Meet Kingsway Boxing Club’s Fascial Stretch Therapist, Crystal Chen

Experience the Power of Fascial Stretch Therapy: Book Your Session Today!

Experience the cutting-edge benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) at Kingsway Boxing Club, where we’re excited to bring this elite system to our community.

Originally developed for NFL stars and now embraced by top athletes in the NHL and rugby, FST is your key to unlocking peak performance and recovery. Whether you’re a dedicated sports enthusiast or a high-performance athlete, join us in embracing the transformative power of FST for unparalleled results in your fitness journey.

FST is a sophisticated approach meticulously designed to not only elevate athletic performance and prevent injuries but also to address the pervasive issue of chronic back pain, offering relief by restoring mobility and function. Moreover, FST is an essential component for individuals who maintain a regular training regimen, as it accelerates recovery through enhanced blood flow to fatigued muscles, reducing soreness and optimizing performance.

Embracing an active lifestyle? FST is your ally in achieving peak performance, whether you’re looking to improve running speed, increase lifting capacity, enhance flexibility, or boost endurance. Additionally, for those grappling with old injuries, FST offers a pathway to recovery by addressing range of motion and gradually eliminating unwanted compensations.

Experience the transformative power of Fascial Stretch Therapy with Crystal Chen, our dedicated therapist, and revolutionize your approach to fitness and well-being at Kingsway Boxing Club.

About Crystal Chen | Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach | Fascial Stretch Therapist™

With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and now a fascial stretch therapist ™, Crystal Chen is not your average personal trainer.

Crystal has dedicated her life to understanding the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, and how they influence our overall health and vitality. Her passion for holistic wellness and continuous learning has led her to explore various disciplines, allowing her to craft a truly multi pronged approach to wellness.

Crystal understands that true strength and confidence come from within and the root of a lot of dysfunction of the body often begins with fascia. Her mind-body approach will help you develop a profound understanding and connection with your body as well as alleviate any aches and pains that you are experiencing.

As a knowledgeable, dynamic, dedicated professional, Crystal is ready to assist high calibre athletes and professionals in achieving their maximum potential in health and sport through innovative power training and soft tissue regeneration. A ton of experience in health and wellness, along with strength and conditioning.

Current Treatments Offered By Crystal:

  • Fascia Stretch
  • Injury Prevention
  • Acute/Chronic injury
  • Trauma and Emotional Release
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Mobility and Stability Work

The best way to know if FST is for you is by signing up for your first session. Book your session today!


Fascial Stretch Therapy

What is fascial stretch?

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) began in the NFL and later reached other sports such as NHL and rugby. It is a pain-free assisted stretch system that assesses and improves restrictions in the body helping you with performance, injury prevention and pain reduction. We are super excited to have Melissa introduce FST to our KBC members.

Who should consider FST?

  • Dealing with chronic back pain: Chronic back pain is often a result of muscle tightness, joint stiffness and lack of mobility. FST can put an end to your pain by restoring mobility and function.
  • Regularly train: Recovery is key to training and FST improves blood flow to tired muscles resulting in less soreness and quick recovery!
  • Active lifestyle: FST can help you better your running pace, life heavier weights, increase flexibility and shoot up your endurance.
  • Dealing with an old injury: Your therapist will help you with your range of motion allowing your body to slowly get rid of unwanted compensations.

What are the benefits of stretching?

Stretching can:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce risk of injury
  • Reduce or eliminate tight muscles
  • Reduce or eliminate stiff joints
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve posture
  • Make you stronger
  • Better range of motion

Mobility Maintenance and Improvement is important for all ages, fitness levels, and not limited to recreational or competitive athletes.

🥊Our private sessions start with an assessment of where restrictions are present in your body.

🥊We proceed with a Fascial Stretch Therapy session, focusing our attention to restricted areas.

🥊At the end of our FST session the client is given maintenance homework to continue independent work on improving the health of their fascia and improving their mobility.


As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

[SPECIAL SCHEDULE] SPRING 2023 UPDATE: New Programs, Fight To End Cancer & More!

With Spring on the horizon, we have new programs kicking off as early as this week! Secure a spot before all the spots are filled up!

📅 [SCHEDULE NOTICE] EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND SAT. APR. 08, 2023 – MON. APR. 10, 2023

  • Drop-In Classes & Enrolments: Please Check Class Listing
  • Personal Training: Please confirm with your trainer
  • Regular schedule resumes on Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2022.

👊🎗Fight To End Cancer is back and we need YOU!

The recent pandemic may have slowed the world down for a period of time, but it did not slow the progression of cancer for so many people. After a long four years, we are now gearing up for Fight To End Cancer (FTEC2023) and we are in need of items for our silent auction at the upcoming Gala Event Night on May 27th. If you have any items or services you can donate, please bring it to KBC or contact us at support@fightoendcancer.com

Thank you for your continued support!


📅 UPCOMING PROGRAMS… HURRY, SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!



TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING with Jo-Anne Sheffield

If you’re looking to improve your sport performance, increase your cardiovascular fitness, build muscle and tone your core, then this class is for you.

Total Body Conditioning incorporates strength training and cardio conditioning using a variety of techniques like interval and resistance training within a 45 minute class format. These shorter, express workouts maximize calorie burn and improve overall performance. Dumbbells and resistance bands are regularly used.

THURSDAY START DATE: March 9- Every Thursday 6 pm – 6:45 pm

SPRING POWER4TEENS FITNESS with Shyanne Mcpherson

This program focuses on improving the function of both the mind and body to create improved physical fitness and mental positivity.

This is a workout with a difference; – as you sweat, condition and build confidence, Shyanne will inspire, motivate, and help you with body image issues as well as create personal positive affirmations to live life more fully. 

START DATE: March 29 — Every Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


THAI KICKBOXING By Jacqueline Walters

Learn the Art of 8 Limbs in this Thai Kickboxing program. Heighten your cardio, improve your strength, and learn how to introduce elbows, knees and kicks into your combative arsenal of traditional boxing strikes.

START DATE: April 5 — Every Wednesday: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


NEW PROGRAM: Mind Body Bootcamp with Crystal Chen

A mixed movement class designed to help you feel stronger, less stiff and have the energy to take on the day. Join Crystal’s MIND BODY BOOTCAMP today! 💪

This program is perfect for any level of fitness and can be challenging even for the avid gym goer.

START DATE: Tuesday, April 11– Every Tuesday: 7 am – 7:45 am


Mobility & Stability Pilates By Shauneen Ryan

These pilates classes are conducted at our fully-renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating strengthening, stability and mobility through Pilates! 

Start date: April 16, 2023 –Every Sunday 10am-11am



Yoga Is BACK! With A New Hybrid Format (Virtual and On-Location)

Adapted to our new small group, physically distanced format, these classes are conducted virtually AND at our fully renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating head to toe stretching and strengthening. 

Start date: April 30, 2023 –Every Sunday at 4pm


Muay Thai Fitness Program brought to you by Professional MMA Fighter, Melissa Karagianis

Brought to you by professional MMA fighter, Melissa Karagianis, Muay Thai Fitness classes are 45 min and suitable for all fitness levels. These classes are fun , challenging and different than the typical boxing class . Melissa has incorporated kickboxing and bodyweight exercise into this high intensity workout.  

Muay Thai Fitness classes will not only get you into the best shape of your life , it will also leave you feeling empowered!

New Session Starts Feb 23 – Every Thursday: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


FASCIAL STRETCH Therapy brought to you by our therapist Melissa Karagianis!

Melissa is a skilled facial stretch therapist who can help you alleviate chronic pain, while improving your overall mobility and flexibility. She is very passionate about helping others and you will not regret a session with her. 

Appointments Available: Every Thursday & Saturday


Kingsway Boxing is proud to officially partner with Trilogy Physiotherapy!

The team at Trilogy Physiotherapy are top-notch and experts in their field. Already established in Downtown Toronto, with a second location right here in The Kingsway, Trilogy brings many years of experience and advanced techniques for treating athletes and sports enthusiasts of all kinds.

In September, Trilogy Physiotherapy was nominated as one of the Top 10 physiotherapy clinics in Toronto, and Jason Gallant (clinic founder) as one of the Top 10 physiotherapists.


Introducing, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clare Hickey

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. 

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 

📰 KBC NEWS & UPDATES!

Have you watched Ascension yet?

Ascension is a short film focused on International Boxing Official, Gym Owner and Fight To End Cancer Founder, Jennifer Huggins. The feature takes a look how her gym and community engagement has had an impact that goes far beyond the sport of boxing.


Kingsway Boxing is honoured to welcome photojournalist, Acha Patandjila, who will be spending the next few months with KBC documenting the journey of our youth boxing team as they prepare for competition

Life is a journey, for some, it’s long, for others it’s short and for me, it’s been about wandering. Born in South Africa, raised in Uganda, lived in Rwanda, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and guess who’s in Toronto? Me! My name is Acha, I’m a roaming storm, I hear, but I am not here to talk about myself, my role is to take you down this new journey to greatness by the Kingsway Boxing Club juniors and you are going to have one bumpy, fun ride!


Introducing The 2023 Fight To End Cancer Fighters

After waiting four long years, the 2023 team is ready to Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

The Fight To End Cancer 2023 (FTEC2023) Fight Team is composed of five fighters from our original 2020 team, alongside the five new recruits stepping up for our May 27th Charity Boxing Gala. The team will be committing to over 6 months of intensive physical training and raising thousands of dollars for cancer research, all while balancing their regular commitments to work and family.


Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪


The Kingsway Boxing Family is so happy to be back to life as we knew it!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. We ask that our clients also do not attend any classes unless they are feeling 100%.

Thank you for your support!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

Preparing For Birth and Early Postpartum Recovery

Preparing for birth can be overwhelming and postpartum recovery stressful! We hear you and we are here for you!

In collaboration with Natalie Padveen, creator of Pelacore, Trilogy Physiotherapy and Kingsway Boxing would like to invite you to a session on Preparing for Birth & Early Postpartum Recovery. Welcoming expecting and new mothers, this 1.5 hour session will be a perfect opportunity to take some time to learn and prepare for what’s to come!

With 100% registration fees donated to the Fight To End Cancer, this is a chance to support yourself and the community!

How does this session help me?

  • Preparing for Birth: Women are not routinely informed about the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction caused by perineal trauma during delivery. But there are ways to mitigate the risk. The purpose of this session is to support informed choice and motivate women to undertake preventative activities and learn how to prepare if pelvic floor dysfunction occurs.
  • Early Postpartum Recovery: Natalie will share what can be expected in the early postpartum period (before seeing a pelvic physiotherapist)  and teach early postpartum management after vaginal and cesarean birth.
  • Created by Dr. Natalie Padveen, PT, DPT, a leading pelvic floor physical therapist and professional fitness instructor, Pelacore is a powerful core strengthening program that fuses the science of physical therapy with core techniques from Pilates, yoga and barre. More About Pelacore

[PROGRAM OPTIONS] PREPARING FOR BIRTH & EARLY POSTPARTUM RECOVERY

[SPRING 2023] Preparing for Birth & Early Postpartum Recovery: Sunday, April. 23, 2023

  • Timing: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W. 
  • Course Fee (100% donated to the Fight To End Cancer$20 Regular Cost | Early Bird Rate: $15 [Must Register 1 week prior to the course start date to be eligible for Early Bird Rates] 

Dr. Natalie Padveen, PT, DPT | Women’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapist & Creator of Pelacore

Natalie is a Trilogy Physiotherapy concierge Physical Therapist who specializes in helping women who struggle with incontinence, pain with intercourse, organ prolapse, pelvic or back pain and other pelvic-health related matters.


Kingsway Boxing is proud to officially partner with Trilogy Physiotherapy, operating out of our High Performance Location!

The team at Trilogy Physiotherapy are top-notch and experts in their field. Already established in Downtown Toronto, with a second location right here in The Kingsway, Trilogy brings many years of experience and advanced techniques for treating athletes and sports enthusiasts of all kinds. In September, Trilogy Physiotherapy was nominated as one of the Top 10 physiotherapy clinics in Toronto, and Jason Gallant (clinic founder) as one of the Top 10 physiotherapists. Hundreds voted, & the results are finally in! Congratulations Trilogy Physiotherapy and Jason for this incredible achievement.


PLEASE READ CLIENT PROTOCOLS

The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

Meet Our Newest Youth Coach, Olivia Bates

The Kingsway Boxing Club Team is made up of remarkable coaches and personal trainers who work hard to bring you top-quality training. Our youth coaches are an especially enthusiastic, passionate team! Meet the newest addition to our coaching team – Olivia Bates.

Born and raised in the GTA, Olivia has been boxing since the age of 10! She loved it so much that she recently became a level 1 boxing coach. She loves how the sport challenges her, not only physically, but mentally as well.

“It’s a huge motivator to provide the kids with a safe, enjoyable space where they can learn both techniques and increase their fitness!”

Olivia Bates

Over the years, being a coach has brought her so much joy. Olivia loves seeing the kids improve day by day. It’s a huge motivator to be able to provide them with a safe, enjoyable space where they can learn both technique and increase fitness. The community at KBC really pushes her to be her best for herself and the kids and she loves every bit of it!

When Olivia is not at the gym, she enjoys playing and listening to music as well as her quality time with the family.

📅 Join Olivia For Kids Classes 7+ Every Tuesday & Saturday. Book your private lesson today!


Keep The KBC Family Safe!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches still follow strict protocols, ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, all trainers continue to antigen test daily.

Thank you for your support!

⚠️ Learn How KBC Is Keeping The Community EXTRA Safe!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

KINGSWAY BOXING IS POWERED BY THE YOGA OUTREACH PROJECT


Yoga Classes at our High Performance Bloor Studio just got a whole lot better!

Yoga Outreach Project is a registered not for profit organization that provides complimentary yoga classes to those who otherwise may not have access through a network of qualified yoga teachers and strong partnerships with local organizations.

Katerina Muchnik, our very own Kingsway Boxing Yogi, is a proud board member with the Yoga Outreach Project (YOP)

Kingsway Boxing has been so fortunate to be recipients of support by the team at YOP. Through their community initiatives and equipment donations, the team at YOP is making our Yoga programs even more awesome!

Thank you Katerina and Team YOP! 💕

YOP dropped off yoga straps and blocks for all the yogis in our programs and we are forever grateful!

📅 BOOK IN TODAY!

Drop-in: Wednesdays 9:30AM – 10:30 AM

You can, now, drop-in using membership or packages to our newest class!

Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.

Pricing Options:

  • 5 Class Starter Pack – $105.00
  • 10 Drop-In Classes – $225.00
  • 20 Drop-In Classes – $400.00
  • 45 Drop-In Classes – $675.00 (this package can be shared with family members)

Katerina Muchnik | Certified Yoga Instructor

Kat’s approach to yoga focuses on using poses to get into your body (not the other way around), while focusing on how the asanas feel, rather than what they look like.

Katerina is a certified Yoga teacher with a formal education in Life Sciences, UofT. She is well aware of how each body is perfectly imperfect and uses this combination to focus on proper form and alignment.


PLEASE READ CLIENT PROTOCOLS

The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

WINTER 2023 UPDATE: Holiday Hours, Special Classes & More!

GUESS WHAT?! Our Annual Holiday Bash Is BACK… And We Can’t Wait To Celebrate!  🌲 ⛄️

Join us this Sunday December 18th at 7pm at The Crooked Cue Etobicoke. Enjoy Complementary Snacks, Live Music, Cash Bar and great company. Bring the family – all ages welcome!


HO HO HO! The Holidays are here along with exciting new updates and special gift ideas. 🎄⛄️

📅 ❄️ Holiday Scheduling

To help work off all the extra cheer this year, we’ll be offering classes every Tuesday through the holidays!

