The “Big Easy” may be the best city in the world for live music and creole. But, sadly, good boxing gyms are not as abundant in New Orleans as jazz and mouthwatering food.
The good news, though, is that you do have a handful of decent options. In particular, New Orleans Boxing Club and Getcha Right are awesome, authentic boxing gyms.
Let’s take a look:
My preference is always for those rare, pure, old school boxing gyms, free of ego, and full of passion for the sport. But sometimes I include the odd boxercise place because I know that not everyone wants the nitty gritty of actual combat.
Why listen to me: I’ve been boxing as an amateur for 6 years and trained in countless boxing gyms around the world from Seattle to Spain. I’ve learnt that picking the right gym can literally change your life and want to help you do the same. Learn more about me here.
PLEASE leave your own opinions and experiences about New Orleans boxing gyms in the comments at the bottom and I’ll continuously update this page to make it as useful as possible!
The 6 Best Boxing Gyms in New Orleans🥊
1️⃣ New Orleans Boxing Club
- Summary: A gem of an old school boxing gym. Best in town.
- Address: 2836 Conti St (Mid City)
- Google rating: 4.5
- Opening hours: M-F: 7am-7pm, S: 9am-1pm
- Pricing: $60 / month + $15 / class
- Best for: anyone passionate about learning proper boxing
- Online: website, Instagram, Facebook
At first, New Orleans Boxing Club might seem a little intimidating. Champions train there. The passion for the sport is thick in the air. It’s got that gritty feel that makes you know they mean business.
But once you’re in, you’ll realize that this place is extremely friendly and welcoming for boxers of all levels. Whether you’re new to the sport or training for a competitive fight, this is the place for you. One of NOBC’s biggest assets is the strong community they’ve built and the top quality training you’ll get from head trainer Chase and his team.
The only downside I can find is that they only have one or two classes a day. The rest of the time is open gym time where you can use the equipment, train with other members, or get some one-on-one tuition.
Don’t take my word for it, members describe it as: “absolutely the best boxing gym in NOLA!”, “best boxing club in the southeast region hands down”, “tons of character”, “changed my perspective on life” etc etc. I’d love to train here – highly recommended!
2️⃣ Getcha Right Boxing
- Summary: The real deal. Top class coach in a top class space.
- Address: 1221 Constance St (Lower Garden)
- Google rating: 5.0
- Opening hours: M-T: 8am-8pm, F: 9am-7pm, Sa:9am-2pm
- Pricing: $55 / month (1 free class included)
- Best for: all ages and abilities
- Online: website, Facebook, Instagram
In a very close second place is Getcha Right Boxing.
It’s hard to find a bad word said about this friendly, authentic, true boxing gym. It’s welcoming of fighters of all ages and abilities, and coaches everyone from national champions to young kids putting on gloves for the first time.
It offers both group classes and private session, in a it’s giant warehouse-like facility that looks sick.
Special mention to experienced and supremely professional head coach, Don, who not only teaches the true fundamentals of boxing but also important values of respect, integrity, and hard work. Don is a 2 time USA Boxing’s Masters National Champion and has over 20+ experience under his belt…you know you’re in good hands when you train here.
Getcha Right is the real deal. As far as New Orleans boxing gyms go, it’s hard to beat. If you’re lucky enough to be near this gym, give it try.
3️⃣ Broad Street Gym
- Summary: No frills, but plenty of fight and boxing passion
- Address: Suite D, 1300 S Broad St (Hoffman Triangle)
- Google rating: 4.9
- Opening hours: n.a.
- Pricing: n.a.
- Best for: those on a budget
- Online: Facebook, Instagram
There’s nothing fancy about Broad Street gym – they don’t even have a website – but the place certainly has plenty of character and good energy. And besides, boxing gyms aren’t meant to be fancy. The grittier, the more authentic, the better.
