Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves and other protective equipment such as hand wraps and mouthguards, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring. Boxing originated from fist-fighting and eventually became a regulated sport that is commonly used non-competitively as part of a great, cardiovascular exercise routine.


Currently, many enjoy incorporating boxing into their physical fitness programs for its numerous health benefits.

Health benefits of boxing include:

Core Stability 
Strengthens the deep abdominal muscles and supports proper posture and alignment.

Strengthens the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core. These kinds of exercises can improve stability and help prevent falls.

Muscular Strength 
Increases strength and enhances muscular development and coordination.


Boxing programs at the YMCA involve regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing combined with non-contact boxing, led byBoxing with Tikal at Copley-Price Family YMCA experienced trainers/coaches. Boxing classes can range from cardio-focused, fitness boxing classes to the more technical study of the sport through technical boxing classes. Technical boxing classes are for youth and adults who are interested in learning proper boxing techniques including the proper stance, footwork, how to throw a variety of punches, defense and the different styles of boxing – giving a more solid foundation in technique. Technical boxing coaches provide more one-on-one instruction with mitt work. Boxing classes are a great way to meet new people, challenge yourself and switch up your fitness routine.


Boxing classes are available with Introduction to Boxing classes for mixed age groups (ages 13 and up) and age-specific classes for youth (ages 7-12), teens (ages 13-17) and adults (ages 18 and up). Check with your local YMCA for equipment use and availability. Non-competitive boxing techniques use heavy bags so boxing gloves and hand wraps are required.

  • Copley-Price Family YMCAView sessions
    • Boxing | Ages 13+ | Tuesdays  or Thursdays, 7:00pm
  • Jackie Robinson Family YMCAView sessions
    • Teen boxing | Ages 13-17 | Mondays, 6:00pm or Wednesday, 6:00pm
    • Youth boxing | Ages 7-12 | Wednesdays, 5:00pm or 6:00pm
    • Adult boxing | Ages 18+ | Tuesdays, 11:00am or Wednesdays, 7:00pm