  • Special Holiday Classes Available: Tuesday Dec. 27 & Jan 3 — 5:15 pm Co-Ed Teens and 6:15 pm Heavybag Adult Class: Must Register
  • Open Gym Availability: Please Check Class Listing
  • Personal Training: Please confirm with your trainer for availability

⚠️ 2022-23 Holiday Break Friday Dec. 23, 2022 – Friday Jan. 6, 2023. Regular schedule resumes on SAT. JAN. 7, 2023.

Don’t miss an important update!

We use this closed group is to keep KBC Members and Amateur Boxers updated with important information


🥊 The Gift Of Boxing

This year, make Christmas extra special by giving the gift of boxing to your friends and family! Applicable for any service, this gift is limitless! Our classes and private lessons are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels!


🧢 Kingsway Boxing Apparel

We now have new merch including hats, jogging pants and sweaters! Perfect timing for Christmas!!!

ℹ️ ALL SALES PROFITS ARE USED FOR OUR FIGHT TEAM TO HELP WITH TRAINING, COMPETITION AND COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES.


ANNUAL MEDICAL SESSION: SUN. JAN 8 2023 — 9AM – 11 AM

Our official Fight Team doctor will be on location at Kingsway Boxing Club on Sunday January 8 from 9am – 11 am. Athletes from other clubs are welcome, however everyone must preregister to ensure their spot. Space is limited.


📅 UPCOMING PROGRAMS… HURRY, SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!

TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING with Jo-Anne Sheffield

If you’re looking to improve your sport performance, increase your cardiovascular fitness, build muscle and tone your core, then this class is for you.

This class is developed for every age and fitness level and each class is varied so you won’t plateau or become bored with the workout.

START DATE: January 3, 2023


Mobility & Stability PILATES By Shauneen Ryan

This ALL LEVEL mat class will have specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, stability and mobility in your body. 

 Each week we build on our repertoire and challenge our body and mind, gaining a new found awareness of how these slow, methodical, sequences can leave you feeling stronger and moving better. 

START DATE: January 8, 2023


SLOW FLOW HATHA by Patricia Else

Slow Flow Hatha Yoga with Patricia Else is focused on recharging, refreshing and restoring. Move slowly and purposefully from posture to posture, taking time to breathe while quieting your mind. Suitable for beginner to intermediate levels. 

START DATE: January 8, 2023


Thai KICKBOXING By Jacqueline Walters

Learn the Art of 8 Limbs in this Thai Kickboxing program. Heighten your cardio, improve your strength, and learn how to introduce elbows, knees and kicks into your combative arsenal of traditional boxing strikes.

START DATE: January 11, 2023


NEW PROGRAM: Strength & Conditioning with Jo-Anne Sheffield

What is STRENGTH & CONDITIONING?

This strength and conditioning class will incorporate cardio, drills and strength training in a fun 45 minute class. All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged.

START DATE: January 12, 2023


FASCIAL STRETCH Therapy brought to you by our therapist Melissa Karagianis!

Melissa is a skilled facial stretch therapist who can help you alleviate chronic pain, while improving your overall mobility and flexibility. She is very passionate about helping others and you will not regret a session with her. 

Appointments Available: Every Thursday & Saturday


Kingsway Boxing is proud to officially partner with Trilogy Physiotherapy!

The team at Trilogy Physiotherapy are top-notch and experts in their field. Already established in Downtown Toronto, with a second location right here in The Kingsway, Trilogy brings many years of experience and advanced techniques for treating athletes and sports enthusiasts of all kinds.

In September, Trilogy Physiotherapy was nominated as one of the Top 10 physiotherapy clinics in Toronto, and Jason Gallant (clinic founder) as one of the Top 10 physiotherapists.


Introducing, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clare Hickey

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. 

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 


📰 KBC NEWS & UPDATES!

Kingsway Boxing is honoured to welcome photojournalist, Acha Patandjila, who will be spending the next few months with KBC documenting the journey of our youth boxing team as they prepare for competition

Life is a journey, for some, it’s long, for others it’s short and for me, it’s been about wandering. Born in South Africa, raised in Uganda, lived in Rwanda, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and guess who’s in Toronto? Me! My name is Acha, I’m a roaming storm, I hear, but I am not here to talk about myself, my role is to take you down this new journey to greatness by the Kingsway Boxing Club juniors and you are going to have one bumpy, fun ride!


Introducing The 2023 Fight To End Cancer Fighters

After waiting four long years, the 2023 team is ready to Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

The Fight To End Cancer 2023 (FTEC2023) Fight Team is composed of five fighters from our original 2020 team, alongside the five new recruits stepping up for our May 27th Charity Boxing Gala. The team will be committing to over 6 months of intensive physical training and raising thousands of dollars for cancer research, all while balancing their regular commitments to work and family.


Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪


The Kingsway Boxing Family is so happy to be back to life as we knew it!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. We ask that our clients also do not attend any classes unless they are feeling 100%.

Thank you for your support!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

NEW PROGRAM: Strength & Conditioning with Jo-Anne Sheffield


If you’re looking to improve your sport performance, increase your cardiovascular fitness, build muscle and tone your core, Coach Jo-Anne’s STRENGTH & CONDITIONING class is for you. 💪

This class is developed for every age and fitness level and each class is varied so you won’t plateau or become bored with the workout. Working with a combination of equipment, this 45 minute class is fun and effective!


What is STRENGTH & CONDITIONING?

This strength and conditioning class will incorporate cardio,  drills and strength training in a fun 45 minute class. All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged.

Workout Includes:

✅ 45 minute sessions

✅ Cardio, strength and core training

✅ A welcoming and encouraging environment for ALL fitness levels


[PROGRAM OPTIONS] STRENGTH & CONDITIONING


[SPRING 2023] START DATE: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

  • Every Tuesday: 6 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Course Duration: 8 Week Program | April 25 – June 27, 2023
  • Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.
  • Program Options: $200.00 Regular Cost | Early Bird Rate: $185.00 [Must Register 2 weeks prior to the course start date to be eligible for Early Bird Rates.]
    • If this program is already in session, please Contact Us for prorated options.


📆 Program Already In Session? Please Contact Us for prorated options if this program is already in session.

Jo-Anne Sheffield | High Performance Instructor, Personal Trainer

Jo-Anne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness Instructor. Her experience and enthusiasm make her classes high energy and fun. An avid runner and marathoner, Jo-Anne believes cross training is an important part of developing overall fitness. Her classes are designed to strengthen muscles, maintain a strong core, increase cardiovascular output and promote flexibility.

Jo-Anne’s motto is “Just keep moving” and while she has run many races she is particularly proud of her two Boston marathon finishes.

Certifications:
CanFitPro PTS, CanFitPro FIS, CanFitPro Active Aging Certificate, CPR-A


PLEASE READ CLIENT PROTOCOLS

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bring a water bottle and a small towel. We have plenty of weights, bands and mats that are thoroughly sanitized when each class has ended. No need to bring your own equipment. I will have everything set up for you, so you don’t have to grab anything.
  • Please try to bring the least amount of clothing and gear as possible. There will be cubbies available for your bags and coats that will be sanitized after every class.

As we build routines, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!

[ARCHIVE] Keep Up With Correspondence Sent Out To Program Participants


June 12, 2023

Good morning,

With the welcomed rain I think we’d better move bootcamp indoors tonight as the forecast is for rain all day.

See you tonight at 6:00pm at the Bloor Street Studio.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jo-Anne


June 9, 2023

Hi and happy Friday!

I’ve heard from several of you that you may be away for most or some of the summer so I am trying to get a handle on numbers before I can decide if I will have a Tuesday night class in July and August.

Could you please let me know if you would want to attend classes in the summer? 

Our current session ends on June 27th.

Thank you.

Jo-Anne

Jo-Anne Sheffield

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified Fitness Instructor


February 11, 2023

Hi there and happy Friday!

We have three classes left in this first Bootcamp session of 2023 (ends March 2) and I wanted to get some feedback as to whether or not you are interested in continuing with another session. I know March break would interfere with the March 16th date but we could skip that night if most people would prefer.

FYI I will be adding outdoor Bootcamps again when the weather is better and have them run throughout the summer.☀

Have a great weekend and please let me know your preference for another indoor session.🙌

Jo-Anne


December 7, 2022

Hi and thanks for letting me know you are interested in doing a Thursday night bootcamp with me starting in January. Here are all the details and a link to register. I’m limiting the class to 10 people so please sign up asap to reserve your spot. And, thanks for the boost! I had so many people say yes to the class I’m blushing!

DATE & TIME
Thursday night 6:00-6:45pM
January 12 – March 2

COST – 8 weeks
$185 Early bird (must sign up two weeks prior to start)
$200 Regular

REGISTER HERE 👇

IMPORTANT FALL 2022 UPDATES: Expiring Reservations & More

GUESS WHAT?! Our Annual Holiday Bash Is BACK!  🌲 ⛄️

Join us Dec. 18 at 6pm at The Crooked Cue Etobicoke


Winter is coming…before it does here are some important Fall program updates!

⚠️ Special Note: We are accessible through the Mindbody App, this makes booking in and cancelling reservations a lot more simple as you can do this all from your phone.

⚠️PLEASE NOTE: We will be donating all lost & found items at the end of this month, including our incredible collection of water bottles. Make sure to sort through and grab anything that’s yours! And please bring your own personal towels, the ones at the gym are used by our team to clean with disinfectant.


✅ Expiring Class Reservations:

Please let us know if you would like to be enrolled ongoing for any classes. This option is only active for one year at a time and many of you had me arrange these reservations last year. Please remember with this option, you must cancel classes you are unable to attend. Of course you can continue to manually register for class as well. Inquire Now: Reserve Ongoing


✅ New Class and Open Gym EVERY Sunday:

Coach Kelly is back every Sunday with his popular Heavybag Class at 10:00 am. This class is open to Adults and Mature Teens. Kelly will also be offering Open Gym to all active fight team and members from 9am – 11 am. REGISTER FOR SUNDAY 10:00AM


Looking for matches for our Fight To End Cancer Fight Team:

As many of you know, Fight To End Cancer takes up a huge part of our hearts and we recently passed the $2 million mark in direct donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Do You Have What it Takes to Fight? The decision to fight for such a meaningful cause is life-changing. Whether you embark on this journey for yourself, a family member, or a friend, you are a true hero. We’re currently looking for matches for our Fight To End Cancer 2023 Fight Team:


📅 UPCOMING PROGRAMS… HURRY, SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!

POWER4TEENS Is BACK! Limited Spots Available!

This program focuses on improving the function of both the mind and body to create improved physical fitness and mental positivity.

This is a workout with a difference; – as you sweat, condition and build confidence, Shyanne will inspire, motivate, and help you with body image issues as well as create personal positive affirmations to live life more fully.

START DATE: Wednesday November 16


Mobility & Stability PILATES By Shauneen Ryan

This ALL LEVEL mat class will have specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, stability and mobility in your body. 

 Each week we build on our repertoire and challenge our body and mind, gaining a new found awareness of how these slow, methodical, sequences can leave you feeling stronger and moving better. 

START DATE: Sunday January 8

FASCIAL STRETCH Therapy brought to you by our therapist Melissa Karagianis!

Melissa is a skilled facial stretch therapist who can help you alleviate chronic pain, while improving your overall mobility and flexibility. She is very passionate about helping others and you will not regret a session with her. 

START DATE: Every Thursday & Saturday


[NEW] Sports Nutrition With Colleen Layug

Sports Nutrition is about fueling your body to enhance your strength, endurance and stamina. Our program works to give you the skills you’ll need to elevate your performance naturally, through wholesome foods. Nutrient deficiencies can seriously impair proper functioning but improving what you eat can help delay fatigue and enhance sports performance.


Introducing, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clare Hickey

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. 

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 


📰 KBC NEWS & UPDATES!

Kingsway Boxing is honoured to welcome photojournalist, Acha Patandjila, who will be spending the next few months with KBC documenting the journey of our youth boxing team as they prepare for competition

Life is a journey, for some, it’s long, for others it’s short and for me, it’s been about wandering. Born in South Africa, raised in Uganda, lived in Rwanda, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and guess who’s in Toronto? Me! My name is Acha, I’m a roaming storm, I hear, but I am not here to talk about myself, my role is to take you down this new journey to greatness by the Kingsway Boxing Club juniors and you are going to have one bumpy, fun ride!


Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪


The Kingsway Boxing Family is so happy to be back to training at both locations!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!

⚠️ Learn How KBC Is Keeping The Community EXTRA Safe!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

Introducing Kingsway Boxing Club’s Technical Boxing Coach and Personal Trainer, Daniel Allen

The Kingsway Boxing Club Team is comprised of exceptional coaches and personal trainers dedicated to delivering top-quality training.

As we embark on our upcoming seasons, we are proud to introduce Daniel Allen, skilled boxing coach and personal trainer with Team KBC.

Daniel, a native of Etobicoke who spent his formative years in Mississauga, embarked on his boxing journey at the age of 20. What initially began as a means to stay fit and acquire self-defence skills evolved into a profound passion over the course of his 12-year tenure as an amateur boxer. His dedication and commitment to the sport showcase not only a fitness journey but a transformation into a true aficionado of the art of boxing.

Such is the transformative power of boxing—a force that leaves a positive impact on each and every individual it touches!

~Daniel Allen

📆 Appointments available throughout the week and on weekends.

Daniel aspires to perpetuate this sense of joy and passion by inspiring and guiding others to achieve their goals, whether it involves competitive aspirations or simply staying fit. Join us in the ring, and experience one of his favourite aspects of coaching: the relentless pursuit of pushing individuals beyond their perceived limits to attain greatness!

Muay Thai is another passionate pursuit for Daniel; dedicating three years to learning and training, he earned the coveted green shorts, a testament to his commitment and proficiency in the discipline.

And believe it or not but Daniel is also a Chef! He worked in the kitchen for 10 years and went to Humber for his culinary degree at the age of 21.

Though boxing is his true passion, he loves basketball, soccer and playing chess just as much!

Certifications: Level 2 Boxing Coach Certification and first aid/CPR.


At Kingsway Boxing the safety of our community is our number one priority. We kindly urge all attendees to be mindful of their health before participating in any classes or training sessions.

Our staff trainers and coaches remain dedicated to upholding strict protocols ensuring the safety and well-being of our Kingsway family. Thorough cleaning and sanitation take place between clients and classes to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. 

We are committed to hosting an environment that empowers everyone to excel and accomplish their goals in a healthy and positive setting.


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

FALL 2022 PROGRAM ENROLMENTS & RETURN OF TASTE OF THE KINGSWAY – REGISTER NOW!

Thank you for joining us for Taste Of The Kingsway… don’t miss our Fall Programs kicking off in September. See below to secure a spot before all the spots are filled up!

⚠️ Note that some programs are already in session, however please inquire as we can prorate and enrol you if there’s still space!

❔DID YOU KNOW KINGSWAY BOXING NOW OFFERS…


✅ Taste Of The Kingsway Festival Specials:

Team KBC spent the entire weekend featuring boxing demonstrations, $2 lessons charity and free trial classes. Thank you to our incredible community for supporting us throughout the pandemic and for celebrating with us last weekend. View Photos | More Info/View Programs

✅ FALL Seasonal Enrolment OPEN: Bloor Location!

See below for a full listing of our High Performance programming brought to you by the top fitness/combat professionals in our country! From Bootcamps, Yoga to Youth Fitness, we’ve got it all! More Info/View Programs

✅ Drop-In Classes Offered Daily (New September Classes Added):

With new classes added for Fall, you can now join us every day for drop-in classes including; Boxing, Strength/Conditioning, even Yoga! Book Now/View Schedules

✅ Free Open Gym Access Now Available:

Active members and fight team are now able to access our Open Gym times (Thursday 7 am and Sunday 1 pm). This time is meant for boxers to practice their skills and train independently to ensure progress, especially for those heading back into Competition! Book Now/View Schedules

Facial Stretch Therapy: Now Added To Our Regular Thursday Schedule

FST, with therapist Melissa Karagianis, will now be added to our regular Thursday schedule and you can Register Here


📅 NEW FALL PROGRAMS… HURRY, SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!

TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING with Jo-Anne Sheffield

If you’re looking to improve your sport performance, increase your cardiovascular fitness, build muscle and tone your core, then this class is for you.

This class is developed for every age and fitness level and each class is varied so you won’t plateau or become bored with the workout.

START DATE: Tuesday, September 6, 2022

OUTDOOR BOOTCAMP With Jo-Anne Sheffield

Longing to do an outdoor group workout?

Bootcamp will incorporate cardio, strength and drills in a fun 45 minute class. All fitness and running levels are welcome and encouraged.

Enjoy an outdoor group program, meet new people, and get a great workout!

START DATE: Monday September 11, 2023

SLOW FLOW HATHA by Patricia Else

Slow Flow Hatha Yoga with Patricia Else is focused on recharging, refreshing and restoring. Move slowly and purposefully from posture to posture, taking time to breathe while quieting your mind. Suitable for beginner to intermediate levels. 

START DATE: Sunday, Sept 18, 2022

POWER4TEENS Is BACK! Limited Spots Available!

This program focuses on improving the function of both the mind and body to create improved physical fitness and mental positivity.

This is a workout with a difference; – as you sweat, condition and build confidence, Shyanne will inspire, motivate, and help you with body image issues as well as create personal positive affirmations to live life more fully.

START DATE: Wednesday September 21 & November 9

Mobility & Stability PILATES By Shauneen Ryan

This ALL LEVEL mat class will have specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, stability and mobility in your body. 

 Each week we build on our repertoire and challenge our body and mind, gaining a new found awareness of how these slow, methodical, sequences can leave you feeling stronger and moving better. 

START DATE: Thursday & Sunday – September 22 & September 25

Introducing FASCIAL STRETCH Therapy brought to you by our therapist Melissa Karagianis!

Melissa is a skilled facial stretch therapist who can help you alleviate chronic pain, while improving your overall mobility and flexibility. She is very passionate about helping others and you will not regret a session with her. 

START DATE: Every Thursday & Saturday


[NEW] Sports Nutrition With Colleen Layug

Sports Nutrition is about fueling your body to enhance your strength, endurance and stamina. Our program works to give you the skills you’ll need to elevate your performance naturally, through wholesome foods. Nutrient deficiencies can seriously impair proper functioning but improving what you eat can help delay fatigue and enhance sports performance.


Introducing, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clare Hickey

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. 

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 


📰 KBC NEWS & UPDATES!

Kingsway Boxing is honoured to welcome photojournalist, Acha Patandjila, who will be spending the next few months with KBC documenting the journey of our youth boxing team as they prepare for competition

Life is a journey, for some, it’s long, for others it’s short and for me, it’s been about wandering. Born in South Africa, raised in Uganda, lived in Rwanda, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and guess who’s in Toronto? Me! My name is Acha, I’m a roaming storm, I hear, but I am not here to talk about myself, my role is to take you down this new journey to greatness by the Kingsway Boxing Club juniors and you are going to have one bumpy, fun ride!


Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪


The Kingsway Boxing Family is so happy to be back to training at both locations!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!

⚠️ Learn How KBC Is Keeping The Community EXTRA Safe!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

KBC Youth Competitive Team | Featuring Neyen Shawn Felipe Pitawanakwat

Neyen Pitawanakwat, one of our youngest boxers, was awarded with the best male bout of Brampton cup 2022. With COVID putting a halt to Boxing in Canada, we are inspired by the pool of talent within our programs at Kingsway. We look forward to building the future of boxing with our youth team!

Following a two year pause on competition and months of intensive preparations, both our Youth and Elite competitive team killed it in the ring. Our youth team works hard and trains hard every day and more often than not they truly surprise us whenever we get to know them more outside of the ring.

Meet Neyen Shawn Felipe Pitawanakwat.

Neyen’s first name means breath of animal and is native from Chile and his last name means between the clouds. He has done a lot for this community and continues to help and support as a positive enthusiastic participant.

“My spirit name is Southern Thunder Bird, given to me by my uncle in a naming ceremony. I definitely have gifts that I need to take with a lot of responsibility as my community needs a lot of healing. I feel very grateful to be part of such a rich community, I hope that they feel proud of me as I am of myself one punch at a time.”

Neyen Shawn Felipe Pitawanakwat

Today we give you a glimpse of Neyen’s life and his contribution to his community, we are so proud of him!


The drum and music of the community.

His uncle Bill and his wife Winnie gave Neyen his first drum when he was 5 months old. He instantly connected with the instrument and picked up singing as well. You will often find him singing at demonstrations supporting Indigenous people and their rights.


He started supporting ceremonies and in 2021 he helped with singing at Sarnia Sundance.


Neyen was also part of the Every Child Matters pow wow.


The level of passion and dedication came very early for Neyen and he was out supporting with his family anywhere that was needed.


Neyen discovered his purpose and responsibility for his community at a very young age. We are beyond proud of him and honoured to have him in our KBC Family!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

[TICKETS & INFO] Brampton Cup Is BACK! Support Team KBC

Brampton Cup Is BACK! Save The Dates: July 21 – 24, 2022

SPECTATOR TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR: $15 per session – Weekend Pass: $70

TOURNAMENT VENUE: Save Max Sports Centre (formerly Brampton Soccer Centre) 1495 Sandalwood Pkwy E., Brampton, ON (see map below)


Following a two year pause on competition and months of intensive preparations, both our Youth and Elite competitive team are ready to rumble!

The Brampton Cup, one of Canada’s largest Olympic-style boxing tournaments, has been rescheduled to July 21-24, 2022 at the Save Max Sports Centre in Brampton, Ontario. Tickets will be available at the door and you can follow the schedules and when our team will hit the ring using the tournament link below.

⚠️ When searching for the Team KBC Bouts, press (CTRL + F) and type in “Kingsway”. This will take you to all bouts on the schedule.


Below is a list of the Team KBC Boxers who will be representing Kingsway Boxing in the much anticipated BRAMPTON CUP 2022:

Initiation Bouts (under 12)

  • Acacia Fabing

Youth Team Boxers (under 19)

  • Corson McDonald
  • Saeed Haje-Saeed
  • Joseph Kim
  • Julia Howe
  • Neyen Pitawanakwat
  • Tyler Rae

Elite Team Boxers (19+)

  • Carime Boehr
  • Nikita Mizerovskiy
  • Kevin Phan
  • Matias Rodriguez
  • Jamal Henry
  • Pallas Mills

Masters Class Boxers

  • Colin Brown
  • Shireen Fabing

Special thank you to the coaches who have dedicated themselves to the continued success of our team:

  • Virgil Barrow | Head Coach
  • TJ Mosher
  • Geoff Britnell

Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

SUMMER 2022 PROGRAM ENROLMENTS – REGISTER NOW!

We have tons of Summer Programs kicking off immediately and so much to look forward to. See below to secure a spot before all the spots are filled up!

Thank you to all of our amazing KBC Family, who continue to support us! Your support, along with the immense hard-work and dedication our coaches demonstrated since the start of the pandemic, has made it possible for us to remain in operation throughout over a year of lockdown, outdoor training and targeted restrictions. WE LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN WORDS COULD SAY!

📅 CANADA DAY CANCELLATIONS: Please note that we will be closed for all scheduled classes and open training from Friday July 1 – Monday July 4 (Returning to regular schedule Tuesday July 5). Some coaches may be training private clients throughout the holidays: please confirm directly with your coach.

❔DID YOU KNOW KINGSWAY BOXING NOW OFFERS…


✅ Summer Seasonal Enrolment OPEN: Bloor Location!

See below for a full listing of our High Performance programming brought to you by the top fitness/combat professionals in our country! From Fascial Stretch Therapy to MMA, we’ve got it all! More Info/View Programs

✅ Drop-In Classes Offered Daily:

Join us every day for drop-in classes including; Boxing, Strength/Conditioning, even Yoga! Book Now/View Schedules

✅ Free Open Gym Access Now Available:

Active members and fight team are now able to access our Open Gym times (Thursday 7 am and Sunday 1 pm). This time is meant for boxers to practice their skills and train independently to ensure progress, especially for those heading back into Competition! Book Now/View Schedules

Facial Stretch Therapy: Now Added To Our Regular Thursday Schedule

FST, with therapist Melissa Karagianis, will now be added to our regular Thursday schedule and you can Register Here


📅 NEW SUMMER PROGRAMS… HURRY, SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!

Introducing Facial Stretch Therapy brought to you by our therapist Melissa Karagianis!

Melissa is a skilled facial stretch therapist who can help you alleviate chronic pain, while improving your overall mobility and flexibility. She is very passionate about helping others and you will not regret a session with her. 

START DATE: Every Thursday & Saturday


POWER YOGA & VINYASA FLOW BY SYLVIA PERRY

Introducing our newest programs brought to you by Yoga Instructor and Practitioner Sylvia Perry.

These yoga classes are conducted at our fully-renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating alignment, strength and flexibility by building a firm foundation in traditional Yoga!

DROP-IN PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK


Warrior Women Fit with MMA Fighter Melissa Karagianis

Brought to you by professional MMA fighter, Melissa Karagianis, Warrior Women Fit classes are 45 min and suitable for all fitness levels. These classes are fun , challenging and different then the typical bootcamp class . Melissa has incorporated kickboxing and bodyweight exercise into this high intensity fat blasting workout. Warrior women Fit classes will not only get you into the best shape of your life, it will also leave you feeling empowered!

START DATE: Drop in class every Thursday!


Introducing, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clare Hickey

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. 

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 

  • Monthly Appointments
  • Pricing: $150 for Initial | $90 for follow-ups

📰 KBC NEWS & UPDATES!

Kingsway Boxing is honoured to welcome photojournalist, Acha Patandjila, who will be spending the next few months with KBC documenting the journey of our youth boxing team as they prepare for competition

Life is a journey, for some, it’s long, for others it’s short and for me, it’s been about wandering. Born in South Africa, raised in Uganda, lived in Rwanda, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and guess who’s in Toronto? Me! My name is Acha, I’m a roaming storm, I hear, but I am not here to talk about myself, my role is to take you down this new journey to greatness by the Kingsway Boxing Club juniors and you are going to have one bumpy, fun ride!


Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪


The Kingsway Boxing Family is so happy to be back to training at both locations!

As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!

⚠️ Learn How KBC Is Keeping The Community EXTRA Safe!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

NEW PROGRAMS: Power, Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga By Sylvia Perry

Introducing our newest programs brought to you by Yoga Instructor and Practitioner Sylvia Perry!

These yoga classes are conducted at our fully-renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating alignment, strength and flexibility by building a firm foundation in traditional Yoga! 

✅ These mat classes will have specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, alignment and individual support in your poses and postures. 

✅ Grounded in patience and focus, each week you build on your strength, flexibility and alignment. With careful and safety conscious instructions by Sylvia, your foundation of traditional yoga will get stronger with each session.

✅ Sylvia has over 20 years of experience in Yoga and is a certified E-RYT 200 YACEP to teach Hatha Yoga and traditional Indian Hot Yoga. You are sure to notice her love for the practice in her classes with her joyful and informed instructions and trust us when we say that her classes are always packed! She believes Yoga is a meaningful way to connect with others and hopes that’s what shows in every one of her class!

Program Descriptions:


Hatha Yoga Description: The Hatha yoga class involves a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques. These poses are practised more slowly and involve holding the postures longer than a Vinyasa flow or Power Yoga class. Hatha Yoga is a great place to start for beginners or practitioners wanting a deeper more relaxing experience of yoga.

Power Yoga Description: Power yoga is a fast-paced and intense class, not recommended for beginners. The practice focusses on building strength and stamina. If you would like to burn calories, this is the yoga for you. The practitioner moves from one posture to another rapidly, linking your breathing to the different motions of your body. A power yoga class may seem more like a fast paced fitness class rather than a relaxed, meditative yoga experience. However, the instructor will focus on alignment, mindfulness and breathing as well as the postures throughout. If you are new to power yoga, the program starts off slowly, building as the weeks go on. 

Vinyasa Yoga Description: Vinyasa Yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga practiced in the world. Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterised by moving seamlessly from one posture to the next, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga, it is sometimes confused with power yoga.  Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and classes are rarely the same. The opposite would be “fixed forms” such as Ashtanga which has the same sequence every time. The variable nature of Vinyasa Yoga helps to develop a more balanced body as well as prevent repetitive motion injuries that can happen if you are always doing the same thing every day. Vinyasa, is a breath initiated practice, that connects every action of our life with the intention of moving towards what is sacred, or most important to us.


📅 YOGA PROGRAM OPTIONS


[MONDAY 8AM] POWER YOGA

Every Monday: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.


[TUESDAY 7:00 PM] HATHA YOGA

Every Tuesday: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm *Starts Jun 21
Location:
High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.


[SATURDAY 9:15 AM] VINYASA FLOW YOGA

Every Saturday: 9:15 am – 10:30 am
Location:
High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.

Drop-In Program Cost:

  • Class Starter Pack – $105.00
  • 10 Drop-In Classes – $225.00
  • 20 Drop-In Classes – $400.00
  • 45 Drop-In Classes – $675.00 (this package can be shared with family members)

Program Already In Session? Please Contact Us for prorated options if this program is already in session.


MEET YOGA INSTRUCTOR SYLVIA PERRY

Sylvia is a seasoned yoga teacher with 20 years experience! She has taught yoga one on one in private sessions, small classes and large class of over 60 participants! Her classes are usually packed and run smoothly due to her experience both as an instructor and practitioner.

She is trained in Ashtanga and Power Yoga and a certified E-RYT 200 YACEP to teach Hatha Yoga and traditional Indian Hot Yoga.

A talented yoga instructor who is nurturing, insightful, intuitive with a great sense of humour. Her classes are fun, lighthearted with lots of variety. She focuses on alignment through careful and safety consious instruction that has a firm foundation in traditional yoga. The students benefit from individual support and attention grounded in patience and focus!

“There is something to be learned from everyone. Mostly I love to teach yoga. Yoga is my way of connection with others in a meaningful way. Hopefully that shows in my classes.”


ALREADY REGISTERED? KEEP UPDATED WITH CORRESPONDENCE BELOW:

Here are a few things you should know before we get started:

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Please line up outside KBC High Performance Studios along Bloor St. Spaces are indicated on the sidewalk. Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the session starts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival. 
  • Masks: We still highly recommend the use of masks for close contact, but this is NOT MANDATORY for any programs or clients.
  • Testing & 100% Health: All coaches are testing daily. All coaches and clients must be in 100% health to attend.
  • If you cannot make the session, please notify us a minimum 24 hours in advance. This is important for contact tracing.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bring basic workout clothing and indoor shoes
  • Towel and water bottle
  • Pilates or Yoga Mat
  • Yoga block (optional)
  • Please try to bring the least amount of clothing and gear as possible. There will be cubbies available for your bags and coats that will be sanitized after every class. 

The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


Apr. 23, 2022

Dear Yogis,

I wanted to touch base as this is the first edition of programs with with Sylvia Perry and we’re a little low on enrolment to date. We have decided to push the start date to the following:

☑️ POWER YOGA YOGA with Sylvia Perry NEW START DATE: Monday, May 9

☑️ VINYASA FLOW YOGA with Sylvia Perry NEW START DATE: Saturday, May 14

Once we have updated the program dates you will automatically be enrolled, however let me know if this causes any inconvenience to you and I’m happy to workout other options.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding.


