Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This blog is no longer active

From June 1st, Box 4 Fitness will deliver workshops and training sessions at Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy in Eastwood.

We'll be publishing our timetable once their website is up and running but in the meantime, if you want to get in touch please email kate@northernpowerhouseboxing.org.uk text 077 3243 3243 or message us through the Northern Powerhouse Boxing Academy Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

pop-up Boxercise Fri 25 May *Cancelled*

*** Please note this session has been cancelled due to low numbers ***

We're back in Calder Homes Park, Hebden on Friday at 9.30am for Boxercise. Open to all 18yrs+ drop in £5 or pay via the gymcatch app.
Please bring water, pads and gloves if you have them and a towel or mat for floor work if you don't want to work on the grass.

Wed 23 May pop-up in the green space on Halifax Road

On Wednesday we're going to try out the green space opposite Murts Garage on Halifax Rd (postcode for Murts is HX7 6PT - turn right from Hebden end, into parking area just before Murts).

This is within walking distance of the new gym so we'd like to consider it for future outdoor training when the weather is being kind to us.

What to bring
Pads and gloves if you have them, a bottle of water, sunscreen if sun's out and midge spray if they like you!

Start 6.30pm, £5 drop in or pay via the gymcatch app.

Tues 22 May training at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

This evening's training for girls/women is our last at the Community Centre. We meet 8-9pm for a session that looks at some of the rules that relate to amateur boxing as well as general relevant information. We'll be practising defences and 2 stage attacks as well as throwing punches and moving.

Open to girls 11+ and women
This is all building up to our next Level 2 assessment but these sessions are open to all who've done the beginner's course (Level 1, Preliminary Award).

Half term break
Next Tuesday 29 May we'll take a break for half term and all being well, be back in the new gym in Eastwood for session 7 on 5 June, assessment is the following week Tues 12 June.

Stay in touch for details about further training classes for those who want to do their boxing awards.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Pop-up Bootcamp Mon 21 May

We're meeting at Calder Holmes park this evening 6.30pm for Bootcamp. Open to all, bring water, gloves, pads and a mat or towel. £5 drop in

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sat 19 May Women/Girls training in Eastwood

There will be a small class held at the new gym in Eastwood  for Level 2's only as we're short of space. Alex will be running the session from 11-12pm.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pop-up session in the park Wed 16 May

We're training in Calder Holmes Park again tomorrow at 6.30pm. Open to all, £5 drop in. Meet at the train station end of the park and bring pads/gloves if you have them.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tuesday training at Mytholmroyd Comm Centre

Our Tuesday evening (15 May) session for girls/women will be held at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre, 8-9pm.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

No Girls Kickboxercise sessions till June

We're working on it but we don't have an open date yet
Further to previous posts, complications with building work at the new gym has slowed us right down unexpectedly and our electricians are going to be taking longer than we thought too. 

We can't safely run sessions in its current state and haven't been able to find a suitable replacement venue for the regular girls session. So we're asking you to be patient and bear with us as we do our best to get it ready.

The end result will be a safe, warm and comfortable space to train in so we're not cutting any corners, it will be well worth the wait.

Follow us on facebook and instagram  for updates or contact Kate directly. 077 3243 3243.

Wednesday Bootcamp pop-up in Old Town

Bootcamp on the Park
We're popping up in Old Town on Wed 9 May at 6.30pm, on the park (Billy Lane).

This is a mixed, open-to-all session that will involve pad and glove drills, some running around and general exercise in the beautiful surroundings of the park.

£5 drop in, please bring a bottle of water with you. Sunscreen and a cap if relevant and a sweat towel.

Fingers crossed the weather stays fine and we hope to do another pop-up session on Friday morning at Calder Holmes in Hebden.

Follow us on facebook to keep updated with our progress at the new building.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Boxing Session for women and girls this Sat 11am

Our regular Saturday session will be on at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre - Gloucester Room at 11am with Alex.

Open to girls and women who have done level 1 and above, please bring pads and gloves along if you have them (we've got a few spare sets) and some water.

