Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Beginner's course starts next week - Tues 5 Sep

Our final, 8 week beginner's course for the year starts next Tuesday and is still open to bookings.

Who's it for?
Any girl 11+ or woman who wants to

Photography by Charli
  • learn a new skill
  • increase confidence and fitness
  • get stronger and more aware
  • learn the basics for fitness classes
  • get into amateur boxing

What does it involve?
Learning the basics and practising them with a partner, glove to glove contact throughout this course (so no hitting or getting hit)

  • how to stand, move around and throw straight punches
  • how to defend against straight punches
  • hold focus pads for a partner and how to hit focus pads with a partner

Want to know more? 
Read this to find out more about our gym or watch this video to see footage shot in the gym during a fitness class.

What is the cost?
£35 deposit (online transfer or cash/cheque beforehand at the gym) and £30 payable either at session 1 or as arranged (concessions available and discounts for siblings/mothers and daughters)

The £65 fee covers 8 weeks of training and a medal/certificate at the end of the course. catch-up sessions are possible (saturdays) for those who cannot make 1 or 2 of the course dates.

Course date: Tuesday Sept 5, 7.30-8.30pm and the following 7 consecutive Tuesdays ending 24 October.

How to book

The best way to get in touch is through our facebook page but if you aren't on facebook, text or call Kate on 077 3243 3243

Monday, August 21, 2017

Boxing for girls - Monday class 3.30-4.30pm

We've had a number of requests for a girls boxing class at the gym, so we'll be trying this out next term.

What will the sessions be like?
Classes will cover the basics of boxing, how to move around, throw straight punches, defend against punches and training with punchbags and focus pads.

They will start as glove-contact classes with a view to building up to contact (optional) after +/- 24 weeks of training and ringwork.

When do they start?
Sessions are planned for Mondays between 3.30-4.30pm. The class can only go ahead when at least 6 girls have committed to 8 weeks of training (max 12 girls per session).

There is a waiting list in place, to be included, please text Kate 077 3243 3243 or get in touch via facebook

What will it cost?
£3 per session or £20 for 8 weeks.

Who's it for?
Open to girls 11+  who have an interest in boxing, getting fit or learning a new skill.

No Bootcamp Mon 28 Aug (Bank hol)

We will not be operating Bootcamp on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 Aug.

Hopefully, we'll be out on the moors in the sunshine or maybe on a lake somewhere?

Wherever you go or whatever you do for the long weekend,  enjoy it and take care. See you back in the gym as usual the following day at 6.15pm for Circuits.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Questions and Answers for first timers

If you're new to boxing or boxing fitness, it can be daunting to go to a boxing gym for the first time. Many have images in their minds of the spit and sawdust gyms we see in films -  with a resident bully coach who either banishes you to a skipping rope for 3 months or throws you straight into the ring before you've learned to throw a punch.

A different approach to encourage girls and women into the boxing gym

Box 4 Fitness offers 8-week Beginner's courses, regular 3 hour Foundation courses and coaches who'll support you whether you choose the sport of boxing or just want to train for fitness.

Led by female instructors and coaches, most sessions are for girls and women apart from 2 circuits classes per week where we invite everyone to join in for a mixed session.

Our philosophy

You will not find passengers here, everyone who comes to the sessions not only participates but also encourages and supports everyone else to help them achieve their training goals and get the best out of the class.

We train as a team, often in pairs and always inclusively - you will not feel left out in the gym even if you don't know anyone.

We've been running sessions for more than ten years and have seen some solid friendships born in our gym - it's a great support structure for girls and women and very empowering. We laugh a lot and occasionally get dressed up and perform mad antics to raise funds for the club.

What's it like in the gym?
We like to train in a natural, no frills environment and do not use air conditioning or heating in the gym. We don't sell products or shakes or magic beans of any description. There's a toilet but no showers, a changing room and a car park outside. We've a large matted area and 2 boxing rings so we ask that people have clean footwear at all times - either boxing boots or flat (no stud) trainers. There are 13 punch bags and a weights and kettlebells area for conditioning.

photos by Charli

Want to see?
Watch a video here

What equipment do I need?
You can borrow club gloves for the fist few weeks until you decide if the training is right for you. You'll need hand wraps and your own gloves eventually if you are just participating in fitness sessions and a head guard and mouth guard if you are going to box.

