“A good boxing competition gives one the sight of fine men in their prime, trained to the ounce, showing the highest skill, pluck and endurance in carrying out their attack and defence under strict rules of fair play and good temper.” - Robert Baden-Powell
The number of people participating in boxing is increasing. Recent figures state that over 200,000 people box. Following the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, its popularity has only increased. Boxing and wrestling’s popularity has led to growth in the sports club sector in recent years.
If you’re a boxer interested in teaching and coaching boxing privately, you’ll need to find paying customers.
The Importance of Online Presence for Boxing Coaches
To teach boxing, you have to be online! Everyone Googles almost everything. This is particularly true when it comes to services, jobs, restaurants, gyms, etc. Looking something up using your computer or smartphone is almost a reflex at this point when people need information.
This is also true when it comes to those looking for private tutorials and coaching.
You can use the internet to learn so many things: IT, cooking, foreign languages, plumbing, etc., but when it comes to sports, it’s hard to beat the real thing and having a coach present in the room with you.
That said, web users will still use Google to look for local services such as a boxing coach in their area, be it for traditional boxing, kick-boxing, savate, or Thai boxing.
You should have a presence so that if a potential customer near you starts looking for a boxing coach, you show up. There are plenty of platforms you can use for this. Some specialise in sport and others in teaching all types of subjects from academic subjects to the arts, hobbies, sports, and leisure activities.
It’s up to you whether or not you travel to your customers’ houses, train them in boxing gyms, leisure centres, or opt to teach via webcam. You can always opt for all three, too.
While it's easier for trainers to work on technical aspects of boxing like footwork while in the room with their student, a fitness boxing workout can easily be taught online via webcam. Similarly, most people don't have a boxing ring in their own home so there are certain things you just won't be able to do in boxing lessons outside of a gym.
Platforms for Offering Boxing Coaching
In the virtual world, there are plenty of sites where you can post your ad and advertise what you’re offering. Sites like Gumtree and Craigslist allow you to do this. These sites are mostly free to use and they’re generally used for people to find services or buy things.
There aren’t many boxing coaches offering their services via these sites so there may be an untapped market to exploit. After all, these sites get a lot of traffic, resulting in more exposure for you and your business.
Make sure you carefully put together your profile or ad, ideally with a picture of you in action either working with a customer, boxing, or working on a punching bag. Your ad needs to be concise and include:
- The type of boxing you teach (Muay Thai, kickboxing, savate, traditional boxing, etc).
- Your level
- You experience in boxing and coaching
- The levels you teach: beginners, intermediates, experts.
- Your methodology.
- What lessons and sessions include and how long they last: warm-ups, building muscle, technique, combos, stretches, etc.
- Where you are and how far you’ll travel to sessions.
- Your rates.
On most classified ad sites, you’ll want to regularly update and repost your ad.
Find out more about making a name for yourself as a boxing coach.
Service Exchange Platforms for Finding Boxing Students
There are two main ways to offer your boxing coaching sessions: in exchange for money, or in exchange for another service. In the digital age, there are plenty of platforms where you can swap goods and services. Whether you’re offering a service or a product, you can exchange it for another favour, service, or product.
On these platforms, there are coaches, teachers, and tradesmen all offering their services in exchange for other services or, in some cases, hours redeemable against other services on the platform. Some are better than others when it comes to offering coaching and, as usual, it depends on supply and demand.
Here are a few you may want to check out:
Of course, most exchange sites specialise in physical objects rather than services, but there’s nothing to stop you posting your ad there anyway. Somebody may be looking for exactly the type of coaching you’re offering. However, with many of these platforms, you’ll have to take something other than cash as payment.
The Services You Offer as an Online Boxing Coach
As you'll know, boxing training is more than just sparring, working the heavy bag or speed bag, practising different boxing techniques, or learning how to throw punches. There's also the huge aerobic benefit boxing workouts offer.
A lot of people a looking to boxing classes to get fit or get in shape rather than to become a professional boxer so make sure that you consider offering these services to potential clients, too. Since these sessions are more like fitness training than working on your boxing technique, they're easier to teach online since there are fewer health and safety issues you need to concern yourself with as they'll be working on their stamina and their fitness rather than lifting heavy weights, etc.
Of course, a professional boxing trainer will probably want to focus on a traditional boxing class but these high-intensity workout classes are very popular and a source of income that a lot of coaches would be foolish to turn their noses up at.
Find out more about becoming a boxing coach.
Boxing Coaching on Superprof
Are you a former boxer with years of coaching experience? Are you looking to teach the next generation of boxers how to compete and stay in peak physical condition?
Our platform puts tutors and coaches in contact with students and customers but unlike other platforms, the tutors and coaches don’t need to pay. You can pay if you’d like your listing to be highlighted, though, increasing its visibility. All payment is done between the coach and their clients with the clients paying to get in touch with the coach.
You decide your rates and whether or not you’d like to offer free coaching for the first hour. You can offer to coach via webcam, face-to-face, or in groups. Your clients can then leave feedback, reviews, and recommendations, helping you climb up the rankings and appearing more regularly in search results. You’re rewarded for how quickly you get back to customers and you’ll also want to make sure you have the nicest profile possible with a good photo and a title that will make customers want to learn from you. You can also post a video advertising your coaching!
Don’t hesitate to explain what your sessions are like, where they take place, whether you provide equipment or not, and the type of exercises they’ll be doing.
So are you ready to start putting together your profile?
Whether you're offering kickboxing, Muay Thai, or boxing fitness classes, if you offer a quality service in terms, market yourself right, and charge the right prices, you can be successful without necessarily needing to work in a boxing gym.
If you need more help with boxing, you can also get it from one of the many talented tutors on Superprof. There are boxing tutors all over the country and around the world ready offering either face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials.
Face-to-face tutorials tend to be the most costly but they're also the most cost-effective as you'll have the tutor's undivided attention. Online tutorials tend to be a bit cheaper since the tutor doesn't have as many outgoings to worry about and can charge a more competitive rate. Group tutorials are the cheapest per student per hour as the cost of the tutor's time is shared among all the students in attendance. It's up to you to decide which type is best for you and your budget.
Furthermore, many of the tutors on the platform offer free tutoring for the first hour. You can use this time to discuss what you're after, find out more about the tutor, their experience, and their qualifications, see if you get along, and work out whether or not a particular tutor is right for you.