“They got no idea what it is. Boxing is about respect: getting it for yourself, and taking it away from the other guy.” - Eddie, Million Dollar Baby
With boxing becoming increasingly popular in the UK, more and more people are choosing to take up the sport. For those that practise it, boxing is a way of life. You need to know more than how to throw a punch or move your feet. You need to learn the fundamental values of the Noble Art including respect, humility, courage, and determination.
However, learning how to box is difficult. You need to persevere and be able to take punches as well as you can throw them. As a boxing coach, these are the notions that you’ll have to instil in your clients.
Here’s our advice for finding students, making a name for yourself, setting your rates, and organising your sessions. Take notes!
How to Set Your Hourly Rates as a Boxing Coach
Before you start your first boxing coaching session, you’ll need to work out how much to charge for them. It’s not easy to put a price on your work.
Are you worried about selling yourself short or overcharging for your work?
Here’s how to get your price right.
- Analyse the competition: Have a look around at other boxing coaches and decide where you sit on the pay scale. You can Google it. It’s counterproductive to undersell yourself but you also don’t want to overcharge as you may struggle to find potential clients.
- Compare the prices where you are: this should be part of your competition analysis. Have a look at the prices locally as prices can vary a lot across the country. You’ll need to adjust prices according to the cost of living where you are.
- Determine your experience: the next two points are related. Your experience will define your rates as will the level of your clients. If you’ve been a champion across the country in recent years, your pricing will reflect your reputation, for example.
- Define your clients’ level: if you’re only training beginners, your rates will be lower than those teaching the very best boxers.
- Work out your costs: if you regularly have to travel to your sessions, make sure you factor in how much this will cost you. If you work in a boxing gym club, there may also be the cost of renting a room to consider. You need to take your outgoings into account when calculating your rates. However, if you don't have a lot of equipment, gyms will have things like boxing gloves, heavy bags, speed bags, weights, and, most importantly, a boxing ring.
- Will you provide boxing equipment? If you provide gloves, skipping ropes, punching bags, etc., you’ll need to also factor these into your rates or offer equipment rental as a supplementary fee to students who don’t provide equipment.
Your rate needs to be competitive, reflective of the service you offer, the experience you have, and also ensure you earn money at the end of the day. Think about it carefully.
Find out more about setting your rates.
How Do You Organise a Boxing Training Session?
You need to make sure that both group sessions and private sessions are well organised so that the client can get the most out of their training and that there’s minimal risk of injury. Every session will start with a complete warm-up.
The goal is to get the muscles ready for exercise by oxygenating them through a bit of cardio. Cardio training also allows you to improve your endurance, which is essential if you want to improve your physique and face off against an opponent for several rounds in the ring. Warming up can also strengthen muscles and improve your flexibility, which is also very useful when it comes to boxing.
The student will then need to work on the technical aspects of boxing such as positioning, footwork, and their guard. You’ll need to teach them how to punch and kick (if the discipline allows it) as well as how to dodge. Boxing isn’t just about punching, you also need to avoid your opponent’s attacks.
You might also suggest that they do some work on a punching bag to improve their strength and speed or do some shadowboxing to work on different combos.
Combos are useful for helping the student to memorise certain actions and accurately perform them at any given moment. Start gently by breaking down each action and then starting to build up speed until they can do it quickly and accurately in a fight.
You use your joints, especially in your hands and arms, a lot in boxing. Don’t forget to stretch before and after sessions to reduce the risk of injury and so that your student’s muscles and joints aren’t sore the following day.
Find out more about planning boxing training sessions.
How Can You Make a Name for Yourself as a Boxing Coach?
If you want to become a boxing coach, you’ll need to have clients and students and know how to find them. A coach without any clients is like an unsharpened pencil; pointless.
To get started with coaching, you might want to approach your family, friends, and colleagues. Perhaps some of your close friends would like to learn how to box. If this isn’t the case, they might know someone who would. Word of mouth is the cheapest and easiest way to make a name for yourself and let people know that you’re offering to coach. You might also want to ask your neighbours.
Don’t hesitate to share on your social media that you’re coaching boxing now. You can also join specialist groups and make a Facebook page to promote your coaching. In some groups, you’re not allowed to advertise (it’s often part of the group’s rules), but you can give advice, moderate conversations, and let people know that you’re an expert in the field.
If you’ve already got a few clients, you might want to ask them to share their opinion of you on your page and give you a rating or a review. This will help other clients and students looking for boxing training to find you.
You might also want to consider advertising in local businesses if they have a notice board and let people in your neighbourhood know that they can learn how to box or train with you. You might also want to advertise in a sports club or gym. However, you probably will want to check if you’re allowed to advertise in your local boxing club as you may be their direct competition. Always ask for permission before putting notices up.
Additionally, as a boxer or boxing coach, you'll have a lot of transferrable skills. For example, not only can you teach people about boxing, sparring, working the heavy bag, etc., you can also offer boxing fitness or boxing workout classes where boxing techniques are used for their aerobic benefits. After all, you'll know better than anyone just how good boxing workouts are for those who want to get fit or get in shape.
Find out more about making a name for yourself as a boxing coach.
Platforms for Offering Boxing Coaching
To make a name for yourself, don’t hesitate to sign up to online platforms. The internet is an essential channel for finding clients and students looking to learn their way around a ring.
You can check out sites like Craigslist for posting ads. On some sites, there are very few boxing coaches, making them great places to stand out. With Google being the most visited website in the UK, you’ll want to make sure that people can find you online. Online visibility is very important for those working for themselves.
Sites are popping up where you can exchange services or favours. Of course, with these sites, you won’t be earning any money for your coaching but will be provided with a service or favour in exchange. There are platforms where you can be paid in service hours or money.
There are also online platforms for private tutors and coaches to find students and vice-versa. In some cases, the site will take a commission for each session taught. These commissions average between 7.5% and 25%.
Find out more about online boxing coaches sites.
On Superprof, you won’t pay anything and you’ll be paid directly for each of your sessions. You’re free to set your rates as you see fit and even offer the first hour of training for free to entice new clients. Your clients can then leave feedback, reviews, and recommendations, helping you climb up the rankings and appearing more regularly in search results.
Finally, you can also look for sites specialising in private coaches and trainers. These platforms often operate in a similar way to the general tuition or coaching websites.
Don’t forget to specify the type of boxing or combat sport you coach (Muay Thai, women’s boxing, self-defence,etc), your level, experience, the levels you teach (children, adults, beginners, experts, etc), your methodology, what your sessions entail, where you are, and your hourly rate.