While we could make a table or a graph comparing the amount of monetary investment necessary to practise various beloved sports, we could also probably guess the most expensive: horse riding, sailing, motor racing, and skiing.

While we may not think of it as an expensive sport, boxing also comes at a cost to the practitioner. While historically boxing was a sport for underprivileged and impoverished populations - boxing for beginners, is increasing in popularity and expense.

Not only is there an economic cost but a physical and mental cost too. Boxers must give and take blows, and may receive more blows than they give. But it is the monetary investment required to learn how to box that we will now discuss.

The investment is numerous but can still be achievable for ordinary people. We will address two questions: how much are boxing classes? And, how much is the equipment?

The cost depends on whether you’re training in a city or the countryside, as well as whether you’re training in classes at a boxing gym or club or receiving personal training with a private boxing coach.

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The Most Obvious Cost: Boxing Classes and Their Location

When you choose to begin to learn a sport like boxing, you must be aware of the costs that will be involved, that is, the investment that you will have to make to accomplish your athletic goals.

Invest early on in your boxing career
Like any sport, boxing requires a monetary investment. Source: Unsplash.

The Cost of Boxing

When you first go to a gym, club, or when you meet a private coach, one of the first things that will be discussed is the amount of payment. Obviously, this amount will be one of the factors that determine if this training option is suitable for you.

Some gyms provide fitness classes and equipment free with a membership, but if not it can cost between $20 and $40 per class in a specialised boxing gym.

We will address geographical details a little further on in this article. But taking single classes one at a time will end up costing you a lot.

You will soon understand that there are more economically friendly ways to learn boxing.

Various Kinds Of Boxing

Some education about boxing and boxing culture might be necessary for you to understand what choices are available to you. One of the first things to know is that there are three main types of boxing.

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You need to decide which type of boxing to learn before you commit
Before you commit, choose which type of boxing is right for you. Source: Unsplash.

British or American Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, normally wearing protective gloves and other protective equipment such as hand wraps and mouth guards, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

Boxing is a common fixture in most international competitions, it is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport, and it also has its own World Championships.

Boxing is overseen by a referee over a series of one-to-three-minute rounds. A winner can be decided before the completion of the rounds when a referee deems an opponent incapable of continuing, disqualification of an opponent, or resignation of an opponent.

If the fight reaches the end of its final round with both opponents still standing, it is the judges' scorecards that determine the victor. If both fighters receive equal scores from the judges, a professional bout is considered a draw. In Olympic boxing, as a winner must be declared, judges award the contest to one fighter on technical criteria.

Savate boxing, also known as French boxing or French footfighting, is a French kickboxing combat sport that uses the hands and feet, combining elements of English boxing with kicking techniques.

Savate is a French word for "old shoe or boot”, and accordingly, savate boxers wear specially designed boots. A male savate boxer is called a tireur while a female is called a tireuse.

Another style is Muay Thai boxing, sometimes referred to as Thai boxing, a martial art and combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.

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What Factors Impact The Price of Boxing Classes?

There are a number of factors that you should think about before dedicating yourself to a training schedule.

Firstly, you need to consider your reasons for learning the sport: is it to be fitter, stronger, able to defend yourself, to prepare for a fight?

Clarify your goals to your prospective coach right from the beginning so that they can adapt your lessons according to your needs.

Other factors that may impact the price of your boxing lessons are:

  • Class Size: You’ll need to decide between one-on-one private boxing lessons or group classes. Group classes may resemble more like an exercise class than a training session (especially if you choose something like Boxercise). There are advantages to both: you’ll likely pay less for a group class but conversely, you'll likely benefit much more from private instruction. Group lessons might be a good idea if you’re just a beginner. 
  • Frequency of Lessons: Most boxing courses consist of one class per week over several weeks. However, depending on your end goal, you might have classes more frequently and over a longer period of time. You might fall in love with the sport and want to continue indefinitely. You may need to intensify your routine to accomplish time-sensitive goals, like if you are getting ready for a tournament. You can train as frequently as 7 days a week if you and your coach feel it necessary (and you can afford it!), though remember to rest.
  • Time: Boxing classes are typically around one hour long. This is normally enough physical activity for beginners, but if you want to master the sport quickly then you may want to extend this. Just keep in mind that your coach likely charges for their services by the hour so longer classes may mean an additional fee.
  • Coach's Experience: Of course, you should make sure the person teaching you is trained and qualified, but their experience will also determine the amount you pay. Confirm that your instructor is registered as a boxing coach and has the relevant training and certifications to make sure that you will receive high-quality instruction that’s up to standard. 
  • Student’s Experience: Your experience may determine how much you pay to learn boxing. If you’re a beginner learning the basics, such as proper posture and the correct way to hold your hands, your instructor will likely not charge you a high amount unless you are after more advanced lessons. While most coaches will have a standard rate per hour, they may increase this if they are preparing you for a fight or tournament as the stakes are higher. 
  • Location: If you decide to attend classes in a gym, then the price will likely be lower as the instructor will be teaching more than one student at the same time. However, if you train with a coach privately, it will likely cost more. Geographically, a lesson in a major city will likely cost more than a rural area, just like classes in the capital will likely be more expensive than in smaller cities.
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How Can You Save a Dollar?

