Boxing, in its traditional form, has fallen out of style over the past few years. Combat sports and fitness disciplines such as Mixed Martial Arts, Cross Fit, Krav Maga, etc. have grown in popularity during that time and the amount of people practicing these systems has skyrocketed. Somewhere along the line, the mainstream fitness industry became corporate owned and people began flocking to gyms that were designed to be more like nightclubs. The smelly, grimy gyms with rusting weights were gone and replaced with brightly lit fitness clubs with aerobics rooms for ‘Group X’ fitness and boot camps. Those who were naturally drawn to the combative side gravitated to MMA leaving a larger percentage, who merely wanted a great workout, left without viable options.
Thankfully, like a fighter behind on points in the final rounds, boxing and boxing classes are making a very strong comeback. In this series we’ll be speaking with those who are keeping boxing alive by sharing it with a new generation and by bringing more women into the fold. We’ll also be speaking with franchise operations such Title, Everlast and 9R who are expanding their brand beyond merchandise and creating boxing gyms around the country that everyone can enjoy. So enough history .. Let’s review why is boxing still the reining champ for fitness. To start things off we went to visit Donato De Martiis Head Trainer at the World Famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, Fl. Donato gives us his take on why boxing is such a great overall workout.