Get Fit AF at This 4-Week Boxing Bootcamp

Photo: HitFit

Photo: HitFit

Boxing is the celebrity fitness craze at the moment. All the Victoria's Secret models do it. Demi Lovato includes it in her daily two-hour workouts. And it's not just hype. Boxing burns tons of calories, tones your arms, abs, and back, and it's an outstanding way to relieve stress. When you want to start, you can gradually tip-toe into a routine, or you can dive into the deep end. For those who want to skip straight to the deep end, there's no better way to get started than HitFit's month-long boxing bootcamp.

The next four-week program starts Monday, September 11, at HitFit's Sutter Street location, and includes 90-minute sessions from 6–7:30am, five days a week. The price is $500 for non-members, but that works out to less than $17 per hour (for 30 hours of classes), or $25 per day. In San Francisco, that's a steal.

Golden Gloves Champion Simon “The Nightmare” Redmond is leading the bootcamp with Pro MMA Athlete Cole Nagy. Sessions will vary daily and include dynamic stretching, running, heavy bags, mitt work, jumping rope, body weight exercises, and circuit training. The course will progress day-by-day, and you don't have to have boxing experience to enroll. Don't worry about getting knocked out in the ring—it's intense, but it's not punch-your-partner-in-the-face boxing. Also important: Simon has an awesome Irish accent, so you'll get to listen to an Irishman yell at you while preaching the goddamn truth of fitness. Win!

You will need boxing gloves (12oz or more), hand wraps, and a jump rope for the program, but you can purchase those items (if you don't already have them), through the gym for $92. If you want to save money, HitFit has loaner jump ropes and gloves, but you'll have to purchase your own wraps. (They're about $12.)  I would also suggest buying gloves—even if you get cheap-o ones via Amazon—because communal gloves sometimes make your hands smell like feet. Just sayin'.

If you have questions about the bootcamp, you can call the gym (415-440-8269) or Simon (415-710-0261). Otherwise, you can register online through MindBody. Ninety minutes a day, five days a week is a hella intense regimen—and you'll probably need a massage by the end of the first week—but you'll be in tip top shape by summer.