Gym Memberships: A Long-Term Practical Solution

To increase popularity in the sport, boxing clubs have changed their approach. As with any other gym, you can subscribe to a monthly, quarterly, or even yearly membership.

There are also formulas à la carte, with a predetermined amount of classes. For example, a set of ten, fifteen, or even twenty classes.

This enables you to take classes according to your availability and physical condition. To box you must ensure that you are functioning at your maximum physical capacity.

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Average Cost of Boxing Lessons in Australia

As we’ve said, there is a difference between the cost of lessons in the capital and those in smaller or regional cities.

  • Average price: $20-30 (group class) / $40-60 (one-on-one)
  • Lowest price: $10
  • Highest price: $60

Boxing Training with a Private Coach

While the context is more intimate, you will still learn the same content. The difference is, that you will have less time to catch your breath as your workouts will be more intense!

You can find your private coach or instructor through websites such as Superprof, but also at your local gym, club, and associations.

Ensure to check their references to prevent wasting your money.

Of course, the average price will be higher for private instruction, but that comes with certain advantages, like tailor-made, personalised classes adapted to your own pace where you'll receive extra motivation as a beginner and learn the basics of your chosen style.

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Most boxing styles require you to buy equipment
Depending on the style of boxing you choose, you will need to buy some equipment. Source: Unsplash.

What Additional Fees Should You be Aware of?

Most sports require equipment. And unfortunately, the kit is hardly ever free. For soccer players, it is mandatory to have uniforms, shin guards, and more, and for boxing it’s no different. 

Depending on your budget, you should expect to make certain purchases, some obvious and obligatory. Some are less obvious, but you will have to deal with them too so it's important we address them.

Boxing Equipment: What do You Need?

Boxing is a difficult practise that requires much equipment.

Some of this equipment can be supplied by the gym (such as a skipping rope, weights, or punching bag) or by the coach you decide to train with, but others you might have purchased yourself.

Let's look at the equipment you will require to join the likes of Mohammed Ali or Joe Frazier, in whatever style of boxing you decide on:

  • Boxing gloves
  • Under-gloves and mittens
  • Mouthguard
  • Chest protector
  • Shin pads
  • Knee and elbow pads (for Thai boxing and mixed martial arts)
  • Headgear
  • Cup (particularly for men)
  • Boxing shoes
  • Boxing shorts

The Price of Boxing Equipment

Now we have the list of equipment you need to purchase for boxing lessons, but how much do all of these things cost in addition to the cost of the boxing gym?

EquipmentCost (Decathlon)
Gloves£7.99-£39.99
Mouthguard£2.49-£7.99
Head guard£14.99-£24.99
Shin pads£1.99-£4.99
Shoes£39.99

Medical Costs and Benefits

Prior to beginning a sport, you might need to get the go-ahead from your doctor. Ensure you're healthy before you begin training, some gyms and clubs may even ask for a medical certificate as proof of health. 

Boxing is both an intense and exhausting sport and should not be underestimated. You should also recognise that like in any sport, there is the risk of personal injury when boxing. 

You should take into account potential medical expenses.

But remember that you will also benefit physically and mentally.

This sport necessitates a strong will and commitment to training.

True strength stems from overcoming adversity and resistance. Adversity as boxing is one of the most difficult sports to learn, and you must be mentally tough to persist when it seems as though you will never “get it”. You will find resistance in regards to your learning process, your level of fitness and, of course, your coach and/or opponent.

