Forget Pilates and Soulcycle: Boxing is Now Manhattan’s Hottest Workout

Exercise has never been my thing. Last year at a party I told a room full of people that I hated it so much that if they ever found me dead in a gym they should know that I had been killed elsewhere and my body moved.

It’s not for lack of trying. I have gone to every type of group class there is: Tracy Anderson, the Brazilian Butt Lift, Pilates, SoulCycle. But nothing has ever been able to hold my attention.

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Eventually I moved on to a personal trainer, who would spar with me at the end of each session, which I loved. Boxing, I thought, could be my new workout of choice. It’s like therapy without the talking, and an incredible workout. So I was thrilled when my husband told me about Rumble, a boxing studio in Chelsea.

Spotless and modern, it wasn’t what I was expecting. The crisp white walls feature Pop Art prints, including one of Sylvester Stallone, a Rumble investor, wearing branded boxing gloves. A sleekly designed bleacher area in the front encourages guests to congregate before and after class. “For a lot of millennials the gym has become the new bar. This is where they socialize,” says Andy Stenzler, who, along with restaurateur Eugene Remm, former Google executive Anthony DiMarco, and Barry’s Bootcamp super-trainer Noah Neiman, founded Rumble.

It’s like therapy without the talking, and an incredible workout.

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I agree to try Erika Hammond’s class. Erika, I’m told, is a former WWE star. I check in, wrap my hands, rent a pair of white boxing gloves, and find a spot. The 45-minute class is split into two parts: strength conditioning and boxing, with six different punches we aim at water-filled bags, which I’m told are easier on the wrists and elbows. A variety of jab and hook combinations are displayed on digital projections so you can follow along easily. The whole thing feels more like a dance club than a fitness class, with high-energy music and flattering lighting.

It is, as advertised, electrifying. No wonder that in the year and a half since Rumble opened its two New York City locations, the studio has attracted the likes of Katie Holmes and Kendall Jenner. With plans to open outposts in L.A., San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, by year’s end, and an influx of cash from investors like Equinox, Justin Bieber, and Rocky himself, Rumble is a bona fide KO in the fitness world.

“We want to make boxing more accessible and female-friendly,” says Stenzler, who estimates that 70 percent of Rumble’s clients are women. “No one has ever elevated the experience before.” Afterward all I feel is sore. I had a good time, though, so it’s a feeling I could get used to.

This story appears in the August 2018 issue of Town & Country. Subscribe Now

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