Workout Class Review: Rumble (NYC)

Not to brag, but I think I’m at a point in my fitness-confidence level to pretty much try any workout, alone, for the first time. TRX, Crossfit, HIIT, Pilates, Hot yoga… You name it, I’ve pretty much tried it or something similar. In New York, I have access to studios that specialize in a particular form of workout – SLT, ModelFit, Barry’s Bootcamp, 305, Shadowbox, Y7, etc.

I’m what some might call a fitness class junkie. I have never experienced a “runner’s high,” but I have experienced a “group-fitness-class high.” I have exceeded my fitness limits by having instructors push me to “failure” in new workouts. I’ve found that my body is happiest when I’m never doing the same workout. And studies show that variety in exercise is a good way to prevent your body from that dreaded plateau. And for me, changing it up just keeps me coming back because it’s always a new experience, new music, and new people.

That’s why I was super interested to read about a new class, RUMBLE ,that involved a sport/workout that I rarely do and had already planned to do more of in 2017. Boxing is a sport that I find more intimidating than the rest. I’m not sure why, but it could be because there is a level of technique involved that I have yet to perfect. I’m a little bit competitive with myself when it comes to working out. I like to have perfect form, sweat buckets, and not be able to stand in order to feel like I truly worked out. Ok, so exaggerating a little, but you get the idea. There are very few group boxing classes that I feel challenge me physically, are fun, and are worth every cent. Because did I mention, these classes can run up to $45 a pop!

Rumble Breakdown:

  • Founded by four entrepreneurs: Noah Neiman, Eugene Remm, Andy Stenzler, and Anthony DiMarco. Each with an impressive and varied resume.
  • What kind of workout is it? A combination of HIIT, strength training, metabolic conditioning (METCON), and cardio.
  • 10 Rounds, 45 Minute total – alternate between bag and floor work (two rounds each).
  • Marketing on point. Think cute/cool (pick your adjective) gloves, Basquiat at the entrance (it’s real), dark room with bomb music. (And the instructors are all pretty much instagrammable/insta-famous in the fitness world.)
  • For beginners? Absolutely. The nice thing about boxing is that it’s dependent on how much you give. It’s you and the bag. There’s no treadmill telling you to continue running at 9 mph for 30 minutes. It’s a series of hooks, jabs, undercuts that you can dole out as fast and as hard as you feel you can. The conditioning or floor half of the class is dependent on weights and body weight.
  • Safe? Their bags are filled with water instead of sand, which is better for your wrists and hands.

I walked away feeling challenged and energized. Hitting a bag with all your body weight to great music in a darkly-lit red room is (in one word) therapeutic. 

If you’re not convinced already to try out this new class. I’ve added a few links below to inspire you!


Vogue: Why Boxing May Be the Best Way to Break Out of a Fitness Rut This Year

The New Workout: Boxing Without the Bruises

Why You Should Box

And then some visual inspiration:

Muhammad Ali
Gigi Hadid (Well + Good) `


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