So you want to get serious about your boxing, right? Whether you want to become an amateur boxer, a professional boxer, or just wish to lose some extra pounds, this guide is here to help you find your ideal boxing gym. If you pick the wrong gym, you may be ignored, hassled, or even injured.

Things You Will Need

Internet Access, a phone, and the willingness to ask questions.

Step 1

The first step is to decide on whether you want to box professionally, on an amateur level, or just want to get some good exercise. This will allow you to figure out what gyms are an ideal fit for you and what type of trainers you should be looking for.

Step 2

The next step is to find gyms within your vicinity. If you're like me, you want to find a gym that is close. After a workout, a long drive or bus ride will not be a welcome feeling. There are some exceptions, however, where distance can be a secondary thought. I would go to a gym that is far if the trainer is exceptionally good or the sparring partners are great. If you are just looking for a workout, a close gym will suffice.

Step 3

After you find the gyms, you have to do some scouting! Trainers are incredibly important in deciding on what gym you choose. A good trainer is able to see what your strengths and weaknesses are of not just you but of your opponent. A great trainer will assist you to bring out the best of your strengths and will compensate for your weaknesses. Ask some questions, get some answers, and see if the trainer is right for you.

Step 4

Is going to a gym in your budget? Finding the prices of the gyms and private lessons is important so that you can figure out if the gym is well within your budget. Some gyms and trainers allow you to pay with the earnings you receive from fighting in matches, others will have you pay them up front. The method and amount of paying for your membership to the gym will vary depending on the gym.

Step 5

The final step is to choose a gym, sign up, and GO! Just picking a gym will not make you a stronger fighter or a more fit person. It is the actual consecutive execution that will make you a greater boxer. This final step is actually a first step in becoming a better boxer. Make sure you rest well, eat well, and train hard!
Boxing requires a lot of passion, heart, and hard work. Please be careful when performing exercises and always consult your physician before starting out a new workout.

Tips & Warnings

If the gym loses the trainer that you like the most, or you feel like the gym is not a good fit for you, repeat steps one through five and find another gym!