Like many cities in the UK, Edinburgh is full of identikit gyms that never change no matter what city you’re in, Holyrood Boxing Gym is different.
HBG is run by former pro boxer and self proclaimed “son of Edinburgh” Bradley Welsh. He is very passionate about the “sweet science” of boxing. His motto is “fighting fit, without getting hit”, so if you’ve never boxed before and really don’t like the idea of getting hit in the face – you don’t have to.
Admittedly I was really nervous about boxing training when I first started going three years ago. Now, I’m fitter and in better shape than I have ever been. The beginners sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes, primarily consisting of bag punching, plyometric jumps, and shadow boxing. Don’t let the words “beginner” put you off though, I’ve heard elite amateur boxers say how hard going the classes are. You usually get around one round (two or three minutes) of focus pads with a trainer, and these are usually very hard going.
Whilst the gym is currently based in Duddingston, HBG work in partnership with a number of other boxing and martial arts gyms across the Lothians and are talking about opening some pop up boxing gyms soon.
I am really glad that I picked up boxing, as going to Holyrood Boxing Gym really has changed my life for the better.