Beaver Boxing - Ottawa Ontario
The gym itself is almost your prototypical boxing gym, the kind of one you imagine when you think 'boxing gym'. The facilities are a good setup with plenty of heavy bags, two rings and everything else a up and coming Boxer could need including weight and cardio machines.
The trainers are excellent to say the least, all of them having a decade or more as coaches and as Boxers themselves in some cases, they push you hard and expect the best out of you but its well worth it in the end. when one leaves the fitness class or even just training with one of them you never leave with the feeling 'I could have done more'
New folks are taken to the side and helped by either a coach or a more experienced student so your never thrown right into it unless you want to be.
The other boxers are the gym are great, helpful to those who are newer to the gym and with a very open and friendly additude, you won't meet many folks here who think they are 'the ****' and act like jackasses to everyone who hasn't sparred and beaten them into submission.
If you wish to compete, you can train to compete and will be helped in doing so, the gym has half a dozen boxers who actively compete in provincial and sometimes at even higher levels in both women and mens boxing.
Sparring is allowed as soon as you feel your ready to step into the ring and if one of the coaches approves as well. Meaning of course he or she doesn't think your going to get completely demolished in the ring.
The 'Fitness' classes give a great workout if your looking for only that, they are atleast an hour long and they give you a good cardio workout to say the least, with pad work and heavy bag drills towards the end of the class.
Its not all roses and happiess tho, the gym itself isn't massive so during the fitness classes it can feel a little cramped, as well this can also cause the trainers to be a little unassessable, not due to their own fault but because they have alot of people seeking advice and whatnot.
The hours of the gym are also very limited when compared to some others, its only open three days a week (Mon/Wens/Fri) from 4 to 8 at night.
But really, these are minor cons when compared to the pros of going to this gym, the trainers/coaches are excellent and experienced, the facilties are great overall and the people are almost without exception really friendly and helpful, its quite simply the best gym i'v ever trained at.