£5 drop in or members card.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

No Kickboxercise classes this week

We need more time...
Sorry but we don't have electrics or floor covering to ensure a safe class yet. We hope to be ready next week but please keep in touch and check the Northern Powerhouse Facebook page for updates.

So no 4pm or 5pm class this week.

Contact Kate directly if you are not a facebook user.

Friday, April 27, 2018

LAST CLASSes in Mythomroyd

Come and train goodbye with us

If you're a K O Circuits fan, then tomorrow at 10am is the final class in Mytholmroyd. Come along and enjoy a 45 minute HIIT with us, 5 rounds of 4 minutes, including pad/punch sprints and bagwork.

At 11am we're having an open session for anyone who's doing level 2 with Alex and anyone else who wants some time in the ring or on pads with me. We'll do a few rounds on bags too and make the most of them.

Over 50's Boxercise
have their final session with Rachael on Monday at 10.30am.

Short term plan
As of next week, we're a mobile, pop-up gym until the electrics are done and our new building is safely kitted out for training sessions.

Meet at 6.15pm in Calder Holmes Park (near the gate that faces the road leading to the train station, next to the bridge) for a Bootcamp stomp/jog/run along the canal to the new gym.

Google says its a 45 minute walk (2.2 miles) so we should jog it in less than half an hour at a steady pace. Anyone who wants to walk and catch up at their own pace can do so too.

The postcode for the Train Station is HX7 6JE. On arrival stand and wait near the gate to the park.

Level 2 Standard Award participants meeting at Mytholmroyd Community Centre at 8pm (a later start as we're hiring a room that's unavailable at our usual time slot)

Meet at Calder Holmes Park, 6.15pm  (near the gate that faces the road leading to the train station, next to the bridge) for a jog along the canal to the new gym.

The postcode for the Train Station is HX7 6JE. On arrival stand and wait near the gate to the park.

Follow us on facebook for updates.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

It's our last week in the Royd...

That came round quickly! 
We've had so much going on with the new building and Championships that our final week has snuck up on us.

Please keep your eyes on the facebook page for more current updates as we get closer to moving.

This week:

Over 50's Boxercise 10.30am  (last one in Mytholmroyd NEXT Monday)

Legendary Bootcamp 6.15pm (meet at Calder Holmes Park next week)

Strength and Conditioning Circuit 6.15pm (Mixed session, open to boys/girls 11+ and adults)
This is our final session until further notice at this time slot.

Standard Boxing Award
, Level 2, session 2, 7.30pm (open to anyone who's done level 1 and above)
(next week's venue TBA)

Boxercise  9.30am This is our final session until further notice at this time slot.

Girls Kickboxercise 4.30pm This is our final session until further notice at this time slot.

Half Hour Hits 6.15pm (Weighted Workout) and 6.45pm (Speed Pads) This is our final session until further notice at this time slot.

Boxercise 9.30am Our last feel good Friday session at the old place. This is our final session until further notice at this time slot.

K O Circuit 10am (next week's venue TBA)
Boxing training (Level 2, session 2) - next week's venue TBA

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Farewell Mytholmroyd...

We're pleased to announce that we're moving to a new home in Eastwood at the end of April 2018.

Box 4 Fitness moved from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd in 2014 and after surviving floods and roadworks galore, with an impending 96 weeks more, we're on our way to the other end of the valley. Although we've loved being in Mytholmroyd, we're happy that this time, our move means we'll have sole use of the building so we can offer more classes and have a more adaptable timetable.

Please join our facebook page or keep checking back here for updates and news on the new gym.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter opening - bring friends for free

Make your Friday good
We'll be running a Boxercise session on Good Friday, 30 March at 9.30am - open to girls 11+ and women of all fitness levels. If you're a regular, bring a friend or relative along for free.

Easter Saturday
K O Circuits at 10am. Treat yourself this Easter and come and try out this 45 minute session if you've never done it before. There are 5-6 stations and you'll spend 3-4 minutes at each, performing a given exercise for 20 seconds on /10 seconds off x 8 times.

