FightCamp for Android will kick your butt

I don’t like to belittle a global pandemic, but if we try to think of the positive effects that have resulted from it, we can point to increased awareness and commitment by people to their health and fitness. For myself, I started CrossFit last year and the experience has been completely transformative, not just physically but mentally as well. While this works for me, not everyone has access to a gym or just prefers to work out at home. That being said, the pandemic has led to the rise of many at-home training systems, including a boxing-focused system called battle camp attract a lot of attention.

Think FightCamp to boxing like Peloton to cycling. You have a device at home and use that device while being tutored during a class. The fundamentals of this concept are that it has to be engaging, fun, easy to use and works beautifully for those who are well motivated.

I was recently asked to review the brand new FightCamp app for Android along with the FightCamp Personal setup which includes a free standing bag, quick wraps, gloves and punch tracker. In this post, I’m going to go through my time with FightCamp and let you know if I think the system is worth the starting price of $39/month.

The system

FightCamp is a home fitness program based on the wonderful world of boxing and kickboxing. If you’ve ever watched a match, you know that fighters require not only an amazing amount of physical strength, but also cardiovascular endurance. FightCamp’s goal is to turn the art of boxing into a fun and consumable training system for all skill levels that is sure to burn a ton of calories, whether you’ve never worn a pair of gloves or are a seasoned vet. There is something for everyone in the FightCamp system, with classes taught by great instructors like PJ Shirdan, Tommy Duquette, Raquel Harris and Shanie Smash. These trainers bring years of experience to the FightCamp platform, which is helpful for someone like me who has absolutely no combat experience. After all, I am a self-proclaimed pacifist.

What you need

In order to use FightCamp, you need a basic membership which costs $39/month. Comparing that monthly price to the price of a regular boxing gym can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, so that’s already a plus for those who don’t want to break the bank on a gym membership. If you want to further expand your FightCamp experience and dive deep into the data behind your punches, you’ll want FightCamp’s $399 Connect Pack. This bundle includes Quick Wraps and the all-important Punch Trackers. To explain these quickly, their purpose is in the name as they track your shots in real-time via a Bluetooth connection to your smart device. You can then use whatever pocket or face you prefer for training. However, FightCamp sells a very high-quality freestanding bag (weighted down with either sand or water), fancy gloves, and a long list of other goodies. I’d like to stress that none of this is necessary to use the system, but of course the trackers add a certain coolness factor and a tangible figure for the amount of work you’re putting in.

The workouts

I can start by saying boxing is hard work but like any other workout you get what you put in. If you go in hard and really attack the punching bag and warm-ups, the gains will come quicker. There are hundreds and hundreds of recorded classes for fighters of all levels in FightCamp’s class library. I started out nice and easy with classes filled with light footwork, jabs, hooks and uppercuts. As you progress you can dive into 10 rounds of pro combo workouts and full body movements.

For beginners like me, I recommend the Paths section of the app, with the Prospect Path being the best place to start your journey to fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. There’s also a Foundations program, ideal for users who want to improve their cardio while preparing for their order gear to arrive. A dynamic warm-up, recovery and stretching program can be added to any workout.

Within the home area of ​​the app, you can choose from the following training areas: Paths, Warm-ups, Boxing, Kickboxing, Shadowboxing, Core, Strength and Conditioning, Recovery and Stretching, Exercises and Skills. Each section is filled with a ton of content. So if you become a member I don’t expect anyone to get bored or run out of workouts. It’s just not possible. For those who don’t pay for the punch trackers, each class that supports them is marked as Tracker Optional so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Selecting a workout also lists how many laps the workout lasts, so you know how long you’ll be going.

My experience

First off let me say that FightCamp is very cool and a damn good workout. One aspect I didn’t fall in love with is the lack of Chromecast support. I’m not entirely sure why the developers haven’t implemented it, but it’s slightly annoying to get your class on a bigger screen in your house when you’re using Android. It’s a bit easier on a Pixel phone with the native screen sharing feature in your system, but on my Galaxy phone you’ll need to do your screen sharing through the Google Home app and then come back to FightCamp once you’re up and running. The casting aspect is a big problem as it’s really difficult to see your coach on a small phone screen and almost impossible to listen to the instructions when you’re hitting a bag. Investing in the case, gloves, and the entire setup will ensure you have a plan to consistently upgrade your phone’s display to a larger screen. This also requires a solid internet connection as you want to make sure there aren’t too many hiccups or latency. Luckily I have a good internet connection in my garage.

I also struggled with the punch trackers early on in FightCamp. The first few workouts I did, they refused to work and track my shots. They seem to be working fine now though, so I blame possible Bluetooth interference or something along those lines. I contacted FightCamp support about the issue and they were very helpful in trying to fix it so that’s a good sign. Who doesn’t appreciate good customer service, especially at $39/month?

My technical issues aside, setting up the device and app was super easy. There are guides upon guides showing how to use every aspect of the FightCamp system, so you’ll love this if you appreciate resources. It was also extremely easy to add my wife to the account and she loved taking her anger out on the bag instead of me. Thank you Fight Camp. As you can see in the screenshot below, Google Fit is also integrated, allowing you to export your FightCamp data to Google’s health tracking platform. In my opinion, the more integration there is, the better, as the app also allows users to sync heart tracking data before beginning each workout. Honestly, it’s a very well thought out app that has all the bells and whistles you could want.

Finally, I refer you to the FightCamp blog. The blog has a library of nutrition, system, wellness, and free workouts content to give non-members an idea of ​​what they’re getting into. One of the main attractions of CrossFit is the community aspect. So when I see blogs like this, as well as in-app leaderboards and badges, I get the same community building vibe that I know has been very successful for other systems. FightCamp is definitely trying to build a community around the system, which is absolutely the right approach.

If you’re looking for something very different from a stationary bike and treadmill, FightCamp has you covered. It’s a great workout, the Android app is great, and the community is fun. Get started by following the link below or by visiting FightCamp’s website.

Google play link

Thank you to my wife for helping me get photos of FightCamp in action and a big thank you to FightCamp for providing the equipment needed to complete this review.

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