View Full Version : How did you feel your first time walking into a gym?


Left2theliver
06-10-2011, 04:39 AM
Just thought it'd be nice for anyone who trains to share how they were feeling the first time they stepped foot inside a boxing gym and what they learned.

For me, I was intimidated as **** and nervous as hell! I've trained in kickboxing, karate, brazilian jiu jitsu, submission wrestling, and I wrestled in highschool. BUT, i was always taught that the atmosphere of a boxing gym was completely different, and that everyone would look to kick my ass. But, lone behold, it wasn't too bad. I just learned that as long as you walk in, stay humble, and put in the work you need to, then things will go alright.

It'd be nice to hear from others. That way, anyone who's never stepped into a gym and would like to could be at ease a little.

wonderhorse
06-10-2011, 05:47 AM
I was really quite nervous the first time.

It was full of people really in shape, with proper boxing shoes and expensive looking gloves, and I walked in without even a pair of wraps. That was a few months ago.

It's a really friendly place though, and the camaraderie is great. It's helped me become a much more confident person.

Pez
06-10-2011, 06:05 AM
First day was not bad at all. One guy introduced himself to me and the rest followed. It was a welcoming experience. I can't say they're all friendly but they don't seem to be the kind to bust people's chops unless you give them a good reason to.

Nate S.
06-10-2011, 05:30 PM
Yeah I was nervous too and everyone looked pretty serious plus I was the only non mexican there lol but actually most everyone at my gym is real cool and supportive.

Terry A
06-10-2011, 06:52 PM
I liked watching boxing since 1971 when Ali & Frazier first fought. I had wrestled since I was 6 but never tried boxing until 1974-1975. By then I liked it so much that I was more excited then afraid when I finally went to a boxing gym. I was greeted nicely by the coach & there were only 4-5 other kids in there when I first started. I had already bought a heavybag & a speed bag & had been hitting them in my cellar. But I had never sparred before. I was pretty nervous but not afraid I think because I was already used to competition from wrestling. I was more afraid of looking bad then I was of getting hurt.

I remember how winded I got so quickly and also, how frustrated I was at never being able to connect clean withn any of my shots. The sparring seemed to be a blur. I didn't do good at all because I couldn't hit the other guy clean.

I do remember how great a ride home that was though. I was a boxer!

I only had 39 amateur fights. Always was my biggest dream to fight pro but I had to work since I was 11. I never had all the time to train that it took to ever get really accomplished. But I was able to buy my own car & paid all my payments, repairs, insurance, gas, etc. on my own. I always thought that "next year", I'll be able to pick up extra training time but "next year" never came. I got married at 20 & had two wonderful children that I wouldn't trade for everything in the world.

Never did fight pro but I did learn that I could take care of myself in almost any circumstances. Boxing gave me oodles of confidence for the rest of my life. It really is a great fraternity. Once you fought in the ring, you have a special appreciation for anyone else who ever fought. Boxing made us all brothers in a sense.

Sorry I got somewhat off track & rambled. It was nice to finally say all that though.

Uselesspoop
06-11-2011, 01:26 AM
Gosh! The first time i tried to locate the gym, i had to travel about 1 hour by public transport and i walked for about 90 minutes around because i just couldn't find the gym! I was so angry, tired, worn out and lost... I asked around and finally found it..

I was very nervous

boxer2k5
06-11-2011, 01:48 AM
excited nervous all at the same

TheAuthority
06-11-2011, 06:57 AM
I liked watching boxing since 1971 when Ali & Frazier first fought. I had wrestled since I was 6 but never tried boxing until 1974-1975. By then I liked it so much that I was more excited then afraid when I finally went to a boxing gym. I was greeted nicely by the coach & there were only 4-5 other kids in there when I first started. I had already bought a heavybag & a speed bag & had been hitting them in my cellar. But I had never sparred before. I was pretty nervous but not afraid I think because I was already used to competition from wrestling. I was more afraid of looking bad then I was of getting hurt.

I remember how winded I got so quickly and also, how frustrated I was at never being able to connect clean withn any of my shots. The sparring seemed to be a blur. I didn't do good at all because I couldn't hit the other guy clean.

I do remember how great a ride home that was though. I was a boxer!

I only had 39 amateur fights. Always was my biggest dream to fight pro but I had to work since I was 11. I never had all the time to train that it took to ever get really accomplished. But I was able to buy my own car & paid all my payments, repairs, insurance, gas, etc. on my own. I always thought that "next year", I'll be able to pick up extra training time but "next year" never came. I got married at 20 & had two wonderful children that I wouldn't trade for everything in the world.

