As the group boxing class trend continues its growth, a new studio has thrown its offering into the ring: Nucleo Fitness. The core-focused studio that’s best known for unique class concepts like combining rowing with pilates, which we loved, is tackling the trend in an unexpected way.
The Box + Row class combines high-intensity, high-impact boxing with rowing, plyometric exercises and ab mat work for an invigorating full body sweat session. In a one-hour session, expect to burn up to an average of 1000 calories and learn the techniques of pro boxers and rowers.
“I discovered the intense abdominal work that boxing offers when I attended a special class geared to instructors and studio owners,” owner Marlene Kadin says of her inspiration to launch the new class. “In the class, I recalled that there is a reason Joseph Pilates originally trained boxers: to develop core strength, shoulder strength, and balance, all common training goals in boxing and pilates. So, I decided to amp it up a notch and include the benefits of low impact rowing, focused on boosting strength in your legs, shoulders, abs, butt, and heart.”
Marlene, along with Daryl Mack, warmly welcomed us into the brightly lit, intimate studio. Mirrors ensured we focused and stared at our biggest competition: ourselves. The small class size, maximum twelve, ensures individualized attention and no chance to hide: expect to be held accountable to work your hardest. Two instructors led our class, working in sync to provide support and encouragement and help us focus on form, technique and pushing ourselves to our personal best.
Class began with a quick demo of proper rowing technique, highlighting muscle groups that we would target throughout class. We were also given cues to aid in injury prevention, proper form, and posture, followed by a demo of the boxing punch combinations (expect to work on your jab, hook, and uppercut) and stances for the class. Daryl numbered each punch and ensures we also focused on remembering to breathe.
The Nucleo Fitness Box + Row warmup is as tough as the average person’s full workout: jumping jacks, high knees, quick feet, burpees, all designed to rev your heart rate and get you sweating.
The class was then divided into two groups: one group began on the rowing machines with Marlene, while the others with boxing gloves on, headed to Darryl and his boxing pads.
Each rowing set focused on maintaining proper form and technique, and consistently rowing at a steady speed to reach 1000m as quickly possible without burning all of your energy in the first couple of minutes. As we rowed, Marlene made the rounds, crouching next to rowers to provide encouragement and form correction.
After each rowing set, the gloves were on. Daryl spent time receiving punches from each person in each set, calling out punch combinations. Sets were peppered with plyometric exercises to ensure heart rates remain elevated.
Just when we thought the workout was done, the instructors sent us to the mats for some dedicated ab work, which only made sense for a studio whose name, Nucleo Fitness, is inspired by the core (Núcleo means core in Spanish). While exhausted and dripping with sweat, we loved that we left feeling more empowered and strong than when we began and will definitely be back for round two.
Get Involved at Nucleo Fitness
This vigorous training program will be available in the New Year as a pre-registered series in four-week blocks. Registration opens today (December 18) and classes are limited to 12 people.
A Special Offer at Nucleo Fitness
Want to start with an intro instead? Well TO Do readers can take 25% off an introductory package – that’s 30 days of unlimited regularly scheduled classes (this does not include Box + Row) for just $45! Use promo code WELLTODO2017 at checkout.
Fine Print: This offer is valid from December 18, 2017 to January 15, 2018 and cannot be used by existing Núcleo clients.
Núcleo Fitness is also currently running a contest to win a free one-year membership. Learn more at www.nucleofitness.ca/promotions.