts, tying up those trainers, and borrowing a pair of no doubt slightly sweaty (not to mention a little pongy) boxing gloves.
But where are you going to go find a bag (or a competitor) to punch? That’s what we’re here to tell you. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Glasgow is a fantastic place to learn boxing.
Scotland punches well above its weight (excuse the pun – it’s very rare one gets to use it) in the global martial arts scene – and the country’s second city, Glasgow, is far and away the best place to learn.
So, what are you waiting for? Find your skipping rope and your best Rocky Balboa impression and read below to figure out the best option that works for you.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” (Mohammed Ali)
All types of boxing are centred around fighting in a ring: French boxing, British boxing, Thai boxing mixed martial arts… but there is much more to them than that.
No two types of combat sports are the same, and each of them have a different set of rules.
In fact, all of the disciplines are each governed by their own official body, that is how different they are to one another. Thai boxing, for example, dates back to centuries ago when the Thai military introduced elements of it at war in a bid to win territory for their nation.
French boxing, or footfighting as it is sometimes known, meanwhile, has developed over the years from a sport where canes were used to defeat the opponent.
Despite their differences, the underlying principles are the same and they each demand a great deal of respect, technique and physical and mental strength from their practitioners.
But what are your reasons for wanting to learn how to fight? To better defend yourself, to learn how to punch, to find out how strong your body is, to prepare for a championship fight, to curb your energy or to simply improve your overall health and fitness?
Regardless of your reason, regular training is a must if you want to continue to improve and develop.
So, grab your kit (you’ll need a mouth guard, various body pads, a helmet, boxing gloves and suitable training shoes at the very least) and find out which sports centres offer boxing classes near you!
Boxing is a relatively low-cost sport but you will still need more than just a pair of trainers to train with! Photo credit: Carolyn Coles on Visualhunt
|British Boxing||The boxing we know in the UK, with big names like Tyson Fury and Mohammed Ali.|
|French Boxing||The French equivalent, which involves kicking as well as punching and slightly different rules. Also known as savate.|
|Muay Thai Boxing||Known for being quite violent - with strikes with different body parts allowed - this style comes from Thailand.|
|Boxercise!||A popular gym class in the West, in which the poses and moves of boxing are performed, usually to music, without fights and for the purpose of getting fit.|
But before we get started, let’s think about why you might put yourself through this stress and pain (because being punched repeatedly might not sound like fun for everyone!).
What are some of the benefits of this sport – and why should you choose it over say, simply jogging? The answers to this might convince you to strap those gloves on immediately.
Like all exercise, the activity of boxing places a certain stress on your heart and lungs – and these organs respond to that stress by strengthening themselves. But boxing, in its particular intensity, helps this better than most other activities – as you are continually on your toes, and you are throwing all your weight behind each punch. These beats jogging on a treadmill – where you are never obliged to push yourself as hard as you might.
There’s nothing better than having to punch at speed to help your coordination. And this isn’t something as prosaic as it might seem.
Rather, good coordination leads to a healthier brain and it helps counteract the inevitable deterioration suffered by your brain as you age. Meanwhile, good reaction times mean a more attentive brain.
We all know the link between physical activity and stress: being active boosts your mood and helps you to sleep – two things that ward off the overwhelming aspects of stress.
Yet, the intensity of boxing provides a real relief to anger, aggression, and tension – meaning that you don’t have all this building up inside you. It makes your brain release endorphins – the things usually associated with good moods and euphoria – and it builds your self-confidence.
Boxing is also a social activity – and sharing in an activity is a real gift to your mental health.
Beyond these, people usually burn around four hundred calories during an exercise class. The exercise improves your muscle tone and strength, and it is fast and effective at burning fat. In other words, you can get ripped, strong as hell, and mentally fit too. What is there not to like?
Scotland may be small, but it is indeed mighty and one of its biggest cities, Glasgow, boasts a number of sports centres where people can learn to box.
French boxing took some of the elements of British boxing – which, as you may know, only allows opponents to use their fists – and added the ability to kick. Back in the day, French boxing also often consisted of opponents contending for a win using a cane.
It wasn’t long though until the French officially introduced French boxing.