Never did fight pro but I did learn that I could take care of myself in almost any circumstances. Boxing gave me oodles of confidence for the rest of my life. It really is a great fraternity. Once you fought in the ring, you have a special appreciation for anyone else who ever fought. Boxing made us all brothers in a sense.

Sorry I got somewhat off track & rambled. It was nice to finally say all that though.

Great post.

I agree entirely with the bolded. A quick browse of NSB suggests to me that many posters have never put on a pair of gloves.

raf727
06-11-2011, 10:15 AM
i was mad scared ya know, i guess apprehensive is the word?

but i mean i walked in and it was exactly what i hoped, small kinda dirty place in the basement of some highrise building, everyone was cool and treated me pretty good. then i found out it was free, which made it even better

mrboxer
06-11-2011, 10:16 AM
i felt great i walked in as if i were a seasoned pro:boxing:

BadLeftHook
06-11-2011, 01:39 PM
Really, Really nervous. I had never did any kind of fighting sport before and I didn't know what to expect but It's all cool now.

The Surgeon
06-11-2011, 03:40 PM
Excited as ***** as i was youngg and dumb and went in with a load of mates. Day 1 didnt really mix much but i beat the ***** out of my pals with the big gloves on, day 2 the threw me in with the gym golden boy who was quite a few years older, i actully buzzed him a bit then he hit me with a body shot that i can still remeber so clearly - that ***** HURT! I managed to stay up but i woulda been better goin down as he let rip to the head with everything till the round ended.

I think they saw potential in me but also just wanted to take me down a peg or two! They respected the heart and toughness i showed tho and i respected that fact that i wasnt as badass as i thought and there was alot of skill and defence involved in this boxing lark!

Like Terry says once uve been in there and done it u develop a great respect for all the other guys who do it, kind of a brotherhood

BigBig
06-12-2011, 08:02 PM
Hmm wow well the 1st time i walked in a gym was about 1 yr ago, when i was 15, and i was a little nervous but realllllyy exited :P now im working on getting the money to sign up :boxing:

BrananaRepublic
06-13-2011, 02:07 AM
I was pretty nervous at first because I was very inexperienced, but the coach got one of his more experienced fighters to teach me all the basics one on one for the entire session. Having someone my age helping me out was very unintimidating and got me well adjusted to the training. The next day I walked into the class worry free and did the normal training with everyone else :)

RurouniYume
06-13-2011, 02:21 AM
I had previously been in Tae Kwon Do for over a year so I was used to the training scene. It was very lax and not nearly as intimidating as TKD. Everyone was on a much more equal level and only a select few took training seriously so it was really no sweat. I am always very excited for my next day of training and I love every second of it.

ewzz
06-13-2011, 11:13 AM
The first time I walked into a gym was about a month ago. I wasn't nervous at all, just really excited. There happened to be a whole lot of newbies that day and they arranged a sort of basics class, so I could keep up well. Afterwards both trainers told me they thought I was very brave, walking in there all alone, being a girl and all. But hey, I wanted to box, so I walked in and boxed!

Cuauhtémoc1520
06-13-2011, 11:18 AM
I have a similar story to Vargas. I was only 11 when I walked into a gym and did so because I was getting into a lot of trouble as a kid.

I had a bad attitude and thought I could beat anyone up. I sparred for the first time and got my ass handed to me and was amazed that this kid could beat me. That's when I realized that boxing is a skill and I wanted to learn it and get good at it.

I never really got nervous, I did get nervous at times before matches but it went away as soon as I got close to the ring.

fatburnquest
06-15-2011, 05:32 AM
once you get working your fine, it soon becomes natural

CymruAmByth
06-15-2011, 08:48 AM
Very nervous. First gym i went to the coaches were complete pri cks which didn't help, although i did meet some good lads there. The gym i'm at now is much better. The coach is really taking an interest and everyone in there is very friendly. First fight in October, can't wait! :boxing:

No1
06-16-2011, 09:36 AM
I was pretty nervous I have to say. I was around 17 so started late. I remember when I walked in there was a very humid and sweaty atmosphere. Loads of people sparing pretty heavy and there looked to be some very tough fighters in the gym. After I spoke to the coach they were very nice and I really enjoyed my time training there until I injured myself.