Jab jab! Hook! Uppercut! The last time I threw a punch was in the ‘90s. Thanks to Billy Blanks, I threw down my teen angst in Tae Bo cardio kickboxing classes. In 2004, a braided and buff Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby reminded me how exhilarating the workout is, and how fiercely it strengthens and tones. Then boxing seemed to fall off the fitness radar with the invention of barre class, the resurgence of yoga and spin, and every kind of imaginable hybrid workout.
But notice, models like Adriana Lima and Karlie Kloss are sharing their sweat-drenched boxing sessions on Instagram. And how badass, yet girl-next-door approachable is UFC champ Ronda Rousey? It’s time to get in the ring ladies, because boxing is back!