Boxers have one of the highest fitness levels of all athletes, and to get to that level you must push yourself in a way that requires strength. Training consists of improving your stamina with cardio and endurance exercises and other high-intensity workouts. Boxing is a whole body workout and a great way to get fit. Once you’re skilled enough to be in the ring with an opponent, that is where you will really demonstrate your strength. In the ring, you must remain calm and focused on your goal in the midst of chaos. Life is also chaotic and boxing will assist you in facing it head-on.

You will need to find an inner drive and source of energy to motivate yourself to fight in the ring.

Via boxing, you can forget the troubles of daily life and increase your energy meter.

This non-palpable and non-financial investment is just as important as the physical one. 

By bringing together the two, you will benefit from a very rewarding and comprehensive sport.

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The Best Boxing Gyms Near Me

You can easily find boxing gyms across the country yourself, but if you would like to know which are the best, then check out our selection of gyms in various cities across Australia!

Melbourne

Prestige Gym, Level 2/181 King Street, Melbourne 3000 VIC

At Prestige Gym you will have the opportunity to train under head coach Pedrag Galic, otherwise known as Pedge, a highly decorated fighter with multiple titles in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. Pedge caters to beginners as well as seasoned fighters looking to advance through amateur and pro ranks. With a strong emphasis on personal development and realising potential, this is a great place to learn the subtleties of noble art and get in shape in the process.

Fightfit, 29 White Street, South Melbourne 3205 and 40-72 Rokeby Street, Collingwood 3066 VIC

Located in a massive iron shed with multiple rings and ample heavy bags, FightFit combines boxing, kickboxing, and circuit training. All of their experienced trainers have boxing, kickboxing, and/or MMA fights under their belts. With classes that focus on improving coordination, technique, and overall fitness, this is a high-intensity workout. There are dedicated sparring classes for those who want to hone their ringcraft, as well as technical sessions where you can master your jab and uppercut.

Sydney

Hustle Boxing, 176 Victoria St, Potts Point 2011 NSW

Hustle Boxing is run by three of Sydney's most in-demand fitness personalities, including celebrity trainer Dan Conn and Andrew Pap, and combines technical boxing with full-body conditioning in bootcamp-style. Combining punching bags and resistance training, you’ll be able to hone your skills, build muscle, and work your core. Their high-intensity training will help you burn on average 750+ calories per class.

12RND Fitness, various locations across Australia

12RND is the only new wave boxing-inspired circuit gym with the tick of approval from a real fighter, that of four-time world champion Danny Green, who's an investor and helped build the gym's philosophy from his own experience getting ready to fight.

Workouts aim to mimic the demands of a 12-round fight – minus the concussive head blows – with 12 x 3-minute rounds with 30 seconds rest in between. No fixed class times mean you can jump into a workout at any 3-minute interval, with the promise of burning up to 750 calories in a 12-round session.

Brisbane

Coorparoo Boxing Gym, 48 Clarence Street, Coorparoo 4151 QLD

Coorparoo Boxing Gym is a member of Boxing Queensland and is affiliated with Boxing Australia, which offers a pathway from local and regional, to Commonwealth, Olympic and World Competition. From individual personal training through to group circuit training, all boxing fitness needs are catered for. After establishing West End Boxing Gym, owners Harry & Maryanne Costi then looked to develop Coorparoo Boxing Gym into one of Brisbane's best training facilities.

Well-known boxers who have trained at both West End and Coorparoo gyms include: Craig Petersen, Stephen Pitt, Mark Burgess, Ricky Thornberry, Sam Soliman, John Mugaby, Doug Sam, Billy Johnsh, Anthony Mundine, Brett W Smith, Tyrone Tongia, Billy Dib, Paul Flemming, Brian Jansenn, Daniel Rowsell, Paul and Nathan Briggs, Mr Johnny Lewis, former world amateur champion Galib Jafarov from Kazakhstan and the entire US amateur team from the 2001 Goodwill Games that were held in Brisbane.

Perth

Lacey’s Boxing Gym, 1244 Marmion Avenue, Currambine Perth 6028 WA

Justin Lacey is the head boxing coach and owner of Perth premium boxing gym, Lacey’s. With over 95 fights under his belt, Justin brings 25 years of experience, knowledge and expertise to the gym. His passion for performance-driven training led him to create the Lacey’s signature classes that combine boxing, strength and conditioning in a high intensity 47 minute workout designed to push you to your limits, get results and enjoy every second.

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As an Englishman in Paris, I enjoy growing my knowledge of other languages and cultures. I'm interested in History, Economics, and Sociology and believe in the importance of continuous learning.