When I was nineteen I enrolled in martial arts to learn some self defense tactics. In the short year I trained in boxing, jiu-jitsu, and kickboxing I became more confident, stronger, and grew a healthy respect for my body and what it could accomplish.
|Yes, exactly like Charlie’s Angels|
It’s been years since that training, and I’ve often thought of getting back into martial arts or boxing again if only to work on my bravado again. There is nothing like walking into a room and knowing you could take down almost anyone in there if you needed to. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to punch something on those more stressful days? It is for this reason, when I heard about Boxing Bunnies from a friend of mine, I knew I had to experience what they offered for myself.
On this Fitness Trend review I brought along a few of my close friends for a girls night with some intensity. We arrived at a garage/loft style gym with a feminine flair. Owner/operator Ann Marie welcomed us in and got us acquainted with the space and exactly how to wrap our hands for all the aggression we were about to release on Boxing Bunnies punching bags. Wrapping our hands was just the start. We were in for an intense hour of conditioning, aerobics, and sweat. What we learned, was like most things fiercely feminine, you should never be fooled by the name. Here are the:
5 Ways to Earn
Serious Street Credit
|An Urban Garage/Loft Style Gym with a few Feminine Touches|
|Jump Rope Fun|
I know we all think we can just waltz into a ring and punch the crap out of something… but that’s really not how it works. You have to respect the ring, and your opponent. When you spar with a partner you tend to operate on adrenaline first, and strength second. I can tell you from personal experience that your adrenaline only lasts a few minutes. To be worthy of the ring, any contender worth their gloves must train “Rocky style” for much longer than the time they actually spend punching anything. This includes cardio, and strength training along with boxing drills designed to build your speed, endurance, and muscle memory. Boxing Bunnies impressed me with their true to life conditioning methods, taking you straight away into timed drills designed to well… exhaust you… and make you stronger. With names like “vominator” and “poopy diaper”, you can use your imagination what kind of challenges you might face.
2. Kick Serious Bunny… I mean Buns
From conditioning to gloves, the fun part begins. Don’t think for a second though that it gets any easier. More timed rotations are on their way with speed drills meant to hone in your skill level, and form. Pairing up with a partner you take turns with boxing gloves and mitts hammering out your jabs and upper cuts. Several more rotations take you to the brink of exhaustion especially as she begins to throw in some creative full body circuits, and foot work routines. By the end of the class you are spent. The relief of completion falls over you like a flood, and you laugh to yourself silently as you think. “I just did that!”Heck yeah! Watch out world.
|Safety First – All Participants must wrap their hands.|
3. Uniting the Fiercely Feminine
Boxing Bunnies has no doubt created a family of Amazon warriors. Catering specifically to women, Ann Marie envisioned a safe place to train and unite over shared obstacles, and victories. Open for members, drop in classes, and private classes there is something for everyone. Boxing Bunnies has no fitness requirements, they take you as you are, even those with disabilities. I love Ann Marie’s story of starting as a normal gal, interested in boxing (with no background in athletics), then rising through her achievements to lead her own group, and eventually begin Boxing Bunnies. She has created an environment where a girl can feel safe training to be her most confident self, void of prying eyes, and judgmental smirks. It’s you, your gal pals, and your gloves.
|Tough love where you need it!|
4. Have Fun
It may be work, but there is plenty of fun to be had as well. Battling through your mental and physical hangups together has a way of bonding people. This group knows how to have liven up getting out from time to time for some creative excursions. And if you are ready to show your man how you can pack a punch bring him to “Bring your man Friday” and see if he can keep up.
|Get Fit and Have Fun!|
5. The Sensitive Side
Boxing Bunnies also knows how to give back, offering free classes for kids in the foster system, and as I said before, catering to all levels of fitness including those with disabilities. Have a teen who could use a dose of self confidence? Schedule their next birthday party at Boxing Bunnies for an event they will definitely remember.
|Eye of the Tiger Baby!|
If you need to release the savage beast inside, maybe you should consider the bunnies... you might just get in touch with your softer side while you are at it. It’s all about balance right? The great news is that Boxing Bunnies works with all income levels and offers great incentives for those referring friends. There are no excuses, you should really give it a try. I’ll see you there!
Enjoy the Journey!
xo- Amy West
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Special thanks to Sophia Gholz for taking the photos this time!
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