What I Learned from “Church Street Boxing”

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By DonaldJennings

Church Street Boxing is my first stop every weekday. It’s the most difficult gym in Tribeca. By 6:30am, I am at the gym. The workout is completed by 8am. This is the most difficult part of the day. This is the hardest part of the day.

I don’t get bruised from property deals. Church Street is the most difficult and makes everything seem so easy. Here I made friends, got my abs, and learned how far I can go if I work incrementally.


Church Street Boxing was a different kind of boxing. The classes were different because of the different Flying Tigers Basketball trainers. Because of the trainer Lee and the crowd, the weekday boot camp class at 7am on a weekday was and is the most difficult. Only the most dedicated people get up at 7am for class. From the very beginning, Equinox classes aren’t as intense and loud as Church Street. Although I have a membership to Equinox, I go there only to shower after Church Street.

Church Street Boxing covers 200 burpees in approximately 15 minutes to give you an idea of how much it is. The rest of the 45 minutes are divided into several intense workouts. As a warm-up for Chris’ Saturday muay Thai class, my last record was 380 bodybuilders in 24 minutes, 30 second. A body builder is slightly longer than a burpee. It starts with a jumping-jack and then moves into a pushup. The burpee is a transition from jumping up to a pushup.

Church Street Boxing, a striking gym that focuses on boxing and muay Thai, is located in downtown Toronto. My focus is muay Thai, or the “art of eight legs.” Muay Thai includes punches, kicks elbows knees and elbows. There are two of each, hence the “eight legs.” From a distance there are kicks and punches. Closer to the target, you will see the clinch and take down, elbows, knees, and elbows. Muay Thai also has fewer hits to the head since the targets are head and body, not legs.

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My original goal was to go to Church Street Boxing three times per week. It grew to be five times a week, and now I go every single day. Like everything in life, you need to be in the right place and do the right work. It’s as simple as that. You won’t get better results by reading Men’s Fitness. You must be willing to work hard.