Okay seriously with that title? I just had to write it. And now you have that loudspeaker drawn out phrase rolling through your head. Your welcome. And now onto the review.
This was my second time checking out a boxing class with the Alberta Blog Squad. I loved my first class so I was really looking forward to heading to Rumble to try boxing again and to have the opportunity to compare two studios offering similar classes in Calgary.
I loved the studio space from the moment I walked in the front door. The first thing you see is the boxing ring in front and you know they mean business. There is also a juice and smoothie bar. I didn’t try anything but it looked like they had some tasty treats.
The change rooms are really nice and spacious. Full showers are available on site and there are plenty of lockers with keyless locks available to store your stuff.
The studio room was spacious. It can fit up to 36 people, making for some very full classes. We were lucky enough to have a private class so we could all choose the bags closest to the instructor so we could see her easily and follow along. The only bad thing about being by the instructor is she can see when you’re slacking too! The room is kept dark and with pumping music, you truly feel like you’re in your own workout space and no one else around you matters. So even if there were 36 people in the room, I don’t think you would notice. It just might smell a little funky by the end.
The room is kept dark and with pumping music, you truly feel like you’re in your own workout space and no one else around you matters. So even if there were 36 people in the room, I don’t think you would notice.
Photo Credit: Ange
So when I took my first boxing class and they numbered the punches, I thought oh my goodness that’s so genius. Turns out that wasn’t that studio’s bright idea, it’s a boxing thing. Clearly, I’m a newbie. Regardless, since I already knew the punch numbers I definitely found the class easier to follow along.
The instructor led us through a number of different tracks and during each one we would focus on a different set of punch combinations and at times we also incorporated some squats and lunges.
The moves felt a little more basic in this class compared to the previous class I took, however, we were also in a private class and the instructor knew we were newbies so she may have taken it easy on us. We didn’t do any complicated combinations of punches and it felt more cardio based and felt less like fighting. I preferred the style of the other class that I took but that is completely personal preference and not a reflection on the studio.
Drop in price is $20
10 class card is $180
There are a variety of monthly, 3 months, 6 months, and yearly memberships available. Plus they offer a special early bird membership for early classes only which I thought was very unique.
Hand wraps are $15. Boxing glove rental is free.
This studio offered two options for hand wraps, the traditional ones, and a glove style. I thought the glove style was pretty genius to reduce the amount of time needed to wrap hands but a few of the girls who used them found the material between the fingers was hard and left chafe marks.
How does it compare?
Since I’ve been to both Rumble and UNDRCARD recently, I feel as though I have to compare the two experiences and studios. Truthfully, I found the overall experience and classes very similar between the two studios and can’t say I preferred one over the other.
However, I have to be completely honest in my review and admit a negative. The gloves smelled awful, like make you want to gag awful. I’m not sure if it’s the way they are cleaned, the material or what but it was not pleasant. And it wasn’t just mine, every single one of us had the problem. Not necessarily a deal breaker but I would consider purchasing my own gloves from somewhere else if I was going regularly.
On a positive note, the prices at Rumble are cheaper than UNDRCARD and we also had a celebrity encounter. When we left the gym we saw Ewan McGregor training in the ring, so possible celebrity sitings is a plus for Rumble. 😉
What kind of boxing class would you prefer – more cardio or fight style? What’s your best celebrity encounter story?
Thank you to Rumble Boxing for hosting the Alberta Blog Squad.