Thursday, March 30, 2017

No 11am training session this Saturday

We're away at Yorkshire Squad training this Saturday so there'll be no 11am session this week.

KO Circuit is running as usual at 10am.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Warriors starts 5 April

This year's Wednesday Warriors training kicks off on the 5th of April at 6.15pm.

What's the training like?

This is 12 week programme that focuses on getting the body used to lifting weight, running around and doing physical tasks outdoors.

We'll start indoors and doing drills to increase fitness and strength then  take it out into local parks when the weather warms up.

Who's it for?
Anyone who wants to get fitter, stronger and a bit tougher.

It's ideal for people preparing to do Total Warrior or Tough Mudder alongside a running and circuits programme.

Want to join the Valley Warriors?
For the past 4 years, we've entered a team from the gym, into the Total Warrior 12km event. The first year, we did the Lake District Course watch the video here and for the past 3 years, we've done Leeds, Bramham Park.

This year, we'll again enter the Leeds event on June 24th. If you want to be part of the team, you're required to train at the gym (not necessarily Wednesdays if you can't make it), so come along and let us know you're interested. Find out more about Total Warrior.

What's the cost?
You can buy 12 weeks at the first session for £50 - no exchange with other classes, this can only be used for Wednesday Warriors.

Otherwise you can pay £5 drop in or if you're  monthly member, this session is included in the membership too.

What will I need?
Regular gym wear such as tracksuit bottoms, leggings or shorts, a vest or t-shirt and something to warm up and cool down in.

CLEAN INDOOR TRAINERS (or boxing boots) as flat as possible for weightlifting and indoor drills and a pair of outdoor trainers or trail shoes for work outside.

A towel, a water bottle, a light rain jacket or sunglasses for warmer months.

Join the facebook page and message us through there or text Kate 077 3243 3243.

This is a drop in session so you do not have to commit to 12 weeks. Please watch the facebook page and this blog fir updates on training.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Boxing Course for beginners - girls and women only

+Photography by Charli 

Our next beginner's course for girls (11+) and women starts on Sat April 29.

This course is booking only and the easiest way to do this is to message us through the facebook page.

You can read more here.

No Women's Boxing Sat 25 March

Saturday's 11am training for women and girls is cancelled this week due to England Boxing commitments and no cover at the gym. We'll be back to normal next week.

There will be a 10am K O Circuits class tomorrow as usual.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fundraiser success - Thank you

Box 4 Fitness Superheroes  Photography by Charli
Target smashed!
A massive thank you to everyone who walked through our gym doors on Saturday and helped us to raise over a thousand pounds. There are some raffle monies to come in and expenses to work out but we can safely say we achieved our target for the Women's Boxing Fundraiser.

We had a brilliant day, filled with fun and so much generosity, it really was heartwarming. The time and effort people put into baking and creating things including costumes, was outstanding and just shows how much talent we're surrounded by.

Kickboxercise most popular taster
Lucy Vaughan's incredible cake.
The Kickboxercise session was really well attended with lots of new faces. This class has grown to around 25 girls recently, some of whom came down to get involved in the squatting challenge and the cha-cha slide which is a planking internet challenge we've been doing for a few weeks.

The girls really enjoyed showing off their skills and strength and the crowd was very responsive.

Women's sparring

A small crowd turned up to see the sparring, including friends and family of our guests from York. The girls all sparred really well and the crowd, especially the younger girls enjoyed seeing the action close -up.

Photography by Charli
For some, this was the highlight of the day and it was great to see so much interest in the sport. We struggle to get girls who want to spar in the gym, loads love to hit bags and pads but only very few will take it into the ring.

We run regular beginner's courses for girls and women which is a step by step approach to boxing and eventually sparring if the individual chooses. Our next course starts April 29 read more here.

Janette wins a whole food hamper

Raffle Draw
The raffle was a huge success, ending up with 3 very worthwhile Hampers created by Claudette at Fleur De Lys, the Bluefin Blender donated by Charlotte and some free training sessions.  All winners will be contacted to have their prizes delivered to them by nominated members.

Superhero Circuits
In true big-event style, the Circuits class started well and spiralled into hilarious chaos at some points with superheroes losing their way and some losing their minds.
Photography by Charli
At one point, catwoman was literally hiding behind bags because she wasn't sure where she was meant to be and one of the All Star Ninja Warrior's was weeping with laughter instead of throwing ninja stars to save the world! Everybody got well into character and it was excellent fun.

Catwoman driving the Batmobile
Minute-to-win-it team challenges

By far the most laughter came from the minute-to-win-it games at the end of the day. Kindly organised by Kerry, this was a series of 8 challenges for 1 member of each of the 4 teams to gain points. They included a 'Face the Cookie Challenge', 'Junk in the Trunk' and 'Balloon Juggling'.

The She-Hulk sisters won best team and Liz Green, the prize for the best fancy dress costume.

