Skirting the issue: Female boxers enter the ring

Why box?
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Why box?

The 2012 London Olympics marked the first year that boxing was inaugurated as a female event. It was a huge victory for women’s sports—and affirmation of what a great choice boxing is for women everywhere, amateurs included.
Why boxing? For starters, it’s a great workout. Unlike spot training, boxing works numerous muscle groups. It’s great for the core which means increased strength, balance, and improved posture. It’s also good for the butt, great for the legs—all the kicks and stances are killer!—and obviously, boxing does wonders for the shoulders and biceps. Michelle Obama arms, here you come.
In addition to being great for the bod, boxing is enormously empowering. Not only will boxing make you feel strong and whip you into shape, it will also give you confidence. What takes place in the ring, or in front of the punching bag, transfers to real life. Think Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby.”
If all of these reasons aren’t enough, boxing is also FUN! This is not a workout you will dread or drag yourself to, but one you will look forward to. It’s always challenging, always fresh and always tough—in the best way, of course.

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