Think boxing's just for tough guys? Think again. It appears that women's boxing has overtaken yoga as the latest fitness craze. With celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Paula Patton, Demi Lovato, Karlie Kloss, Gina Rodriguez, Brandy, Khloe Kardashian and sister Kendall Jenner sharing photos of themselves boxing to stay fit, boxing gyms, classes and video workouts are continuing to gain in popularity.
Top 5 Fitness Benefits to Boxing
Boxing is great cross-training because, unlike some other cardio workouts, boxing seriously works your upper half.
If you're looking for well-toned arms and shoulders, look no further: hitting a punching bag burns 200 calories in 20 minutes and your arms and shoulders get an excellent workout.
Boxing builds muscle and boosts your metabolism, while challenging your key muscle groups, legs, chest and shoulders.
Boxing is a HIIT cardiovascular workout that builds endurance and stamina with constant movement alternated with intermittent intense bouts of punching and dodging.
Punching and kicking relieve frustrations and stress, and is said to make you stronger emotionally and mentally. Women boxers report an increased level of confidence.
Boxing Workout Gear
Most workout wear can be worn for boxing, but ideally your boxing gear should stay in place, be comfortable and wick moisture – boxing works up a sweat! If you're in it for the long run, you'll want to invest in some gear to protect and support your body during boxing workouts.
Regular gym shoes won't cut it long term for boxing workouts. Shoes made specifically for boxing or cross-training add additional support to protect your feet and ankles for pivot and lateral moves, jumping and kicks. Many women wear sturdy gym shoes for their first few boxing classes, then invest in boxing shoes after they decide to continue boxing workouts.
One size doesn't fit all, and women shouldn't wear men's boxing gloves. Women need a different style of boxing glove because women’s palms are typically shorter and narrower than men’s. Hand wraps add additional protection for wrists and knuckles. Most gyms will provide gloves to start, but you should invest in your own hand wraps.
Boob bounce isn’t just painful: it tears the Cooper’s ligaments that naturally support your breasts. Research shows that supporting the mid and upper part of the breast (where the Būband hugs your body) while you exercise reduces the risk of irreparably damaging these fragile ligaments. The Būband breast support band also provide support and protection during boxing workouts.
"As a boxing instructor and marathon runner, I've struggled to find a bra that completely holds everything in place. With the Būband, I don't have to worry about that – there's no bounce at all. Everything's secure! – Nancy Chen, Boxing Instructor
Tokyo boxer @shiho_tokyo also shared a photo on Instagram: she wears Būband for boxing training and workouts:
All you need is Būband! Especially for run, high-jumps, touch-down and jumping-jacks! – Boxer at B-Monster
If you're considering starting boxing for fitness, check out some of the free YouTube channels offering boxing workouts: 15 Free YouTube Fitness Channels.
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager