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Liteboxer: Everything You Need to Know

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If your self-made workout routine is getting a little home-hum, you may want to check out the latest contender in subscription-based workouts, Liteboxer. With music, lights, scores and plenty of streaming content, this mammoth piece of gym equipment manages to gamify boxing. The result? A truly addictive workout.

But is it for you? We’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know before you decide whether you’re ready to unleash your inner Rocky from the comfort of your own home. But before we get into details like pricing and setup, let’s go over how this at-home workout feels. 

What Is It Like to Use Liteboxer?

Woman using the Liteboxer starter set

Cofounders Todd Dagres and Jeff Morin designed the main component of Liteboxer with a heavy-duty shield and six round target zones that have sensors. When you’re boxing, an LED light travels from the center of the shield to the target you’re supposed to hit. If your punch lands on time and on target, you get a green light. (Yay!) If you don’t land your punch correctly, you get a red light. (Boo!)

At the end of the round, the Liteboxer app will give you an overall score and track things like your hit accuracy and strike force. Described by many as the boxing version of Dance Dance Revolution, slugging it out to music and trying to better your score can be very addictive. Not to mention sweaty. 

We’ll go further into technical details and streaming content for your boxing workout a little further on, but first, let’s cover something you’re probably anxious to know.

What Does Lite Boxer Cost?

If jabbing and punching to the beats sound like your jam, you should know that there is a heavyweight price for all of that fun. The initial fee for this high-tech boxing machine is $1695, which is a bit of a blow to your bank account (though you can choose to finance monthly payments). You’ll also get a free 1-month membership trial.

After that, you’ll pay $29.99 per month to gain access to their music library and 400+ workouts.

If you’re still reeling from that 1-2 punch, there is some good news. Liteboxer comes with free shipping and a 30-day free trial. Not happy? You can send it back at no cost. Liteboxer also has a “refer a friend” option which can get you $200 for every workout buddy that makes a purchase. 

So how much bang do you get for your bucks? Let’s go over what comes with Liteboxer and also what doesn’t).

What Does Liteboxer Come With?

Included with Liteboxer are the following:

  • The Liteboxer itself (duh)
  • 1 pair of workout gloves
  • 1 pair of wraps
  • The non-slip platform (choose between standard or extended for a bit more space)
  • Free shipping (valued at $250)
  • Free 1-month membership trial
  • 12-month limited warranty

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What Liteboxer Does Not Include:

  • Speakers
  • Workout Screen

Unlike some equipment, Liteboxer does not include a screen for streaming their classes and workouts. Instead, you’ll have to download the liteboxer app to your tablet or phone. LiteBoxer works with both Apple and Android products, although you’ll have to make sure your processor syncs. The minimum app requirements are a 5th generation iPad, iPhone8 on iOS 10 or Android 7.0 with 2GB RAM.

While the machine does have a well-designed holder for your devices, it’s placed (oddly) beneath the uppercut punching block and far below eye level.

While the makers state that this is to keep you from being distracted during your workout, it can be a bit awkward. Especially when you need visual cues for longer punch combos that instructors may throw at you. 

Speakers are also not included with Liteboxer. So if you really want to blast those jams, you’ll need to pair them with your Bluetooth speaker. Luckily, you can find a solid option on Amazon for just a fraction of the investment. 

Workout Options

Liteboxer has plenty of workout options to keep you from getting bored. When you first download the app, you’ll see some introductory tutorials. If you’re new to boxing, be sure not to skip over them. You’ll learn some important boxing lingo, punch combos and also get to know your Liteboxer better.

When it comes to full-body workouts, you have two options: Trainer Classes or what they call Build & Restore Classes.

Build & Restore Classes

Under the Build & Restore Tab, you’ll find conditioning videos that cover the entire body or target specific muscle groups. And as the name implies, these courses are more focused on strengthening, conditioning and stretching as opposed to fast-paced cardio. 

Trainer Classes

But the heart of the courses for Liteboxer will be found under the Trainer Classes tab. Led by experienced athletes, these classes are divided by music genre, length and workout style. And with a good array of instructors, you’re sure to find a style you (and your fists) connect with. 

These classes also vary in length and can be anywhere from a few minutes (if you want to get a quick workout in) up to about 30. 

Quickplay

Not in the mood for a trainer-led course? Go under the Quickplay tab, and you’ll see a Punch Track and Freestyle option. (You’ll also see a Thumboxer option, but this is a mini-mobile game meant to be played on your device.)

Punch Tracks

If you’re not in the mood for a class, you can always opt to punch it out to tracks from the Liteboxer music library. The fun part about this option is that you can make your own playlist and choose a difficulty level of easy, medium or hard for each song.

The more difficult the level, the more punches and more complicated punch combos you’ll have to throw. The Liteboxer will also give you your total workout time at the bottom of the screen, making it easy to build a workout to your preferred length.

This is also where Liteboxer can become very addictive. Trying to better your score on a specific tune is not only a good workout, it’s good fun. Make that good sweaty fun!

Freestyle

The Freestyle option gives you the chance to punch it out to the beat of your own music. However, this is more like working out with a heavy bag in the sense that there are no scores given at the end of a song. But if you really want to work out to tunes you can’t find in the Liteboxer library, it is an option. 

Specs and Set Up

Woman scanning through the punch tracks on her Liteboxer

Now that you’re familiar with the Liteboxer workouts, let’s talk some specifics on specs and setup. 

Weight: 150 pounds

Height: Adjustable between 54 to 64 inches

Footprint: With standard platform 55.3″ L x 37.5 W. With extended platform: 73.3” L x 37.5 W

User Capacity: 325 lbs

Height Range: 4′ 10″ to 6’4″

With a footprint of approximately 3 x 5 feet, there’s no getting around that Liteboxer is a big, honking piece of equipment. Even more so if you opt for the machine with the extended platform. So, yeah, you’re going to need a chunk of space to accommodate it. 

Yes, it could probably fit in your living room. But if you have a rec room, home gym or a roomy garage or basement, it may be easier to live around. 

Liteboxer arrives in about ten days in two heavy boxes. Unless you opt for white-glove service, you’ll have to set it up yourself (which you can do with the help of instructional videos and hopefully a friend).

Overall Pros and Cons

Still not sure if Liteboxer is for you? Let’s go over the pros and cons. Let’s start with the positive.

PROS

  • Sturdy, well-built piece of equipment that can take the beatings it was made for
  • Great variety of trainer-lead courses and workout options
  • Fun, addictive workout that gamifies boxing (and makes you sweat!)
  • Ever-growing library of music to work out to
  • Less intimidating than live boxing classes
  • 30-day free trial
  • Free shipping

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Requires a good amount of space
  • No display screen included
  • Odd placement of device holder
  • No speakers included
  • No footwork required

The Upshot

Feel inspired to trade in your punching bag? Whether you should jump in the ring with Liteboxer all depends on what you’re expecting to get out of it. If you’re looking for a fun and challenging workout (and have the space and budget), Liteboxer’s cons may not weigh in very much when it comes to your decision. And it should be mentioned that, in general, this piece of equipment is very well-reviewed.

However, if you’re a serious boxer, the lack of footwork required for this machine could be a deterrent. Even a heavy bag forces you to adjust your stance and punches somewhat. In contrast, once you find the correct striking distance with Liteboxer, your feet don’t move much. 

And although it does have an uppercut punching block, this machine is not meant for kickboxing.

So the final call is up to you, champs. As we said, your choice will probably come down to cost and what you’re expecting to get out of Liteboxer. It may not be a real live sparring partner, but you are guaranteed not to get an accidental blow to the face. And there is a lot to be said for that!

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Sherry De Alba

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