Coach Steven “Spyder” Hemphill has one hell of a track record in both boxing and kickboxing (including 2012 Masters Hall of Fame, 2x World Kickboxing Champion, USA Army Boxing Coach/Champ etc etc you get the point). If you train here you know you’ll be learning from the best.
What I like about no nonsense, no frills places like this is that they’re usually free of egos and full of great people. Broad Street is no different, with one happy customer saying: “This gym has the best camaraderie of any boxing gym in New Orleans — owners, trainers, and members are friendly and welcoming.”
When choosing a boxing gym, the atmosphere and spirit of the place is top priority.
4️⃣ Kingfish Boxing Club
- Summary: Non-profit boxing gym that trains kids for free.
- Address: 659 Hickory Avenue (Harahan)
- Google rating: n.a.
- Opening hours: M-F: 5:30pm-8pm
- Pricing: n.a.
- Best for: youths
- Website: n.a. see outdated Kenner Boxing Club Facebook page
Boxing has the power to change your life for the better. Especially for disadvantaged kids who could easily stray down the wrong path.
Kingfish Boxing Club opened in 2022 as a non-profit gym to help local kids between 8-18 years old learn the art of boxing and the important values that come with it.
The gym was started by Axel Murillo, a USA Hall of Fame boxing coach, and former owner of the now-closed Kenner Boxing Club. Kingfish doesn’t have much information available online but does share some info on the Kenner Boxing Clubs Facebook page.
The gym is supported by donations from locals and those who can afford to pay. It also offers adult classes which help fund the gym and enable it to offer free classes for kids.
Awesome place. Great initiative. Go check it out.
5️⃣ Title Boxing
- Summary: Very popular boxercise studio. Non contact.
- Address: 5029 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie
- Google rating: 4.9
- Opening hours: M-F: 6am – 8:30pm, S-S: 8am-2pm
- Pricing: $129 / month (unlimited classes)
- Best for: fitness fanatics
- Online: website, Instagram
Title Boxing Club is a very popular nationwide franchise of boxercise gyms. And it’s popular for good reason. The classes are fun, a great work out, and the equipment is clean and in great condition.
Having said that…I don’t consider it a true boxing gym as the focus at Title Boxing Clubs is on the fitness rather than boxing technique.
Their motto is “take it out on the bag”, which is great if you want to get fit, but not great if you want to learn how to fight. To learn how to fight, you need to actually fight. To hit and get hit.
But I get that not everyone wants to get involved in actual combat, and if you don’t then Title is a great option for you. Also, with multiple classes throughout the day, 7 days a week, there are bound to be classes to fit your schedule.
6️⃣ Mayweather Boxing + Fitness
- Summary: Up-market boxing / fitness franchise from Floyd Mayweather
- Address: 897 St Joseph Street (Warehouse District)
- Google rating: 5.0
- Opening hours: M – F: 3 classes / day, S-S: 1 class. See website for specifics.
- Pricing: $179 / month
- Best for: fancy fitness fanatics
- Online: website, Instagram, Facebook
MB+F is another boxercise franchise, branded by world champ Floyd Mayweather.
Like Title, you’re gonna get a great workout here in a modern facility, the classes will be varied, engaging, and intense.
But, as it’s really a fitness gym, you won’t develop the real skills of boxing. You won’t hone your skills as a fighter and get experience in defending yourself and trying to hit an opponent.
There are 3 classes a day for you to choose from and members can also use the top quality gym facilities throughout the day. Or you can get some personal training. This place is more upmarket than the others on the list and that’s reflected in the price.
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How to choose a New Orleans 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 – for me this is so important. 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 New Orleans cost? 💰
- Monthly memberships: ~$50-$150 per month. Most places offer unlimited classes to their members. Be sure to check for this.
- One-on-one personal training: This can vary a lot but expect to pay 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 🔔
New Orleans doesn’t have tons of great boxing gyms but there are certainly some top class places to choose from. New Orleans Boxing Glub, Getcha, and Broad Street are all epic boxing gyms that you can’t go wrong with. The NOLA boxing scene is definitely on the up.
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