Is boxing expensive? Like many other sports, boxing requires equipment and possibly a gym membership. Boxing is from the cheaper end of all sports, since you don’t have to buy a full set of gear compared to ice hockey, for example.
In this post, we will go through all the costs of boxing, going from the cheapest option, to average and the premium as well. You don’t have to spend tons of money when you are just starting out. The cheaper equipment will (probably) do their job for the first year at least.
Why is boxing so expensive?
There can be a lot of reasons why boxing is so expensive. It also depends a lot on the place, whether it is really that expensive or not.
First of all, boxing gyms require electricity, water, maintenance, equipment and probably someone to supervise the gym. All that costs real money, and if the gym is purely made for boxing, the costs are covered by either the boxers, sponsors or the owners.
Boxing gyms usually need a lot of space. Ring, or several rings, different bags, locker rooms and such. All of that takes up a lot of space. Renting out a bigger facility costs more, compared to a smaller gym.
On top of that, there might be paid trainers or instructors at the gym. This of course depends on the gym you attend to.
All the costs of boxing compared
Now, let’s begin with all the expenses of boxing. We will compare everything from the cheapest option, to average and all the way up to premium options.
Keep in mind that all of these are not required to start boxing as a hobby. You can get started with just gloves, some wrap and either buy a gym membership or your own boxing bag.
(Even those are not necessary if you start out with shadowboxing, but that will not get you too far alone.)
Price chart comparison below.
|Gym membership / month
|Private lessons / hour
Now, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, you don’t need all the equipment listed above.
Second, with a punching bag and a speed bag, you will also need something to hang it on. That could be your garage ceiling, for example, but it has to be able to handle enough weight. Punching bags can weigh a lot.
Third, private lessons can make your boxing hobby a lot more expensive than it would otherwise be.
Also, keep in mind that gym membership fees can highly vary depending on where you live. You could get a membership fee for less than 10 dollars, if you live outside the US.
The prices for equipment I got from comparing prices I found online for all that stuff. I ignored some of the very cheapest options, because I don’t think those would either be good at all or last long enough.
The premium prices have + after them, meaning the prices could be even higher. If you were to find the most expensive equipment of all, you could probably spend tens of thousands of dollars.
Gym memberships sometimes also have a signup fee, which will be paid along with the first month fee. Usually that is around the same as a one month membership fee.
How to train boxing for cheaper
A few tips on how to train boxing for cheaper, if you either don’t want to invest thousands of dollars, or simply can not afford to.
First of all, compare the gym fees. By driving a bit further from your nearest gym, you can save up a lot on a monthly basis. Especially if you don’t mind training at a bit not-so-high end gym. That can save a lot of money in the long term.
Second, don’t buy the most expensive gear. On top of that, buy only the essentials. You don’t necessarily need to have a fully equipped home gym to train boxing.
Using the equipment in the boxing gym and shadowboxing when you can not attend the gym could be enough to progress at boxing. You can even shadowbox every day to further speed up your improvement. More about benefits of shadowboxing every day in this post.
You can also learn boxing by yourself. More about that in this post.
Private boxing training price
The price for a private instructor per session can vary a lot. Based on my research, the cheapest are 25 dollars per session, all the way up to 100 dollars.
If you want to progress as fast as you can in boxing, private one-on-one sessions are good addition to regular training.
Private training sessions are also one of the most expensive ways to train boxing. However, if you want to learn as fast as possible and your wallet can handle it, why not?
So, is boxing as expensive as it sounds? I think it’s not. There are way more expensive hobbies out there. Boxing sure requires some equipment and a gym membership is good thing to have. However, you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get started.
With the cheapest or cheaper end of equipment, you can get started with just a few hundred dollars for the first six months of your training. This of course, depends a lot on the gym prices near you.
All the boxing expenses combined, I would say it falls to the lower end of martial arts. Compared to expenses of BJJ, for example.
Hopefully this clarifies the costs of boxing to you, have a nice day.
Other boxing-related posts can be found here.