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    I am looking to get back into training after like 5 years. Back then I paid $40 a month, came in, warmed up either myself or small group, and then went on with my workout with coach switching between people and sparring 1-2x a week.

    Now every gym in my area has some ridiculous membership structure. Whether it's prices with limits on classes per month, more advanced packages that include "coaching" and sparring. I even called one gym and the guy told me prices per round of pad work. A lot are over $100 a month. Is this normal?

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    Originally posted by theGr8test View Post
    I am looking to get back into training after like 5 years. Back then I paid $40 a month, came in, warmed up either myself or small group, and then went on with my workout with coach switching between people and sparring 1-2x a week.

    Now every gym in my area has some ridiculous membership structure. Whether it's prices with limits on classes per month, more advanced packages that include "coaching" and sparring. I even called one gym and the guy told me prices per round of pad work. A lot are over $100 a month. Is this normal?
    Boxing gyms are kind of the wild west with pricing and structure

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    • #3
      I had the exact same experience when I moved from Toronto to BC.
      Everything was basically 100 per month for worse coaching. It took me a long time to find a place that I felt was a legit gym. Ended up joining a gym with pro kick boxers who also had pro boxing fights as well as a few amateur fighters in the gym.
      Take your time see if there are any professional boxers in your area and find out where they train.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lucky86 View Post
        I had the exact same experience when I moved from Toronto to BC.
        Everything was basically 100 per month for worse coaching. It took me a long time to find a place that I felt was a legit gym. Ended up joining a gym with pro kick boxers who also had pro boxing fights as well as a few amateur fighters in the gym.
        Take your time see if there are any professional boxers in your area and find out where they train.
        Yeah I'm not sure what to do.

        Not too many in my area in general. May just have to cough up the $100+ a month.

        There is one gym around 30 mins away cheap and old school but their hours are horrible. Preferably need a gym that opens early in AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by theGr8test View Post
          I am looking to get back into training after like 5 years. Back then I paid $40 a month, came in, warmed up either myself or small group, and then went on with my workout with coach switching between people and sparring 1-2x a week.

          Now every gym in my area has some ridiculous membership structure. Whether it's prices with limits on classes per month, more advanced packages that include "coaching" and sparring. I even called one gym and the guy told me prices per round of pad work. A lot are over $100 a month. Is this normal?
          yes, same experience

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lucky86 View Post
            I had the exact same experience when I moved from Toronto to BC.
            Everything was basically 100 per month for worse coaching. It took me a long time to find a place that I felt was a legit gym. Ended up joining a gym with pro kick boxers who also had pro boxing fights as well as a few amateur fighters in the gym.
            Take your time see if there are any professional boxers in your area and find out where they train.
            lmao yeah, toronto is full of clown coaches with **** credentials. I sparred in just about every gym, most of them are soft. We have 1 or 2 good pros in this city. Samuel Vargas being one, I never sparred him though, but I figure he's pretty good he decked Khan.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lucky86 View Post
              I had the exact same experience when I moved from Toronto to BC.
              Everything was basically 100 per month for worse coaching. It took me a long time to find a place that I felt was a legit gym. Ended up joining a gym with pro kick boxers who also had pro boxing fights as well as a few amateur fighters in the gym.
              Take your time see if there are any professional boxers in your area and find out where they train.
              If you are in the GVA Sugar Ray's Gym was open 24 hours when I talked to the owner like 9 years back. With the scamdemic happenening who knows if they are even still open and what restrictions they would have now. Really kicking myself in the @ss for not joining them then.

              One province over, I have found the boxing gyms here to be expensive, and usually run by guys with much bigger egos than skill sets. Now, my gym is in my unheated garage (brutal in winter) and my boxing coach is a German Shepherd.

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              • #8
                My only option seems to be an old school gym in the ghetto for $50, in which I want, but terrible hours and 30 mins away or another good gym by me much closer but $125 a month.

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                • #9
                  It kind of breaks my heart to see the modern style of boxing gyms. I definitely could not have paid 100 I used to pay 20/bucks a month when I started boxing and I think 40 after I turned 18.
                  Plus our gym was open from 4-9pm everyday for open gym. It was a great place to spend a lot of teenage years and keep busy.
                  Boxing is becoming a rich kids sport now.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lucky86 View Post
                    It kind of breaks my heart to see the modern style of boxing gyms. I definitely could not have paid 100 I used to pay 20/bucks a month when I started boxing and I think 40 after I turned 18.
                    Plus our gym was open from 4-9pm everyday for open gym. It was a great place to spend a lot of teenage years and keep busy.
                    Boxing is becoming a rich kids sport now.
                    Yeah, you need to head to the wrong side of two for an old school gym with normal rates.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lucky86 View Post
                      It kind of breaks my heart to see the modern style of boxing gyms. I definitely could not have paid 100 I used to pay 20/bucks a month when I started boxing and I think 40 after I turned 18.
                      Plus our gym was open from 4-9pm everyday for open gym. It was a great place to spend a lot of teenage years and keep busy.
                      Boxing is becoming a rich kids sport now.
                      I get back to BC sometimes and am curious about gyms there. Which gym did you settle on if you don't mind my asking.

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                      • #12
                        I looked up my old gym hoping to prove you wrong but the exact same thing has happened there.

                        Used to be $40 a month all inclusive. 8am-8pm. 3 hours reserved for beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes or fitness, kids, and womens classes depending on the day. All included in your membership fee. The only times you couldn't be there was during the specific classes you were excluded from.

                        The other 9 hours and the entire weekend was open gym with the trainer going around helping everybody out as they trained/worked out. Show up at an obscure enough time and you'd be getting your own private lesson.

                        Now it's all private classes and "blocks" of X number of classes costing you hundreds of dollars. No open gym time whatsoever. This model started before coronavirus as well. Such a shame.

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                        • #13
                          It's tough, Tekken has a base fee, plus expenses.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EDD1 View Post
                            Boxing gyms are kind of the wild west with pricing and structure
                            This right here.

                            The more accommodating the gym I think the more expensive it is and this is the more main stream type of gym you will find. Real gyms you pay your gym dues and loiter around and learn from what people are doing around you, a trainer will drop in on you from time to time to give you pointers, if you stick it out the long haul and devolp the more they will work with you etc. You will see a boxing gym has alot of turn around.

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                            • #15
                              I showed up, joined and just started doing my/their thing. A little later James and Greg Owens showed up. Greg and I kinda hit it off and then he was my trainer for a bit. Later, a man would just show up one day. He just stood at the entrance taking in the scene with a smile upon his face watching me shadow box in the large mirrors. He's says to me "Do you know how to throw a jab....." He seemed like the Uncle that I never had, we absolutely hit it off and he'd work with me daily. Turns out that I didn't know how to throw a jab and I didn't know a thing about walking a ring with it. After working together for a couple years I got suspended from boxing for 90 days, I took that time and played too much and then took more time. That was the time that he left. He was a great guy. I miss him to this day. Jackie would show up while we were together working. I liked that amateur gym, but I never realized (at the time) just how cool it really was.

                              Just show up and bust your ass doing what they tell you. You may click with a trainer from that gym or word will just get out. The best thing that you can do is fight your ass off, word will get around and somebody may just appear at the entrance.

                              You'll see this..... sparring can and does hurt a bit when you eat one. That's why I say fight your ass off.

                              Train as you'd fight because you will fight as you have trained....... Rockin'
                              Last edited by Rockin'; 02-03-2021, 05:14 PM.

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