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You Can Do ThisBoxing Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa
You Can Do ThisBoxing Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa

You Can Do This... Boxing

Veteran boxer Noni Tenge walks you through all the reasons boxing will give you a knock-out figure – and so much more

Michelle October

Shay Mitchell. Gigi Hadid. Adriana Lima. Karlie Kloss. We could keep going, but you get the idea: models are big into boxing. And almost all of them cite not only the body benefits, but the incomparable high from feeling totally kick-ass afterwards. Don’t believe us? Take it from five time world title holder Noni Tenge

BOXING FOR DUMMIES

At your first-ever boxing sesh, your trainer will give you a breakdown of moves. But you’ll look way cooler if you read this first

JAB

The first punch you’ll deliver when sparring. It’s a straight punch from your leading arm – typically the left. Not fighting anyone? Aim to move your punching bag (it’s easier said than done).

CROSS

A more powerful punch given by your other arm. It’s called a cross because your arm crosses your body and requires you to pivot your torso.

HOOK

A semi-circular punch meant to hit someone around their head. You’ll know it’s worked if your opponent is knocked out.

UPPER CUT

A punch upwards, aiming for your opponent’s chin, meant to throw them off-balance.

YOU’LL HAVE TOP GUNS

Boxing uses your arms (okay,


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