What is Boxercise?

Boxercise combines boxing and exercise in a fun, stress busting activity to suit everyone who wants to enjoy boxing training and padwork activities without actually getting hit and taking part in full sparring. There are over 1.2 Million people in the UK taking Boxercise Classes or doing Boxercise with their Personal Trainer. Boxercise is one of the most effective forms of cross-training available today. It combines use of both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems with the systematic recruitment of both fast and slow twitch muscle fibres in a manner that not only ensures a diverse workout, but also enhances sports specific senses, including hand-eye co-ordination, balance and timing. Boxercise classes are always fun, energetic and addictive. Often easily adaptable to meet the needs of different client groups.

What is the Course Development Pathway?

Who are the Boxercise Courses recognised by?

Boxercise has been training fitness professionals and sports coaches padwork skills since 1992 and is recognised as the Worlds No.1 in this form of fitness - being globally recognised since 1995.

Boxercise is an independent company that holds the Boxercise trade mark and runs courses internationally. Boxercise Instructor training courses are recognised by a range of different professional bodies. See individual course pages for further details.

What are the different course levels and what will I learn?

The Boxercise Instructor Course is the foundation course that all attendees must pass before progressing onto any further development courses; it teaches the attendee eight basic punches, pad holding, coaching and safety techniques and how to structure a Boxercise session for a class or 1 to 1 use.

The Boxercise instructor qualification can be achieved by completing a face-to-face Boxercise course, a 1 day Zoom training course or online e-distance learning course. On completion of this course, instructors that wish to enhance their skills further and offer more variation can access a range of further development courses.

The Kick Boxercisecourse focuses on elbow, knee strikes and kicks often used to offer more variety to a class scenario. Available through face to face or Zoom Learning.

The Boxercise Advanced Skills Course takes you and your clients to new skill levels teaching more combinations, defence moves and footwork. Available through face-to-face or Zoom Learning.

You may then want to progress further with your boxing skills and book onto our Speed Pads and Combinations course. The Speed Pads course teaches you a newer form of boxing training techniques using focus pads in reactive drills. Available through face-to-face or online e-distance learning.

We also offer a Kids Boxercise course which provides instructors with the underpinning knowledge required to teach children whilst at the same time providing Kids Boxercise activities. This course can be taken as a one day or online training course. Available through face-to-face or online e-distance learning.

What is the Group Spar Course I've seen on the course pathway

We host a padwork in time to music course called Group Spar. This course is run in conjunction with an Italian Company - IBFF (Italian Boxing Fitness Federation)

Great for instructors that would like to offer more of an aerobic style session that doesn’t just involve punching the air but instead puts combinations on pads to the music beat.

The format for teaching enables those that find traditional aerobic courses challenging more accessible.

On passing the course post course you will receive an independent certificate from IBFF – this course qualification is not added to your existing Boxercise certifications.

Dates for this course can only be viewed on the website year planner and booked by existing qualified registered instructors.

Do I have to take the basic Boxercise Course before I take part in the KickBoxercise or Boxercise Advanced Skill Course?

Yes all attendees need to take the Boxercise Instructor course before progressing onto any other even if you come from a professional boxing background. We have a reputation as being the worlds number 1 in Boxing Fitness and this reputation has come from our very high standards. We will not compromise on safety, or tuition standards. Your clients are owed a duty of care by yourself and it is up to us to impart the highest standards to you. Many famous ex boxers ( and a few world champions!) have said after the basic Boxercise course that even they had learnt something new and had developed their knowledge further, not just about Boxing but about safety, coaching and teaching. We teach everything correctly and that way NOTHING is missed.

The only exception to this rule is if a fully licensed Amateur Boxing Coach or BBBofC Trainer wishes to take the Speed Pads course as a totally independent certification, if this is the case please ring head office.

Do I need previous Boxing experience and any fitness qualifications to access the course ?

