I had the pleasure of taking a boxing fitness class with Girl Fight Trainer Marie Paska at Girl Fight Fitness recently on a Saturday. Founded by Amanda Gonzalez-Barone in 2014, Girl Fight Fitness is a boxing gym for women by women with two locations–one in Latham and the other in Burnt Hills. The Latham location was easy to get to with plenty of parking, and very clean!
Fight Like A Girl
I brought my own boxing gloves, however the facility offers them if you do not own a pair. We jumped right in with a set of combos, and then throughout the workout, alternated between fast blocks of boxing combos and strength/plyometric exercises. Each participant gets their own boxing bag, which are mounted on a weighted base rather than suspended from the ceiling so the bag remains mostly stationary while I worked on my combos.
Marie was an excellent instructor. I liked that the classes are small. There were less than ten of us, so Marie went around the room during each round to correct form and encourage us to fight through to the bell during each set. Based on the level of soreness I experienced the next day, I can say that this provided an excellent full-body workout: plenty of cardio and strength value to the mix of exercises in just under an hour.
A Place To Empower Girls
Girl Fight Fitness provides a great workout for women at all levels of fitness. Marie offered modifications for anyone who needed something less intense, and she added more challenging moves for me when she realized I quickly excelled. The all-female format of Girl Fight Fitness makes the facility an excellent place to empower young girls, focusing their energy towards something more positive.
What I loved most about this session was Marie’s special words of encouragement toward the end of the workout. As we approached our last set, she refocused everyone’s energy and told us to think about someone we know who is unable to use their body to do a workout like this. To be grateful for the strength we have and the opportunity to come to this class, and to power through the last set, keeping in mind those that are sick or disabled who would love to be physically able to have this opportunity.
I highly recommend this work out to anyone who is looking to mix up their fitness routine, someone just getting into a fitness routine, and anywhere in between. I will definitely be back! Try it out yourself by signing up at www.GirlFightFit.com.