Like many others, our two-car garage has turned into a fitness center since the start of the pandemic. We have free weights on the floor, an elastic band wrapped around the storage shelves, a kettlebell, and an old massage table that we use for a weightlifting bench. And I go around the perimeter of the garage. Seriously, I jog five miles a day, four times a week. That’s a lot of podcasts to listen to, to break up the monotony. So when I was offered to try Liteboxer for two weeks I welcomed this opportunity.
Unofficially referred to as the Boxing Machines Peloton, it occupies a 37.5-inch x 55.5-inch footprint and is adjustable to approximately 6.5 feet in height. It basically consists of a platform to stand on, an attached iPad holder, an uppercut bag, and a sturdy pallet of electronic targets to point at. The target board is very large but has a bit of a chance that it will move with your punches. Reminiscent of a vertical, life-size version of whack-a-mole. But it is not a toy. Rather, it’s a legitimate workout tool that has been kicking me every day for the past week.
Someone came to configure it: the installation took about 40 minutes. Then he showed me how to associate the app with the machine. I had a little trouble getting the Android version together consistently, but the iOS rendering worked really well and quickly. From there, the app explains itself, really. You hit any target to wake up the machine, then the app specifically tells you which target to point to pair the machine and the app. It offers you – among all its vast options – video-based trainer-led classes, stretching + strengthening tracks, boot camp and fast-playing punch tracks in which the music plays, the machine lights up the targets to the beat and you just hit the targets when they light up. And it’s not just punches. Some of the training classes incorporate yoga, others include stretching and gymnastics, etc. It’s a full body workout, trust me. I consider my lower body to be in great shape – I do cardio seven mornings a week without fail. Still, since Liteboxer is mostly upper body oriented, my first workout only lasted seven minutes. It was seriously all I could take. The next day I had up to 15 minutes. Same thing with my wife. It’s good that the lessons can be tailored to suit anyone’s skill level.
I quickly learned that I liked the music sessions better, although I had much better full body workouts going through the coaching classes. The machine also keeps track of your punches, giving you stats on your accuracy when punching the music track and the strength of your punch.
I feel renewed after using it. First of all, the courses led by coaches teach you boxing techniques. Apparently I was hitting the wrong side of my knuckles at first – yes they were quite painful despite using the included tape under the boxing gloves. Second, I learned that I’m not Conor McGregor – my punch only registered a strength of 2 out of a possible 5. And third – and most importantly – I loved that it allowed me to get rid of a lot of aggression. Hey, I admit I’m stressed out by the pandemic. So it felt good to unload. And it was also fun and refreshing. The entire package costs $ 1,495.