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This week = KOBOX, a boutique boxing class in Chelsea that combines HIIT techniques with hitting teardrop-shaped punch bags in a dark and dangerous studio.
It’s no coincidence that I first heard about this studio from two of my hottest, fittest buddies. KOBOX has only been open for two months but is already drawing a South West London fitspo crowd hot enough to melt Instagram. The men have big shoulders and biceps on biceps, the women look like they have walked off a Victoria's Secret sport campaign. The good news is that the studio is dark enough to ensure the hardbodies can't see you wobble/throw up/cry.
A combination of a killer HIIT circuit and boxing moves on your own private punch bag to a banging soundtrack. Excellent stress relief and easy to work up a sweat even if you have zero boxing experience.
- Designer Australian leggings from the uber cool Active In Style boutique just down King's Road
- Wraps to wear under your gloves (need to be purchased from the studio, assuming you don't have)
- A proper sports bra: Rocky-style skipping in a crop top = not ok with any kind of boobs
- Boxing plaits
FITNESS LEVEL? 4/5
Intermediate - advanced. There's very little let-up in this class, if you're not boxing you'll be skipping, squatting or lunging - possibly all at the same time.
WILL YOU SWEAT? 3/5
A LOT if you do it properly, but there are places to hide in busy classes.
STUDIO STYLE? 3/5
The studio itself is slick and sexy and and the equipment all super high-end but the main areas are a bit grey and minimal.
Depends on the individual trainers but always current, LOUD and designed to drown out the swearing from clients on round three of burpees.
FRIENDLY OR FIERCE? 50/50
Trainers hot enough to motivate you but not totally terrifying.
Drop in class £20 but lots of packages available including five classes in seven days for £85