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Rated 4.6/5 based on 32 customer reviews.
September 3, 2019 13:44

I took my first class last weekend and I was so happy with the entire experience!! I've never done any sort of boxing class before so this was a great place to start. The owner, Dave, explained everything so that I could understand and gave a ton of one on one instruction since I was a beginner. I was very intimidated to try this, but he made me feel so comfortable during class. He definitely pushes you hard, but based on your skill level, he makes adjustments and makes you feel comfortable. I know there are a lot of gyms out there that offer boxing or muay thai, but this is a quality guy who knows exactly what he's talking about and gives REALLY good technique instructions which is important to me. So...if you want a killer workout and a great class, definitely check out American Boxing...i'll definitely be back for more!

June 17, 2019 16:33

I knew from day one that this coach knew what he was talking about and had a lot of experience fighting. He definitely pushed me to my limits and I learned a lot during my time here. He also does not sugar coat anything and is not afraid to criticize you or teach you a thing or two. That being said he also has a strong personality so be open-minded.

Overall I really recommend this gym if you're serious about learning how to fight and get in shape.

June 4, 2019 15:53

Coach Dave is who you come to when you want to make real progress. He won't sugar coat anything but all criticism is constructive. If you're looking to improve your health both physically and/or mentally I couldn't recommend a better trainer.

September 29, 2018 14:31

I've been coming to American Boxing since late March of this year, I found it through an Internet search! I checked it out first & foremost because of it's close location to my home here in PB! I've STAYED because of the awesome results I've seen for myself!! I've been nothing but HAPPY with the workouts, schedule, owner, equipment, & other fellow "fighters!!"
I was very impressed at the amount of time Coach Dave spent w me on my initial meeting w him! I stopped into the gym to see what it was all about & find out if it would work for me! He spent probably 15 minutes talking to me about diet & nutrition, personal goals, what I could expect from a Muay Thai class etc!
Since my first class I've seen nothing but progress...well & some bruises & LOTS of sweat, but that's to be expected right??!? The classes are tough, Coach Dave is TOUGH... But for me it's very motivating. There is also a consistency of students here, which I think is proof that something good is going on!
I also want to mention how happy I am with how I've been supported by Coach Dave, as I am now training for 2 ( yep, pregnant)! I was given the option to freeze my membership, if desired, but encouraged to come train with modifications! I'm so glad I chose the later, & feel very comfortable with the guidance & support I'm given by him to help me get a great workout, while being comfortable & staying safe!!

September 27, 2018 16:03

American Boxing is a great academy with an amazing team culture. Coach Dave truly cares for his students and goes above and beyond to ensure you get proper training. He's always open to accommodate his students and will work with any schedule to ensure you get gym time. His resume speaks for itself and you can be assured you will get top notch instruction and a fair dose of tough love- no sugar coating feedback here. More than fitness there is nutrition, body mechanics, technical and overall life knowledge being served up. After 7 months of training I am seeing the results of the training and its complementing my other sports. Coach Dave is also experienced in chiropractic and body mechanics and with his help have ensured that I am injury/pain free and able to train at my best. Recommend American Boxing to anyone of any level- men, women, children, or anyone looking for a fun and educational experience.

September 25, 2018 12:53

I have always wanted to try kickboxing (Muay Thai), so I tried a class at American Boxing and I loved it. I knew I would definitely be coming back for more classes. This class is challenging and intense, but in a totally awesome way. Coach Dave definitely knows what he is talking about and he is extremely helpful and very encouraging, not to mention, you are being trained by a true professional. He pushes you to limits you never knew existed within yourself. He is a great sense of humor but is serious when he needs to be, which makes the gym environment even more awesome. This is a great gym and I plan on training here for a long time.

September 23, 2018 09:34

I literally just signed up for classes a week ago.. I was able to make two classes last week and I absolutely loved it. Now that I am settling into San Diego and my new apartment, I can't wait to start going everyday! I came into American Boxing with no Muay Thai experience, just boxing and regular kickboxing, so it is still an adjustment getting used to the different style. The two encounters I have had with Coach Dave have been awesome! The class was amazing and then after when he went over the program details, he was very up front with everything, pricing, rules, etc, etc, which I really liked. He was even up front about being a hard ass... but I didn't come to a boxing gym to get babied. I'm excited to continue working out here.