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

NEW PROGRAM: Mobility & Stability Pilates By Shauneen Ryan

Introducing our newest program brought to you by High Performance Specialist Shauneen Ryan!

These pilates classes are conducted at our fully-renovated High Performance Studios, incorporating strengthening, stability and mobility through Pilates! 

✅ This ALL LEVEL mat class will have specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, stability and mobility in your body. 

✅ Each week we build on our repertoire and challenge our body and mind, gaining a new found awareness of how these slow, methodical, sequences can leave you feeling stronger and moving better. 

✅ Shauneen earned her Mat Pilates Certification from the esteemed Body Harmonics Teacher Training Program right here in Toronto! Having worked through various injuries herself over the years, Shauneen is always compelled to seek out what can help her clients move better, feel better and embrace the journey of Pilates movement as she has for so many years.


📅 PILATES PROGRAM OPTIONS


[SPRING 2023] Program Start Date: April 23, 2023

Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Course Duration: 6 Week Program | Dates TBA | No Class May 21
Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.
Program Cost: $180.00 Regular Cost | Early Bird Rate: $165.00 — Must Register 2 weeks prior to the course start date to be eligible for Early Bird Rates.

[WINTER 2023] Program Start Date: Sunday January 22, 2023

Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Course Duration: 6 Week Program | Jan. 22 – Mar.5 , 2023 | No class Family Day Weekend Feb. 19, 2023
Location: High-Performance Studios | 3046 Bloor St. W.
Program Cost: $180.00 Regular Cost | Early Bird Rate: $165.00 — Must Register 2 weeks prior to the course start date to be eligible for Early Bird Rates.


Program Already In Session? Please Contact Us for prorated options if this program is already in session.


MEET PILATES SPECIALIST SHAUNEEN RYAN

Shauneen began her dance training at the age of four in classical Royal Academy Ballet.  Dance was her passion and main form of fitness throughout her adolescence.  Into adulthood, dance inspired fitness classes became her obsession to keep fit as she began her career path in and industry which she continues to embrace today as a tenured educator and lecturer.

    Pilates found her in 2000, and she felt like she had come home.  After over two decades of taking part in several different modalities of Pilates, she decided she wanted to share what she learned from all those years of practice.  

In 2019, Shauneen earned her Mat Pilates Certification from the esteemed Body Harmonics Teacher Training Program right here in Toronto.   Having worked through various injuries herself over the years, Shauneen is always compelled to seek out what can help her clients move better, feel better and embrace the journey of Pilates movement as she has for so many years.


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Here are a few things you should know before we get started:

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Please line up outside KBC High Performance Studios along Bloor St. Spaces are indicated on the sidewalk. Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the session starts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon arrival. 
  • Masks: We still highly recommend the use of masks for close contact, but this is NOT MANDATORY for any programs or clients.
  • Testing & 100% Health: All coaches are testing daily. All coaches and clients must be in 100% health to attend.
  • If you cannot make the session, please notify us a minimum 24 hours in advance. This is important for contact tracing.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bring basic workout clothing and indoor shoes
  • Towel and water bottle
  • Pilates or Yoga Mat
  • Please try to bring the least amount of clothing and gear as possible. There will be cubbies available for your bags and coats that will be sanitized after every class. 

The Kingsway Boxing Family has been back to training since June. As we build routines, return to work and kids go back to school, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


January 23, 2023

Good Afternoon,
Hope your weekend is going well, and you are looking forward to tomorrow’s session as much as I am! We will begin at 🔔10am and I will be locking the door so do your best to make it on time or even come early so we can have a wee chat before we dive into some movement together.
If you have a yoga or pilates mat please bring it with you, if you happen not to have one I have extra. Pilates is done either 👣barefoot or with socks(I prefer the socks with grips on the bottoms to help with static positions). I suggest bringing your water with you just in case you need it throughout the class.
Feel free to hang your coat on the hooks on the wall when you walk in the door and kindly remove footwear at the same spot. There are shoe/boot trays out for you to use, this leaves our movement space free of clutter and dirt.

Looking forward to moving with you tomorrow!🙏

Shauneen


November 8, 2022

Good Afternoon,

Hope your week is going well! I am very much looking forward to this Sunday’s Class with you. This is the last class of this program for 2022. The schedule for 2023 is already online for registration👍

Gentle reminder… this Saturday November 6th
the clocks go back one hour.

Sleep well and see you Sunday!

September 29, 2022

Big thank you all for your speedy responses to the Thanksgiving Sunday session.
And for those of you that have stated you are flexible it is much appreciated.
We will be cancelling that Thanksgiving October 9th session and adding a session as discussed at the end, on November 6th.
In the meantime if you are unable to join any of the remaining sessions Jen has offered to reach out to her if you choose to be added to the yoga classes being offered at the studio.

Enjoy this beautiful weather🌞
See you on the mat🙌
Shauneen


September 24, 2022

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather today. Sunday September 25th will be the first of the six session program and I am so looking forward to have the opportunity to work with you.

We will begin at 10am, the door will be locked once we commence. You are welcome to wear socks or bare feet (I like the socks with the grippy bottoms as it helps). If and have a yoga or pilates mat please bring it (I will have a few available for those who don’t) along with your water bottle.

When you arrive if you could kindly remove your footwear and jackets at the door before
walking onto the studio floor that would be greatly appreciated.

See you tomorrow!
Shauneen


May 02/2022

Good morning KBC Fam🌞

I’m so exited to move with you!

This class is geared towards specific exercises to help you gain control, strength, stability and mobility in your body.

I wanted to let you know that I have found it helpful to optimize alignment or engagement of an exercise, for many of my clients to use touch for some tactile feedback.

Of course, only with your permission! If for any reason you are uncomfortable with this type of interaction, please do not hesitate to let me know prior to class (inform by email or in person).

See you soon!

Shauneen Ryan

Boxing Through Movement, Breath And Mind

Did You Know Yoga & Boxing Can Work Together?

Mobility and flexibility are two elements that are crucial in training. It lets your body heal and recover after those intense sessions!

More than a great addition to your daily routine, there are many direct benefits yoga provides to boxers:

🥊 Slowing Heart Rate: Boxers are always given 1 minute breaks between rounds during a bout. For a seasoned boxer, this time is not used to catch their breath, but to bring their heart rates down and receive much needed coaching from their corner.

🥊 Mindfulness: Learning to stay in the moment as a boxer, despite the punches flying your way, is more than an asset, it’s a NECESSITY. As Mike Tyson says, “Everyone Has A Plan Until They Get Hit In The Face.” All the training in the world won’t help you if you lose your focus in the ring.

🥊 Strength and Balance: If you can’t balance on your own, it won’t get better with an opponent literally trying to push you over.

This week, we would like to share Kat’s top favourite asanas that should be part of your daily routine!

📆 Join us Every Wednesday morning at 7am for yoga with guru Kat Muchnik! Learn More

Kat uses an approach that focuses more on the feel and less on the look leaving you ENERGIZED and RELAXED inside out!

1. ASANA (i.e. Yoga poses)

The main physical benefits of yoga are core strength & flexibility. A daily practice of these few poses will have you making great strides soon.

*step 5 & 10, add a hamstring stretch by shifting onto your back leg, and straightening your front leg.  (Repeat for 5 breaths)

2. WARRIOR POSE

Because we can all use some balance in life! Here are standing poses to try for balance.

In any pose consider using props.  Gently leaning on a block, a water bottle or wall can help the integrity of your alignment.  Have self compassion and patience if your poses today don’t look like these examples.  Meet yourself where you are today and have faith in your practice. 

*in poses 1&2, your hips are square to the floor (toes pointing down). Arms can be behind you like airplane wings, in a T with elbows straight or bent, of fully extended in front.  Pose 3 your hips are stacked And open to the side (toes point sideways).  

3. JUST BREATH

PRANAYAMA (breath) How you breathe has many implications.  We focused on meditative breath that will activate the parasympathetic nervous system.  This will lower your heart rate while bringing calm and focus to your mind.

*Box breathing: consider exhaling with the soft “who” breath we practiced.

This can double as your daily meditation practice.
1) Set a timer for one minute.
2) Focus on your box breathing. -When thoughts come in, allow them to pass without reaction and bring your attention back to your breath
3) As this becomes easier, invest more time here. The overwhelming amount of scientific evidence clearly supports the multitude of benefits we gain from this practice.

Katerina is a certified Yoga teacher with a formal education in Life Sciences, UofT. She is well aware of how each body is perfectly imperfect and uses this combination to focus on proper form and alignment.


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Celebrating International Women’s Day With The Women of KBC

The theme for the 2022 campaign is #BreaktheBias and this year we are working to break the unconscious bias associated with women in #boxing. 

This International Women’s Day, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the women of KBC! Their hard work, fierceness and dedication never fails to inspire the community and us!


Jennifer Huggins

Fight Team Coach | High Performance Trainer

Jennifer Huggins owns and operates Kingsway Boxing Club in Toronto, Canada. As a 3-Star International Boxing Referee and Judge with AIBA International Boxing Association, she understands the sport from the inside out. In addition to being a senior coach for at Kingsway, Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of the Fight To End Cancer and President of Boxing Ontario. She is heavily involved in the community, however still manages to find the time to travel the world performing with a World Class Magician.

“Maintaining a clear perspective and honouring fairness is always key. As a boxing official, I play the role of both referee and judge. I pride myself on being fair in and outside of the ring.”


Shireen Fabing

Boxing Coach | Personal Trainer

Shireen has been a competitive boxer since the day she first laced up her first pair of boxing gloves. Still competing as an amateur boxer, she continues to enjoy the sport in and outside the ring, sharing her joy of the sport with the community. Shireen works with recreational and competitive boxers, helping to educate the world on the benefits of boxing!

“When I found boxing (or boxing found me), for a while I thought ‘why didn’t I find this sport earlier in life’, but as I began to progress, that thought is now a distant memory. I believe we found each other at the right time. Boxing is on the rise. Women’s boxing is on the rise and I’m living it now.


Sophia Ingrassia

Assistant Boxing Coach

3 years ago, Sophia started boxing in hopes of learning a new skill and becoming more fit. Immediately she fell in love with the sport and the community at KBC and knew this was something she wanted to succeed in and become more involved with. 

“KBC is truly one of the most amazing communities I’ve ever been apart of with the most welcoming environment and I’m so happy to be apart of it. I hope to continue to help grow the KBC family and share the skills I’ve learned with whoever may join.”


Jacqueline Walters

High Performance Instructor | Kickboxing Coach

Jacqueline Walters is a 4-time Canadian Kickboxing Champion in the 60kg, K1 Division, representing Canada at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011. Having trained and/or competed in Thailand, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Jacqueline is now Canada’s only A-Level, internationally-sanctioned Kickboxing Ring Referee with the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). She is also a Chief Official with WAKO Canada, a Kickboxing coach and instructor. As an ACE-certified Personal trainer, pre-COVID Jacqueline trained clients individually and in group settings.

Jacqueline’s love of the sport, and fitness in general is what inspires her to help others stay healthy through recreational and/or competitive sport.


Jo-Anne Sheffield

High Performance Instructor | Personal Trainer

Jo-Anne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who brings a commitment to health and fitness, combined with enthusiasm and experience to create fun, high energy and athletic classes. An avid runner and marathoner Jo-Anne believes cross training is an important part of developing overall fitness and her classes are designed to strengthen muscles, maintain a strong core, increase cardiovascular output and promote flexibility.

Jo-Anne’s motto is “Just keep moving” and while she has run many races she is particularly proud of her two Boston marathon finishes.


Shyanne McPherson

Shyanne has always been intrigued by the world of fitness. With over 10 years’ experience as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, she credits the fitness industry for paving her life’s journey. Shyanne lives and breathes fitness and says her passion lies far beyond simple exercise. Fitness is about your mind, body and soul which is exactly what she will challenge.

Power4Teens has allowed Shyanne’s two passions to come together, working with youth and workin’ their butts!


Melissa Karagianis

Professional MMA Fighter

Professional MMA Fighter from Toronto, Canada and hairstylist, Melissa ” Magic” Karagianis, began teaching her clients who encouraged her and indicated they’d love to learn self-defense from her if Melissa were to ever start a class. As she started building her skills and taking on national fights, she decided professionally start teaching and began the Warrior Women Fit Program, here, at Kingsway Boxing Club.


Clare Hickey

Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Clare is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is in her second year of study to become a Naturopathic Doctor through the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Her approach to wellness is centred around simplicity and practicality. She aims to empower her clients to have the nutritional science and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their health. 


Marie Gernega

Fitness Guru and HIIT Coach

Maria Gernega is our newest Coach at the Kingsway Boxing Club. She has a remarkable resume under her belt, including Boxing and HIIT Coach, Mat Pillates and Yoga Teacher.

A boxing enthusiast, Maria Gernega ensures her 45 minute classes are filled with intense training, leaving you empowered and energized!

She describes her classes as “Spicy, music-driven and invigorating for the mind and body”

P.S. She is also very artistic and does illustrations on the side.


Aimee Lee

Coach and HIIT Instructor

When Aimee Lee discovered CrossFit it helped her find strength, both inside and outside the gym. CrossFit has inspired Aimee to study movement by earning certifications and coaching clients. Over the past 7 years, not only has she coached people of all ages and abilities but she has also learned from each and every one of them.

It does not matter what your starting point is. Our bodies are made to move. Let me help you find what moves YOU.


Katerina Muchnik

Yoga Instructor

Katerina’s approach to Yoga focuses on using poses to get into your body (not the other way around), while focusing on how the asana feel, rather than what they look like.

Katerina is a certified Yoga teacher with a formal education in Life Sciences, UofT. She is well aware of how each body is perfectly imperfect and uses this combination to focus on proper form and alignment.

You may think yoga may not be your “thing”, …but what if it is?   Come alone or with a friend to see for yourself… YOGA is for everybody!


Colleen Layug

Colleen Layug is a high-energy group fitness and kickboxing instructor, personal trainer and now sports nutritionist. She has inspired all age groups including seniors and children, to get fit and healthy. Colleen loves teaching a variety of exciting, motivational fitness classes, and training her clients to push their bodies to their personal limits. She has a passion for fun and believes that fitness should be enjoyed, not dreaded.

Colleen’s motto is:
“Work hard, play hard. The work you put in are the results you get out.”


Patricia Else

After many years in public health and as a funder for community-based services, Patricia decided to take a career turn and focus on supporting people to reach their fitness goals.

She is a certified personal trainer through Can Fit Pro and a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. In keeping with her belief in fitness for all abilities and ages, she is an older adult fitness specialist and has completed Heart Wise training. She is a clinic instructor for the Running Room and has worked with hundreds of runners through the 5k, 10k, 10 miler and half marathon clinics.

Pat has a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke and a volunteer with Golden Rescue.


Julia Caravaggio

Assistant Boxing Coach 

Julia started boxing four years ago and has loved the sport ever since. As her skills continued to develop, so did her desire to share the benefits of the sport with other young boxers. Julia continues to evolve as a boxer, while helping to inspire and encourage the next generation. 

“Becoming a part of the KBC community gave me new confidence and a family that helps me grow in many ways. I have learned determination, strength and perseverance through boxing and hope to share that with whoever steps into the gym.”


Vanessa Lees

Registered Massage Therapist

Vanessa Lees has been in the health and wellness field for over 20 years.

She graduated as an RMT in 2012 and combines these skills with a previous designation of a Certified Natural Health Practitioner in which she learned a variety of healing modalities. She works intuitively on the body.

Vanessa is passionate about educating others on self-care and rehabilitation to aid in healing between treatments as well as creating a safe space for healing.

SHAUNEEN RYAN

Pilates Specialist

Shauneen began her dance training at the age of four in classical Royal Academy Ballet.  Dance was her passion and main form of fitness throughout her adolescence. 

