It’s easy to bundle Hit House in with all the other kickboxing and boxing classes, but we’re going to be as direct as a sharp jab to the chin—we think it’s a must-try even if punching stationary objects isn’t your typical go-to.
Hit House centers around Muay Thai, Thailand's traditional martial art also known “The Art of the Eight Limbs.” For reference, kickboxing utilizes only four limbs and boxing a mere two. We’re not saying that numbers matter, just that elbows and knees are limbs, too.
The class feels individualized, with your attention focused on your personal “Bishop.” This uniquely shaped, human-like, soft foam, non-judgemental punching bag is there to absorb both head kicks and emotional baggage. Its material will also result in fewer bruises post-class and its cover is washable, making this studio cleaner than most other boxing spots.
Since everyone is focused on their own Bishop, you don't have to worry about being party to your classmate's experience—or Instagram story. The only thing that will break your focus is the instructor as they wander through the class to offer well-meaning tips. And speaking of instructors, Tyler, the founder, is awesome and very knowledgeable. Take a class with him if you can. But no worries if you end up in another class, as all of the coaches are clearly experts in the field, and you would never catch them dead doing a made-for-Instagram workout.
While Hit House attracts some dedicated Muay Thai kickboxers, the class and the studio are welcoming for beginners. The learning curve is shallow; the first portion of class is dedicated to learning, and you’ll pick up all the basic moves in no time. If you feel like you’re lagging in getting the combos down, just fake it till you make it and go with the extremely rhythmic flow. Regardless of ability, it’s definitely still a full body workout.
The class culminates in a three minute, knock-em-out round, which is very, very fun—it’s just you making up combos using the moves you learned during class. When you put your eight limbs to the test, you can envision your opponent as your coworker who always leaves you with their work at 5pm. But you can also just do it for yourself, knowing that you’re moving a step closer to become a Muay Thai Kru.
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