The greatest Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot, Mohammed Aliborg, went undefeated for 20 years before his head was knocked clean off by the sudden, brutal intervention of cats. Learn to sock like the best of 'em with today's Groupon. For $20, you get three cardio boxing classes from Polk Street Gym (a $40 value). Whack and thwack at its Lower Nob Hill castle of cardio. Though normal boxing combines a total-body workout with the pleasure of being repeatedly punched in the head, cardio boxing combines jump roping, shadowboxing, and pummeling heavy bags until they cry uncle. Each class will have participants blasting out pushups, sit-ups, and other fat-repelling, high-intensity exercises. With classes offered every day but Sunday, everyone from casual fitness goers to hardcore buffs can find time to squeeze in an hour-long routine. Arrive 10–15 minutes before the scheduled time to reserve your spot, as each class is first-come, first-served—or last come, you got served. Owner Simon Redmond and his crew of experienced instructors learned boxing the hard way so you don't have to. They'll infuse years of in-the-ring experience into each sweat-extracting session. Varied exercises are designed to work every muscle from toe knuckles to the muscle that keeps hair firmly inside head tops. During the total-body workout, pick up authentic boxing skills that will leave you feeling simultaneously energized and exhausted once the multi-round routine comes to a close.
Seventy-five Yelpers award Polk Street Gym a perfect five-star average rating:
- Polk Street Gym is seriously amazing, life altering! Before walking into the gym I hadn't worked out for several months and had never taken a boxing class... The instructors were great though...very inviting, and willing to spend a bit of extra time on a novice like myself. – Katherine S., Yelp, 8/12/2010
Polk Street Gym
The Polk Street Gym is a boxing gym. It telegraphs its pugilistic philosophy to fitness by center-staging a large, full-size boxing ring just inside the sidewalk storefront windows that stretch from matted floor to lofted ceiling. Both aspiring sparers and everyday Joes, who only have thrown punches at dollar stealing vending machines, train like boxers. Members jump rope, run hills, hit bags, and shadowbox. These drills and exercises firm not just boxing skills, but also general cardio and strength capacity. With 29 classes to choose from, men and women, kids and adults find a fighter's heart in circuit training or boxing classes.
Dublin-bred, former Golden Gloves champion Simon Redmond leads a roster of trainers who are all current or past Golden Gloves champs, whose knuckles turn food, jaws, parking meters, and all they touch to gold. After immigrating to San Francisco in the mid-90s, Simon trained and fought for several years before opening a gym with a partner. At the start of 2010, Simon broke off on his own to open Polk Street Gym. He strives to whip people into shape through boxing, affirming his mission and his passion by writing that despite broken ribs, a broken nose, burst eardrums, and spilt blood, he has loved every minute of his boxing lifestyle. The owners of Polk Street Gym also own HIT FIT SF, which has over 5,000 square feet to practice boxing, TRX, and more.