World No.1 fighter Canelo Alvarez is set to defend his multiple titles against IBF super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant on Saturday 6 November. The boxing scene is heating up and now is the best time than ever to enter the sport.
However, with thousands of gyms and boxing clubs in California, the process of choosing a gym with the right philosophy, experienced training, and a positive environment can be complicated. To make the process easier, here is a list of some of the best gyms in Orange County for aspiring learners.
Grampas Boxing Gym
Located at 7686 Garden Grove Blvd. in Westminster, Grampas Boxing Gym is a welcoming, family-friendly gym. Their workouts are intense and they offer old school boxing workout in their classes.
They are open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Saturdays are only open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The majority of their classes are busy, especially their afternoon classes, leaving their clients with a wide variety of partners and more opportunities to improve their skills. As the biggest boxing gym on the list, Grampas also hosts amateur boxing events every year.
“We are very, like I said, family oriented and that was something very important to Grandpa, who had passed away, it was very important to him that everyone was treated with respect and that everyone is treated like family, ”said the coach. Gisselle Sanchez.
MMA Rounders Fullerton
Rounders MMA is conveniently located at 353 S. State College Blvd. in Fullerton, making it the closest gymnasium to campus. This gymnasium is focused on teaching real techniques that professionals use in a very safe and accessible way.
This open gym offers boxing lessons for children ages 4 to 12 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm Children 13 and over can try the adult classes Monday through Friday which are offered first at 10 a.m. and again later at 6 p.m.
They also offer a basic boxing class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Here boxers can learn boxing basics like footwork, head movements and punches.
Although the gym does not have a boxing ring due to lack of space (since the gym also shares the area with other combat sports like jiu-jitsu), the gym does offers a weight zone, open-space mats, heavy bags and pads for padwork. .
“If you can’t find a good workout that’s right for you, I think boxing is worth a try. Again, this is good for self defense. It’s good for mental health. It is good for your physical health. So there are a lot of benefits, ”said Hyun Joseph“ Joe ”Kim, longtime martial artist and owner of Rounders MMA Fullerton.
At OC Boxing, newcomers can expect a good workout that gives boxers the proper tools and technique to defend themselves. According to co-owner and trainer George Lopez, they really emphasize the importance of footwork and defense due to the violent nature of the sport.
Located at 2428 N. Grand Ave. in Santa Ana, the gymnasium is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They offer introductory, intermediate and mixed courses that end with sparring to give boxers the chance to compete to practice their skills.
Inside the gymnasium, boxers can find a weightlifting area and a punching bag area with a wide variety of bags for different types of training, in addition to an official size ring and space. open for lessons.
“We want to provide a gymnasium with open arms, but also at the end of the day we want to create world champions, that’s kind of what we’re focusing on. A good environment and a world championship, ”said co-owner and trainer George Lopez.
Classic boxing trainer
Founded by Head Boxing Coach Chuck Eisenberg, Classic Boxing Coach is a smaller gym located at 2537 S. Main St. in Santa Ana. They are open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
This gymnasium does not house as much equipment as an average commercial gymnasium, but it does offer quality coaching specializing in technique and capable of teaching all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Currently, Classic Boxing Coach holds a perfect five-star score with over 31 reviews and is home to countless positive reviews on their gym time.