Practising combat sports at a boxing ring or dojo (a room or hall used as a training facility for martial arts), and participating in frequent sporting activities has numerous benefits for both your physical and mental health.

Some of the most popular disciplines in contact sports are boxing, martial arts, and mixed martial arts (MMA).

In boxing, there are various forms such as: French boxing, Thai boxing (or Muay Thai), American boxing (or full contact), American kickboxing, Chinese boxing, Burmese boxing, and Khmer boxing.

Under the umbrella term of "martial arts" you will find: viet vo dao or vovinam (Vietnamese); taekwondo (South Korean); judo, jujitsu, and aikido (Japanese); karate and kung fu (Chinese), and krav maga (Israeli).

Mixed martial arts (MMA or cage fighting) was first regulated in the United States, incorporating techniques from various combat sports including boxing, kickboxing and martial arts from around the world

What unites all of these forms is that they are full-contact combat sports. You need to be physically strong and have a high level of endurance - your body is the main weapon!

In order to succeed, you’ll need to practise self-control, have great footwork, and be very agile.

As the recognition of boxing’s benefits becomes more widespread, there has been a democratisation of combat sports (amateur boxing and boxing, body fight, cardio boxing, fitness boxing, etc.), meaning that more and more women are stepping into the boxing ring.

But you might be wondering, how much does it cost to train and what exactly are the health benefits?

Here is a detailed mini-guide to prepare you for boxing classes in Australia.

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How Much Do Boxing Classes Cost?

Signing up to a sports club or boxing gym can be expensive, particularly if you have a low disposable income.

The history of boxing reveals that boxing in the UK, the US, and France emerged amongst the underprivileged and impoverished classes.

Boxing is now a million dollar industry
While boxers may come from impoverished communities, they can earn millions if they succeed. Source: Unsplash

Indeed, the first recorded boxing match took place in Britain in 1681 when Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (and later Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica) engineered a bout between his butler and his butcher, with the latter winning the prize.

Through the late nineteenth century, boxing or prizefighting was primarily a sport of dubious legitimacy. Outlawed in England and much of the United States, prizefights were often held at gambling venues and broken up by police.

It’s from these illegal venues and outlawed prizefighting that the modern sport of boxing emerged, and a majority of young talent still comes from poverty-stricken areas around the world.

According to Louis Rubin, "boxing lost its appeal with the American middle class, and most of who boxes in modern America come from the streets and are street fighters”.

All of this goes to show that joining a sports club to take English boxing classes or American or French boxing classes, can represent a financial hardship for those who might already find it difficult to meet pre-committed expenses.

Before joining a boxing gym, first you must ask yourself a few questions:

  • What type of boxing would you like to practise? (French, English, Thai, American Boxing),
  • Which level of boxing are you interested in? (Amateur boxing, professional boxing, competitive boxing),
  • What type of student are you? (Women's boxing, teens, children),
  • What type of lessons would you like to take? (Boxing in a gym or private lessons?)

It’s impossible to catalogue all of the prices charged by all of the sports clubs in Australia. Nevertheless, we can still look at the average cost.

What is the Price of Private Boxing Classes?

If we take a look at the Superprof platform, you will see the average prices for a boxing coach and class are, depending on the location:

  • Melbourne:  $25-40 / hour,
  • Sydney: $50-80 / hour,
  • Brisbane: $25-30 / hour
  • Adelaide: $25-30 / hour,

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Learning How to Box in Boxing Gyms

Considering there are over a dozen sports clubs in most big cities, it isn’t possible for us to list each and every rate.

Typically, a boxing gym will offer its courses in monthly or yearly packages, and every now and again by the quarter. A free trial is often feasible, which gives you the opportunity to confirm your new passion before committing.

To register, you may need to present a medical certificate and submit a membership payment.

Some gyms provide classes and equipment - such as headgear, mitts, a jump rope, or punchbag - free with a membership, otherwise it could cost around $20 per lesson in a specialised boxing gym.

Additionally, you might have to purchase your own boxing equipment, such as:

  • Skipping rope
  • Hand wraps
  • Bag gloves
  • Heavy bag
  • Headgear
  • Mouthguard
  • Sparring gloves
  • Groin and/or chest protector

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The Advantages of Boxing for Women

Boxing is one of the most comprehensive high-intensity sports. This total body workout improves your fitness, stamina, coordination, muscle building, and general well-being.

