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Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club

Posted by Staff / Posted on May 27, 2011

Toronto NewsgirlsToronto Newsgirls is a boxing club for women started by Savoy Howe in 1996. I've stopped in many times, but I'm still astounded each time I take in the agility of the women pounding at bags and darting their way around the ring. Along with regular classes and workshops, Toronto Newsgirls offers a special program called "Shape Your Life" for survivors of violence and domestic abuse.

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FreddieA / December 9, 2011 at 03:13 pm
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Awesome boxers and coaches. Great classes. Relaxed atmosphere. Never thought this sport was so much fun for the body and the brain. Shape Your Life is a class that's been an important catalyst for me. Gym for women and trans people.
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michilin kovor / October 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm
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i don't recommend this place at all. It smells and it is the same old boring routine work out. i would try another boxing club up up the street on Carlaw. I try it out in the summer time, no ac, it was so hot and uncomfortable.
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outcasted / January 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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Went to this club for their shape your life program, and was actually abused by the coach and the other women there. Traumatized me further and made me so ill that i still to this day struggle with the lack of resolution or explanation for any of it. I was bullied,sexually harassed around gender and gender expression, treated with inequity, yelled at by the social worker, mocked for my clothes, not given the same things others were given, and ultimately kicked out because the coach went away and the social worker made up lies about me to get me put out permanently. The coach came back and never even so much as talked to me to hear my side or get both sides even....She posted nasty things on face book about me, and refused me to her shape your life and her regular program. They are cliquey, abusive, radical, and just unkind. I suffered so much aftermath; originally i liked her a lot and let my guard down and let myself feel safe only to get screwed over. I got nasty emails from her and hers for like three years afterwards, and she emailed other boxing clubs bad mouthing ME for daring to stand up to her or write about my experience on my blog. empowerment? more like oppression and stifling. and abuse.
Ginny / July 4, 2014 at 09:52 am
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This gym was a lifesaver. They have women only times and co-ed where I went with my daughter and my husband. The coaches are very caring and knowledgeable, the environment the most supportive especially for someone that hasn't boxed before. My daughter loved it, she even was encouraged to get back on her bike and start riding again. She's now considering coaching and is in the process of getting her certification where we live now.

The gym isn't overly crowded generally and you can have one to one attention if you need more coaching. There is everything you need in a boxing gym including the warehouse atmosphere where you feel like a real boxer! The equipment is old but it is kept in good shape - you know this isn't boxer-size as soon as you enter the front door. I had wished the gym was open more during the day.

Prior to going I had read the reviews here - but then I was hearing so much positive stuff about the gym that I decided to check it out. I am so glad I did.

Whoever wrote that previous review, I am not even sure she was at this gym. It is such a bizarre I review that I am not sure it's real. I know people sometimes get others to write bad reviews for all kinds of reasons, who knows. I would still be working out at this gym, however, my husband is in the military and we were transferred. I mention this because he is in amazing shape and he came with us for a few of the co-ed sessions and enjoyed it. He said the workouts helped him think about his own training differently.

It's been a few months since I have been back but I still miss it.
Jon / July 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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Went for the first time last week. Joined on the spot. Supportive and knowledgable group of coaches and boxers. I was looking for a gym and knew what I wanted - yes it's old school like Gleasons complete with the train running by the gym just like Gleasons. I agree the machines are old but they work and are kept running. It smells like a boxing gym - you go there to work and they will kick your ass if that's what you want. I believe its the first (only?) all women's boxing gym anywhere around. Boxing can be a dangerous sport and the coaches give you what you need to be safe while pushing your limits.
Jon / July 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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by the way, yes, there is no a/c and yes, it's hot and you sweat up a storm even with the huge fans, yes, the building smells industrial but you either 'get it' or you don't. If you want amazing support and the ability to meet all kinds of people or if you want to stay in your cocoon, you totally can. If you don't care for industrial setting, you won't be happy here.

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