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Boxing For Women

Shanie Rusth

I’m former professional mixed martial artist in the flyweight division with a 2-0 record, Franchise Development Associate for UFC GYM, and most importantly a mother of two amazing kids. After the back to back pregnancies of my son and daughter, I weighed only 112 pounds at 5’9” and was completely frail, depleted, and exhausted. I was bored in a traditional gym setting, so I explored my options and found a local martial arts gym that offered strength and conditioning classes (similar to UFC GYM’s Daily Ultimate Training). I tried a class and immediately signed up for a membership. I loved the diversity and challenge of training with different training apparatus like kettlebells, sledgehammers, and battle ropes. While participating in strength and conditioning classes, I always observed the different martial arts classes that were happening simultaneously on the mats on the other side of the gym and decided one day to hop into that class instead. It was boxing, and I was HOOKED! My venture as a woman in the world of mixed martial arts was born. While the reasons why I think boxing is the best workout for women are endless, here are my top three:

1. You will get in the best shape of your life

Boxing works every single muscle in your body. Your arms will become toned from the persistent punching, your abs will become flat and defined from the constant core rotation, and your thighs, calves, and glutes will be strengthened from your stance and constant leg movement. Boxing will increase your metabolism, muscle mass, endurance, coordination, and ability to withstand fatigue. You can burn anywhere from 500 to over 1000 calories in a single 50-minute session and will continue to burn fat for the rest of the day!

2. Boxing is therapeutic

Do you know how good it feels to just hit something? Put on some gloves and wraps and try it! Boxing is a great tool for stress relief and a positive and safe way to let out aggression. Boxing decreases stress hormones like cortisol and gives you a rush of feel good endorphins. Not only will your body get in shape, but you will discover your mental toughness as well. Boxing is challenging!

3. Being a woman who knows how to box is empowering

A woman in the US has a 1 in 5 chance of being a victim of sexual assault. The strength, endurance, mental toughness, and skill acquired in boxing not only will build your self-confidence, but could keep you from becoming a statistic and may even save your life.

The passion I have for martial arts and boxing has turned me into the woman I am today, gotten me into the best shape of my life after having two babies, carved out my career path, and given me the confidence and courage that I can do anything I put my mind to, as long as I work hard and stay focused. Every woman needs to try a boxing class! Not just to gain self-confidence, relieve stress, and get in shape but to feel that it is truly liberating as female to do.

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