Empire Boxing Gym – Get free sessions when you register
For the past couple of years Elorde has been my go to boxing gym. Recently though I’ve started going to Empire boxing in Makati because of it’s proximity to where I’m currently working (it’s just two floors from the office hehe) and because I wanted something new to review for this blog.
If you’re new to boxing, be sure to read my other post about Elorde Boxing Gym as well. I talk about a bunch of stuff in that post that you might find useful regardless of where you train.
That’s enough of an intro I suppose, let’s get right into the my review :).
My initial thoughts when I first walked into the gym were about how small it was. It is (I’m estimating) only a third of the size of Elorde Gilmore branch. It’s an office space basically that was converted into a boxing gym. There’s a ring in the back middle section, the bag area and the lockers are at the sides and you’ve got the main mirror facing area in the front middle section.
Here are a couple of pics of the place. Apologies for the poor cam skills lol.
Empire Boxing House Rules
Most of the people who train here work near the gym so it’s easy enough to understand why most people come in to train once work ends at around 5 or 6 pm. If you plan to avoid the crowds then make it a point to be in and out before this time.
But if you do end up training during the peak hours it’s still tolerable. You might have to be a wee bit careful when jumping rope or when doing mitt drills so as not to hit or bump into anyone but it’s not too bad.
Might even be a good idea to train here after work if you’re trying to kill time before going home. Traffic sucks at 5-8 pm anyway.
The trainers are pretty good. To be honest though I don’t see much difference in them and the ones at elorde. I’d say they come from pretty much the same stock (x-pros, amateur boxers, etc…).
*UPDATE: Just talked to Rob the owner and also a coach at empire, looks like their trainers aren’t just run of the mill after all hehe. My mistake. They’re all licensed that’s why unlike other gyms they have the GAB (Games and Amusements Board) accreditation. They pass through a four week screening program. They go for ability to train and a positive attitude. Also four of our trainers are USA ACE certified.
You’ll be doing all the basic stuff like:
- Mitt hitting
- Double End Bag
- Speed Bag
- Punching Bag Drills
- Jump Rope
- Footwork Drills
- and Ab work at the end
You’ll also be stretched and massaged at the end.
Empire Boxing Training Rates
FYI: I lifted this info from a flyer they give out at the gym so it’s pretty accurate. To be honest I was not aware that they also teach MMA and strength and conditioning workouts at Empire Boxing 😯 . I thought they only offered boxing and Muay Thai hehe
1,200 (this comes with one free Muay Thai Session or 2 Free boxing sessions)
Single Session: 250 for members and 350 for non-members
3 sessions: 700
12 Sessions: 2,500
30 Sessions: 4,000 (valid for 5 weeks)
Muay Thai Rates:
Single Session: 300 for members and 400 for non-members
3 sessions: 780
12 Sessions: 3,000
30 Sessions: 5,000 (valid for 5 weeks)
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Rates:
Single Session: 400 for members and 500 for non-members
3 sessions: 1,100
12 Sessions: 4,200
B@SSCON (Strength and conditioning which is goal specific i.e. weight loss, toning, mass gain, speed, power, etc…)
Single Session: 300 for members and 4500 for non-members
10 sessions: 2,500
FITMAX Ultimate Weight Loss Program
Twice a week boxing, once a week B@SSCON: 3,500
doesn’t say for how long but looking at the price I’m assuming this is for one month.
Annual Membership: 800 or FREE if you’re 12 or below so bring your kids ;).
Boxing: 200 (kids 12 and below boxplay – integrated boxing and play)
Muay Thai: 250
MMA: 350 or 2,500 only for 12 sessions
And Finally, if you sign up a friend you get a free session :).
That’s pretty much it for this post.
Be sure to read my other post about Elorde Boxing Gym though. I talk about a bunch of stuff in that post that you might find useful if you’re new to boxing.
I’m enjoying training at Empire and have run into a couple of old friends who also train there as well actually. Since a lot of people I know from college and law school work in Makati, I won’t be surprised if I end up seeing more people there in the future.
Map to Empire Boxing Makati and Contact Details
Address: Unit 5K OPL Building, C. Palanca Corner De la Rosa, Legaspi Village, Makati
Contact Numbers: 09166829653 / 09999943267 / (02) 9557032
They’re open Mondays – Saturdays from 7 am – 10pm and Sundays from 9am – 5pm.
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