TheBox is Brighton’s first boxing-inspired fitness studio – they don’t just box, they lift, jump and flow too. But more than that, they have empowered the young and the most vulnerable of our city with an awe-inspiring attitude to fitness and independence.
TheBox was founded in 2018 by Lucy Pinto, fitness trainer and creative director of the fitness studio.
“Over the past (nearly) four years the community has really grown at the studio creating a safe space for everyone.”
TheBox are an LGBTQ+ friendly gym who support anyone with extra needs, offering a safe space for people to train. This is a gym that has a real community feel,“you’ll see faces who have been with us from day one to new faces that are supported by our current members” says Lucy. The main ethos at TheBox is a simple one: they believe fitness should be accessible to everyone.
The trainers at TheBox are world class and “without the ego and bull”. Each has their own style and with a friendly attitude, they can guarantee you a great workout with “banging beats”.
When TheBox first opened they ran a free ‘Sunday Service’ for the young people in Brighton (kids aged 5-16). It being such a success, they realized that they had come across a unique niche in the market – getting our kids exercising in a way that is exciting! Their boxing trainer Lewis Woods, who I’m told is also an “awesome cook”, has taken Sunday Service classes from day one and has really turned them into his own. TheBox have now worked with various local schools including Roedean and Benfield. They are also currently running weekly sessions at Brighton Girls Prep school and will be starting boxing and strength sessions with the Senior school in January.
“Our main aim for these sessions is to show young people, women in particular, how empowering boxing is.”
Since working in schools the trainers at TheBox have learnt that not only does boxing provide a fun and engaging form of exercising for kids, but the skills that they learn also transfer to the classroom as well. They champion teamwork and positive socialising with schoolmates, as well as releasing all that pent up classroom energy into a disciplined sport, which can help kids concentrate once they get back inside.
Current studies show that nationally just 14% of girls aged between 5 and 16 achieve recommended levels of physical activity, dropping to 10% of girls aged 13-16. TheBox is fighting tooth and nail to correct this gross negligence of young girls’ fitness and empowerment!
Speaking about her own journey in discovering boxing, Lucy says “As a former ballet dancer with body confidence issues, I started boxing at 14 and realised that this was a sport where no one was judging you on your weight and your looks – it was just about pure fitness, enjoying the process and improving yourself. That’s a strong message to send to young girls.” Especially in this social media age, where young girls are being bombarded with photoshopped Instagram stars sporting impossibly perfect bodies!
Next year TheBox will be kicking off their long-awaited work with the YMCA and the women at St Patrick’s Shelter. St Patrick’s Shelter houses women aged 18+ who in some way or another, have been at risk of or have experienced homelessness.
The team identified boxing as a skill the women were keen to learn and so who better than TheBox to work with St Patrick’s to help enable women to feel a sense of independence and accountability while also helping them to get back into the community.
“We offer an unpretentious and results-oriented community that’s invested in your goals and success. Check your ego at the door and get ready to sweat!”
TheBox’s classes are designed to empower everyone that walks through their doors. From their weekly signature boxing classes to their Foundation Barbell course. We love the ethos of TheBox and the amazing work that they are doing with Brighton’s youth and vulnerable citizens. There truly is something for everyone at TheBox, we can’t wait to get a pair of gloves on!