We love trying new sports, especially ones that give us a great workout. That’s why we’re so happy that, according to Well+Good NYC, boxing is picking up steam with women in New York:
If you’ve ever thought about throwing some punches in the ring a la Hilary Swank, now’s the time. With women’s boxing debuting at the London 2012 Summer Olympics this July, interest in the sport is about to takeoff.
And there’s a thriving community of glove-wielding women in New York who are ready to show you how it’s done—whether your goal is to feel like a bad ass, gain strength, shed some pounds, cultivate confidence, or even compete.
By the way: this is not your mom’s Tae Bo workout.
At a gritty, fighter-style gym on 28th Street, Teresa Scott, the founder of Women’s World of Boxing, wraps wrists and then teaches young women how to punch. In the background, men knock each other into the ropes and around the rings.
You can practically feel the testosterone in the air, but Scott’s clients don’t mind—they’re mainly 20- and 30-something women, a mix of grad students, social workers, and doctors, all of whom want their calorie burn with a side dish of serious empowerment.
“Women discover something about themselves when they box,” says Scott, who lost more than 60 pounds with the sport and is currently raising funds to open her own boxing gym for women. “They gain a sense of control here that they carry outside of the gym.”
Continue reading about the new trend in women’s boxing at Well+Good NYC.
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