She-Hulk-Sisters take the cake.
Dead Strong's Jenna H-M

Thanks to our guests and supporting partners

Jenna H-M from Dead Strong came down and introduced us to her clothing brand, supporting our fundraiser with proceeds from her sales.

Photography by Charli captured the day on camera in her own unique style, giving up her time to be there and has generously offered to donate 50% of all profit from sales of photographs to the Women's Boxing Fund.

Jo facing the cookie

Back into the gym and on with the hard work

Our first big event of the season is the Elite championships in London next month. A 3 day event and the first time we've entered competition at 3, 3 minute rounds instead of 4, 2 minute rounds with England Boxing bringing this change in for females this year.

We're training hard and will be ready to go with your support and encouragement fresh in our minds.

Thank you once again for making this happen.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book a taster session at the fundraiser this Saturday

This Saturday, we're offering 20 minute taster sessions to anyone who wants to try out one of our classes. We're doing this on a first come, first served basis unless you let us know you want a place.
If you do...
  • Like the facebook page
  • Post a message on the page saying which session you want to join
  • Turn up 15 minutes beforehand  
Most of our regular training sessions are for women and girls only but our Circuits class on a Tuesday and KO Circuit on a Saturday are both open to men and women (as are the taster sessions).

The programme is as follows:

10.30 Boxercise
11.00 Kickboxercise (girls 11-15)
11.30 K O Circuit
12.00 Bootcamp/Wed Warriors
12.30 Beginner's Boxing (girls 11+ and women)
13.00 Sparring display
***Live Raffle Draw 1.45pm***

14.00 Superhero Circuit
14.30 Minute-to-win-it

Each taster session has 20 places and lasts 20 mins, there's a suggested £5 donation if you're doing a single class but you can donate whatever you like.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Women's Boxing Fundraiser this Saturday

Try out a taster session

This Saturday from 10.30am we open our doors to the public and invite you to train with us or just visit and look around the gym. You could watch some sparring, check out a taster session or browse our merchandise stalls.

We have a full programme of events as follows:

10.30 Boxercise
11.00 Kickboxercise for girls (11-15yrs)
11.30 K O Circuit (open to men and women)
12.00 Bootcamp/Wed Warriors
12.30 Boxing Awards (Beginners, girls/women)
13.00 Sparring display (Olympic boxing, 3 min rounds)


Bluefin Fitness Blender, healthy hamper, pamper hamper and free training sessions.

14.00 Superhero Circuit
14.30 Minute-to-win-it (team games)

What do we do with the money?

All the money raised goes towards the travel and accommodation expenses for the female boxers who represent our club. This fundraising allows them to compete in national and international competitions.

It also allows us to travel to squad training days all over the UK where they can spar with other girls and develop as boxers.

What's in it for you?

You get to try out the regular classes we run at the club see timetable here, come and meet the Coaches and Instructors as well as the people that train here.
Watch some boxing
We've got friends coming over to spar (fight) from clubs around the region so if you're interested in boxing competitively, this will give you a good insight to the level of boxer we train.

Enter our raffle for the chance to win a commercial blender, free training sessions or a hamper.

We've got special guests Dead Strong in the gym with some gym related merchandise and a sale rail of pre-loved clothes and shoes.

Refreshments and snacks for sale by donation and lots of free information and give-aways.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beginner's boxing for girls and women

photo credit: Photography by Charli

Saturday boxing sessions

Our next female boxing course starts Sat 29 April at 11am. It runs over 8 weeks with the final session on 17 June.

This is a Coach style class, not an exercise session. You don't need any prior experience or level of fitness to participate. It's for women and girls only (11yrs+). Led by a female Tutor/Coach.

No Black Eyes

Suitable for anyone who's new to boxing and wants to learn how to throw punches without getting hit. It's glove contact and focuses on the basics
  • How to stand and move around like a boxer
  • Throwing and defending straight punches
  • Hitting focus pads, bags and shadowboxing

Why Boxing?

Boxing's popularity as a route to fitness has increased amongst women over the past few years and for good reason. Boxers are some of the fittest athletes, they have lean, strong physiques and the training comes with a whole heap of benefits.

If you dislike team sports, boxing training is ideal, it's just you vs you but you get the support of a training partner.

Hitting focus pads or a bag is very therapeutic. It's a great way to channel aggression and leaves you feeling less angry, anxious or stressed out. Most people say boxing training gives them 
  • Increased self confidence
  • A stronger, fitter body
  • Improved mood and feeling of well-being

What next?

This course allows you to progress up 6 levels, to getting into the ring to box or you can stick with the beginner's levels and take the techniques you've learned to boxing fitness classes timetable here. We leave this up to the individual to decide.

Booking only

Course fee: £65 (£35 deposit payable online, £30 to be paid at first session) Contact or join the Box 4 Fitness facebook page and message us through there.