Get Fierce at Canvas Club Boxing
Photographed by Josh Witzel
The boutique gym is the latest addition to Madison’s eclectic Monroe Street neighborhood. And it’s a clever expansion of Harbor Athletic Club’s offerings, created by co-owners and siblings Sara Johnson, Melissa Ernst and John Ernst.
Participants learn how to throw cross hooks, uppercuts and a variety of punch combinations in 12 three-minute rounds. The Upstart Shadowbox class format is meant for newbies, or as Melissa Ernst says “boxers in training.” Clientele can also opt for 75-minute personalized sessions with retired professional boxer Leo Morel.
Ernst says the workout design is versatile, “It’s a fusion of mental and physical components. Had a bad day at work? Come work it out in the ring.” Time to glove up—and hit it hard!