In 2019, Shauneen earned her Mat Pilates Certification from the esteemed Body Harmonics Teacher Training Program right here in Toronto. 

Having worked through various injuries herself over the years, Shauneen is always compelled to seek out what can help her clients move better, feel better and embrace the journey of Pilates movement as she has for so many years. 

Dance inspired fitness classes became Shauneen’s obsession to keep fit as she began her career path in and industry which she continues to embrace today as a tenured educator and lecturer.

CHECK OUT PAST INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CAMPAIGNS

The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme was to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. Read more about this here.


The theme for the 2022 campaign was “#breakthebias” and that year we chose to challenge the unconscious bias associated with women in boxing. Today we will feature and celebrate the women of Kingsway Boxing Club and their achievements.


The theme for the 2021 campaign was “#ChooseToChallenge” and this year we choose to challenge the unconscious bias associated with women in boxing. Today we will feature and celebrate the women of Kingsway Boxing Club and their achievements.


Want to train with the fierce women of KBC? Register now!


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4 Benefits Of Outdoor Training

Spring is here and so is outdoor boxing and fitness!

The Kingsway Boxing Club had been delivering virtual programs to the comfort of your homes for the past several months. It was a challenging time but we all stuck together and made the best of it. Now, as Ontario moves into the 3-step reopening process, we are happy to announce that our OUTDOOR BOXING CLASSES ARE BACK!!!

Feeling unsure about leaving your home and getting back out there? This week, we will share with you our top four reasons to train outside.

1 Boost Mental And Physical Health

Research highlights that an average of 30 minutes spent outdoors in nature results in an increased physical activity, lower prevalence of high blood pressure and depression.

Fresh air, grass, trees and the colours of nature have a positive impact on mental health and physical well-being. So get out there and RUN!

Source

2 Workout Longer And Harder

Let’s be honest, working indoors can be SO boring! When you are outside, you see people, scenery and so much more, motivating you to work out longer!

A research study done with older adults found that people are more likely to do physical activities outdoors rather than indoors because the environment is more stimulating and leads to more enjoyment.

Source

3 Burn More Calories

When you are working outdoors, there is natural resistance, such as wind while cycling or running, causing you to work harder and burn more calories!

One study found that in a high-intensity workout, you’d have to run 15 percent faster on a treadmill to burn the same calories as running outdoors.

4 Sleep Better

Turns out that exposure to natural light actually enhances your sleep! One study compared the effects of outdoor exercise among 360 women, and found that being out lead to significant sleep improvement.


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

How To Stay Hydrated Before, During And After Class

Did you know, that the source of many of life’s discomforts, stems from not drinking enough water?

That may be an exaggeration! But seriously, water is an elixir that guarantees to help you reach your fitness goals, if consumed the right way.

“Entering into an activity with a mere 2–3% level of under-hydration has been shown in research to reduce strength by at least 2%, power by approximately 3% and high-intensity endurance by around 10%,” says Jennifer Novak a strength and conditioning coach and founder of PEAK Symmetry Performance Strategies.

This week, we will be sharing with you, our guide on how to stay hydrated before, during and after your workout.

Before Your Workout

“You should aim to be fully hydrated within an hour of starting your workout, because the act of drinking water only starts the hydration process,” explains Mike Israetel, PhD, co-founder and chief sport scientist of Renaissance Periodization and a U.S. Olympic Sports Nutrition Consultant.

The best way to tell if you’re hydrated before a workout, he says, is to check the colour and quantity of your urine. “If you’re peeing clear-yellow voluminously several times in the hours before training, you’re probably good to go.”

During Your Workout

You should aim to take a water break every 20 minutes and drink 5 ounces approx. This can fluctuate depending on how hard you’re training or how cold the environment is. The only time you might not want to drink is right before a high intensity workout. Strategize according to your environment and type of training!

After Your Workout

The best way to calculate how much water you should drink is by weighing yourself before and after your training and drink the amount that your body has lost in weight.

Post workout, the recommendation is at least 16 ounces of fluid for every pound lost! This might be slightly more for men.

A Few More Hydration Tips:

Staying hydrated and nourished is crucial to ensure you have optimal energy levels and get the most out of your boxing class. Proper hydration enhances your performance, improves endurance, and helps you recover faster. Here are some essential tips on how to stay properly hydrated:

  1. Drink Water Throughout the Day: Start hydrating well before your class. Drink water consistently throughout the day, aiming to consume at least 8-10 glasses (about 2 liters) daily.
  2. Hydrate Before the Class: About 1-2 hours before your boxing session, drink an additional 16-20 ounces (500-600 ml) of water to ensure you’re adequately hydrated before you start.
  3. Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol: Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  4. Bring a Water Bottle: Bring a water bottle with you to the class and take sips during short breaks or as needed to maintain hydration.
  5. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body’s signals. If you feel thirsty, take a moment to hydrate.
  6. Replenish Electrolytes: During intense workouts, you lose essential electrolytes through sweat. Consider drinking an electrolyte-rich beverage or adding a pinch of salt to your water to help replenish them.
  7. Post-Class Hydration: After your boxing session, continue to drink water to rehydrate and support your body’s recovery process.

In addition to hydration, make sure to nourish your body with a balanced meal or snack before your class. Opt for a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to sustain your energy levels throughout the workout.

By prioritizing hydration and proper nutrition, you’ll be better equipped to perform at your best during your boxing class and make the most of your training experience. Remember, taking care of your body is a crucial part of achieving your fitness goals and enjoying your boxing journey.


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

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A Guide To Choosing The Right Workout Program For You

60 minutes of physical activity is the recommended daily minimum to stay fit and healthy!

But with so many different options out there, virtually and in person, how do you decide which one is right for you?

This week, we will be sharing with you our guide to choosing the right program for you.

1 Are You A Solo Or Group Athlete?

 Deciding if you want to workout on your own or as part of a group is the first step.

Working out alone lets you set your own schedule and you are not tied down to anyone else’s. However, this means that you are your own motivator and have no one holding you accountable! On those lazy days, you are most likely to ditch your workout.

Working out in a group/virtual group is super fun! A good coach will also be there to correct you and motivate you throughout the way and it gives you the human interaction we all need, especially during these times.

2 Check The Weather

The weather throughout the year is an important factor. If the weather fluctuates drastically between seasons, activities like running and cycling become difficult to sustain. Your best bet is to choose different activities for summer and winter that compliment your ultimate fitness goals.

3 How Much Time Do You Have?

Figure out how much time you really have on your hands for a workout. Certain activities require a longer time commitment to be effective, whereas high intensity interval training (HIIT) is for people who have very limited time on their hands.

4 What’s Your Budget?

Ask yourself how much you can spend on classes and the gear. Once you have that in mind, explore the different options available within your budget, you will be surprised at what all you can actually do that will cost you almost nothing! A lot of classes focus on body weight for which you don’t need any equipment! But of course, if you can spend more, you will have more options.

Check out our blog on no equipment exercises.

5 Keep It Fun!

The best way to keep yourself motivated is to find something that you truly enjoy! If you’re not a fan of running or weight lifting, do not force it! There are plenty of other options out there! Not to be biased, BUT boxing is one of the most fun activities to pick up!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

[KBC UPDATE] Lockdown News And More

Dear KBC Family and Friends,

We’ve enjoyed staying connected with our community through our Virtual Boxing Club, however It’s been a very long time since we have actually seen each other. We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what we’ve been up to and on what’s on the horizon!

Lockdown and COVID have been hard on all small business owners, however for us DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION! We have used this opportunity to venture into many new and exciting projects! From corporate team building to coaching development seminars, the virtual world has helped our team prepare to welcome you back with a whole new perspective and refreshed mindset post lockdown!

🏋️‍♀️ 🥊 Join Us For Outdoor Training… SOON!

While we’re still faced with many restrictions, we’re working hard to launch various outdoor training options in June 2021. In addition to our outdoor seasonal programs, we are hoping to bring you back outdoor private training and physically distanced small group sessions.

For now, we will continue training you hard via our virtual programs. Check them out below!

⚠️ [ACTION REQUIRED] BEFORE YOU RETURN TO TRAINING

In preparation to return to any KBC on location programming, please ensure you’ve renewed your 2021 Boxing Ontario License and reviewed all KBC COVID Protocols.


Here’s what we have been up to and what’s on the horizon…

The Virtual Boxing Club | Brought to You By Beaver and Kingsway Boxing Clubs

For the first time ever, Kingsway Boxing and Beaver Boxing partnered up as a fully-operational virtual boxing club!

We are now offering recreational, technical, competitive classes, and even special needs programs brought to you by Boxing Without Barriers (BWB).

This was the first time members of both gyms could benefit from the sport in an online format. Both Kingsway and Beaver Boxing Clubs have been staples in the Boxing Ontario family, with Beaver Boxing being one of the longest-standing clubs in Canada!


We Kickstarted Our Weekly Blog

Once a week, we bring you new blog posts about your favourite topics. Let us know if there’s anything you want us to explore; we’re always looking to feature subjects important to our community!


The Road To Tokyo 🇨🇦 🥊

Following last year’s cancelled events and the postponement of the Olympic Games, Boxing Canada is getting ready for round 2 of the Road to Tokyo. With seven weeks to go, 13 Canadians are nominated to compete in the upcoming Americas Olympic Qualification set to take place May 10-16 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here are their names and weights:

MEN

52 kg Justin Parina
57 kg Jonathan Bourget
63 kg Thomas Blumenfeld
69 kg Wyatt Sanford
75 kg Jaquan Carty
81 kg John Michael Bianco
91 kg Satwinder Thind
91+ kg Christophe Bernier

WOMEN

51 kg Mandy Bujold
57 kg Caroline Veyre
60 kg Irene Fiolek
69 kg Myriam Da Silva
75 kg Tammara Thibeault


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5 Class Starter Package

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5 Of The Best Exercises – No Equipment Needed

Alongside the lockdown extension, our waist seems to be extending as well! Don’t you worry… This week, we will be sharing with you some simple, no equipment exercises that you can do at home.

Did you know that body weight training exercise can tone and slim your body while helping you gain muscle?

Here are our favourite top five body weight exercises!

1 Push-Ups

 Push-ups are one of the most effective forms of bodyweight exercises. They target your chest, triceps, and the front of your shoulders and they’re SO good for your core.

2 Full Burpee (With Push-Up)

How can we miss out on burpees?! The burpee with push-up is a full-body exercise that works your core, arms, quads, glutes, and hamstrings!

3 Planks

The Plank engages your entire core and makes it feel like it’s on fire; including the transverse abdominis, rectus abdominis, and obliques! Even your glutes are put to work.

4 Lunges

Glutes, calves, and hamstrings; lunges are a powerful exercise that targets them all! Make sure these are a consistent part of your workout routine.

5 Squats

We are all about exercises that require the most muscle movement, thus the most calorie burn! Squats tone, tighten and firm up your whole body, especially your legs and booty!


Check out our top 3 options for newcomers, including:

🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

🥊 5-Class Starter Package

🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

OUTDOOR BOOTCAMP With Jo-Anne Sheffield


Longing to do an outdoor group workout?

Join Jo-Anne Sheffield, Kingsway Boxing High Performance Trainer and seasoned marathoner, in an outdoor group training session.


What is BOOTCAMP?

Bootcamp will incorporate cardio, strength and drills in a fun 45 minute class. All fitness and running levels are welcome and encouraged. Enjoy an outdoor group program, meet new people, and get a great workout!

Workout Includes:

✅ Each session is 45 minutes 

✅ Incorporating drills, cardio, strength training and agility

✅ All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged

✅ Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow participants 


[PROGRAM OPTIONS] OUTDOOR BOOTCAMP


[SUMMER 2024] PROGRAM START DATE:

  • Every Monday: 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Course Duration: 4 Week Program | June 3, 2024-June 24, 2024 |
  • Location: Outdoor – Humber River trail meeting under the Old Mill subway bridge Indoor (IF INCLEMENT WEATHER)- KBC High Performance Studio – Bloor Street
  • Program Options: $100.00

If this program is already in session, please Contact Us for prorated options.


Jo-Anne Sheffield | High Performance Instructor, Personal Trainer

Jo-Anne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who brings a commitment to health and fitness, combined with enthusiasm and experience to create fun, high energy and athletic classes. An avid runner and marathoner Jo-Anne believes cross training is an important part of developing overall fitness and her classes are designed to strengthen muscles, maintain a strong core, increase cardiovascular output and promote flexibility.

Jo-Anne’s motto is “Just keep moving” and while she has run many races she is particularly proud of her two Boston marathon finishes.

Certifications:
CanFitPro PTS, CanFitPro FIS, CanFitPro Active Aging Certificate, CPR-A


PLEASE READ CLIENT PROTOCOLS

WHAT TO BRING

  • Wear weather appropriate clothing. If you are new to running please remember to dress for the finish line and not the start line. Meaning do not overdress. You will get hot. Wear a hat, sunscreen and gloves (if coolish day).
  • Bring a water bottle that you can carry. Hand-held bottles are great and can be obtained at any sports store. I will be bringing a backpack with extra water for emergencies only. 
  • Do not bring any valuables on the run. 
  • Please use Green P Lots on the North East side of Royal York Rd. and Bloor St. W for days we need to be indoors

As we build routines, it’s important to continue keeping our community safe! Please be aware of any possible symptoms and contact us if you’re unsure.

Our staff, trainers and coaches will be following strict protocols limiting contact and ensuring the safety of our clients. In addition to cleaning in between clients and classes, a deep clean and sanitization of all locations are conducted at the beginning and end of each day.

Thank you for your support!


[ARCHIVE] Keep Up With Correspondence Sent Out To Program Participants


Feb. 26, 2024 | General Correspondence

Hello Team,
It’s almost the end of February and I’m looking ahead to Spring and International Women’s Day (March 8th). Below is an outline of the classes I’m offering at Kingsway Boxing Club for Spring 2024. Please have a look and let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you soon.
💙 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – FREE CLASS MARCH 8TH To celebrate International Women’s Day I am offering a free 45 minute strength training class for women. Please let me know asap if you would like to join this class so I can judge the level of interest.🙏
Date & Time March 8, 2024 7:00-7:45AM👈 (Morning class) LocationKBC High Performance Studio – Bloor St. W.
CostFree – Our gift to you! ♥️
💙 TOTAL BODY CONDITIONINGMy Tuesday night classes will continue this spring. 
Date & TimeApril 9 – May 28, 2024 – 8 weeks6:00-6:45PM
LocationKBC High Performance Studio – Bloor St. W.
CostEarly Bird $200 Regular $225
Register Here 👇
https://bit.ly/Total-Body

💙 OUTDOOR BOOTCAMPBack by popular demand, these outdoor bootcamps will start again on Monday nights at the Old Mill park. If inclement weather, we will move the bootcamp to the KBC High Performance Studio on Bloor Street
Date & TimeApril 29 – May 27, 2024 – 4 weeks – No Class on Monday May 20 (Victoria Day)6:00-6:45PM
LocationOld Mill Park.  I will forward specific location details once registered.
CostEarly Bird $115 Regular $130
Register Here 👇
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/outdoor-bootcamp-with-jo-anne-sheffield/


September 8, 2023

Hi,

Just a reminder that our first outdoor Bootcamp session begins on Monday, September 11th! I know it’s been really hot the past few days but Monday’s forecast looks perfect for an outdoor session.

Here are a few reminders:

TIME: 6:00-6:45pm

DATES: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2

BRING: Towel, mat & resistance band if you have one. If not, no worries I have lots

WEATHER: I will contact you on the day of the class if the weather looks bad and we will meet at KBC High Performance Studios on Bloor Street for an indoor class otherwise see below for outdoor locationOUTDOOR LOCATION: We’re in the park to the south of the Old Mill along the Humber River. Free parking available. Heading east on Old Mill Road turn right (south) just after the Old Mill along the park road toward Toronto Adventures. Please contact me if you are still unclear where to meet.

