The Best Boxing Gym in Toronto
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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