9 Celebrities Who Got Fit Fighting

I remember the first time I put on a pair of boxing gloves and got "the boxing bug"!  I became addicted to the movement and being exhausted after every workout.  I feel boxing is something everyone should try.  The few #hardcores that stick with it over the years have a certain respect and appreciation for the sport and its fitness.  What I am trying to say is that boxing is for everyone but only a very few #hardcores stick with it and make it part of their regular fitness routine.  Next time you sign to class invite a coworker, a family member, a fit friend or a friend that needs a little motivation.  First Class is Free!  Here is a great article of some celebs that got fit with boxing.  Enjoy!

#BoxFitFight -Chris

9 Celebrities Who Got Fit Fighting

From former WWF darling Stacy Keibler to boxing buff Mark Wahlberg

-Jené Luciani

Stacy Keibler

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Way before she was dancing with the stars (and romancing George Clooney) 32-year old Stacy Keibler was throwing her hat into the Hollywood ring as a WWE female fighter. Now that her wrestling days are gone (but not forgotten), Keibler's long and lean frame can be attributed to a mix of cross-training, stair-climbing, and kettlebells, as her trainer Juliet Kaska previously revealed to SHAPE. Watch Keibler's killer abs workout and try it yourself.

Hilary Swank

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Actress Hilary Swank famously got into rip-roaring red-carpet shape while heavily training for her role as a female boxer in 2004's box-office hit Million Dollar Baby. At the time, Swank told a magazine that she put on nearly 20 pounds of muscle for the role of Maggie Fitzgerald by stepping into the ring for more than 4 hours a day and eating a whopping 4,000 calories per day.

Queen Latifah

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Just another reason not to mess with The Queen. While curvy singer/actress Queen Latifah was filming recently in Los Angeles, she turned to 5-time World Kickboxing Champion trainer Kathy Long to help her tone up and slim down, Long tells SHAPE exclusively.

Denise Richards

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Gorgeous actress, reality star, and mom of three Denise Richardsworks hard for her enviable figure, turning to California's exclusive SteeleBoxer boxing/kickboxing gym. The exclusive facility has been getting Richards and other actors into shape for TV and movie roles for the past two decades.

Kevin James

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He may not be the first person who comes to mind when one thinks of ‘fit' celebrities but formerly chubby King of Queens star Kevin James has gotten into picture-perfect shape for his new movie role, says his trainer Mark DellaGrotte.

"Through traditional Muay Thai practices, mixed martial arts techniques, and basic fitness training, I prepared him for his upcoming role in Here Comes the Boom in which a high school teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter to raise money to save the school's music program. We emphasized technique and cardio fitness because this role entailed him actually getting into the ring and it had to believable," DellaGrotte tells SHAPE.

Mark Wahlberg

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For the 2009 Oscar-winning flick The Fighter, which took a look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky WardMark Wahlberg spent four years ‘building his boxer bod' with his trainer Brian Nguyen.

"Most great fighters like Mark have the ability to transfer force from the lower body to the upper body. The Rotational Med Ball Slam allows the fighter to not only use the hips and the lower body as it stabilizes ground force, but it helps works the obliques and upper body while delivering a powerful explosive movement as the hips rotate and the ball is thrown to the ground," Nguyen says.

Wahlberg also did lots of lunges, kettlebell exercises, and lateral walks while working with Nguyen.

"It's a bit of a Rocky thing… We go to the gym at 5 a.m. when it opens. I'm jumping rope, hitting the speed bag, the double-end bag, the mitts, and we're sparring a little bit," Wahlberg told MTV back in 2007.

Tiffani Thiessen

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The former 90210 and Saved by the Bell star stays in shape—and fights off post-baby pounds—with a combo of strength training and mixed martial arts, says her LA-based trainer Ashley Weinbach of Kick Ash Fitness. "She works out very hard and when the gloves go on, it's go time!" Weinbach says.

Drita D'Avanzo

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Spunky star of VH1's Mob Wives Drita D'Avanzo has thrown a few punches at fellow cast members… but when the cameras aren't rolling, the petite makeup artist, who has said she once weighed 200 pounds, is a fitness fanatic who enjoys private lessons at a local Staten Island boxing gym.