September 22, 2018 17:28

My 8 year old son has been coming to this gym 3 days a week for the past 2 years.

He loves it!

Coach Dave shows a genuine interest in my son and the other kids in the class. The classes are a good workout for the kids. They definitely get sweaty! Coach Dave focuses on teaching proper technique. Once the kids are ready, they are allowed to spar. The kids wear gloves and shin guards when sparring. It's a very safe and controlled environment. Coach Dave also emphasize proper nutrition and respect for self and others.

I've noticed an improvement in my son's self confidence and mental and physical strength. I am so happy with my son's achievements inside and outside the gym.

I highly recommend this gym if you are looking for a nontraditional sport for your kids or during the off-season of their other sports.

A big Thank You to Coach Dave for the excellent training and kindness over the years!

September 22, 2018 17:05

Best thing I've done since I've moved to San Diego. I was looking for a Muay Thai school. I didn't know what to expect since the school's name was "American Boxing". But I wanted to try and that's always the first step and ever since the first day I was hooked. Everyone's friendly and don't treat you different. Coach Dave is purely Awesome! He deals with personal attention and has a lot of experience and the knowledge to help you with your goals. It doesn't hurt to try...well maybe a little =].

September 22, 2018 13:45

I actually train in OC but I'm always looking for other places. I was on a trip to San Diego and tried this place out it came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. From the minute I walked in the owners and staff were very friendly. They are very knowledgeable. If you want to move to the next level and want to train like a fighter this is the place. The training is hard, as it should be. It's a very relaxed almost family feel here. I can't say enough good things about this place I would drive there just to train on the weekends. There are a lot of schools out there but this is definitely one of the best. Check it out you will be glad you did!!

August 30, 2018 13:05

I started with a week trial at American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness, and after just one class of Boxing and one class of Muay Thai, I knew this was the real deal and signed up for a membership. Coach Dave provides high level training that you won't be able to find anywhere else. He is very passionate at what he does and genuinely wants everybody he trains to get better each and every day. He will challenge you until things are perfected. He will coach you through every detail. Coach Dave sets the intensity level high and makes sure everyone's training to their fullest. He's a great guy and extremely talented. As challenging and tough the classes can be, he makes sure they're just as fun! The classes are challenging, yet very motivating whether your goal is to get in shape, self defense, improve yourself/confidence, become a better fighter, or all of the above. American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness is for anyone-Kids, teens, adults from beginners to experienced athletes. The small class size gives you a chance to really learn, ask questions, and focus on proper technique. I have a blast every time I step foot in this gym! If you're ready to learn, accept the challenge with positivity, work hard, and have some fun, then there's no better place for you than American Boxing Muay Thai Fitness, Pacific Beach!

August 30, 2018 13:05

I started with a week trial at American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness, and after just one class of Boxing and one class of Muay Thai, I knew this was the real deal and signed up for a membership. Coach Dave provides high level training that you won't be able to find anywhere else. He is very passionate at what he does and genuinely wants everybody he trains to get better each and every day. He will challenge you until things are perfected. He will coach you through every detail. Coach Dave sets the intensity level high and makes sure everyone's training to their fullest. He's a great guy and extremely talented. As challenging and tough the classes can be, he makes sure they're just as fun! The classes are challenging, yet very motivating whether your goal is to get in shape, self defense, improve yourself/confidence, become a better fighter, or all of the above. American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness is for anyone-Kids, teens, adults from beginners to experienced athletes. The small class size gives you a chance to really learn, ask questions, and focus on proper technique. I have a blast every time I step foot in this gym! If you're ready to learn, accept the challenge with positivity, work hard, and have some fun, then there's no better place for you than American Boxing Muay Thai Fitness, Pacific Beach!

June 19, 2018 10:08

Wow, this place is really a piece of work. I joined this gym for a new type of workout back in 2011. You read that right. 2011. I am writing this review 7 years later. Why you ask? Here's the story.

I wanted to try something new - Muay Thai seemed fun and I was living in San Diego for 3-4 months. I enjoyed the classes enough to join the gym but specifically told them I'd only be there for a few more months. They were like sure great show us paperwork proving you're moving and the rest of your contract will be void.

