What if I said you could unearth your long-lost abs in just 28 days? I know what you’re thinking—that you would have to spend an inordinate amount of time in the gym and live off salad leaves. Not so. The Boxx Method, a new virtual boxing workout, allows you to exercise in your own home. In fact, because the workout is online, you can do it anywhere—the gym, a hotel, on holiday, wherever you can get Wi-Fi. Each of the sessions—Full Body, Lower Body or Upper Body—lasts just 15 or 30 minutes, so it’s easy to fit into your day. Never done boxing before? No worries; there is a speedy 60-second technique video that everyone can watch beforehand.
The Boxx Method Experience
I recently completed Kobox’s seven-day Fight Club challenge, where I had to complete a one-hour boxing class every day for a week. I loved it. I felt strong, lost weight and inches, and I looked leaner. A small miracle in such a short space of time. The only downside? Commuting to the studio. So when I was told about The Boxx Method, a virtual boxing class that you can do anywhere, I was seriously excited to give it a try. All you need is access to Wi-Fi, ideally a laptop, computer or Internet TV (the bigger the screen the better), and a pair of dumbbells (although you can do without weights if you don’t have them).
I tried the Full Body 30-minute session, and the class is split into a warm-up; short, sharp rounds of boxing moves and bodyweight exercises (think burpees, push-ups and squats); followed by a cooldown. It’s fast, furious and most importantly fun. I was out of breath and aching by the end, but not once did I clock watch or will it to be over. While the moves aren’t easy, you work through them at such a pace that as one move starts to really hurt, you’re on to the next. Plus, no pain, no gain and all that. For anyone with terrible balance, coordination or memory, don’t worry; I’m just like you, and I could keep up (unlike the Tracey Anderson DVDs that were always, sadly, beyond me). The trainer talks you through the boxing combinations, and they sit on the screen so you can easily keep up, even if you’re not a boxing pro. I did the moves holding 2 pound dumbbells—sounds light, but after a few minutes, your arms really start to burn. For anyone with terrible balance, coordination or memory, don’t worry; I’m just like you, and I could keep up.
Usually when it comes to high-intensity exercise, I need a trainer standing over me, watching me to make sure I don’t cheat the reps, but it really does feel like this virtual trainer is in the room with you. And let’s be honest, if you ever cheat in a workout, you’re just cheating yourself. I tried to keep that at the forefront of my mind throughout the 30 minutes. During each class, there are three trainers: Louis Rennocks, The Boxx Method co-founder, and a Barry’s Bootcamp instructor, or Sonja Moses, a Nike Master Trainer, who lead the sessions. In the background are two other trainers, one showing easier versions of the moves and another showing more advanced versions, so throughout the class, you can choose who to follow.
After just 30 minutes, I was surprised to see that my arms already looked leaner and more shapely; I’m not kidding. It may just have been a post-workout pump, but it was enough to get me hooked. Yes, I love going to classes. I also love going to the gym, and I wouldn’t want to give up my ClassPass app or gym membership anytime soon, but this is the perfect addition. Especially if you find yourself regretting those days you don’t make it out to the gym because you can just hop online and do The Boxx Method anytime, anywhere.