If you are interested in the variety offered by French boxing, you’ll have no problems finding a class in Glasgow.
The French form has been welcomed in Scotland with the introduction of Savate Scotland.
Savate workouts will help with various elements of fitness, focusing primarily on cardio-vascular fitness, flexibility, core strength and self-confidence.
Savate Scotland coaches at various locations across Scotland, with dates and times for Glasgow to be confirmed soon according to its website. Meanwhile, if you happen to commute to Edinburgh during the week for work, you will find details of classes there listed on their website!
Alternatively, martial arts trainer Mike Krause has offered classes in French Savate boxing since the mid 90s in his hometown of Glasgow. Salem Assli, the President of the Californian Association of Boxe Française, has commended Mike for having brought his passion to Scotland and promoting it so fiercely.
You can contact Mike to enquire about his courses by phone, email, website enquiry or by dropping into his centre on Lancefield Street.
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British boxing – a so-called ‘noble sport’ – is, as you’d expect, even older than French boxing. British boxing emerged in the 18th century, when it was originally illegal and unrestricted.
Things have changed drastically since those days; then came the regulated form that introduced strict rules to abide by and cut down the risks of life-threatening injuries, opening more people’s eyes to the positives of boxing.
Now, the British Boxing Board of Control states a long list of rules for boxers, too long to list. If you are interested in reading the full copy of the Rules of Boxing, then take a look at www.bbbofc.com or contact the British Board of Control.
The first offers a packed timetable of classes every day of the week. With sessions for all levels of boxing taking place each weeknight from 6.30pm or later, and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10.00am, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a class.
They also offer kids’ classes four times a week (some are parent and child classes), circuits, ladies’ only boxing fitness classes, sparring as well as strength and conditioning.
You might do a bit of sparring in your boxing training. Photo credit: David Rosen Photography on Visual Hunt
The format at this gym is either pay as you go, at £5.00 per session for adults or £3.00 for children or alternatively a monthly membership priced at £60.00 a month for adults and £36.00 for 5-16 year-olds. Classes take place on Portman Street.
A good coaching programme will help you to build up your self-defence technique and prepare you for those explosive blows that you might be subject to during training or fights.
Viewpark Boxing Club is a boxing institution in Uddingston, Glasgow, which has been training boxers and hosting fights since 2004. It runs boxing classes for all ages from eight upwards, and it prides itself on being a welcoming and relaxed place to train.
Kids classes happen weekly, whilst evenings exclusively for women take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Alongside the boxing training – and the professional boxing training – they also run keep fit and boxercise classes.
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Highly popular in its native country, Thailand, Thai boxing is growing in popularity in the western hemisphere too.
Most martial arts descended from what are known as muay boran (traditional boxing) and krabi krabong (boxing with weapons), but Thai boxing – or kickboxing as we know it in the UK – is one of the more popular disciplines. Even south-east Asia shows preference to this activity over other martial arts.
But while it is popular, it is also quite violent. All types of blows are permitted so it understandably has a reputation for being one of the most dangerous types of boxing. That said, it is often described as a graceful and elegant sport too!
Thai boxing is so special to the region, that not seeing a fight when travelling on Thai soil is like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower, or going to London and not walking past Buckingham Palace!
The Thai Boxing Club in Glasgow is a good place to start. They offer Muay Thai lessons, based in the city’s West End, making Thai boxing accessible for many city goers and workers.
With a recently refurbished gym, they offer fantastic facilities and expert coaches, training complete novices through to champion fighters.
Classes are held every day of the week, but if you are looking for a one-to-one lesson you may need to book in advance. Adults classes take place on Tuesdays from 7.00pm until 9.00pm and again on Thursdays at the same time.
Junior classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays too but an hour earlier, meanwhile a Junior Fight Team Training session is available on a Sunday at midday. All classes will usually involve some sparring, bag fitness and the teaching of important techniques.
The Griphouse in Glasgow is one of the country’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) centres – producing many of the leading names in martial arts and hosting many of the most successful trainers in Scotland.
Alongside classes in MMA, they offer general boxing coaching, wrestling classes, strength and toning sessions, and Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Whether you are after professional or casual training, coaching towards competitions, or a new casual hobby, the guys at Griphouse will sort you out in your Muay Thai.
