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If it’s your first time, and you're going to the North London Gym, consider coming along on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening at 7pm or a Saturday lunchtime at 12 noon. We run classes at other times, as the timetable posted on the website shows, but on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays one of club’s trainers is available to show you the club, help you put on your bandages/wraps (to support your wrists under your boxing gloves), take you through some basic moves and so on. Newcomers tell me that they find this introduction very helpful.

If you’re not new to boxing and don’t feel you need the basics over again, just show up for the timetabled start of your chosen class.

When the session starts we’ll pair you with someone else – possibly another newcomer, possibly an old hand – for a bit of technical practice. I demonstrate some (generally fairly simple) combinations of punches, then you have a go yourself, with your partner, aiming at their gloves rather than at their body.

Once we’ve warmed up and stretched out (this takes about half-an-hour) we do what you might call a boxing circuit, in pairs, in 3-minute rounds, with a minute’s break between rounds. The circuit includes skipping, shadow boxing, sit-ups with a medicine ball, punching pads and bags – and of course sparring in the ring (more on this later).

After about an hour, when everyone is worn out and there is sweat dripping from the ceiling, we do a final burst of cardio all together (scissor jumps, squat thrusts, press ups and so on) and then warm down with some final stretches.

The class generally finishes up about an hour and three-quarters after it started – maybe 9.15pm on a Tuesday or Thursday, or 2pm-ish on a Saturday.

For more details contact Enzo on 07956 293768 or email

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