Why You Should Try a Boxing Class This Winter

Maybe your first though when thinking about boxing is a blue eye and a knocked out tooth. That may be a part of boxing for the professionals, however, there are classes out there that are perfect for people who just want an effective and fun workout - not a blue eye.

Adriana Lima photographed by Inez and Vinoodh,  Vogue,  April 2015

Adriana Lima photographed by Inez and Vinoodh, Vogue, April 2015

Supermodel Adriana Lima loves it, and that for a good reason. To The Cut Lima revealed that it’s not only to get a good workout she boxes: "As a woman, I never thought that I was physically and mentally that powerful," she explained to the magazine.

Another benefit is that you’ll sculpt every muscle. “A two-for-one cardio and strength workout, boxing improves overall fitness”, says Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise, to Shape. "In addition to boosting your strength and cardio, boxing improves a number of skill-related parameters of fitness, including balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility," she adds.

And no, it’s not only your arms and abs that get a good workout. According to Hernan Santa Jr., head of the sparring program at EverybodyFights in New York, your legs will get a great workout too, "If you do it right—once you've learned how to fire everything with proper form—you're getting a full-body workout", he told Shape. "You'll also work your back, shoulders, and core," says Santa.

So, why not check out the nearest boxing club in your city and try a class? You got this!