Boxing: the hottest new workout for women?

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Everywhere we look around us, there is some sort of new diet or exercise fad that promises to shed the pounds within weeks. It seems we’ve tried everything from Beyonce’s Maple Syrup Diet to Chairacise, but now something has arrived which not only seems completely within the realms of possibility, but is also a great way to let off steam: boxing.

New beginnings

Without a doubt, boxing has come onto everybody’s radar in the recent months thanks to the forthcoming Mayweather Jr vs. Pacquiao fight, which will see millions of spectators betting and biting their nails on 2nd May. But far from being a sport which is primarily directed towards men, now, more and more women are choosing boxing to vent their frustrations and lose those extra pounds.

No one knows this better than the founders of Shadowbox, a new boxing studio which has just opened in New York’s Flatiron District. Daniel Glazer, founder of the club, said: “We’re going to try to bridge the gap between what’s great about the sport traditionally and bring it into the new century for women who want to be able to take a shower and blow-dry their hair and go to work afterward.”

Yes, it may be something of a boxing-ring-come-beauty-salon, but that is not to say that the regimes will not be hard work. Classes comprise shadow boxing with and without weights, heavy bag work with guided punch combinations and core and body weight exercises, all topped off with a few stretches. It particularly appeals to women, says Glazer, thanks to its lengthening and toning properties, rather than making its participants “bulk up.”

On the catwalk

Aesthetics are certainly an added benefit of this refreshing exercise, but it’s also having a substantial effect on the fashion circuit. Alexander Wang set the trend last autumn when he designed boxing gloves for his H&M collaboration. This in turn inspired Karl Lagerfield, who soon had models such as Cara Delevingne sporting lace-up boots and quilted bags in the latest campaign for Chanel. Louis Vuitton went one step further and even designed a full set of boxing accessories, retailing at an eye-watering $175,000.

It’s part of an altogether bigger ‘sportification’ trend which is currently taking the fashion world by storm for both men and women. Wei Koh, founder of The Rake Magazine, says: “There’s a blending of sportswear and formality like we’ve never seen. What’s apparent now is that we are looking for clothes that help us jump around the city, run around between meetings. It’s about comfort, technical ability and mobility.”

Of course, technical ability and mobility are two traits which any keen boxer possesses. With the new fitness trend, this is something which could be on the rise in the coming months for any New York resident looking for an exciting way of getting in shape.

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