Before he became a famous physiologist, Pavlov worked as a boxing trainer, conditioning fighters to sweat profusely and shout "Keep me in there, Mickey!" at the sound of a bell. Pick up the towel with today's Groupon to The Ring Boxing Club. Choose one of the following options:
• For $69, you get a one-month membership to the gym and unlimited classes (up to a $139 value), a waiver of the gym's initiation fee (a $150 value), a pair of hand wraps (a $10 value), and a pair of boxing gloves (a $49 value), which are yours to keep (up to a $348 total value).
• For $145, you get one 50-minute private lesson (a $150 value), a one-month membership to the gym and unlimited classes (up to a $139 value), a waiver of the gym's initiation fee (a $150 value), a pair of hand wraps (a $10 value), and a pair of boxing gloves (a $49 value), which are yours to keep (up to a $498 total value).
• For $299, you get three 50-minute private lessons (a $450 value), a one-month membership to the gym and unlimited classes (up to a $139 value), a waiver of the gym's initiation fee (a $150 value), a pair of hand wraps (a $10 value), and a pair of boxing gloves (a $49 value), which are yours to keep (up to a $798 total value).
Every new member must register for a one-hour introductory lesson with a trainer, after which the one-month membership begins. Introductory lessons are offered daily.
Attracting the ringside cheers of both NBC's Today Show and the CBS WBZ 4 morning show, The Ring Boxing Club eschews the monotony of standard fitness routines for full-body workouts enlivened by punching bags and sparring matches. Led by a corps of boxers with actual fighting experience, the schedule of more than 60 weekly classes draws the sweat, calories, and a cappella renditions of Eye of the Tiger out of fledgling bruisers in the air-conditioned, soon-to-be-expanded gym, which is doubling its size and equipment in September, as well as adding a weight room and cardiovascular center.
The 12-round boxing workout combines a professional boxer's regimen with a montage of fitness drills, and the technique class runs through the pugilist's basic toolset, focusing on footwork, punches, and blocks. Other courses include strength training and a fundamentals clinic, in which students learn boxing theory and concentrate on form. Classes torch an average of 900 calories in the gym, which is festooned with boxing memorabilia and posters. More experienced fighters can step into the ring to spar with other members, finally exhibiting their skills and hours of training or ability to turn opponents into friends with the Socratic method.
Although The Ring Boxing Club offers a free trial week for new members, this Groupon provides a full month of classes and is the best deal available.
The Ring Boxing Club
Attracting the ringside cheers of NBC's Today show, as well as the 2011, 2012, and 2013 CityVoter title of Best Gym in Boston, The Ring Boxing Club's boxers eschew the monotony of standard fitness routines in favor of the strategy and concentration of boxing. These accomplished boxing coaches—of them, a Golden Gloves winner, a former U.S. Army Green Beret, and an incredibly dynamic former Super Middleweight once ranked sixth in the world—tutor students of all ages and fitness levels through what the Boston Herald describes as an "all encompassing workout that improves fitness and coordination and builds strength." They motivate clients to embrace the confidence that blossoms in the ring as they elegantly dance with an opponent or punching bag, engraining hooks and uppercuts into muscle memory. Amid the gym's boxing memorabilia and posters, they teach more than 60 classes a week, leading a 12-round boxing workout that marries a professional boxer's workout with a montage of fitness drills. They also teach the pugilist's basic footwork, punches, and blocks, which they streamline with strength training, theory, and proper form.