- Punch Fitness Center
1015 Madison Ave., nr. 78th St.; 212-288-2375
For those who think they’re fit after all those hours on the elliptical, leave it to a one-on-one sparring session to humble you. Among the city’s increasing number of pugilistic offerings—from Trinity Boxing Club to WBA champ Aaron Davis’s new Bronx center—Punch excels in butt-kicking workouts with the most easygoing atmosphere. Near the Louboutin–Kors stretch of Madison Avenue, the gym is approachably small, with a ring in one room and a pristine training floor equipped with water-filled punching bags (to protect hands). Kickboxing champ Adelino DaCosta and his crew play African music while running intense drills (like punching in plank pose while holding weights) to toughen up their clients, who are a mix of amateurs and more seasoned disciples.
Best Kickboxing Gym
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).