If you are a kid who wants to start in Thai boxing, you are welcome here, or if you are want to spar seriously with other serious athletes, this is your place too.
You’ll also discover that the Griphouse holds a Guinness World Record, but we’ll let you discover for what.
Whether you are a student at the University of Glasgow or not, the student union runs Muay Thai kickboxing sessions in the university gym. With the opportunity to train between one and four times a week, with some really experienced coaches, you’ll find everything you need to pick up some skills in Thai boxing super quickly.
The club also has a lively social scene – group dinners and trips to see live fights – and it’s keen to be welcoming to all levels and skills, so this might be a winning option. Watch out though, because there are no options for kids.
The Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, based near Clydebank to the west of the city, is a great institution for all things Thai boxing. Running every day of the week to people of all ages, this is the sport’s dedicated home in Scotland.
Adult and junior classes run through the week, with competitive training at the weekend – all with a range of committed, friendly, and responsible coaches. If you would like to just do bag training, you can do that too – and there is also the option for one-to-one coaching.
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The very popular Boxercise is a keep fit-style class that derives from boxing, taking elements of the discipline and combining them with an energetic fitness workout. But, while Boxercise was a craze that hit many gyms across the nation, many more alternatives have since developed too.
You can now find a range of classes centred around boxing (just search for “boxercise class near me“) but incorporating key elements of other fitness classes. For example, there is BoxFit, BoxYoga (or YogaBox at some gyms), BeatBoxing and I have even come across one class named B*tch Boxing!
Glasgow has its very own BoxFit establishment in the heart of the city, offering Muay Thai and fitness to help all meet their weight and fitness goals.
Having opened its doors in February 2017, the club is relatively new but has already seen much success. There are no joining fees, and class schedules can be requested by contacting the team.
In most Boxercise or BoxFit classes, gloves and pads will be provided (we cannot guarantee that they won’t smell a bit sweaty though!).
The Glasgow Club is a fitness organisation with nearly thirty venues across the city. They have the equipment and facilities to offer nearly every sport imaginable, from swimming to yoga to badminton – and you’ll probably find that you have a centre just around the corner from you.
Their boxercise classes are hugely popular, and you just need to bring yourself – and probably some water.
It’s worth knowing that there are also four centres with punchbags, where you don’t need to join a class at all. They are Easterhouse, Bellahouston, Tollcross, and the Emirates Arena. You can borrow gloves too – so you’ll be all set.
Jill MacCulloch is the head coach at New Life Ladies, and she set up the women’s wing of the MMA NewLife Gym to give a relaxed and dedicated space for women to train.
They run boxing and kickboxing classes as well as one to one personal training and beginners boxing classes. These latter are focused on general health and well-being too, which is handy for those of you fancy just getting fit.
The gym is in Maryhill, and the options available for people who aren’t women are just as broad – from boxing to general fitness. The head of the whole place is David Galbraith, a personal trainer and coach who leads the gym’s professional fighting team.
For anything more about the place, give them a Google – as they have loads of offers and discount rates on bulk buys.
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It’s always more fun exercising with a group of friends than alone! Photo credit: eliduke on VisualHunt.com
If none of the above sound like your cup of tea, you can find exactly what suits you at Superprof – as well as the option to try an online boxing coach.
Superprof, if you didn’t know, is a platform that connects budding students to experienced tutors. Right now, it has over six million tutors across the world – offering personal tuition in over a thousand different subjects. So, whatever it is you want to learn – whether that’s boxing or something else – you’ll find the right person for the job (and for you!) right here.
Online boxing coaches work by giving you the advice you need via digital channels. And whilst this might seem a little weird, it is a booming industry that budding boxers simply love. You can take your phone into the gym and conduct a session there – meaning that you don’t have to pay for an onsite coach – and you are not limited to their schedule.
Give it a try. Remember what Mohammed Ali said? “Don’t count the days; make the days count”.
And once you feel like you’ve got a punch as good as him, why not learn something else too?
There you have it: all you need to know about becoming a boxer in Glasgow. Yet, if you are not a local to the city, you can rest assured that boxing classes can be found across many of the big cities in the UK (as well as the small ones!).