Interested in the world of boxing?
Off Road is a DC-based gym with multiple locations focusing on 30-minute workouts and D.C.-famous cycling classes.
I tried Off Road’s Box30 class and loved it! But why am I bothering to tell you about it if it’s only located in DC? Well, the workouts are similar to boxing, boot camp, and cycling classes at other studios, so I think the info I provide will be useful to anyone thinking about taking a boxing class.
I was super intimidated by the concept of boxing and felt I wouldn’t be able to keep up in the class since I would be participating with zero previous experience.
The instructor, Ramzi, was super encouraging to newcomers. My friends Dibet and Ashley joined me and all three of us had never boxed before. He helped us put on the “grippers” (yellow, thin cloth that you wrap around your hands before putting them in the gloves) and demonstrated all of the moves multiple times.
In case you don’t know, all boxing gloves are the same size (at least at most studios) so you just grab a pair and make the most of them!
We started with a 5-minute warm-up where we shuffled in between the punching bags and jumped over some super, super, super small hurdles. As a group– there were probably 13 of us– we rotated through the bags and hurdles in a circle until Ramzi called time.
We then went through sets of punching circuits. They were all based on 8-counts and involved hooks, crosses and upper cuts. If you don’t know what those are, don’t worry! He explains everything! But they are exactly how they sound– upper cuts involve starting low and punching upwards at the bottom or lower part of the punching bag and crosses are just punching across your body.
We partnered off, so while the partner was doing some set of 8-counts, usually 6 times, the other partner was doing an ab exercise- either a plank, v-up, or burpees.
We finished with an 8-count routine where both partners free-styled on each side of the punching bag.
We didn’t stretch after, which I found a bit weird. We should have stretched our abs and arm muscles. But we also started late, so that may not be typical of every class.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I sweated a lot. Ramzi was super nice. In fact, we had an odd number of participants so I didn’t have a partner. Ramzi, while teaching the class, offered to be my partner and would correct me whenever I was doing a move incorrectly.
The class is only 30 minutes. If you’re looking for a full-body class, or antime intensive class, this is not for you. It went by super quickly and every minute counted, so given that we started late it felt even shorter. I actually attended a class after it because I wanted to do more exercises and cardio that involved the rest of my body.
But for a beginner’s boxing class, that’s friendly and still challenging in the 30 minutes, I’d highly recommend it. Also, it’s definitely the cheapest studio I’ve tried. As you all may know from previous posts, I’m using a fitness app called Class Pass where I pay a standard fee for every class. But I always check how much I would actually pay not on app, and it’s usually super expensive ($24-$38). Off Road is $14 or less a class, and your first week (so potentially 7 classes) is $50.
The facility does not have showers and is very small. It’s just one room for boxing and boot camps, and one room for cycling. Many fitness studios are so expensive because of the amenities provided– towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bags, fruit, nice showers, lots of bathrooms and locked lockers. Off Road did not have any of these ameninities.