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B oxing is ofcially having a moment, and the sport is now more popular in the UK among women than men. According to the Fitbit Activity Index, it was actually ranked the 16th most popular sport for their female users in the UK, coming in at 19th for men. Its benefts are many and varied you will boost upper body strength, cardiovascular ftness and stamina, which goes a long way to explaining why stars like Gigi Hadid, Geri Halliwell, Pippa Middleton, Ferne McCann, Kendall Jenner and Ellie Goulding are fans.

Currently prepping for her debut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, model Gigi, 20, takes in early morning boxing sessions at New York’s Gotham Gym and earlier this year posted a video online giving a crash course on the discipline! It’s the only thing that keeps me sane, she says. Boxing was the frst thing where I felt like I wanted to go to the gym and get better at it. British Heart Foundation ambassador Pippa is another devotee and the 32 year old has trained at the Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club in south London.

She originally took up the sport to help build up her biceps for a skiing race, and said of her workout: It’s an hour and a half of pure but pleasing agony and by the end I’m broken, worn out and worn down, but I leave on a high, hiding the sweat patches under my hoodie. Love Me Like You Do singer Ellie is also a convert and admits she has a pretty good left jab. The 28 year old adds: Boxing is very animalistic, and there’s a lot of adrenaline in it. It has helped my stamina. When I’m on stage, I feel like I could go on forever. We talked to Professor Greg Whyte, a Comic Relief celebrity trainer and sports scientist, about why a workout in the ring is just the ticket for a toned, healthy body

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