After all, it was only made legal for women to box professionally in the 1990s. And, we had to wait until London 2012 - a full 110 years after men – for women to compete in Olympic Boxing.
There’s more to boxing than just getting punched in the face - this is why women all over the UK are falling in love with the sport.
Boxing training is a full cardio workout, meaning it keeps your heart in great shape. Training consists of fun and variable circuits, that promote fat burning and muscle toning. It builds strength and power in a way that keeps you looking lean - especially in your arms and legs.
You can practice anywhere
You don’t need to go to a gym or a class to practice boxing making it easy to fit around your schedule- all you need to do is buy a punchbag, some hand wraps, and a pair of gloves.
Practice in your garage, garden, or even your local park. It’s also really easy to train with a partner - all you’ll need is a pair of pads and a mouthguard.
Hitting bags and pads releases natural endorphins that make you feel great about yourself. Training is also fantastic for your self-confidence and burning off calories.
Practicing boxing is ultimate stress relief tool. After a tough day at work, there’s nothing more rewarding than letting out your anger on a punch bag.
Boxing is also a natural self-defence discipline. A lot of training techniques are based around being defensive and elusive whilst your opponent attacks. Training focuses on repetition, meaning that boxing becomes your second nature in fight situations.
Western Boxing is practiced using only your fists to hit your opponent above the waste. This is the easiest form of boxing to take up at home, where you can either hang a punch bag, or practice on pads with a partner.
In Thai Boxing, fighters use their hands, elbows, knees, and feet. It requires a lot of agility, movement, and flexibility.
To practice Thai Boxing at home, you will need a long punch bag, and a pair of Thai pads. Thai pads are longer than normal boxing pads, and held on your forearms.
Kickboxing, also known as French Boxing, is practiced using only your hands and feet. You can only make contact with your opponent above the belt, so there’s a lot of high and spinning kicks. To practice at home you’ll need a standard punch bag, and a pair of Thai Pads if you’re practicing with a partner.
There are three essential pieces of kit you need in order to start any form of boxing.
Gloves cushion the impact when throwing punches. You can consider gloves that weigh between 10-14oz. As a general rule, the heavier a person is, the heavier the glove needs to be.
Hand wraps help keep the bones in our hand in place and restrict the risk of a wrist sprain.
Mouthguards protect your teeth and gums from impact. Even if you don’t want to take part in full-contact sparring, you should wear a mouthguard as a precaution.