Whether it’s for self-defence or just working off all the work frustration – hi boss! – we, the women at LBB, are big fans of a workout that kicks ass. We’ve tried out and lined up our top picks of fighting classes in the city. Read and take your pick from MMA, Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and more.

XFF – Xtreme Fight Federation

Photo source : XFF-The Complete Mixed Martial Art Training & Fitness

Photo source : XFF-The Complete Mixed Martial Art Training & Fitness

We showed up to this class with some trepidation. Located off Hill Road, opposite Globus, the class is held on the first floor of Zeba Building, and you’re ushered in by three instructors who are used to nervous girls. We love their evening classes. Held thrice a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, these classes are dominated by determined Bandra girls. Three instructors gauged our fitness levels – poor – and teamed us up with worthy competitors. In one case, a wall was considered enough of a challenge.

Classes are also held in Andheri and Chowpatty. Carry a bottle of water and a hand towel. The instructors are understanding, but demanding, so bring your A-game.

Where: Bandra -first floor, Zeba Building, Hill Road. Girgaon Chowpatty – Studio Balance, Krishna Kunj, SCH 29/30 KM Munshi Marg. Andheri – Andheri studio 851, Oshiwara, Royal sand, CHS ltd, Opposite Wagad Vishal Hall, next to Harsh Mattress

Timings: 8.30 pm, hour-long class

Price: Trial class for INR 500, month-long membership for INR 6,800.

Contact: 022 61229445

Check their website here.

Fight Elite MMA

Photo Source : Fight Elite MMA

Photo source : Fight Elite MMA

We liked this class because they had pity on us. Geared towards beginners and aggressive people of all ages, the MMA classes at Fight Elite MMA are divided according to skill set. The beginner sessions are held thrice a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The classes are very women-friendly, with the instructors finding the sweet spot between respectful and bullying.

#LBBTip: Forget your running shoes at home for this class and get mom with you. The instructors encourage making fitness a family endeavour, offering discounts to family members.

Where: Shop no. 2 Ground Floor, Business Point, Pali Ram Road, Behind BMC office K ward, Opposite Andheri station, Andheri West

Timings: 7pm, hour-long class

Price: INR 300 for a trial class, INR 3,500 for a month of the beginner’s classes

Call: 022 61229580

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Academy of Combat Fitness

When we called up these guys, they demanded that we give them a visit for a free demonstration. With classes held in Andheri on the weekends, and Goregaon West on the weekdays, we love this Academy for its one-on-one classes. Choose from a selection of over 60 classes, including krav maga, MMA and kickboxing. Our monthly subscription gave us two classes a week.

The instructors will take some time to ascertain your fitness levels, and adjust the workout accordingly. They also advise you on how to strengthen your core on your off-time, and are also very giving when it comes to teaching you routines to do if you can’t make it to a class.

Where: C-Link, New Link Rd, Mitha Nagar, Goregaon

Timings: 9am to 2pm in Andheri, 6pm to 8pm in Goregaon West

Price: INR 5,000 a month

Contact: +91 98204 96752

Fighting Fit

Photo source: Fighting Fit

Photo source: Fighting Fit

Our favourite thing about the Fighting Fit classes held in Vasaui, Bhayandar, Bandra and Andheri is that a single class has between four to five instructors. With around 20 to 25 people in every batch, this means we got a lot of attention and direction on how to kick that punching bag’s ass. We checked out their free trial class and walked away impressed. The facilities are clean, the instructors are well-trained and they paired us efficiently with others in the class according to our fitness.

#LBBTip: Fighting Fit is also opening a new centre at the Reebok Studio in Khar this month, so don’t forget to ask about their new classes.

Where: Bandra – Bandra Hindu Association School, Off Linking Road. Versova – J P Road, off Yari Road, next to D-Mart, Versova, Andheri West. Bhayandar – Vaishnav Samaj Hall, opposite Telephone Exchange, Fatak Road, Bhayandar West. Vasai – Fouji Gymnasium, Village Chulne, Bhokri, Talav Road, Vasai West. Nerul – Moves and Grooves Studio, Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai.

Timings: 7.30 pm, hour-and-a-half long class

Price: INR 2,500 for a month

Contact: 022 61229405

Follow them on Facebook here.

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