We consider Gotham Soho to be a bit of a sleeper studio. It’s a bit off the radar and downplayed in decor – aka it’s not screaming its brand from the rooftop. Also, unlike its West Village cousin who puts its intense sweat sessions or essentially pro fighter trainings on display in the front windows, you almost accidentally walk by it. Is that a gym or an art gallery, or maybe it’s one of the performing arts spaces? Who knows anymore in this city. Flying under the radar does help to build up a bit of mystery that we enjoy – it has a secret and we all want to know what it is! When all’s said and done, its simplicity also makes it more approachable. We would consider it the less “aggressive” of the two Gotham locations, without sacrificing on sweat quality.
This has to be the ying to DOGPOUND’s yang, because while the boxing was LITTT (with 3 “t”s!) the conditioning was ehhhh. The class starts with a “burn out” set of high knees, butt kicks, jumping jacks, and squat jumps – but this portion is a really just the cherry on top of the sweet cocktail that is the 85% sparring-focused boxing class. Now don’t give us that look – we know that pairing off can be a little awkward, but trust us, it’s totally worth it. For some reason, sparring just gives us a harder sweat and is a mental exercise since you have to spend time blocking. So really this class is just a big meaty sandwich of sparring combos and footwork practice with about 10 minutes of warm-up and post-conditioning on either end. And the conditioning session experience? A good amount of challenging abs while remaining in plank the whole time. Before you quit in your mind already, it is totally manageable – we promise! (No, our fingers are not crossed behind our backs)
So as with many boxing gyms in the city, there are usually one or two extra trainers hanging around your session. Hey, it’s all in the family, right? In this instance, Felix had a female confidant in Morgan who helped to keep us motivated and demonstrated moves. Her endlessly bright and bubbly nature combined with his funny but cool kid attitude made for a great tag team experience. There are times when these partnerships are super helpful because hey there are tons of personalities in each of these classes. But in this instance, the closeness led to some overly chatty moments that were just a wee bit distracting. That said, they gave a solid class and clear direction, and certainly brought the fun. If we had a wish for this class, we would have asked for it to be a little smaller. It felt as though adjustments and positive reinforcements were few and far between.
There is certainly a huge cool factor here that we just can’t really put our finger on. Oh wait, maybe because it’s designed like a warehouse runway show meets underground fight club. As you head toward the “G-Box” for the first time from the lobby, there will be a pit that forms in your stomach because you can tell something is looming. Then finally you look toward the stairs which lead to a sole boxing ring. That’s it: you, the lights, and the ring. Oh and did we mention the heart-warming expressions plastered all over the studio? Like the “don’t be a puss”, “sometimes you just have to knock a mother f$%#er’s teeth out” or our personal favorite, “today’s menu: pain”. Definitely a space that toes the line of “boutique” while staying true to its boxing core.
43 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012 SoHo Boxing $$$$
Gotham Gym Soho
SoHo Boxing, $$$$
43 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
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