After more than a year of at-home workouts, fitness addicts are ready to head back to the gyms in search of fresh workout routines, in-person trainers, and a new way to kick themselves into the next gear. Lucky for them, Rumble Boxing has officially opened in Chicago, and it promises to pack a serious punch.
Rumble Boxing is a national brand of fitness centers that brings boxing-inspired group fitness classes to A-list clientelle. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart have all been spotted sweating in the Rumble gyms, with locations in New York City, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Classes run 45 minutes, focusing on 10 rounds of strength and conditioning exercises utilizing water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags.
Chicago marks the first new Rumble market post-Covid. Doors July 31 on the popular corner of State and East Elm; a five-minute walk from the Red Line in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The gym, which centers around a boxing-inspired group fitness class, celebrated its grand debut by with giveaways from Vital Proteins and MUSH. It also offered low rates for their first classes.
Already hoping to embed itself into the Chicago scene, opening promotions for the new location featured shots from several key landmarks, including Wrigley Field and Lincoln Park Zoo, highlighting important moments for the city in both sports and pop culture, from the likes of Michael Jordan and Ferris Bueller.
Founded in 2017 in NYC, Rumble's classes are led by an instructor described as “part DJ, part motivational speaker, and complete Master of Ceremony." Members of the group work jab and duck to a soundtrack of high-energy hip-hop beats, pushing and testing both strength and endurance.
The location also features Chicago elements inside, boasting murals and art pieces of famous focal points. “Jab canvases” of Dennis Rodman, Michelle Obama, and Bill Murray made completely out of sneakers by artist Justin Ruby are placed throughout the studio, and local artist JC Rivera created a version of his famous bear character for the opening.
The studio currently features limited time rates. For $240, you can buy into a “Founding Membership” for 12 months. The first 300 people to join will receive a sweatshirt and hand wraps. The promotion runs through August 31, and first-timers can purchase two classes for the price of one at $32.
Chicago still has a lot of challenges to knock back against following the pandemic, but perhaps Rumble Fitness can help with the "Quarantine 15." Visit Rumble online to learn more.
Photography by: Courtesy Rumble Boxing