June 5, 2023

Hi,

The weather is going to be perfect for our first outdoor bootcamp of 2023 on Monday night. Just a reminder to please bring your own mat and water.

We meet at the Humber River park across from the Old Mill parking lot (same spot as last year) and will start at 6:00pm.

Looking forward to working outside with you.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Jo-Anne

September 5, 2022

Hi and Happy Labour Day!

Just a reminder that our fall bootcamp starts on Thursday September 8th at 6:00pm.

For those of you who did my spring bootcamp we will be at the same location along the Humber River in the park behind the Old Mill. If you are unclear of the location, please let me know.

DAY & TIME
Thursday’s 6:00 – 6:45pm

DATES
September 8 – October 6 – 5 weeks

LOCATION
Humber River trail behind the Old Mill. Park adjacent to the parking lot. Lots of free parking here.

Please bring a mat and water.

See you soon.

Jo-Anne


August 9, 2022

Hi there,

Just a nudge regarding my outdoor bootcamp starting September 8th. Registration is open and I want to make sure you get the early bird pricing.

This outdoor bootcamp will be Thursday evenings starting September 8 – October 6th. This is a five week session. Details below. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you there.

DATES – 5 week session: Thursday, September 8 – October 6
TIME: 6:00 – 6:45pm
LOCATION: Humber River near Old Mill bridge – details and map to come
COST: Early Bird $125 (must register two weeks before class begins) Regular $140
REGISTER HERE: 
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/outdoor-bootcamp-with-jo-anne-sheffield/

Jo-Anne


August 4, 2022

Hi there,

The weather forecast is 60% chance of thunderstorms at 6:00pm plus I don’t know if you’ve been outside today but it is incredibly humid so let’s take our class inside at the Bloor Street location at 6:00pm tonight.

I’ll see you then.

Jo-Anne


July 26, 2022

Hi,

I hope you are enjoying your summer ☀

I’ve just set up a bootcamp for Thursday evenings starting September 8 – October 6th. This is a five week session. Details below.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you there!

DATES – 5 week session
Thursday, September 8 – October 6

TIME
6:00 – 6:45pm

LOCATION
Humber River near Old Mill bridge – details and map to come

COST
Early Bird $125 (must register two weeks before class begins)
Regular $140

REGISTER HERE 👇

https://kingswayboxingclub.com/outdoor-bootcamp-with-jo-anne-sheffield/

Jo-Anne Sheffield


July 25, 2022

Happy Monday!

The weather forecast looks great for the week so I’ll see you on Thursday at 6:00pm for an outdoor workout. We’ll meet at the same park along the Humber River south of the Old Mill (previous Bootcamp location).

I’ll bring equipment but if you have resistance bands, please bring them with you.

Jo-Anne


June 23, 2022

Hi!

I hope I will see you tonight for our last bootcamp of this spring session. ☀ I will start another session in early September to run until mid October. 🍁

Please bring the usual water, mat and towel and I’ll see you soon!

Jo-Anne


June 7, 2022: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Good rainy morning,

Just a few things about bootcamp:

Rain on Thursday – June 9?
While I know we need this rain, I hope it doesn’t put a damper (pun intended 🙂 ) on our bootcamp on Thursday. If it looks like it will, I’ll email you by noon to let you know if we are shifting to an indoor bootcamp at the High Performance Studio on Bloor Street.

Spring Session Ends June 23
Just a reminder that there are three bootcamp classes left in this spring session – we end on June 23rd.

Do you want to continue with another six week session?
I wanted to get a read on how many of you would be interested in carrying on for another session after this one is finished. The dates would be June 30 – August 4th – six weeks.
I know many of you have summer plans so I’ll be happy to regroup in the fall if that works better for the majority.

Please let me know if you would be interested in another bootcamp session.

Have a great day and I’ll see you on Thursday!

Jo-Anne


June 2, 2022: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi All,

Looks like IF it rains it should be finished by 5:00pm so let’s plan to go to an outdoor bootcamp tonight. Just know it might be a bit wet on the grass. IF it’s raining hard, we’ll switch to an indoor bootcamp at the Bloor Street location.

I will only send another email IF we are moving inside otherwise see you at the Humber park.

See you soon.
Jo-Anne


May 4, 2022: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi,

The weather looks good for our first bootcamp of this season. To confirm we are meeting at 6:00pm along the Humber River trail on the south side of Old Mill Road. Coming from the west, drive east on Old Mill Road and turn right just past the Old Mill Spa (before you cross the stone bridge that goes over the Humber River) and there are two parking lots there. I will be just under the Old Mill subway bridge where the murals are. Text me if you are lost and need clearer directions.

Bring water and a towel.

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Please contact me with any questions and I’ll see you on Thursday night.

Jo-Anne


Apr 16, 2022: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi,

Many of you said yes to outdoor Bootcamp for May and June so let’s go ahead! Here is the link to register and details of the class.

Looking forward to being together outdoors again this spring.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jo-Anne

DAY & TIME
Thursday’s 6:00 – 6:45pm

DATES
May 5 – June 23 – 8 weeks

LOCATION
Humber River trail meeting under the Old Mill subway bridge

REGISTER HERE 👇
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/outdoor-bootcamp-with-jo-anne-sheffield/


Apr 13, 2022: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hello,

I hope you are well and have made it through this dreary winter healthy and ready for an outdoor workout.

I’m reaching out to see if you would be interested in doing a weekly outdoor bootcamp starting in early May and running for 8 weeks until June 23rd.

PROPOSED DAY & TIME
Thursday’s 6:00 – 6:45pm

PROPOSED DATES
May 5 – June 23

PROPOSED LOCATION
Humber River trail meeting under the Old Mill subway bridge

Also, would you be comfortable doing an indoor session if the weather is bad?

Once I hear from the majority I’ll let you know if there is enough interest to move forward with the session.

Thanks in advance for your input and please let me know if you have any questions.

Jo-Anne


Dec 23, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi,

As another year comes to a close I wanted to reach out and wish you much happiness for this holiday season and year ahead. 🎄

It may have been a year of challenges but there were many fun and memorable moments too so here are some of my favourite things about 2021.

Bootcamp with the Kingsway Boxing crew was so much fun! I loved being with everyone in-person and outdoors and I will be doing another bootcamp this Spring!

Two of my personal training clients are over 80! One is over 90! I love working with these women. How many times can I say it people, age is just a number and keeping your body moving is the most important thing you can do for your health.

Vancouver Island and all its natural beauty was a wonderful reprieve. We will be back!

Having an injury has made me both physically and mentally stronger.

Tuesday nights were back at Kingsway Boxing with my Conditioning class. This small group of kick-ass people keep me smiling and sweating for the full 45-minutes. I love you guys.

Continued my relationship with Brooks Running Canada as one of their ambassadors. This company represents all I love about the running community and making fitness fun. #runhappy

But my absolute favorite thing of 2021 was being connected with you, my clients, classes participants and friends. Thank you for your inspiration, loyalty and kindness. 💓


Nov 09, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi,

I just came back from checking the lighting at Fairfield Seniors Centre now that the clocks have been turned back and I’m sorry but it’s just too dark there to do a bootcamp safely but I promise to start it up again in the spring.

I will be continuing my Tuesday night class at the High Performance Studio with a new session starting up in the new year, so please reach out if you want to be included in the class as it has limited space.

Jennifer will be working out payment of the $20/class owed but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for your enthusiasm and good humour at the bootcamps these past few months and I’ll see you in the spring (or sooner I hope). 💓

Be well,

Jo-Anne


Nov 03, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi there,

Checking the weather and while it looks a bit chilly I think I can keep us warmed up with some bootcamp antics tomorrow night so let’s do it.

Thursday Nov 4 5:30pm Fairfield Seniors Centre

See you then.

Jo-Anne


Oct 27, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi,

So, I’m sorry for the late email but my days just get away from me but I’m back from my wonderful week off and ready to do another bootcamp tomorrow night (Thursday, Oct 28) if you are. Because we are losing the light earlier could we move the start time to 5:30 or 5:45?

Please let me know asap if you are ok to join tomorrow night. For billing, I’ll just keep track of who came and how often we do these one off and then we’ll square up with Jennifer.

See you tomorrow?

Jo-Anne


Oct 04, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi!

I hope you are enjoying our Thursday night bootcamp as much as I am?! Just a reminder that there are only two more classes left in this session. I have decided to not continue with bootcamp beyond October 14th as I will be taking a vacation the following week and I think that the weather will be too unpredictable and probably a lot colder by the end of October to continue.

I will however be continuing my Tuesday Conditioning class which is at the High Performance studio on Bloor Street. Currently the class is full at 9 participants BUT I would consider adding another class at 7:00pm if many of you bootcamp people want to come on Tuesday night instead.

Please let me know your thoughts. Enjoy the weekend and I’ll see you next Thursday! 💪

Jo-Anne


September 06, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi there,

I’m excited to see you again at my bootcamp starting this Thursday, September 9th. Here are a few details before we start.

DATES: Sept 7 – Oct 14

TIME: 6:00-6:45pm

LOCATION: Fairfield Senior Centre – 80 Lothian Ave. Etobicoke.

WEATHER: Bootcamp will not happen in bad weather. Please ensure your cell number is up-to-date on the Mindbody app so I can text you if there are last minute weather changes.

EQUIPMENT: I will be bringing equipment but please bring your own mat and water.

MASKS: Masks are optional. When working outdoors masks are not required but if you feel more comfortable wearing them, please do so.

COVID Screening Tool: Please complete this form before each class
👇💓
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/kbc-screening-tool/

Please let me know if you have any questions.

See you soon.

Jo-Anne


August 17, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi there, 👋 

Just a reminder that my two classes at Kingsway Boxing are starting Tuesday September 7 and Thursday September 9. Please note the participant numbers for each class and let me know if you have any questions or concerns about returning to group training. 

Class sizes

  • Tuesday – Conditioning class will be at the High Performance Studio and is capped at 9 participants
  • Thursday – Bootcamp is outdoors and is capped at 20 participants

All COVID protocols will be followed for both classes

Register here👇
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/schedule/seasonal-enrolments/

Much love and I’m looking forward to working out with you again very soon.

Jo-Anne


August 09, 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Hi 👋 

I hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend. I have new classes starting in September I thought you might want to hear about. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you back in the studio for Conditioning and back outdoors for Bootcamp.

CONDITIONING – Tuesday nights 

  • When: Tuesday, September 7 – October 19  *Note, no class on October 12
  • Time: 6:00-6:45pm
  • Where: High Performance Studio 
  • Cost: $120 Early bird
  • Description Developed for all fitness levels. Incorporating cardio, strength training and core conditioning this class will incorporate a combination of equipment and will be fast paced and fun!

Register here 👇
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/schedule/seasonal-enrolments/

BOOTCAMP – Thursday nights 

  • When: Thursday, September 9 – October 14  
  • Time: 6:00-6:45pm
  • Where: Outdoor – park to be confirmed
  • Cost: $120 Early bird
  • Description Outdoor bootcamp incorporating cardio, agility and strength training. Suitable for all fitness levels!

Register here  👇
https://kingswayboxingclub.com/schedule/seasonal-enrolments/

July 27 2021: Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

It must be Tuesday or Thursday because it’s raining! What the heck is with this July weather? 🌧
According to two apps there will be a break in the weather between 3-6:00 tonight so we should be good for our session tonight. 🤞 
Meeting at Fairfield Senior Centre – 5:30pm
Reminder this is our last Muscle Muscle of the season. I would love to tell you that Muscle Run will be back in September but I don’t want to commit to running by then but I will be offering outdoor bootcamp on Thursday’s starting in September.
Register here👇https://kingswayboxingclub.com/outdoor-bootcamp-with-jo-anne-sheffield/

Note we still have two more Bootcamp sessions this Thursday and next.


Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jul. 08/2021

Hi there,

Well, the rain continues to fall and the majority of you can reschedule for tomorrow night so let’s do that. As much as it would be fun (maybe?) to workout while it rains beside us, I think it’s safer to reschedule. So same place as previous, map below and please bring a mat and water.

Thanks everyone for your quick response and flexibility.

Jo-Anne

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jul. 08/2021

Good morning 🌧

Fingers crossed the rain stops and we can do our bootcamp tonight. I’ve outlined two options for us. Please take a minute to read and respond so I can plan our class. I will make the call about today’s class at 3:30pm so please look for a confirmation email.

1. TONIGHT – Location Change

If it’s a lighter rain I would like to propose we move the bootcamp to under the Old Mill bridge. I will send a map if we choose this option. There is a lot of room for us to stay under the bridge and if it’s not pouring rain the road should be ok.

Please let me know if you have any concerns about tonight in the light rain under the bridge.

2. TOMORROW – July 9 

If we have to reschedule could you do tomorrow Friday July 9 at the same time? The forecast looks a bit better tomorrow for our time.

Please let me know if you can reschedule to Friday, July 9 5:30pm.
Thanks!

Jo-Anne

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jun. 29/2021

Hello!

Just wanted to reiterate that there will be no bootcamp this Thursday, July 1st as it’s Canada Day! Our next bootcamp will be July 8th at 5:30pm. 

Meeting at the same location. Map below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jo-Anne

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jun. 28/2021

Hi,

Just checking in to see how you are feeling after our first bootcamp last night. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. If you haven’t worked out in a while you may be a little stiff today or possibly tomorrow so please take a few minutes to stretch.

I also wanted to remind you that next Thursday is Canada Day so we won’t be doing bootcamp again until July 8th. 

Lastly, as we move into stage 2 we are not limited to just 10 people together in an outdoor setting so the class can be expanded if you have friends or relatives who were trying to register, they now can.

Great seeing you all again and I’ll see you in the same park on Thursday, July 8th, 5:30pm.

Jo-Anne

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jun. 24/2021

Hi,

I just wanted to confirm that bootcamp will be starting tonight at 5:30pm. The location is a park south of Old Mill along the Humber River. Here’s another map but if you put in Toronto Humber Yacht Club in your GPS you will find us. You can park along the Humber Valley Road and I’ll set us up in the big park area. Directions are below.

Please bring a mat and water bottle. No equipment necessary for this first session.

Please text me 416 305 7023 if you are lost or need to cancel.

See you tonight!

Jo-Anne

Directions

Here is the location. You can approach it by car from Riverwood Parkway. You proceed down a big hill and stay left which is called Humber Valley Road. If you happen to go right you’ll end up at the Boat put in area. Just turn around and you’ll find us.

If you did Muscle Run with me last year we did one of our runs here. It’s a very big flat area. I’ll get there early to stake out an area for us to workout. 

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jun. 18/2021

Hello,

I had a bit of an issue with my knee on Monday and was not able to put weight on it. I am improving quickly and am now walking unaided. I’ve had a diagnosis from my doctor and it’s all ok. No damage to the knee joint, it’s something called a Baker’s Cyst behind the knee which my doctor believes popped on Monday causing the sudden pain. I know this is a lot of information but I thought it better to over communicate than leave you guessing as to why the class has been postponed one week.

I am confident that I will be able to guide you through a bootcamp next Thursday so here are some details for you in anticipation of our first class. Please contact me with any questions and thank you for your understanding and patience. 💗

NEW START DATE: Thursday, June 24 – Note, no class Thursday July 1

END DATE: Thursday, August 5

TIME: 5:30pm sharp

DURATION: 45 minutes

Here are a few things you should know before we get started:

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:

  • Wear a mask when we first meet at the park. (Near Humber Bay Yacht club – location map below). You may take it off once we start the class. You are not required to wear a mask during this workout but can do so if you prefer.
  • Try to stay 6’ apart while we’re working out.
  • If you cannot make the session, please text me 416 305-7023 minimum 24 hours in advance. This is important for contact tracing.

