Empire Boxing Gym: Where Fitness Reigns Supreme
Aside from boxing being a fitness regimen that is quite easy on the pocket, what appeals me to the sport is that it goes straightaway to the business of sweating it out. You're not in the gym to look pretty and sport the latest in fitness fashion; I hit the gym and hit the mitts, and work out my punches, challenging both my muscles and energy. Also, a lot of people engage in this combat sport because it is a total workout, targeting core muscles and combining aerobic and anaerobic activity.
New to this sport? Worry not. "We always remember, and we tell to the trainers, that once we were all beginners," Rob shares. "Remember your first day of training? You do not know anything, and we do not expect the student that comes here for the first time to know everything. Be treated as how you would want to be treated on your first day." At Empire, egos are checked in the door, and a humble mentality is observed. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and it's great to observe that they strongly uphold a sense of respect to female clients. The gym does not encourage sparring for women, unless requested by the female clients themselves. In this case, there are different types of sparring -- defensive (where client hits and the trainer blocks), or slightly offensive (where the most impact a trainer gives is just as strong as a tap on the shoulder). There are clients that befriend other clients and match up for sparring, while this is not mandatory.
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