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The Best Boxing Gym in Toronto

Posted by Amy Grief / September 23, 2015

boxing torontoThe best boxing gyms in Toronto let you train like a world class fighter regardless of whether you're itching to throw punches in the ring or you're simply looking to get some exercise. From old school facilities that'll make you feel like Rocky Balboa to sparkling boxercise studios, many of these spots will teach you basic self-defence and provide you with a sucker punch of a workout.

Here are the best boxing gyms in Toronto.

Clancy's Boxing Academy

Clancy's Boxing Academy

This relatively hidden spot in North York spans over two floors and lets you relax with wifi, coffee and juice before (or perhaps more appropriately, after) your fight. Clancy's isn't your typical male dominated space; rather, it strives to get women and girls into the ring. More »

Atlas

Atlas

How many boxing gyms in Toronto can say they've trained an Olympic gold medalist? Just one and it's Atlas, which helped train Lennox Lewis as well as other Olympic medalists over the years. Besides churning out champions, this gym offers more approachable classes such as BoxFIT and Insanity. More »

Newsgirls

Newsgirls

At Dundas and Carlaw, this inclusive boxing gym has been around for nearly 20 years with a mission to provide a positive, safe space for women and trans people. Along with offering womens and trans-only classes, it also host co-ed session two times per week. More »

Stockyards Boxing

Stockyards Boxing

Stockyards Boxing is tucked inside George Bell Arena near St. Clair West and Runnymede. It holds boxing classes for both adults and young people under 17. It also has a selection of fitness equipment to keep you conditioned outside of the ring. And, you can always take advantage of the adjacent arena and cool down on the ice. More »

Siberia Boxing Club

Siberia Boxing Club

While its proximity to Steeles may make it seem like it's in Siberia, this North York boxing gym teaches Russian and Cuban-style techniques to beginners and professionals alike. They also offer adult and children (over eight) private lessons as well as women-only classes on weekends. More »

Xtreme Couture

Xtreme Couture

At 33,000 square-feet, this mixed martial arts gym is definitely extreme. Train here if you're looking for diversity because you'll be able to choose from Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), wrestling and of course, boxing. If you want to drop your fists, you can also join one of its many fitness, hot yoga or TRX classes. More »

Cabbagetown Boxing Club

Cabbagetown Boxing Club

Created back in 1972, the founders originally opened this club to help at-risk youth. For the past 43 years it has helped train amateur and professional fighters including Olympic silver medal winner Shawn O'Sullivan. With programs for both adults and children at its original location, this club is now part of the larger Cabbagetown Youth Centre. More »

Sully's

Sully's

Sully's is a storied Toronto establishment that's apparently the oldest boxing and wrestling club in Canada. This old school, no-frills gym will help whip you into shape with its intense, sweat-inducing classes. And, there's a ton of history here. Legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali and Marsha Valley all trained at Sully's. More »

Headrush Training Centre

Headrush Training Centre

Formerly known as Grant Brothers MMA, this North York gym is a multi-combat sport hub, offering training to kids as young as four. Whether you're looking to compete or just improve your fitness, you can choose from a slew of fighting styles including MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, wrestling or boxing. All classes are co-ed. More »

Kingsway Boxing Club

Kingsway Boxing Club

With two locations in the GTA, Kingsway Boxing Club runs a variety of fitness and fighting programs. It has an amateur competitive boxing club at its Etobicoke gym as well as sparring classes and open training hours. Its Oakville outpost is more recreationally oriented with daily conditioning sessions. More »

Undisputed MMA

Undisputed MMA

By maintaining a greater focus on fitness than fighting, North York's Undisputed MMA helps participants get in shape through various combat styles. Archie Luz's (the owner and head coach) approach emphasizes training and conditioning while also teaching self-defense programs in Muay Thai, boxing, BJJ and wrestling. More »

Big Hit Studios

Big Hit Studios

Unlike many of the other gyms on this list, Big Hit Studio focuses solely on fitness. As a cardio boxing and kickboxing centre, it features an array of signature classes that incorporate boxing techniques as well as weighted gloves and medicine balls. You can stick with traditional kickboxing or mix it up with YOBO, a cardio kickboxing class that ends with yoga poses. More »

Built By Mack

Built By Mack

Owner Daryl Mack (hence the name), has been boxing for 15 years. He also has 10 years of experience in fitness training and he combines both of these at his boxing gym on Don Mills to provide participants with combat and workout classes. While boxing and conditioning sessions are on the roster, Built By Mack also offers youth training and pre/post-natal fitness. More »

Wayne Bourque Centre Ring

Wayne Bourque Centre Ring

Former Canadian middleweight champion Wayne Bourque's Yonge and Davisville gym runs its signature Boxercise class at least twice daily. These fierce classes let participants get all the benefits of boxing without actually having to fight. For the punching averse, Bourque's facility also has cycling classes as well as personal training sessions. More »

