This One Workout Changed my Body in Two Weeks

Loved by supermodels the world over, this workout tones up stubborn areas, fast, whilst being a fantastic stress reliever.  You guessed it, boxing.

First things first, let’s bust that myth that you’ll get bulky arms if you box. It has had the complete opposite effect for me. I have always hated my arms, never wearing sleeveless tops and only wearing cami tops on holiday whilst feeling incredibly insecure. But since taking up boxing and punching away at pads and a bag, my arms have never been more toned and slim. I legit saw this change within two weeks and it’s only getting better.

I never used to work my arms much at the gym, focusing more on my lower body and other cardio as I belived in that myth that my arms will get bigger if I work them too much, but I am so glad I just tried something different and it massively paid off! I should have known it would work, I mean look at the model lovers of boxing, Gigi Hadid, Adraina Lima, Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, all of who look pretty amazing and by no means ‘bulky’.

And it’s not just your arms that will be transformed, your abs, waist and back will become more toned because boxing truly is a full body workout. Plus, according to Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine doctor at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, one boxing class could burn around a thousand calories. He says, “Boxing builds full-body strength.” Also, “The risk of a woman tearing her anterior cruciate ligament is six times more than a man doing the same sport because the angle between the hip and knee is wider in a woman. Boxing can help counter balance that by building strength to protect the knee.” Perfect to support you in your other training, such as all you runners out there.

Try my 20 minute boxing routine next time you’re at the gym.

No gym or equipment? You can do it at home by holding small dumbells or water bottles:

  • Jump rope 1 minute
  • Straight punches to bag x20 (10 each arm)
  • Uppercut punches to bag x20 (10 each arm)
  • Hook punches to bag x20 (10 each arm)
  • Jump rope 2 minutes
  • Straight punches to bag from 2 to 20 (right arm). Punch bag twice then squat, punch bag 4 times then squat and so on until you reach 20.
  • Straight punches to bag from 2 to 20 (left arm). Punch bag twice then squat, punch bag 4 times then squat and so on until you reach 20.
  • Jump rope 2 minutes
  • Straight punches to bag x40 (20 each arm)
  • Uppercut punches to bag x40 (20 each arm)
  • Hook punches to bag x40 (20 each arm)
  • Jump rope 1 minute

Repeat as many times as you like or grab a friend and use boxing pads.

Combine boxing into your normal gym routine, along with a healthy diet, minimal alcohol and proper rest days like I have and you’ll reap the benefits in no time.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima, a keen boxer says that the sport makes her, “Know how powerful you are and how much strength you have. When you’re confident, you’re not bothered by much.” If that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will.

Your go to boxing kit:

Let me know in the comments if you love boxing too or if you’re keen to start. I am in no way a personal trainer with any qualifications in it so please check with a professional before starting any new training programme.

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Featured image from Vogue.

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