We hit bags, do stair runs, abdominal exercises, punch pads, skip and anything else that makes the heart race.

Open to women, men and kids 11+, £5 drop in.
We're inviting regulars to bring friends along for free to this class as well.

Bootcamp Wednesdays - 4 and 11 April

Easter holidays
Due to Bank Holiday Monday on 1 April, and our AJ team trip to London on 9 April, we're going to be holding Bootcamp sessions on the following Wednesdays instead.

Special Edition Bootcamps
 Wed 4 and 11 April - 6.15pm
Photography by Charli
This means there will be no HHH for a coupe of weeks.

Bootcamps are a mixture of punching and other exercises and drills  (usually bodyweight) done in pairs and often to a time challenge.

They are great stress busting workouts, that get your heart pumping and leave you feeling fantastic.

Open to women only, £5 drop in.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

No Half Hour Hits this evening

Please note there is no 6.15 or 6.45pm class this evening - regulars have been informed but if you are thinking of coming for the first time - please wait till next week! Or come along to a Boxercise class on Friday or Circuits on Saturday see timetable for details

Tuesday Training - 7.30pm

Photography by Charli
For the next 3 weeks, we're opening up this training session to anyone who's done their Boxing Awards, Level 1 or above.

We're going to work on a number of skills in the ring, on ropes, with partners and on bags.

A more traditional style training session with options to spar for carded boxers.

Recommended for those doing Level 2, Standard Award in April and anyone who wants to sharpen up their technique and use it.

7.30pm, £5 drop in, till 17 April. Women only, all ages and levels welcome.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Training cancelled today Wed 28 Feb - updated

Update 14:45pm We are staying closed today and will be back Friday morning all being well. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Due to the heavy snow and freezing temps we have had to cancel classes this morning and afternoon.

No Boxercise at 9.30am, Breathe-Stretch-Connect at 10.30am or Kickboxercise at 4.30pm.

Depending on how the weather pans out today, we may be in this evening but please check before travelling. This blog will be updated as will the Facebook page.

you can also contact Kate directly on 077 3243 3243.

Stay safe out there everyone.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Classes cancelled Wed 17 Jan

It's with regret that we cancel the following classes today:

Boxercise 9.30am
Breathe-Stretch-Connect 10.30am
Kickboxercise 4.30pm
Half Hour Hits 6.15pm and 6.45pm

The current weather conditions and predicted snow make it unsafe for us to travel to and from the gym from our location.

Additionally, there are temp traffic lights on Burnley Rd, extra construction vehicles parked on Midgley Rd as well as Ribstone St being closed at the bottom for works. This makes it all the more challenging and dangerous to get in and out of the area.

For the safety of all, we've chosen to close today and hope to see you later in the week if the weather improves - please keep checking back here for updates or follow us on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Classes cancelled Tues 16 Jan

Apologies for any inconvenience but due to poor weather conditions we have to cancel this evenings sessions.

Friday, January 12, 2018

What are K O Circuits?

Photography by Charli
Every Saturday at 10am we get together for K O Circuits. It's a 45 minute, mixed class, open to women and men as well as girls and boys over 11. You don't have to be a member to join this drop-in session, just turn up a few minutes early and we'll lend you some gloves.

The training involves 5 stations, each with a different exercise/task which is performed for 20 seconds, then you take active rest for 10 seconds and repeat x 8 times.  You may have heard people talking about HIIT (high Intensity Interval Training)? Well, this is it.

We use bodyweight, sometimes medicine balls or kettlebells and always have at least 1 or 2 punching stations.

It's a buzzing, noisy, high energy class with lots of laughs.

You don't need to be fit to join these classes. You can work at your own pace and build it up each week.

Classes are limited to 24 people on a first come, first served basis and can get very busy so come early to make sure you get a spot (especially in the first few weeks of the year).

£5 drop in. Please wear clean, indoor trainers (the flatter the better) or boxing boots. No studs or trail shoes please.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Kicking off 2018 with Blackjack Bootcamp

Feeling lucky?
We're going to start our training year with a brand new Bootcamp which is so named because it involves a pack of cards and the number 21 appears a lot...