Since this fateful conversation (and me proving I moved 2,800 miles away), this gym has tried to send me to collections 3 different times including just 3 weeks ago! I've called, texted, emailed, had my family lawyer talk to Dave (he is the least level-headed person and does not deal with conflict well), and despite the fact that they are years outside of California's laws, they will not void this debt and continue to try to collect an outrageous sum of $$ from an illegal contract to begin with.

Moral of the story: if you're living in San Diego for the long haul maybe join this gym but if you imagine you'll ever leave, stay far far far away. Also, check your contract carefully. I read mine when I signed up apparently "part of the contract is online". It's some big booty bs and completely illegal.

June 19, 2018 10:08

Wow, this place is really a piece of work. I joined this gym for a new type of workout back in 2011. You read that right. 2011. I am writing this review 7 years later. Why you ask? Here's the story.

I wanted to try something new - Muay Thai seemed fun and I was living in San Diego for 3-4 months. I enjoyed the classes enough to join the gym but specifically told them I'd only be there for a few more months. They were like sure great show us paperwork proving you're moving and the rest of your contract will be void.

Since this fateful conversation (and me proving I moved 2,800 miles away), this gym has tried to send me to collections 3 different times including just 3 weeks ago! I've called, texted, emailed, had my family lawyer talk to Dave (he is the least level-headed person and does not deal with conflict well), and despite the fact that they are years outside of California's laws, they will not void this debt and continue to try to collect an outrageous sum of $$ from an illegal contract to begin with.

Moral of the story: if you're living in San Diego for the long haul maybe join this gym but if you imagine you'll ever leave, stay far far far away. Also, check your contract carefully. I read mine when I signed up apparently "part of the contract is online". It's some big booty bs and completely illegal.

April 9, 2018 11:29

If your serious about getting into shape and want to have a blast doing it, there is no better place than American Boxing! The team atmosphere and high level coaching from Dave Nielson is the perfect recipe for success no matter your skill level or physical ability.

Don't hesitate, try something new and you will be looking back wondering what took you so long!

March 24, 2018 01:18

My name is Enrique Alvarez I'm a full time plumbing technician here in San Diego and a native resident and the reason I chose American Boxing for Muay Thai for the past 4 years here is because the small classes are always a pleasure to be in , and with good variety of technical workouts in each class it just makes it that much better for a full workout and for sport and proper learning of the art. To me, the classes that Kru Dave teaches and gives, will keep you on edge and with the proper technique that he gives, will give you the confidence you need. I could go on , on all the good stuff here , but I'll keep it short, all I got to say is You will learn Excellent Muay Thai technique here, Great Atmosphere , great clean place , close to the beach and great people looking to get fit, stronger and train.

March 24, 2018 01:18

My name is Enrique Alvarez I'm a full time plumbing technician here in San Diego and a native resident and the reason I chose American Boxing for Muay Thai for the past 4 years here is because the small classes are always a pleasure to be in , and with good variety of technical workouts in each class it just makes it that much better for a full workout and for sport and proper learning of the art. To me, the classes that Kru Dave teaches and gives, will keep you on edge and with the proper technique that he gives, will give you the confidence you need. I could go on , on all the good stuff here , but I'll keep it short, all I got to say is You will learn Excellent Muay Thai technique here, Great Atmosphere , great clean place , close to the beach and great people looking to get fit, stronger and train.

March 20, 2018 19:25

I've practiced a variety of martial arts for 17 years. Been with this school for 2 years now. Within 3 months of joining (Muay Thai only), I noticed a difference in my health and physique. After 6 months, I was (and continue to be) in the best shape of my life (and that's 1-1.5 hours x2-3/week). Kru Dave is a no BS, technical coach. It's not for everyone, but if you want smart, practical training, don't need to be coddled and can handle tough love, then come in and try a class. It's good for all ages and experience levels.

March 20, 2018 19:25

I've practiced a variety of martial arts for 17 years. Been with this school for 2 years now. Within 3 months of joining (Muay Thai only), I noticed a difference in my health and physique. After 6 months, I was (and continue to be) in the best shape of my life (and that's 1-1.5 hours x2-3/week). Kru Dave is a no BS, technical coach. It's not for everyone, but if you want smart, practical training, don't need to be coddled and can handle tough love, then come in and try a class. It's good for all ages and experience levels.

