Boxing's a great workout, what with all the heavy bags, and the sparring rings, and all those hardscrabble lifers who'd love to have their own great workout on your face.
So go to the newest, sleekest, white collar-friendliest boxing gym, Mendez Boxing, an 8,500 square-foot subterranean house of badassery in NoMad.
A former trainer at Brooklyn’s famed Gleason’s Gym, Francisco Mendez has been coaching fighters since Tyson was last champ – fitting, as Mendez’s gyms are frequented by greats like Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., and Iron Mike himself.
Choose between regular coached workouts where trainers cycle between fighters, or private one-on-one instruction – either way, workouts typically last just over an hour. After taping up, you’ll jump rope and shadow box with a trainer, working on float-like-a-butterfly footwork and sting-like-a-bee punch technique.
Then step into one of Mendez’s two regulation-size rings to pummel pads, before slugging away in a forest of 14 dangling heavy bags and testing your reflexes on the speed bag.
Finally you’ll finish with a round of pushups, crunches, and stationary bike – then adjourn to Mendez’s fully-equipped locker rooms for a much-needed shower.
Mendez is open 5am to midnight daily so it’s great for pre- or post-work sessions, and even offers a free lesson to test it out.
So don’t stress.