This past weekend, I headed west to Brooklyn to try my first boxing workout at Rumble. Before the pandemic, I attended a weekly kickboxing class that I loved dearly, as it released stress from the week and helped me get my cardio in in less than an hour. However, I never returned to the workout…until now.
I had always wanted to try a class at Rumble Boxing, which recently made its way out to Long Island. So, when my friend and I were looking for something to do in Brooklyn, I figured why not try a class at the location there? Of course, my in-person workout outfits are lacking these days, so before I even registered to take the class, I hit up my local Athleta for a new look. I was in search of an all-black ensemble, so I went with the Salutation Stash Capri and paired it with the Conscious Crop Bra. I have to say, the fit and fabric are amazing. If I could wear this outfit every day, I would. I’ve already decided that I’m going back to the store to get the same look in another color, but I digress.
In case you’re wondering what Rumble even is, it’s a workout that’s equal parts boxing and strength training (think HIIT — High-Intensity Interval Training). The 45-minute class is divided into two sections: a 10-round fight on the bag followed by resistance training with weights. Where you start with the workout depends on the number and letter combo you pick when you register for the class, but don’t worry, you’ll be working both sides of the room (and every muscle in your body).
I didn’t do a lot of reading about the workout before class, but I was happy that I picked a combo that started with the bag first. I brought my own boxing gloves, but I purchased a set of required wraps (which you get to keep) to wear under my gloves and when working with the weights. The room was warm, loud, and bright, kind of like working out in a club. A few years ago, this type of vibe would not have been for me. But now? It helped get me into the workout groove and made the class exciting!
Despite all the riding and walking I do, I never know how I’m going to feel in a group fitness class these days. Sometimes, my stamina doesn’t seem up to the task. But I was pleasantly surprised that even with the go-go-go nature of the class, I was able to keep up without feeling out of breath and in need of water every five seconds. The 45-minute class flew by—and left me with enough energy to take a sanity stroll after.
If you’ve wanted to try a boxing class and are in New York City or Long Island, I highly suggest checking out Rumble. I bought a buy-one, get-one pass, so I have one more class to use. Everything from the studio vibe to the well-equipped locker room, complete with showers, toiletries, blow dryers, and everything you would need to get a workout in and then get ready for your day, was provided. The best part was that afterward, there were plenty of places in the Brooklyn neighborhood to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. We stopped at Devoción, which was delicious, before I headed back home to Long Island.