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.
#LBBPicks: Classes For Women Who Want To Kick Ass
XFF - Xtreme Fight Federation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.