Boxing is an increasingly popular sport that is no longer "male only". These days, boxing is for women too! Discover the benefits of a well-loved sport.
Boxing is not just for men
Many women perceive boxing as a violent sport where two quasi-inhuman brutes face off against each other mercilessly. But make no mistake, ladies; each year more and more women are being seduced by this uncommon sport. It's an excellent means for them to break out of their daily routine, and let off steam and release the stress that all women are faced with at times.
Women's boxing is therefore an increasingly popular discipline with an increasing number of enthusiasts each year. While it has lacked recognition in France, where it also receives very little media coverage, the sport is seeking to carve out a place for itself in the tight-knit world of combat sports—a male-dominated domain. It also seeks to break out of the clichés and preconceptions that still surround the world of boxing. Because after all, boxing is for women too!
Why should women take up boxing?
Fed up with everyday problems, temperamental children, an aggravating husband or a stressful job? Wait no longer. Discover the benefits of boxing today!It's an ideal sport to clear your head and let off whatever steam has built up. And according to female champion boxers, this discipline helps you build self-assurance and self-confidence. It's also an excellent way to sculpt yourself a dream body, since boxing actively works out all your muscles!
As you've probably guessed, boxing benefits both mind and body. Its a discipline that can help active women build initiative-taking, self-control and learn to channel their energy. It is also an effective way to relieve stress and everyday worries. Its impact on everyday life is undeniable; boxing teaches you to step back and put complex situations into proper perspective, and handle situations better.
From the physical point of view, it builds your cardiovascular abilities and works out all of your muscles, since the body is always in motion. Biceps, triceps, abs, legs, flutes—they all get a good workout! So, are you ready for some well-toned arms, nicely-shaped derrière, firm body and a slim figure? It's also an ideal way to drop any extra pounds as the body draws on its fat reserves during training. So, no more excuses. Start today!
OK, boxing it is! Now, which kind?
Since there are different types of boxing, here is a summary of the most popular to help you decide which are best suited to you as a woman.
Savate (French) boxing
In Savate (French) boxing, both punches and kicks are allowed (see full article). Its aesthetically-pleasing aspect make it a favourite among women.
Thai boxing works out the entire body, since hits of all kinds are allowed. It's an ideal sport for sculpting the entire body and learning how to use it to the full. It's a very tiring sport since it requires a great deal of strength and less strategy than English or French boxing. It is not yet widely practised among women.
American kickboxing or full-contact karate is a highly physically demanding sport as people who practise this sport are continuously raising their legs above waist level. This is a sport where the beauty of the movements are emphasized and desirable.
English boxing, commonly simply referred to as boxing, is the most well-known and widely-practised boxing sport among women. It has a highly strategic element, as only the fists may be used, and the head is the only target. The large increase in news coverage and films about women and boxing (such as Million Dollar Baby) in recent years has made the sport highly popular among women. It requires finesse and rapid movement. It is definitely the most difficult type of boxing to master as it is very difficult to win a fight. In 2012 women's (English) boxing came into its own as it was included as an official sport at the Olympic Games for the first time. Glorious victory indeed!
Please remember that women must equip themselves properly while boxing to avoid injuries. They should of course wear all the standard protections, as well as women-specific ones such as a chest guard.
In summary, boxing is a difficult practice that represents a genuine challenge for the female gender. It requires a great deal of determination and patience to achieve satisfying results. Having said that, it is the perfect discipline for boosting your endurance, resistance and sculpting the body of your dreams! Ladies, to your gloves!