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Your guide to getting into boxing

In the ring or in the gym, boxing is perfect for building strength and busting stress.

And it’s not just about throwing punches. Fancy footwork and constant movement will give your heart, lungs and muscles a full workout.

Think boxers have to be big and burly? No. A range of weight categories means anyone can compete. Boxing doesn’t have to mean fighting either. Lots of people box to let off steam and keep trim – working out on a heavy punch bag can burn up to 550 calories per hour. 

Getting started

You’ll need a venue with qualified instructors who care about your safety. Find your local boxing club in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Women’s boxing

Some boxing gyms run classes exclusively for women and girls. Check out the ABAE Women’s Box Series for more on competitive boxing for women.

Box for fitness

Loads of fitness classes, like Boxercise, incorporate boxing moves and techniques with circuit training.

Boxing for young people

Children can start sparring at 11. Check out schemes to help young boxers like the Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence.