Located at 726 South La Barea Avenue in Los Angeles is the Paolina Boxing Club owned by Brookly native Phil Paolina. The gym is simplistic, small, and low-tech. Many members and visitors are reminded of the stripped down, tattered, and torn equipment used by Sly Stallone in the famous Rocky movies. Phil Paolina believes in lifting hard, boxing hard, and doing cardio as the key to get in shape. The gym has been the temporary home to many celebrities preparing for movie roles demanding them to be in top physical condition.
Paolina Boxing Club is popular with males and has almost no female members. The club is nothing more than a warehouse with two boxing rings, a basketball court, and a pool table. The club has an underground following including some celebrity fans and has hosted celebrity after parties including the infamous Tyson/Holyfield fight. The United Talent Agency often uses the club for its Christmas party.
With its Brooklyn roots, the club is popular with New York transplants that move to Los Angeles. The majority of the members are males between the ages of 18-45 who have had a history of physical exercise. Personal training sessions are available upon request with staff members.