Away from the speedways and the roaring engines, there’s a small but growing boxing community here in the Crossroads of America. Admittedly, there aren’t tons of boxing gyms in Indianapolis, but we’ve reviewed the best in town so you know where to train. Let’s dive in…
|Name||Summary||District||Google rating||Pricing||Big Right Boxing rating|
|Triumph Boxing||Great vibes and expert boxing coaching. An awesome place to train.||Castleton||4.9||$120/m||10/10|
|Indy Boxing and Grappling||A place for serious fighters. Real boxing training.||Eastside||4.6||$60/m||10/10|
|Ced's Boxing||Top class boxing and fitness gym run by former pro||Eastwood||4.9||$120/m||10/10|
|SRG Boxing||Small, family-run private boxing and fitness gym||Augusta||4.8||$260/m||9/10|
|Rumble Boxing||High energy, high-end boxercise studio. More about fitness than boxing.||Castleton||4.9||$30/class||8/10|
We’ve focused on gyms that specialize in boxing, rather than general gyms that also have a few punchbags. This way you know that every gym on this list is all about the Sweet Science. Nearly all gyms offer monthly memberships or the ability to pay-as-you go by dropping in and joining a class.
Our preference is always for those rare, pure, old school boxing gyms, free of ego, and full of passion for the sport. I’ve included some of the best boxercise places too because I know that not everyone wants the nitty gritty of actual combat.
The 5 Best Boxing Gyms in Indianapolis🥊
1️⃣ Triumph Boxing & Martial Arts
I can’t find a bad word said about Triumph Boxing. This place is way more than just a place to train for it’s members. It’s a vibrant community, a fighting family built on respect, and a place for personal growth.
Owner / head coach Sean and his team, Dubois and Taylor, are not only highly experienced but have created a extremely welcoming environment that caters to people of all levels and ages, beginners and kids included. They take the time to give each student individual attention so you really feel your skills improving as you train here.
If you’re really serious about your boxing then the Triumph team can take care of you: they have trained multiple Golden Glove competitors here.
As the name suggests, they offer more than boxing here. So if you’d like some variation to your training you can also try classes in Muay Thai, MMA, wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and Tang Soo Do. If you’re just after boxing, no problem, they have up to 4 classes for you to chose from most week days.
No doubt one of the best boxing gyms in Indianapolis. I’d love to train here – go check it out!
This is a gym for real fighters – in a good way. If you’re serious about boxing, ready to put the work in, and perhaps want to compete, then Indy Boxing and Grappling is the place for you.
Under head boxing coach Pat, they’ve trained plenty of pros and Golden Glove champs here, so you know you’re getting the real deal when you strap on your gloves at this place.
If you’re a beginner, don’t let that put you off. They’re welcoming to newbies, so long as you’re willing to get stuck in, relish the intensity, and show commitment to learning. What’s great about a serious place like this is that it attracts people who are passionate and dedicated to the sport, creating an awesome training environment.
As well as boxing, IBG also offers Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, and MMA classes, so you’ll be able change things up if you’re looking for a varied combat learning experience.
Highly recommended if you want to take your boxing to the next level and train with serious fighters.
3️⃣ Ced’s Boxing Academy
- Summary: Top class boxing and fitness gym run by former pro
- Address: 6229 Allisonville Rd.
- Google rating: 4.9
- Opening hours: M: 12-8:30pm, T: 9am-8:30pm, W: 10am-8:30pm, T: 9am-8:30pm, Sa: 9am-1:30pm
- Pricing: $120 / month
- Best for: those just getting started
- Online: website, Facebook, Instagram
Owner Cedric Johnson is a former pro boxer so has plenty of experience and knowledge to share with his students. They do train fighters here for competitive bouts but most of the focus is on boxing fitness for a wider crowd, so whether you’re serious about your boxing, or just looking to get in shape, then Ced’s has something for you.
They offer all sorts of different classes including group boxing training, one-on-one, self defense, kids classes, and more. The facility itself looks awesome – complete with plenty of bags and a ring – and the atmosphere here is super friendly, fun, and motivating.
