Situated on Drapers Field Recreational Ground, a park transformed as part of the Council's Olympic legacy, ELBA's gym has a number of facilities arranged to improve a boxer's skill and fitness. It features the following:
Central to the building, the main hall acts as the gym's multi-function space, used for circuit training, shadow boxing, skipping, cardio and focused training; This can come in many forms, such as one-to-one pad work or teaching the basics to Juniors and Seniors alike.
What would a boxing gym be without punch bags? At the time of writing, the bag room features:
1 x Standard heavy bag
2 x Angled heavy bag
1 x Double angled heavy bag
1 x Teardrop heavy bag
1 x Light bag
1 x Uppercut bag
1 x Floor-to-ceiling speed bag
1 x Large wrecking-ball type water bag
2 x Wall bag
1 x Speed bag
This is where the magic happens. The gym features a full AIBA competition-sized boxing ring used primarily for sparring, but can also be used for conditioning drills and technical work.
The gym also features a separate weights room where boxers can focus on their strength training. It contains all the relevant equipment from medicine balls, free weights and body weight machines to a bench press and power lifting rack. Whilst weight training isn't the focus of our sessions, it can be accommodated and is often incorporated into circuit training sessions.
If there's a large expanse of grass outside the gym, why not use it? The Drapers Field park features a large grassy space often used for warming up and running, sprints and when the weather is good, circuit training in the sun!