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Boxing is a great way for women to stay in shape
Women can benefit from both a cardio workout and muscle building when boxing! Source: Unsplash

For women, there are numerous good reasons why you should start boxing. Not only is it a complete body workout but it’s also a cardiovascular exercise, which means that boxing is a great way to get in shape.

An hour of training in an Australian boxing gym can be more effective than a session of weights in a regular gym and could involve anything from skipping and circuits to push-ups, squats, and boxing drills.

Not only does boxing channel your energy and expel stress, it also enables you to lose weight rapidly, strengthen your glutes, and sculpt your abdominals.

Boxing attracts women for various reasons: women's boxing establishes conviviality between women, helps them to gain or re-gain self-confidence, and allows them to participate in a quality cardio training program.

Women's boxing is a comprehensive sport that targets both the body and the mind: women box to exercise all the muscles of the human body: biceps, triceps, legs, glutes, abdominals. The boxer can thus shape her abdominal and gluteal muscles, lose weight, and enhance her silhouette.

Pulling on the boxing gloves enables you to tone up, stay in shape, and refine your physical qualities: jumping into the boxing ring and throwing an uppercut, a hook, a circular kick, dodge, etc. can burn even more calories than swimming!

Women's boxing finally enables any woman, even a beginner, to learn self-defence and conquer what many women fear: the potential threat of violence when walking the streets alone in a large metropolis.

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Boxing Lessons for Women: Fitness or Combat?

With the enthusiasm for women's boxing classes picking up over recent years, many providers are coming up with ways to get even more women into the combat sport, and into the ring, by providing different boxing classes for women.

Different types of boxing classes include fitness boxing and fight boxing
If you don't want to fight an opponent, fitness boxing is perfect for you. Source: Unsplash

How? Fitness clubs are combining boxing and cardio training lessons.

Fitness boxing classes enable women to participate in an intense cardio workout with weight training that will work for individual muscle groups one after the other.

The advantage of combining English boxing or French Savate boxing with fitness is that students can train in group lessons with music while exercising the muscles of both the upper and lower body.

To enhance your overall physique, French Savate boxing is most effective - jumping rope, a three-minute ring fight, and kickboxing classes mixed in with bodybuilding techniques will offer dramatic results.

A warm-up of 15 to 20 minutes is followed up with shadow boxing, an exercise used when training for most combat sports, particularly, as its name indicates, boxing. It is used primarily to warm up the muscles before partaking in a more intense physical activity. You only need one person to shadow box: the student throws punches in the air. 

The workout continues by strengthening muscles and learning new moves, finishing with the all-important stretch session.

Following this model, the student can participate in a high-intensity athletic program and accomplish their fitness goals with maximum results.

Another example is fight boxing, which can combine in one session boxing, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, Thai boxing, tai chi chuan, and capoeira.

So, in regards to women's boxing: fitness or fight? Why not do both? Diversifying your practice can only have positive results. 

Learn Boxing with a Private Coach!

You might really dislike the idea of group classes in a boxing gym or dojo.

If so, there is another option that will comfort anyone suffering from anxiety or a social phobia: individual or private boxing lessons with a coach.

If you're a beginner, start boxing with a coach
A private coach might be the best way to progress quickly at boxing when you are just beginning. Source: Unsplash

Receiving physical training from a personal boxing coach or instructor is also a way to advance faster and really challenge yourself: you might be a beginner with the dream of competing in regional championships.

You can take as much time as you need to learn how to throw blows, while group lessons as part of an adult course will depend on the pace initially set by the coach.

We all have the image in our minds from the film Million Dollar Baby (2004), where Maggie comes in to use the punching bags to let off steam and push past her limitations to reach the highest level of competition.

What the film does not mention is the price involved: benefiting from a personal trainer is of course going to be more expensive than an annual membership with an Australian boxing club.

On Superprof, our private boxing lessons are established in cities all around Australia: choose the right program for you and achieve an athletic body.

Only you can explain your personal goals to a coach, who will adapt accordingly to your needs.

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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.