March 20, 2018 13:32

Great place to train! Unique small class structure which allows the head trainer Kru Dave to give his students expert coaching & attention.

No better workout and environment to learn how hard you can push yourself. I miss this place!!!

March 10, 2018 18:28

Very technical instruction, making the experience safe. Friendly members, everyone is very kind and helpful. The coach is tough but funny and definitely cares about his students. Probably the best overall workout I've done. I played traditional sports my entire life and college baseball. If you want to learn how to box or kickbox for a workout or self defense, I highly suggest you try this gym first.

December 12, 2017 01:08

Ive been training Muay Thai for about 3 months and I can honestly say it is changing my lifestyle. Every class it's pushing your body to become stronger, but more importantly training your mind to focus and adjust. Coach Dave's classes have no more than 12 people and the hour long class is a good balance of shadow boxing, working out, partner work, and bag work. Every day I'm learning something new and how to correct my technique. The people in class are awesome and always willing to help no matter what level you're at. Location is great too! He even has a surf club and not to mention the sweetest dog Paris, greets you every time you come in. I love it. Can't stay away!!

December 12, 2017 01:08

Ive been training Muay Thai for about 3 months and I can honestly say it is changing my lifestyle. Every class it's pushing your body to become stronger, but more importantly training your mind to focus and adjust. Coach Dave's classes have no more than 12 people and the hour long class is a good balance of shadow boxing, working out, partner work, and bag work. Every day I'm learning something new and how to correct my technique. The people in class are awesome and always willing to help no matter what level you're at. Location is great too! He even has a surf club and not to mention the sweetest dog Paris, greets you every time you come in. I love it. Can't stay away!!

December 9, 2017 22:10

My wife and I went to this place and the Coach was most hostile and unpleasant. He make fun of my wife several times because she is chubby and he kept secreting with another coach laughing mockingly, in the end he told us that we did not serve to box because we were very slow. They had told us that the first class was free but he wanted us to pay him. This guy is mentally sick then he started arguing with a young lady like a coward. He has no education or respect.

November 13, 2017 15:16

Coach Dave's classes are extremely fun, motivating, and rewarding - physically and mentally. Definitely recommend American Boxing to anyone who's looking to switch up their workout routine.

October 20, 2017 06:12

So I've been training here for about a month now and I have loved it so far! As mentioned in other positive reviews, if you can't handle constructive criticism and are an overly sensitive person, then this probably isn't for you. But the small class size allows for you to actually learn and work on proper technique and breaks aren't going to happen because you are there to train. The atmosphere is great and if you are looking to commit then this is an awesome place to do so !

October 20, 2017 06:12

Great workout with great people! If you are looking for a workout that pushes you, this is the place. Classes stay small so you actually get coached and don't hurt yourself with the wrong technique. Also, it feels good to hit the bag for a little bit after a long day. No on here has an ego, and everyone is there for the same reasons: work out and have a good time. I always feel great waking out of here and highly recommend to anyone looking for a good workout or a supplement to their workout routine.

October 20, 2017 06:12

coach really knows what he is doing. small classes so more personal feedback. good people!

October 20, 2017 06:12

Great facility and small class sizes with awesome people who are serious about improving. Great coaches that will push you to your limits.

October 20, 2017 06:12

Trained before in Chicago and New York and was looking for both proper technique and a kick ass workout. This was the first and last place I tried. Dave is experienced, entertaining and no nonsense. The people are friendly and there is a community feel. The classes are small and always something different. I highly recommend this gym for both women and men!

October 16, 2017 16:30

So I've been training here for about a month now and I have loved it so far! As mentioned in other positive reviews, if you can't handle constructive criticism and are an overly sensitive person, then this probably isn't for you. But the small class size allows for you to actually learn and work on proper technique and breaks aren't going to happen because you are there to train. The atmosphere is great and if you are looking to commit then this is an awesome place to do so !

June 9, 2017 20:37

Trained before in Chicago and New York and was looking for both proper technique and a kick ass workout. This was the first and last place I tried. Dave is experienced, entertaining and no nonsense. The people are friendly and there is a community feel. The classes are small and always something different. I highly recommend this gym for both women and men!

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