Studio KO

Studio KO

This King West gym is another facility that offers workouts inspired by rigorous boxing training sessions. With three Box-Fit levels, beginners and advanced students can Learn traditional boxing moves and techniques. Studio KO incorporates elements such as punching bags and other types of fitness equipment into Box-Fit and at levels two and three, participants get to do partner work. More »

Discussion

45 Comments

Wade / September 23, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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You guys are fully slipping. http://www.united-athletics.ca/
Brittany / September 24, 2015 at 11:40 am
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That is not an accurate description of Undisputed MMA. The martial arts classes are highly technical and competitive. Their fighters have won many competitions - Boxing, Muay Thai K1 Kickboxing and MMA, Provincial, National and World Titles.

The focus is on fight training, complimented and supplemented with some pretty serious conditioning classes using kettlebells. Members (men and women)like the fitness classes because they are based on fighter's training regimens to get in shape for competition.

The gym also boasts a diversity in disciplines; Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ & Submission Wrestling, Krav Maga, and Kali, a weapons based martial art for self-defense and used for on-screen combatives.




Brandon Silva / October 4, 2015 at 10:56 am
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I've been going to United Athletics on Bloor for almost a year now and I'm sad to see it not make the list. Did anyone even try the place out? Just go look at the reviews.
Geo / October 4, 2015 at 11:01 am
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A Not-For-Profit Gym downtown Toronto with a great community with no egos, expert coaching, engaging events and provincial champions :S ??? FULLY SLIPPING

Sasha / October 4, 2015 at 11:13 am
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United Athletics is an amazing center with great coaches and provincial champions training there - should be on this list if you're trying to accurately represent what Toronto has to offer.
Geo / October 4, 2015 at 11:14 am
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UNITED ATHLETICS is A Not-For-Profit Gym downtown Toronto with a great community with no egos, expert coaching, engaging events, provincial champions and the best reviewed gym in T.O i dont see it mentioned anywhere, Poor research !

