LA boxing training experience
Australian model, muaythai fighter Lilian Dikmans & a former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden of South Africa

LA boxing training experience

As the popularity of boxing is growing amongst the general public, boxing gyms are becoming ubiquitous. They are popping up on every corner here in Australia and the same thing is happening in the United States.

When I was over in Los Angeles earlier this year, I wanted to keep up my training. Although it was hard to find good Muay Thai gyms, there was no shortage of places to get in a boxing workout. It can be tricky to find gyms with good coaches, but thankfully I had been given a couple of recommendations.

The first gym I visited was Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, owned by Freddie Roach. It’s open Monday to Saturday and you can train there casually for a daily fee of $5. Not bad if you just want to hit the bags. While I was there, I also did some pad work with one of the trainers, Pepe Reilly, and then finished off on the speed bags.

I was also fortunate enough to train with South African born Chris “The Heat” van Heerden down in Santa Monica. His passion for boxing was second to none and I learned so much from him. During pad work, we focused a lot on footwork and defensive movement around the ring. Being light on my toes is something that I need to work on so it was an invaluable experience.

I will be writing a summary of all the places that I visited over on my Real Food Healthy Body blog, which will be ready to share shortly. The write up will also include a run down on the best places to find healthy food and, of course, good coffee.