To access the Boxercise course you don’t need any previous boxing experience as we teach you everything you will need to know about the punches, pad holding and safety coaching from the very beginning.

You must have a fitness or sports coaching background at Level 2 or equivalent. Other acceptable entry qualifications are

  • PE teacher
  • Sports Science graduates
  • Armed Forces PTIs
  • Senior Black belt kickboxing coach
  • Full ABA or BBBof C Trainer etc

If in any doubt, please call us.

To access the Boxercise course and to be safe teaching the public we think it is important instructors have an under pinning knowledge of fitness principles and coaching hence the reason we stipulate an entry level qualification.

If you do not have any of these qualification, all is not lost. You may have the opportunity of taking our Prior Knowledge Entrance Exam (free of charge) Please note though the prior knowledge test is only available following a telephone assessment and to those that have prior fitness/coaching experience, knowledge of anatomy, physiology and exercise principles but just don’t have the certifcate to prove it. Please give us a call to discuss.

What’s the difference between the Face to Face, Zoom and Online e-distance learning formats? How am I assessed?

The Boxercise Instructor Qualification can be achieved by completing either a face to face, zoom or online e-distance learning course. The completed qualification is the same.

Face to Face – 1 Day intensive training, at one of our venues across the World. Instructor tuition all day and interaction with other participants makes this the most interactive style course. Practical assessment on the day.

Zoom – 1 Days intensive training course but over Zoom. To take part participants will need access to Zoom and a clear safe space to take part in this highly practical course. To enable you to learn and practice padwork and coaching skills you will need to find someone who is willing to assist you on the afternoon of the course. This individual does not need to be a fitness professional like yourself but they do need to be fit and willing to take part and assist you by punching and holding the focus pads (you will need a set of focus pads and gloves to take part in this course).

The instructor will be interacting with you, coaching and demonstrating technique throughout the day via video link.
Great for those that still want direct coaching and feedback but can’t access face to face course locations as easily.

Online e-distance learning.
This is a detailed highly practical course involving step by step video tutorial learning. There are approx. 6 hrs. of video content but then focus and additional time is required for practicing technique and completing the assessments. These incorporate a mixture of multiple choice and 2 practical video submissions. If we feel you need further practice along the way we will give you feedback and ask you to re-submit. The first half of the course can be completed on your own but you will require a partner and set of pads and gloves to practice your padwork skills with during the second half. We set a month's guide for completing the course but if an extension is required, we are happy to grant this on request.

For info on the learning formats offered for each further development course please click on the specified page.

Will I be just punching the air?

Hell No! This is a misconception -, you will be hitting the pads for at least 4 hours so be prepared to work HARD! Obviously you need to learn the punches before you hit anything. The aerobic section forms part of group work so you will not be on your own.

Is the foundation Boxercise Course good for Personal Trainers as well as class teachers?

Definitely, You will be working on the pads for at least 4 hours learning not just how to punch correctly but how to spot faults and coach effectively using the 3 most useful forms of feedback. You will learn a great deal that will challenge both you and your clients. The skills are transferrable between one to one and class situations.

How are most Boxercise Classes Structured?

They all vary but most would incorporate some of the following, circuits, boxing coaching, and maybe some boxaerobics. There are many types of classes and you do not have to teach to a particular style if it does not suit you. We encourage you to find your strengths and play to them. For example if you are not from an aerobics background you would probably not teach a class with that element included. If you are great at coaching on the pads a coached style class would suit you. If you are a particularly tough instructor perhaps the military style of class will suit you.

Who are the course instructors and what are their qualifications?

At Boxercise we prize ourself on standards and spend time carefully selecting experienced individuals who have excelled on the course, who have a passion for coaching and boxing.

The Senior Instructor coaching team have pre-requisites of Sports Science Degree or Equivalent. 5 Years boxing / martial arts coaching experience at the highest level and Health Club management experience. We then train them for 2 years before they can deliver our courses.