WHAT TO BRING

Bootcamp will not proceed in bad weather. If stormy weather is forecasted I will contact you to reschedule. Please ensure your cell number is up-to-date in your MindBody account so I can text you.

  • Wear weather appropriate clothing. Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring a water bottle and a mat. I will be bringing a backpack with extra water for emergencies only. 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT BOOTCAMP

  • Drills, cardio, strength training and I’m planning, a whole lot of fun.
  • I will be bringing equipment but if you have a resistance band, please bring that with you.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this class. I’m excited to get outside and workout with you. See you NEXT Thursday, June 24.

Jo-Anne

Here is the location. You can approach it by car from Riverwood Parkway. You proceed down a big hill and stay left which is called Humber Valley Road. If you happen to go right you’ll end up at the Boat put in area. Just turn around and you’ll find us. If you did Muscle Run with me last year we did one of our runs here. It’s a very big flat area. I’ll get there early to stake out an area for us to workout. 

⚠️Program Update⚠️

Jun. 14/2021

Good Morning Muscle+Run and Bootcamp Registrants,

I regret to inform you that Jo-Anne has suffered a serious injury and needs this week to assess the severity and treatment. We will be in touch within the next few days to update you on the possibility of starting next week or the potential of substituting coaches.

We’re so sorry for the inconvenience and will be communicating throughout the week.

Please note that we are offering conditioning and boxing classes and will be adding more each week: RESERVE CLASSES 

Please do not hesitate to call me directly with any questions or concerns. Thank you so much in advance for your understanding.
In The Meantime, Keep Your Hands Up… And Clean! 👊

Best Regards,

Jennifer Huggins

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Jun. 08/2021

Hello and Happy Monday!

I’m fairly certain we are going to get the go ahead to do outdoor classes starting June 15th, so I’m going to say it – BOOTCAMP IS A GO!

Now that the weather is scorching hot, please dress in lightweight gear, bring a towel, wear a hat, sunscreen and of course, bring water and a MAT.

If you are also registered for Muscle Run I will send a separate email.

BOOTCAMP DETAILS

  • Thursday, June 15 – July 29 – NO CLASS JULY 1
  • See map for location
  • 5:30 – 6:15pm
  • If inclement weather, I’ll contact you and we’ll postpone or reschedule
  • Masks are not required for outdoor workouts but if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do so. Disposable masks are lightweight and I find it easier to breathe in.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I can’t wait to actually see you again. This has been the longest 6 months of my life!

Jo-Anne

Here is the location. You can approach it by car from Riverwood Parkway and then along the park road called Humber Valley Road. If you did Muscle Run with me last year we did one of our runs here.

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

May. 25/2021

Hello and Happy Victoria Day.

Well, here we are almost half way through the year and it looks like🤞we may be able to workout together soon. If we get the go ahead, Bootcamp will start Thursday June 17 and run until July 29. Note: No class on Thursday July 1st. 

I am really excited to get back to working out with you all. Please note my husband and I are hoping that we will have time to visit family abroad over the summer and I will keep you posted closer to that time if that happens to be the case.

Once I hear confirmation from the government about moving into this next stage I will send an email and confirm these plans.

See you soon.

Jo-Anne

Program Update | Jo-Anne Sheffield

Apr. 05/2021

Hello and I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.

As you’ve heard, while Toronto barely opened for outdoor training, the province is back on lockdown, emergency brake, dark grey zone, or stay at home order unless you need to go to the mall or big box stores until April 28. 😬

Our first two classes Thursday April 15 and April 22 will be postponed and I will add them on to the end of the session. Fingers crossed this lockdown doesn’t get pushed back any further into May but I will try to keep you updated.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thanks for your patience and support.

Jo-Anne

How to Create a Home Gym Out of Common Household Items

Still in lockdown or just need to fit that workout in before your next zoom meeting? The pandemic has introduced us to a whole NEW NORMAL when it comes to staying fit!

Health and fitness has endured a full 360 as we’ve all shifted to home workouts to supplement our fitness needs. Most of us struggle with space restrictions or simply don’t have the luxury to create a proper home gym. So this week, we will share with you six household items that double as effective gym equipment.

Prepare to have your mind blown!

1 Dumbbells: Bags of Rice/Beans or Water Bottles

Rather than investing in weights at home, try using a bag of rice or water bottles in your workout routine!

Below is a rough equivalent to give you the gist of how much you should be lifting!

2 lbs = 1 kg of rice, 1 litre of milk 

2 Backpack Squats

Get your backpack out and fill it with books as per how much weight you are comfortable with. Put on the backpack and wear it as you drop it like its hot!

3 Laundry Detergent

If you need a bit more weight, a jug of detergent is great! An average full bottle of detergent weighs 15 pounds and it works great for Russian twists, overhead sit ups or even as a kettlebell substitute! Just make sure the lid is tight!

4 Gliders: Paper Plates

If you are used to using gliders for leg and ab workout, paper plates can be a great substitute!

5 Pistol or Sit-Squats: Your Couch

It turns out that a couch is just not for napping! A couch, or even a chair, is very handy when it comes to doing your triceps dips, incline/decline push-ups, and incline/decline running planks.

6 Yoga Blocks: Books

Are you in need of yoga blocks to help your poses and stretches? Worry not! Remember those books you piled up to read someday? They can be stacked up and used instead!


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4 Most Important Factors In Building Muscle

Losing Weight Versus Gaining Muscle…

When it comes to losing weight, what we need to do is quite simple: calories intake < calories burnt = the calorie deficit life!

However, when it comes to building muscle, things can get a bit tricky. Muscle growth depends on many factors and this week we’re highlighting four simple, but important factors in building muscle.

Yes, it is about more than just lifting weights!

1 Consistency

You should aim to workout at least four to five times a week, allocating your days according to muscle group. This helps to focus on building strength in each part of the body, without overworking the same muscle groups. HOWEVER, you will only see results if you stay consistent with your routine!

2 Protein Is Life

Muscles are actually more effectively made in the kitchen than by just working out! Diet is VERY important when it comes to gaining muscle and your protein intake is a key factor. You should consult a dietician to chart out what is best for you body. A good range for most people to aim for is between .7-1.3 grams of protein per pound of body weight depending on your goals, body composition, weight, and training style.

3 Variety

If you keep doing the same routine over and over again, your body is going to plateau! Your body adapts and that is why variety is important. So mix it up and adapt your workout to focus on different muscles keeping your body surprised and confused!

4 Sleep

You need to let your body rest! When you are asleep, your body repairs your muscle tissue, switching the old and damaged with the new. Resting overall will keep you alert and ready for the next round. At least seven to nine hours per night of sleep is required if you are really serious about that gain life.


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Boxing

FACT: Boxing is the KING of combat sports! This week, we’re going to share with you some other fun facts that you didn’t know about boxing.

1 In 1949, an official boxing match between a bear and a man was held. The bear won.

An official boxing match between Guis Waldorf and a bear actually took place in 1949. The bear was made to wear boxing gloves and a muzzle to prevent biting. Brutal punches were exchanged until finally the bear slipped in a killer big right! The bear even won a belt for this monstrous win!

2 Archie Moore holds the record for most knockouts.

Archie Moore was the king of knockouts and he was the longest World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time. One hundred and thirty-one of his career 186 victories were by knockouts, the highest recorded in the sport.

3 Boxing gloves are hardcore.

Boxing gloves were introduced into boxing for hits in the head and dramatic knockout effect! That’s a KO!

4 Muhammad Ali never refused an autograph.

When Muhammad Ali was young, he asked Sugar Ray Robinson for an autograph and he refused. It left such a huge impact that he promised himself that he will always give autographs to all his fans.

5 The youngest boxer to win a title is Wilfred Benitez at 17.

At the age of 17, Benitez won his first of three career world titles by a fifteen round split decision in his favour. He was skilled and aggressive!


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THE KINGSWAY BOXING TOP 5 BOXING MOVIES

When you’re in need for a little extra motivation, nothing gets you going better than a kick-a$$ boxing movie! Seeing hardcore characters struggle through adversity and overcome their fears through boxing is truly inspiring.

The Kingsway Boxing team have compiled their top five boxing movies of all time! If you haven’t seen these then what are you even doing with your life?


1. THE HURRICANE

Hate locked him up, but love busted him out. The sad yet brave true story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a former middleweight contender who spends his prime boxing years doing time for a crime he did not commit. Denzel Washington is phenomenal in The Hurricane and this is hands down one of his best performances. The movie is sad, but so worth a watch for its message on perseverance and inspiration.

FUN FACT! The ring at Kingsway Boxing is originally from this movie.

2. ROCKY 1 – 4

The ultimate underdog story!

Rocky’s soundtrack is our go to training jam! Forget those romantic comedies this Valentine’s Day and have a Rocky marathon. It is Sylvester Stallone’s best performance and a simple true to heart story of a debt collector who is given the chance to fight the superstar champion of the world.

If you haven’t done this marathon and you practice boxing, you need to it ASAP!

3. THE FIGHTER

Starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, heavy pact performances and deep storyline sets this one apart. More than boxing, this movie is also about the importance of love and friendship between two brothers. You will see a lot of different situations and characters coming out of their struggles and hardship through boxing.

Boxing truly does liberate!

4. CREED

Creed is part of the Rocky sequel of boxing movies which focuses on Apollo Creed who, unlike Rocky, comes from a privileged background. If you are not into classics, this is a great film for a modern audience. All the training and fight scenes will get your heart pumping!

5. CINDARELLA MAN

Some of our favourites such as Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger and Paul Giamatti star in this one! What we admire about this movie is that its about family, hope and perseverance, leaving you feeling inspirational and warm inside. One of the best boxing movies out there.

Fun Fact: Cinderella Man was filmed right here in Toronto. Many of the extras who play the boxers, referees and coaches are close friends to Kingsway Boxing Club.


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Celebrating Black History Month with Canadian Boxing History

Did you know that the first bouts in Canada were “bareknuckle” fights and before the 1900s were scheduled for 40 rounds?

Boxing was introduced by the Greeks in the Olympic Games about 686 BC. We have come along way since then and it is important that we acknowledge some of the greatest accomplishments in history made by some incredible boxers during Black History Month.

Racial epithets, such as Langford’s moniker the “Boston Tar Baby,” were commonly used as nicknames for Black boxers in the 19th and 20th century. Such names reflect ideas of racial superiority that are attached to boxing. So, while Black boxers were known as the “Boston Terror” — another Langford nickname — their White competitors were often billed by promotors as being a “Great White Saviour.” It is important we recognize our transgressions and the struggles of these true heroes.


Two of the world’s biggest names in boxing history, George Dixon and Sam Langlord, are from Nova Scotia Canada.

George Dixon, boxer (born 29 July 1870 in Africville, NS; died 6 January 1908 in New York, New York). George Dixon was the first Black world champion in boxing history and the first Canadian to ever win a world championship. Despite his small stature (5 feet 3.5 inches and between 87 and 115 pounds), Dixon amassed several notable accomplishments across a 20-year career and was the first boxer to win championships in multiple weight classes — bantamweight (1890) and featherweight (1891–96; 1897; 1898–1900). A cerebral fighter known as a “pioneer of scientific boxing.”


In 1888, Dixon won what he believed was the world bantamweight championship title in Boston. However, given a lack of organizational structure within boxing’s global governing bodies, other international fighters, such as England’s Nunc Wallace, claimed the title of “world champ” as well. In the summer of 1890, Dixon and long-time manager Tom O’Rourke travelled to England to settle the dispute.

On 27 June, Dixon defeated Wallace via knockout in 18 rounds to be fully recognized as the world champion. In doing so, Dixon became the first Black fighter to be crowned world champion in boxing history. (This may have made him the first Black athlete to win a championship in any sport.) He was also the first Canadian world champion of any weight class.

Source: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/george-dixon


Sam Langford was born on 4 March, 1886 in Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia, a small rural community settled by Black loyalists and former slaves, including Langford’s grandfather, William, who fled to Digby County, Nova Scotia.

Despite his short stature (five feet seven inches or 1.71 m tall) Langford was a ferocious puncher with a 73-inch (1.88 m) reach who routinely fought — and beat — boxers larger than him. He also earned a reputation for his willingness to compete in multiple weight classes. Beginning his professional career as a lightweight (up to 135 lbs), he would go on to compete as a welterweight (up to 147 lbs), middleweight (up to 160 lbs) and even heavyweight (unlimited) over his 24 years in boxing, amassing over 300 officially recorded bouts in that time.

On 11 April 1902, Langford made his professional debut, at age 16, in a knockout victory versus Jack McVicker. Within 18 months, he earned his first shot at a title, squaring off against lightweight division champion Joe Gans, the first African-American boxer to win a world championship, on 8 December 1903. Langford won the fight in 15 rounds, but because he weighed slightly above the 135-lb limit was not awarded the belt.

It wasn’t the last time Langford would fall short of a title, suffering a string of unfortunate luck that would linger over his career. On 5 September 1904, he moved up a weight class and fought welterweight champion Joe Walcott. After going the full 15 rounds, the match was called a draw, much to the dismay of those in attendance who saw Langford land numerous blows and out-box his opponent. “The spectators were much displeased by the decision,” New York Illustrated News editor Arthur Lumley reported from ringside, adding that Langford “should have gotten the decision.” On 26 April 1906, Langford fought famed heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who was in line for the world title and outweighed Langford by at least 20 lbs. It took 15 rounds for Johnson to beat Langford, one of the toughest tests he’d face. Two years later, Johnson won the world championship, but would never agree to fight Langford again for fear he’d lose.

“I don’t want to fight that little smoke. He’s got a chance to win against anyone in the world,” Johnson said of Langford. “I’m the first black [heavyweight] champion and I’m going to be the last.”

~ Heavyweight champion Jack Johnson,

Source: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sam-langford

4 Reasons Why You Need To HIIT Something TODAY!

Many people are still under the misconception that to burn fat and get fit, you require time and patienceThis is simply not true!

Did you know, there are ways to burn more fat and calories by working out for less time instead of more?

With High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), you tap into your maximum performance and end up burning calories efficiently while taking less time. Amazing, right?

Here are our 4 reasons why HIIT and you are made for each other.

1. Workout Efficiency

HIIT is a time-efficient, effective way to train with maximum benefits.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is all about intensity and working at near maximum heart rate for a set period of time with short rests in-between. When you work at a high intensity you are using your anaerobic pathways to give you energy boosts and to burn calories, quicker.  Not every HIIT session needs to be about cardio though, doing strength training and core focused exercises at maximum effort under time is also a great HIIT workout.


2. Less Investment

Not only are you investing less time, you also don’t need to invest in any equipment! Jumping jacks, high knees, burpees, lunges, squats — it is a world of beautiful bodyweight possibilities that gets your heart rate pumping.


3. Improve Your HMS

HIIT helps to improve the three most important aspects of your body:

H Heart: HIIT puts your heart in an anaerobic zone, pumping loud and proud. Working this hard is really good for your heart, making sure it continues running smoothly as you enter old age.

M Metabolism: Anaerobic exercises increase your metabolic rate! It helps in weight loss and keeps your body healthy inside out.

S Stamina: HIIT has known to increase stamina fast! In a 2006 study, researchers have found that just after eight weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study while maintaining the same pace.

Source: http://dptsi.org/hiit


4. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Being able to get through challenging, yet achievable HIIT workouts will boost your confidence as you see yourself getting stronger and fitter with time. HIIT pushes you to work harder than you thought possible. The endorphin rush afterwards is just another added perk of this intense workout.


