After trying Bash for the first time with my coworkers this week, I decided to pull together an extensive Bash Boxing Ballston Studio Review for other first-timers! The following will give you a full overview of what to expect for your first time at the studio:
First Class: Show up early to fill out paperwork and get fully set up. First class is free in addition to $13 total for your hand wraps ($11 – you get to keep) + boxing gloves rental ($2).
At sign up you reserve either a bag or floor spot. Upon entrance into the studio you will go to that numbered spot. The coach will walk the class through a 5-7 minute warmup where he/she explains the types of punches (hooks, jabs, ducks, etc). The 45 min class is split up 50/50 into the boxing and floor segments:
- There will be 4 different sequence variations on the screen the coach walks you through. For example: single, double, triple jabs. These boxing sequences are broken up by cardio bursts such as burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc.
- The floor is a HIIT workout incorporating resistance bands, weights, and medicine balls. My first class was a sequence of resistance band ab workouts with cardio bursts synced with the boxing group. The second sequence was medicine ball workouts broken up by cardio bursts.
Intensity Level: You get out of Bash what you put into it. My first class I felt very timid and unsure of what I was doing, so I barely burnt any calories (~ 280). My friend says she can burn upwards 5-600 calories in a class so it definitely depends on the person and experience level.
Music: The music is loud & upbeat. It definitely was pumping me up for parts of the workout!
What to Wear:
Men: Sneakers, Shorts, and a T-Shirt work perfectly.
Ladies: Sneakers, Leggings/Shorts, & choice of Crop Top/Sports Bra/Tank Top. Make sure to take your rings off and feel free to keep your workout tracking watch on!
A few of my current faves you could wear to class (click photo for link):
*The AC is running but you WILL get sweaty!*
What to Bring:
Your first class you can rent or purchase hand wraps + gloves. You keep the hand wraps & then rent the gloves each class. Bring your own water bottle to fill up at water fountains. Towels are free to grab at studio entrance.
- Class Packs:
- First Class: FREE!
- Drop In: $29
- 10 Pack: $239
- 20 Pack: $399
- 30 Pack: $519
- 4x/Month: $89
- 8x/Month: $129
- Monthly Unlimited: $189
- Only One Month Unlimited Special: $199
Amenities: There are two bathrooms and two gender neutral showers. Keyless lockers with punch codes are in the main room for your personal items (no locks required).
Gym: The gym is dark with cool lights in addition to loud speakers with upbeat music. The studio uses aqua punching bags + medicine balls, resistance bands, & weights for the HIIT Floor Training segment.
Address (Ballston): 700 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22203
- Metro: The BASH studio is <5 min walking distance from the Ballston Metro stop.
- Driving: Street & Garage parking available.
BASH is a fun & upbeat studio to try out if you are looking to spice up your workout routine. This is a great spot to take out any pent up anger/stress + target new muscles you didn’t know even existed! For me personally, I realized after class that boxing is NOT my forte. I have only done non-contact sports in my life, so I felt very timid & awkward during the punching portion of class. I was incredibly out of my comfort zone which I would assume is normal for people who have never tried boxing before.
If you are trying BASH for the first time, and felt the same way as I did – do not be discouraged! I firmly believe that any new experience takes a few tries to get comfortable, so I am absolutely looking forward to trying it out again and getting into the “swing” of things! 😉
Let me know if you have any other questions about my Bash Boxing Ballston Studio Review & what you thought of class if you tried!