They all have friendly outgoing personalities and are dedicated to passing on their knowledge to help develop course attendees skills and coaching abilities. Due to this the courses are fun in addition to being an intensive learning experience.

How do I get insured to teach Boxercise?

Most insurance companies know and accept the Boxercise qualification. Remember you must let your insurer know you are teaching a new activity - much like you need to let your car insurers know if you fit a turbocharger to your car!

There are a range of insurance companies to choose from we suggest you obtain a couple of quotes and discuss your requirements with them

Please note Boxercise does not provide insurance cover. We teach Boxercise and recommend good practise for teaching but your insurance company will often stipulate who, what and where you teach.

To teach Children Boxercise what course do I need to take. Do I need to take the Boxercise and Boxercise for Kids course.

As with all our other courses the Boxercise Instructor course is the foundation course that must be taken before any other, even though this course is based around teaching adults, the punches, padholding, coaching and safety requirements that are taught are all applicable for teaching adult and kids.

The Boxercise for Kids course then covers kids games, warm up ideas and fun tasks together with learning about kids fitness requirements, legalities of teaching kids, anatomy and physiology of growth, injuries and boxing equipment. We therefore recommend instructors take both the Boxercise and Boxercise Kids course before teaching children.

Yet for instructors that already have a recognised kids fitness qualification e.g PE teachers and who are able to adapt what has been taught on the Boxercise course to make it safe for kids then they together with their insurance company’s requirements can decide whether it is essential for them to take the Kids Boxercise course too or not.

Do I need to pay any annual registration fee. Why is there a licence fee and how much is it?

Once having passed the Boxercise Course instructors are required to pay a Boxercise annual license fee of £40 to become a registered instructor and to be listed on the International Register of Boxercise Instructors. This allows you to use the name Trade Mark name Boxercise to describe your fitness activity, without this you may not use the name or anything similar sounding under any circumstances.

Registered Boxercise Instructors also gain the following resources.

  • Access the instructor Portal where you are able to set up your own profile and advertise your sessions for the public to find you when searching for a Boxercise Instructor by name or location.
  • Access to online certificate with photo id – Updated annually whilst registered
  • Course Manual - a comprehensive written refresher of the course with Class start-up and business help guide.
  • Course Video - course skills refresher viewable online with videos of class examples.
  • Access the Boxercise Instructor Only Facebook group for ongoing ideas.
  • FREE Refresher Courses - for any course you have taken, you are entitled to refresh up to once per course per year to keep your standards high.
  • Promotional Posters - many images for different target markets available as a download.
  • Boxercise Official Logos - to use on your own promotional material.
  • Boxercise Class Loyalty Cards - ready for you to print!
  • Plus a huge discount on Boxercise branded equipment and product
  • Access to the Kids Awards.
  • Access to the Boxercise Footwork training system.

Can Boxercise be enjoyed by everyone?

As a company and a concept, we believe Boxercise Is a great form of fun exercise that can be enjoyed by most participants.

Boxercise as a fitness concept can be adapted to use in a range of locations and meet the needs of a wide populations’ requirements. All gender, ages and backgrounds enjoy the activity. It can support a number of mental health needs and be adapted to enable participation for many people with physical limitations and disabilities. If you or your Boxercise instructor would like advice on how to adapt Boxercise and maximise potential for specific needs and client group, please contact us.

For existing fitness instructors that are considering taking the Boxercise course who have any disability or specific requirements to access the course (e.g. injury / pregnancy) please contact us so that we can advise. Where possible we want to encourage attendance on the training course for everyone that meets our course pre-requisite, this includes those with limitations or disabilities.

Our main aim overall is to help people safely pass the Boxercise course and to then in turn be able to coach and teach the general public safely. So as long as these aims can be met practically, we will do our best to adapt and maximise your potential to pass the course. Please note we utilise a number of venues some that are more accessible and DDA compliant than others and some venues have more instructors to assist than other so please contact for specific information.

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