Blackjack Bootcamp : 
Every minute on the minute, for 21 minutes, you'll work with a partner to complete 3 tasks

1) 100 straight punches
2) 21 defensive moves (ducks)
3) 21 reps of a given exercise

You get the remainder of the minute to rest before moving onto the next round. There are 7 rounds.

Back to basics
We will focus on correct form and technique for the punches and padholding and as we work through the rounds, hitting harder and faster. Some of the exercises are relatively easy, other, more difficult, but they can all be modified to suit the participant.

Anyone can join in
This will be a challenging Bootcamp, open to anyone (female 16+) who wants to give it a go. You can work at your own pace and it doesn't matter if you cant complete it - you do what you can and you will be supported with that.

We encourage a training atmosphere that allows people of all fitness levels to be together and enjoy the Bootcamps. They're not too serious, we like to have a laugh but we do work hard.

£5 drop in every Monday 6.15-7.15pm

Please bring clean indoor trainers

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year, happy old you

Farewell 2017
Brace yourselves for the onslaught of Happy New Year, Happy New You advertising from all the corporate gyms and slimming groups as we enter 2018.

Don't believe the hype
This is the perfect time of year to tap into people's guilt about eating and drinking too much over Christmas.

There will be 12 week challenges everywhere, before and after shots galore and offers you simply can't refuse from magic pills and shakes to freezing your fat off in an afternoon.

What's wrong with the old you?
The fitness industry excels at guilt and shame, most effectively through fake imagery.

Airbrushed or filtered images of people with perfect bodies are out there so we can compare ourselves to them, feel inadequate and hey presto...we buy the product or service.

The reality is that in almost all cases, unless you become a fitness model, athlete, or are in full time training, you're never going to look like the people in those photographs.

Ain't nobody got time for that
The commitment and dedication required to getting and keeping a body that looks this way, comes at a cost. Your social life and personal relationships take a back seat and food and training is at the centre of everything you do - EVERY DAY.

If you're Katie Taylor, that's ok, because you go out, win a world title and get a six figure sum for your efforts.

Maybe the question to ponder is 'why is it so important to me, to look like this'?

A more realistic approach
In order to set and meet fitness goals, keep them small and achievable.
  • If you currently do no exercise, start with 1 or 2 sessions a week rather than promising to train every day and suffering the disappointment which can lead to fall-out.
  • If you have low self esteem or a poor body image, stop looking for 'inspiration' from Instagram feeds or fitness magazines and get involved with something like Embrace, the positive body image movement.
  • Find something physical to do with your time that you enjoy - don't keep hacking away at something you hate because you think its good for you. Keep looking- you'll get there.
  • Stop weighing yourself and allowing the scales to predict your mood. There are many reasons for weight fluctuation and using the scale as a tool to measure success is a poor idea.
  • If you fall down - get up. Don't stay down because you missed a day's training or ate some cake. Be kind to yourself, pick yourself up and get back to it, without the guilt.
Whatever resolutions or changes you're going to make, try and make them sustainable. Training daily and living on powders or shakes will bring fast results that will disappear just as quickly when you stop using them. Do you want to count your 'syns' indefinitely? Never eat carbs on a Wednesday again?

Would cutting down on take-aways, limiting alcohol or fizzy drinks be a better place to start? Maybe increasing your water intake or fruit and veg count is a more achievable goal? Be honest with yourself about what you're likely to keep doing into the future.

Can we help?
You may be reading this because you're looking for something new to try? Maybe boxing fitness is for you? We have beginner's courses starting next week read more here  and drop in classes too see the timetable.

We offer a friendly, supportive atmosphere that's not too serious and will encourage you to keep coming back. The stress busting benefits of hitting a bag cannot be overstated and most people who train with us remark on how varied the classes are so they don't get bored read what others have said here.

Whatever you do, we wish you good health and happiness in the New Year and good luck with those resolutions.