To showcase life behind the scenes at Cid’s they have created a mini documentary series which can be found here on Youtube – it will give you an idea of the character and the boxing passion at this gym.
Only good things to say about Ced’s Boxing Academy. One of the best boxing gyms in Indianapolis for sure – highly recommended!
SRG Boxing is a local, intimate boxing and personal training gym. A long way from those large soulless places. It is owned and operated by married couple Suzana and Darnell Griffen, so it quite literally has a strong family atmosphere.
While SRG has a big fitness component, Suzana is a successful competitive boxer herself and has won various championships including the 2009 Women’s National Golden Gloves. She certainly knows what she’s doing so you’re in very good hands training in the sweet science here.
SRG Boxing offers a range of different services including group boxing classes for teens and competitors, HIIT classes, 1-on-1 personal training and nutrition, and strength and conditioning classes. As the facility is fairly small, they take on new members by appointment only so make sure to give them a call in advance to see if they have space.
They don’t have too many group classes to choose from – usually one a day – but the gym is open 24/7. Which makes it feel a little expensive at $260/month.
Be warned – the owners are seriously passionate about what they do so expect one hell of a workout every time you step into their gym!
5️⃣ Rumble Boxing
Rumble Boxing is an international franchise of boxercise studios. It’s not really a boxing gym, more of a fitness program through boxing. You won’t ever do any sparring here and there’s not much instruction on proper technique.
Having said that, the workouts are next level, and it’s a great way to start getting familiar with throwing punches and developing some boxing fitness. These studios are wildly popular, with members loving the fun of the workouts, the motivational trainers, and the great atmosphere.
They have classes 7 days a week, with 5 to choose from most weekdays, so there should be a class to fit everyone’s schedule. It is expensive though compared with other gyms: classes are $30 each so if you’re going a few times a week it will really start to add up.
If you like to feel like you’re working out in a nightclub with dark lighting and loud music (no judgement here!) then get yourself down to Rumble. But if you want to learn proper boxing technique then go to one of the other boxing gyms in Indianapolis.
What to consider when picking a boxing gym❓
- Coaches – an experienced, motivating coach makes all the difference. Not just when it comes to improving your technique but also in encouraging you to keep coming back time and time again. Becoming a good boxer takes a long time and so it’s important you find a coach that you click with if this is something you want to do for many years. Reviews will often focus on coaches so try looking for those for some insights.
- Convenience of location and class timings – this is key. My boxing gym is on the same block as my home so I have no excuse not to go almost everyday, even if I’m not feeling up to it. Finding a gym that’s close to home or work will make your life much easier and help to make going to boxing training a habit. The same applies to class timings, if you have to massively disrupt your day to get to a class because it doesn’t fit your schedule then you’re going to be less likely to go.
- Gym focus – I don’t have a problem with boxercise classes, but make sure you know what you’re signing up for if you join one of these. Boxercise is very different than actually learning how to fight and getting sparring experience. If you truly want to learn how to box then you need to box. That involves punching other people and getting punched yourself.
- Trial class – most boxing gyms will allow you to have a free trial class so you can get a feel for the place before you sign up. This is a great way of evaluating whether you like the coach, the energy, and the focus of the gym. Always worth asking for a free trial class if you’re not sure whether it’s offered.
How much do boxing gyms in Indianapolis cost? 💰
- Monthly memberships: There’s a huge range here from ~$50-200 per month. Most places offer unlimited classes to their members. Be sure to check for this.
- One-on-one personal training: Depending on the gym, costs are around $70 per hour as a minimum.
- Drop-in boxing classes for non-members: ~$15-$30 per class
- Initiation fee: not all places make you pay one of these (and I’m not a fan of it) but those that do usually charge a one-off fee of $50-$100
12th Round 🔔
Ok, so Indianapolis isn’t flooded with top class boxing gyms. But, don’t despair, there are some great places to train in this city like Triumph Boxing, Indy B&G, and Ced’s. Make the effort to one of these places and I promise you won’t regret it.
“Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.” — Sugar Ray Leonard