Meet Jo-Anne Sheffield, Our High Performance HIIT Specialist

In addition to hosting her seasonal HIIT and Muscle Run Programs with us, Jo-Anne is featured every week on our virtual class schedules. She also works as a personal trainer helping our community to achieve their personal and fitness goals. View HIIT Programs


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4 Things to Look for In a Good Coach

The type of coach you have in your corner can make a world of a difference, helping you move beyond just self-motivation!

Coaches inspire you to change and form long-lasting healthy habits. They play a huge role in whether or not you stick with the sport/activity. In terms of enjoyment and overall performance, having a good coach can make things a lot easier.

Here are the four things you should look out for in a good coach...

1. Drive

Nothing can get you going better than a coach who is driven and passionate about his/her sport. When we’re driven to be the best at something, we can achieve anything. Coaches that love teaching their sport can make or break it for you.

2. Energy and Positivity

High energy and enthusiasm in a coach is what will keep you interested and focused. This contributes to the overall enjoyment factor! A coach also needs to be positive. Everything needs to be done in a constructive way, teaching through encouragement and positive reinforcement.

3. Willingness to Learn

Good coaches will constantly be on the lookout to learn what’s new and expand their knowledge! Rules and techniques gradually change over time, so it’s important that your coach is constantly willing to learn and adapt. Good coaches should also be receptive to feedback!

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4. Experience

A coach that has experience will most likely embody all the qualities listed above. Apart from basic credentials, you should look for coaches with advanced training. A coach who has invested in their own training shows commitment and a great deal of time, energy, and effort spent to provide you with top-quality coaching.

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INTRODUCING: Virtual Fun-Box & Meetup (Ages 7+)

Join The Kingsway and Beaver Boxing Teams Every Tuesday at 4:15 pm (Limited Spots Available)

This program will be geared toward kids (7+), however parents are welcome to join! 

Use the fundamentals of boxing to get into the best shape of your life from the comfort of your own home! The Kingsway & Beaver Boxing Coaching Team will be coming to you live from various locations with fun boxing and fitness drills packed into an effective workout for any age or fitness level!  

All you need is enough space to drop into burpees and pushups! Maybe bring a water bottle if you decide you need a quick break.

In The Meantime, Keep Your Hands Up… AND CLEAN! 👊

BONUS: After completing a 30 min workout with our team, you’ll have the opportunity to have a discussion with our coaches and assistant coaches. Ask any questions you may have about boxing or other fitness challenges you may be facing.


$ Program Cost: Virtual Drop-In Rates starting at $10 per class (use the link below for the first week FREE!

Important Notes:

  • Must register at least 1 hr before class
  • Please check your email 15 mins before class for unique class live stream link to the online class

OPTION 1 – Reserve Classes NowAll Kids and Youth Boxing Programs are accessible through drop-in classes. Simply use the “Reserve Classes” link and navigate to the class dates you would like to reserve. The system will guide you through the booking process.

OPTION 2 – Request Ongoing Enrollment: If there’s one or more class want to enroll for weekly, we can arrange ongoing enrollment. You can cancel the class reservation within 24 hours of the class without losing a session.


Get Started TODAY With Our FREE One Week Virtual Pass!

Join us for classes every day of the week, with programs for all ages and fitness levels!


Meet Coach Valentine | Beaver Boxing

Valentine is a second year student at the University of Waterloo and is studying Therapeutic Recreation and minoring in Peace and Conflict studies. Being around kids is nothing new to Valentine. She’s the oldest of 5 kids, which means she has lots of experience taking care of younger people. 

“I love the energy and enthusiasm kids bring to the sport of boxing. It’s so rewarding to watch kids learn and challenge themselves!”

In the past, Valentine was a competitive track and field athlete. While sometimes she miss that sport, she instantly fell in love with boxing. Valentine loves the determination that the sport requires. She’s currently training to be a competitive boxer and is ready for her first match!

Fun Fact: While most people assume Valentine is born on Valentine’s day, She’s actually born on October 31st. Spooky!


Meet Coach Jen | Kingsway Boxing

Jennifer Huggins owns and operates Kingsway Boxing Club in Toronto, Canada. As a 3-Star International Boxing Referee and Judge with AIBA International Boxing Association, she understands the sport from the inside out. In addition to being a senior coach for at Kingsway, Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of the Fight To End Cancer and President of Boxing Ontario. She is heavily involved in the community, however still manages to find the time to travel the world performing with a World Class Magician.

Fun Fact: While Jennifer holds the highest level credentials in world as an Official for the sport of boxing, most kids are more interested in how she can get cut in half and still throw punches at her magician.

5 REASONS TO START BOXING | With So Many Options We Have The Perfect Starting Point!

With the current reality we’re facing each day, it is only natural to feel demotivated at times. Let’s change this reality TODAY!

Times like this it can be difficult to stay motivated and invest in yourself. Just thinking about the monotony of our daily routines does not help either. What we all need in our lives, is something that activates our minds and packs a punch (pun intended). An activity that gives you something new to look forward to every day and pushes your limits both mentally and physically.

With so many options out there, here is our list of reasons to give boxing a try.

1. SAY GOODBYE TO WORKOUT BOREDOM

Each boxing session focuses on different movements that double as effective self-defence tactics. Every workout is different as you switch up the exercises so that you never spend too much time doing any one thing!

2. BOXING MAKES YOU SHARP

Research has shown that boxing makes you sharper! The coordination and speed requires your brain to level up, improving focus, memory and the way brain processes information. Your reactions will be off the hook!

3. RELEASE THAT LOCKDOWN STRESS

Boxing is an amazing way to clear your mind and release that pent-up aggression while crushing those fitness goals! Boxing can help you overcome your stress and even focus your anger into a healthy outlet.

4. FULL BODY WORKOUT

Boxing is all about working from your core, legs, hips and shoulders. It essentially works all your muscle groups while at the same time improving focus, coordination and dexterity. Boxing is an awesome combination of aerobic, anaerobic and flexibility that tones your entire body fast!

5. CONFIDENCE

Just knowing how to defend and handle yourself physically helps to boost that confidence level. You might not be able to reach that Mike Tyson level yet, but these classes will surely give you his strut! Boxing is known to have tremendous effect on one’s mental state.


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Introducing The Virtual Boxing Club | Brought to You By Beaver and Kingsway Boxing Clubs

For the first time ever, Kingsway Boxing and Beaver Boxing are partnering up as a fully-operational virtual boxing club!

At Kingsway Boxing Club, it’s our priority to invest in our community, helping to build mental, physical, and emotional strength with each individual who walks through our doors. With programs for all ages and fitness levels, we utilize the sport of boxing to unify our community.

The Beaver Boxing Club is a not-for-profit, provincially-incorporated organization that promotes the development of amateur boxing in the Ottawa region. They offer quality training while advocating for honest sportsmanship and leadership qualities in our coaches and athletes.

With such similar visions, it only made sense to collaborate and work together with Beaver Boxing Club to provide the best experience for our members!

We are now offering recreational, technical, competitive classes, and even special needs programs brought to you by Boxing Without Barriers (BWB). Boxing Without Barriers is a non-contact boxing program for children, youth, and young adults (ages 7+) with special needs.  It’s open to individuals with a wide range of abilities and is designed for participants to exercise, learn to box, and have fun.

This will be the first time members of both gyms can benefit from the sport in an online format. Both Kingsway and Beaver Boxing Clubs have been staples in the Boxing Ontario family, with Beaver Boxing being one of the longest-standing clubs in Canada!

Get Started TODAY With Our FREE One Week Virtual Pass!

Join us for classes every day of the week, with programs for all ages and fitness levels!


5 Reasons You Should Start Virtual Training

As we all gear up and brace ourselves for 2021, it’s time to embrace the changes that 2020 has brought along.

One of the key changes we’ve observed is the shift of almost everything to a virtual format. So, let’s try to take a grip of this digital world of ours and see the silver linings!

Are you still feeling hesitant about switching your normal routine to a virtual one? We hope the following reasons help you feel differently and consider giving virtual training a genuine try.

1. INCREASED FLEXIBILITY

Virtual training sessions are accessible anywhere! Stay comfortable and break a sweat in your own space. When you can’t join the live session, the recordings are available for you to access at any time of the day. All you have to do is get up, put on your workout clothes, grab a mat, and get ready for the rush of endorphins as you tap on that join button!

2. SAY GOODBYE TO BOREDOM

The same routine can often lead to boredom and demotivation, but virtual workouts offer a full range of classes from Boxing to HIIT, Total Body, or Yoga. With so many options, you can pick up something new every day and keep yourself fit and engaged.

3. IT’S ALL ABOUT WELLBEING

With the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, keeping a healthy active routine is the perfect nourishment for your body and soul. It’s proven to kick those blues away and improve happiness, engagement, and productivity.

4. PROFESSIONAL AND HIGHLY-QUALIFIED TRAINERS

Virtual programs are spearheaded by highly-qualified trainers who help you nail every exercise and get the most of your time and workout.

5. DIGITAL COMMUNITY

With their guidance and support, virtual trainers and communities can help you get out of a workout rut! The social interaction really helps keep you consistent with your 2021 fitness goals.


New To KBC?

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🥊 1 Week of Unlimited Virtual Classes

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🥊 3 TKO Private Training Package

NEW PROGRAM: FRIDAY POWER 30 – Boxing Inspired, Full Body Strength & Conditioning by Shireen!


Are You Ready To Get Your Body Moving For 30 Mins Every Friday!?

We’re all wondering what 2021 will bring. We’ve prepared for work, home, kids and school and now it’s time give yourself a little something to look forward to as the week is coming to an end.

Dedicate 30 minutes each Friday for 6 weeks to spend on yourself with a full body strength and conditioning session led by Coach Shireen!

All fitness levels welcome!


⚠️ IMPORTANT NOTE: – LOCKDOWN PROTOCOLS IN EFFECT: This program will be shifting to a virtual format effective immediately. Please use the login information provided – Participants also have access to the recorded session in case they miss the live version. Thank you for your patience and support!

[WINTER: FEB-MAR 2021] FRIDAY POWER 30 PROGRAMS

  • Feb Start Date: Friday, Feb. 05, 2021
  • Every Friday: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
  • Course Duration: 6 Week Program | Feb. 05 – Mar. 12
  • Location: VIRTUAL ACCESS LINK ON ZOOM
  • Program Options: $125.00 Regular Cost | Early Bird Rate: $100.00 Must Register 2 weeks prior to the course start date to be eligible for Early Bird Rates.

MEET SHIREEN FABING | Boxing Coach, Personal Trainer, Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach

Shireen has been a competitive boxer since the day she first laced up her first pair of boxing gloves. Still competing as an amateur boxer, she continues to enjoy the sport in and outside the ring, sharing her joy of the sport with the community. Shireen works with recreational and competitive boxers, helping to educate the world on the benefits of boxing!

“When I found boxing (or boxing found me), for a while I thought ‘why didn’t I find this sport earlier in life’, but as I began to progress, that thought is now a distant memory. I believe we found each other at the right time. Boxing is on the rise. Women’s boxing is on the rise and I’m living it now.”

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INTRODUCING: School Boxing & Fitness Programs (Grades 1 – 12)

Kingsway Boxing Presents Our Exclusive School Boxing and Fitness Programs (GRADES 1 – 12)

Are you ready for an intensive visit from our Internationally and Nationally-Certified Coaches!? Available virtual or on location… there’s no excuse!

SCHOOL BOXING AND FITNESS PROGRAMS

This package gets your class out of their seats and against the ropes as we break down the essential components of boxing and fitness. Forget your Powerpoint Presentations…this is power punch time!

Our school physical education program is easily accessible to grades 1 – 12. The program is appropriate for all fitness levels, recreational sports enthusiasts, or even those who haven’t been out from behind their digital screens or off the couch in a while!

Our program is structured to systematically demonstrate and participate in the technical, offensive and defensive aspects of boxing with fun, energy and confidence. Available both virtually and on-location.

Your students are guaranteed to benefit from this program’s ability to sharpen focus, build teamwork, and improve confidence.

After our workshops, you will have the knowledge of:

🥊 Basic Boxing Technique

🥊 Body Awareness

🥊 Self defence

🥊 Offensive Tactics…and so much more!


MEET THE VIRTUAL COACHING TEAM


Virgil Barrow | Fight Team Head Coach

Meet Head Coach of Toronto’s Kingsway Boxing Club (KBC) and Fight To End Cancer (FTEC). Not only does he devote his time to 10 Charity Boxers each year, but he is busy year-round developing programs and running the gym… not to mention also being absolutely awesome. In addition to being a competitive boxing coach with nearly 20 years under his belt, Virgil is also certified in childhood, sports and personal nutrition!

Jennifer Huggins | Owner, Senior Coach

Jennifer Huggins owns and operates Kingsway Boxing Club in Toronto, Canada. As a 3-Star International Boxing Referee and Judge with AIBA International Boxing Association, she understands the sport from the inside out. In addition to being a senior coach for at Kingsway, Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of the Fight To End Cancer and President of Boxing Ontario. She is heavily involved in the community, however still manages to find the time to travel the world performing with a World Class Magician.

👩‍💻🏋️‍♀️💪 VIRTUAL AND ON-LOCATION OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Ask us about our Rocky Trivia portion! This option can be added to any team building program and guarantees all participants are interactive and prizes to the most knowledgeable students.

⚠️ [ATTENTION] Municipal, Provincial and Federal Leaders!

Re: KINGSWAY BOXING – REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION TO OPEN TECHNICAL BOXING PROGRAMS

Dear Municipal, Provincial and Federal Leaders,

We are writing today, to appeal for your reconsideration of boxing gym closures in Toronto; specifically our facilities, Kingsway Boxing Club (KBC) in Etobicoke. We have poured our heart, soul and savings into two separate locations which are now shutdown. This business is our livelihood, we have and will continue to implement every protocol necessary to provide a safe environment. Our initiatives and facilities are integral in the community; we need your help to  stand up for us and fight to keep us alive.

Our boxing facilities were pre-approved to safely reopen during the first lockdown, under the strict guidelines and support of our PSO, Boxing Ontario. Our teams have worked tirelessly, enforcing sanctioned safety and cleaning protocols, ensuring the welfare of our families, members, staff and community. Similar to the Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy industries (which remain open), thousands of dollars have been spent on the facility cleaning and COVID protocols. Since March, we have continued to adapt to the heavy government restrictions, reducing our services offered to non-fitness, technical training as private or physically distanced small groups. We have implemented the use of professional antiviral and antibacterial cleaning products for the deep cleaning of our facilities each day, and in between the use of any equipment. All Team KBC Coaches and Trainers complete the Boxing Ontario Safety Protocol Training. We ensure continued training, focused on procedures and protocols to enhance safety as the situation evolves. 

KBC is extremely dedicated to the work we do; helping families, grass roots, competitive and healthy living programs, and supporting individuals in need of physical rehabilitation. We continue to employ staff and mentor youth through our competitive and recreational coaching programs. Though we quickly pivoted to a virtual format after the first shutdown in March, we are struggling to sustain two physical locations through these efforts. While we continue to stay connected with our community, the shutdown of our locations is having a devastating effect on the initiatives we have built over the past 15 years; this reality threatens the future of our business and livelihood.

We would like to invite you to visit our facility, to see for yourself, that our protocols go above and beyond that of which are implemented through other businesses, deemed safe to remain open during lockdown in Ontario.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Wishing your family and loved ones safe during this unprecedented  time. 

Sincerely,

Team Kingsway Boxing Club

— 

Jennifer Huggins

Virgil Barrow 

E. jennifer@kingswayboxingclub.com

T. +1 (416) 234-0075

⚠️WE NEED YOUR HELP⚠️

Help get back to training by personally contacting your MP. Send a personalized letter using the template below. With your additional contact, we hope to re-open Kingsway Boxing Club locations safely in the Grey Zone. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these difficult times.