Wear: a vest or t-shirt/top that fits and does not need pulling up or down when you exercise (impossible with gloves on). Shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings - again, make sure they fit you. Just be comfortable, nobody cares what you're wearing as long as it's functional. Long, pointy nails are very difficult to punch with and false lashes are a deffo no-no for sparring.

What to bring
  • bottle of water (please don't bring energy drinks into the gym unless you have a specific reason, like running a half marathon to get there)
  • sweatshirt or something warm in the winter months
  • small towel in summer months to lie on for floor work
Which class to start with?
This totally depends on your schedule. If you can make daytime classes, they are quieter and you will get more coaching and attention from instructors. The evening classes can get very busy but if you're happy to jump in and catch up as you go - there will be people there to help you do this.

Ideally, the 8 week beginners course which runs periodically on Tuesays 7.30pm and Saturdays 11am is the place to start as a newbie. The shorter, more boxing fitness focused Foundation course is less of a commitment in time and money and great if you want to get started quickly.

What does it cost?
Drop in £5 per session or £3 for Half-Hour Hits (wed only)
8 sessions for £35 (to be used within 30 days)
Access -all membership £48
1:1 Coaching and personal training £30/hr, £80 for 3 (3 x 1 hour or 6 x half hour sessions) £165 for 6 hours, other prices on request

Where are we located?
Located in Mt Pleasant Mill at the top of Ribstone St in Mytholmroyd, HX7 8LR.
Like our facebook page and get directions.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer taster sessions for girls - Kickboxercise

During the last 2 weeks of the summer holidays we're running taster sessions for our Kickboxercise class. This regular class runs on Wednesdays during term-time between 4.30-5.30pm. It's open to girls aged 11-15 and beginners are welcome.

What is Kickboxercise?
It's a training system based on martial arts techniques - kicking, punching, elbow and knee striking and blocking. The girls use focus pads and punch bags as targets to strike and there is no full-contact to the face or body.
Read more here

What equipment do you need?
Initially, none. You can borrow club gloves and/or hand wraps till you are ready to buy your own.
Appropriate clothing is either  general PE kit or t-shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms - clean trainers or plimsolls are essential.

What does it cost?
£5 per session drop in, £30 for 8 sessions or £40 for 12 sessions.
Taster sessions are free.

If you'd like to join a taster session, please message us here or text 077 3243 3243

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Beginner's course for girls 11+ and women starts Sept 5

Photography  by Charli

Dates announced for September course starting Tuesday 5th at 7.30pm. 8 consecutive weeks, finishing before half term.

To book a place on the course, contact us through the facebook page or text Kate 077 3243 3243

Details on this course to follow

Friday, August 4, 2017

Confidence and Self-Defence for Girls -updated

Places still available for 22 Aug Workshop

photography by Charli

As of Sat 19 Aug, we still have places left on the last of our workshops for girls aged 11-15. If you'd like to book, please like our facebook page and message us there or text 077 3243 3243.

If you've already booked and want to know more, here's a rough timetable for the day:

12.45 - 1.00 pm  Arrival and registration/form filling

1.00-3.00 pm Session time:
Being ahead of the game
Escalation and how to deal with it
Hands-on techniques

3.00 - 3.20 pm BREAK
 3.20 - 5.00pm Session time
Hands-on practice for shoulder/arm/hair grabs
elbow strikes, knee strikes and kicks.

4.45-5.00pm PICK UP (we invite parents to arrive 15 minutes early to watch the final stages of the workshop where girls practice what they've learned)

What to wear and bring

  • Vest or t-shirt and tracksuit pants, shorts or leggings (no jeans please)
  • Clean trainers (some of the session will be in bare feet -no trainers on the mats)
  • No make-up or jewellery except small earrings that can't catch on clothing
  • Tie up or plait long hair
  • Bring a bottle of water and a snack for break time, we discourage fizzy drinks and sweets in the gym - fresh fruit, carrot sticks, nut and seed bars are all ideal snacks for the level of activity.

Hands-on workshop
Part of the workshop will involve hands-on techniques like escaping a hair grab or hand grab. For this reason, it's important that no jewellery is worn and that girls understand they will have to make contact with others. The girls will use their hands, feet, elbows and knees to strike focus pads and punch bags.

Directions: Postcode for Google maps HX7 5 LR

Turn onto Midgley Road off Burnley road and take the first left (signposted Leading to Zion Terrace), first right and STAY right on Ribstone St. Drive to the top of the road and park in the car park map here