1034 Bloor St W - www.united-athletics.ca
David / October 4, 2015 at 11:17 am
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I live down the road from united athletics and they always have interesting packed classes. What an addition to the community. It should be on the list!
G replying to a comment from Geo / October 4, 2015 at 11:17 am
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UNITED ATHLETICS
Caitlin / October 4, 2015 at 11:31 am
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united athletics is an absolutely incredible gym that does so much good for the community and has so improved my physical and mental health.
NuAns / October 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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Extremely shocked that United Athletics is not on this list! This gym is beyond doubt one of the best boxing gyms in Toronto! They have trainers from the Cuban Olympic Team, great inclusive & diverse community, and training programs that are always upbeat and evolving! Once you try it out you will see exactly what we mean!
Annick / October 4, 2015 at 01:03 pm
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United Athletics all day every day! 💪🏼
Lulu / October 4, 2015 at 01:11 pm
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United Athletics should be in this list. This a place to call home! Once you go there you just cant stop coming back! United we are ONE!
Samson / October 4, 2015 at 01:14 pm
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United Athletics deserves to be on this list
Alexis / October 4, 2015 at 01:15 pm
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Obviously they don't know what they're talking about best boxing gyms in Toronto and they don't even consider United athletics.
KlaUdio / October 4, 2015 at 01:15 pm
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UNITED ATHLETICS!!!
Fiacre / October 4, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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This list seems short of accurate. A gym that has diversity and proper gender distribution across all ages. A gym that has won most of the Toronto boxing championships ought to be on the list if not at the top of it. United Athletics is the embodiment of the described gym.
ron / October 4, 2015 at 01:22 pm
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united athletics not here?geez its pretty much the only place that teaches cubano style boxing?? and non profit too
Axel / October 4, 2015 at 01:26 pm
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hw come the gym that has won all the god medals in Ontario championship is not mentioned on this list ? if not the best at least it is one of the best .UNITED ATHLETICS !!
Diviya / October 4, 2015 at 01:41 pm
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I am in the Bloor Ossington area and one block west is United Athletics. Besides being a not for profit gym that aims to unite the community, they have a great facility and boxing ring, and the coaches are amazing (and motivating) & on point with their combination of functional training leading up to their rigorous boxing classes. I'm disappointed you didn't catch this gem.
tiffany / October 4, 2015 at 02:08 pm
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i was surprised United athletics didn't make the list either, it's definetly one of the boxing go to places in the city and certainly my favourite. Fun atmosphere with great coaches that push you to do your best..it's awesome!
Tracy McMaster / October 4, 2015 at 02:17 pm
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United athletics is by far THE best in the city
Daniel Wangchuk / October 4, 2015 at 02:22 pm
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You guys are fully slipping. United-Athletics: We are united.
Shara / October 4, 2015 at 02:24 pm
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Where's United Athletics on this list? Great environment, great coaches, people and results... What else is needed? Check it out for yourself and tell me you guys aren't tripping:http://www.united-athletics.ca/. I'm starting to think twice about the accuracy of this site....
Jason / October 4, 2015 at 02:43 pm
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United athletics is one of the best martial arts gyms i've been to. The training is intense and not the least bit repetitive. They may not have opened up for a long time but you dont have to have been to be one of the best gyms around.
Gleidson Damasceno / October 4, 2015 at 02:49 pm
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United Athletics is a place were you can feel comfortable to Lear the art of boxing, and at the same time it takes you out of your comfort zone making you a better athlete. If you want a Boxing gym with no ego and humble people this gym is for you, this as been my experience.
Tony / October 4, 2015 at 02:58 pm
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Well looks like the comments just got bombed by some very upset United Athletics ppl. Glad that they're taking a loss so eloquently. No egos there I'm sure /s
Clement Moudiongui / October 4, 2015 at 03:00 pm
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Honestly I believe that United Athletics should be in this list; not only for their proven track records at this year's championships but their steady growth in the bloor west community. Speaking of community, they are well involved with the general viscinity and continue to be a positive presence for all they service to. United Athletics should be in that list, period.
Gleidson Damasceno / October 4, 2015 at 03:07 pm
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United Athletics is a fun and ego free place to Lear the art of boxing.
Françoise / October 4, 2015 at 03:50 pm
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UNITED ATHLETICS didn't make the list??!?! Hell no!! You must reevaluate your criteria because it is THE best boxing gym in town!!
Annick / October 4, 2015 at 04:50 pm
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@Tony, what you call ego looks very much like team spirit to me and an amazing display of appreciation for all of United Athletics has done for our community. At the end of the day, there is no loss for any of us trust me...after all we do get to keep training at UA! ✌🏼️whoever wants to join us is more than welcome to do so.
Kay / October 4, 2015 at 05:25 pm
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I've been to 2 of the gyms on the list as a former member and as a guest (sparring). The "best" boxing club will always be highly subjective...Ask any competing boxer and not just someone boxercising. But for me home will always be United Athletics (not on the list). The coaches there are extremely dedicated and treat you like family but ultimately it's up to you if you want to put in the work. Consider checking out United Athletics at Dufferin & Bloor if you actually want to learn the "Sweet Science."
Apollo / October 4, 2015 at 06:46 pm
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United Athletics should not only be on this this list it should be at the top. Great coaches with real experience and amazing fighters. Do some research before making such a list. Amature article.
Patricia / October 4, 2015 at 07:21 pm
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United Athletics!!!!
Anne / October 4, 2015 at 08:11 pm
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At United Athletics, coaches are devoted to training , inspiring people of all levels to improve their skills in multiple areas: not only technical skills, but also sportsmanship, excellence and more. The trainers are not driven by greed, but passion; their attitudes are respectful and the atmosphere enhancing. These are some of the reasons why they should appear amongst the best gyms in the city ! And for those who are not sure, just go there and judge for yourself !!
Alvaro / October 4, 2015 at 08:34 pm
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United athletics guys! best coaches ever and the best atmosphere to improve your skills doesn't matter what level you are at. Would like to see it mention in here.
Dio / October 4, 2015 at 09:55 pm
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United Athletics should be in this list.
Anthony / October 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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United Athletics gives you the most.
Andrew / October 4, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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United Athletics should be amongst the list . Great atmosphere , great comunity plus it's A Non for profit gym.
Kobe / October 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm
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United Athletics should be here, not only on the list but on the top. UNITED ATHLETICS!!
Clay / October 5, 2015 at 04:20 pm
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This research is not accurate. I believe a gym like United Athletics is more than a gym. It is a community that gathers an ego-free environment and spreads positivity. We need more places like that in this society. This gym cares about every individual growing as a person. We grow through learning. Learning the art of self-defense in the form of Boxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is helping me grow. I believe United Athletics DESERVES a spot on this list.
f / November 20, 2015 at 03:11 pm
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Wow, So many comments about United Athletics on October 4th!!!
its like everyone that went to the gym decided to log on the exact same day -_-
Jayjay / December 11, 2015 at 09:17 pm
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WOW it seems like someone's a little butthurt about United Athletics? Coincidentally most of the comments are within a couple minutes of each other and the same typing style. Stop making fake names/accounts and chill out
Chris / December 23, 2015 at 08:37 pm
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UA needs a PR person... this is sad
Nick replying to a comment from f / January 6, 2016 at 10:44 am
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Well, when we saw this list we were excited and hopeful to see our gym make the top 5.

When we saw it wasn't even on the list? We train here, we win medals, and we make it a priority to give back our community. What's not to like? Did the author not even know we were here?
Heather / February 27, 2016 at 10:57 pm
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