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Armoury Boxing

A shapelier gym you won’t find anywhere in the city-it’s carved out of an old gun armoury, and the look and feel is industrial vintage, with exposed bricks, wooden beams, and real leather. Victorian branding and classic fight posters set a tone that’s more gentlemanly than underground, and the two boxing rings let you know what makes this place tick. With its black and white floor tiles and leather banquet, the little lounge-bar at the back contains a boxing library and cabinet of trophies-even the music sends out the message that this is a place for individuals with a sense of identity (hence, no treadmills nor other machines for mindnumbing repetition). With an atmosphere that’s intimate and personal, there’s a strong sense of camaraderie-and it’s good to train with people who mean business: You’ll use the mirrors here to check your form-no-one cares what you look like or how much you sweat. And you’ll train without the tedium and routine you find at ordinary gyms, working with clued-up personal trainers and boxing instructors, who’ll use serious equipment-medicine balls, skipping ropes, kettlebells, punching bags-to help whip you into shape. Choose from various group classes, sign up for powerhouse one-on-one sessions, and join the paratrooper-style squad runs (good for speed and stamina, and likely to bring on a deep Rocky nostalgia). Finally, even if you don’t sign up to train here, there’s “Fight Night”-a hugely popular Friday evening white collar boxing event, held three times per year, often pitting local boxers against fighters from Johannesburg. There are ring girls, bars, and a DJ spinning tunes to keep spirits soaring. Expect gripping ringside action and a furious vibe that’s so typical of Cape Town on a night out-or, if you’re brave enough, sign up to take part.

Unit 104 Armoury Building, Buchanan Square, Sir. Lowry Road,
+27 21 461 9141
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