"I've been boxing for a few months now and although I pride myself on being physically fit, I have never been in better shape," D'Avanzo sys. "The stamina you need for boxing is incredible. I feel physically more fit than ever!"

Michelle Pfeiffer

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When Michelle Pfeiffer was tapped to play Catwoman in the 1992 film Batman Returns, the studio enlisted 5-time World Kickboxing Champion Kathy Long to ‘get her in the best shape of her career.' Long spent six months on the set with Pfeiffer, grooming her for the role (and the skintight catsuit).


11 Reasons We Love Boxing

This weekend 11/14/15 "Rowdy" Rhonda Rousey will defend her UFC bantamweight title against former boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 193.  This fight is predicted to be one of the biggest in UFC history and it shows how much the sport has evolved over the years for WMMA.  This week in honor of these female warriors I will be posting videos and predictions for their upcoming fight this Saturday.  We are fortunate enough to be able to train like these athletes without having to fight or get punched in the face.  Here is a fun article about why we love boxing.  Stay tuned!

In Health and Fitness


This full body workout offers equal parts toning, anger management, and stress relief—not to mention, it's the chosen sport of Victoria's Secret models

By Ashley Mateo

Boxing has a rep as a boys' sport, but we love strapping on our gloves and getting into the proverbial ring. Beyond the fact that the workout delivers a one-two punch (that would be cardio plus strength training), it's a fool-proof way to relieve stress. And, hey, models swear by it (it's How Adriana Lima Got In Shape for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show). Need any more convincing to give it a try? Here's why boxing is one of our favorite ways to break a sweat:

Because we think we look like this.

When in actuality, we look like this. And that's OK!

Because the Victoria's Secret models swear by it. (Candice Swanepoel is a huge fan.)

Because it will help you sculpt a killer core, no crunches necessary.

Because there is no better way to sculpt jacked arms (just in time for summer!). (Well, there is this Upper Body Workout for Sculpted, Sexy Shoulders.) 

Because yay cardio without having to hit the treadmill!

Because even though you're probably not getting into random street fights, it's nice to know you could defend yourself.

Because, yes, you feel like a badass, but you look like one too.

Because the simple act of jabbing and crossing can be downright meditative. 

Because you leave feeling like this:

And because that endorphin rush makes you feel like you can accomplish anything.


By Morty Ain | 
ESPN The Magazine

Go behind the scenes on the making of ESPN The Magazine's 2014 Body Issue featuring female boxer Danyelle Wolf.

"Bleed and sweat now so you don't have to in the fight." That's what I tell myself whenever it gets tough. I want to be dead-dog tired during my training session and I want to push myself because, when it comes to fight day, you want to push through all those mental blocks.

I picked up my first pair of boxing gloves just five or six years ago. When I started training to be a triathlete, people would stop me and ask if I was a fighter. One day some guy asked, "What gym do you fight out of? Because you have the build of a fighter." So I met him at a gym the next day, he showed me some punches and some basic combinations, and it was a very humbling experience. I said that day, right when I put those gloves on, "This is the sport I'm going all the way in on."

Boxing is like a blank canvas for me. I see it very much like my artwork. With a painting, it's what you put into it -- throwing all the paint on the canvas was eating healthy, strength training, cardio and going to all the tournaments. So when you're done, you get to stand back and look at your masterpiece and say, "Wow, I did that."

Body Stats

Age: 25
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 152 pounds

I want to fight at the lightest weight I can possibly get. That's what the other half of the fight is in boxing: making weight and picking the right weight class.

I've been an athlete my whole life. Field hockey, basketball, track, soccer, softball, mountain biking - you name it, I did it. But I never really knew which one to buckle down and focus on.

At first, they told me I couldn't do it because I'm a girl. But I stuck with it. Now I'm a two-time USA Boxing national champion, continental champion and I'm on Team USA.

My first fights in San Diego were all knockouts. Then I went to LA to try to get fights. Even now, at the level I'm at now, girls are definitely intimidated by my height and build.

What I don't have control of is boxing experience. To make up for that lack of experience, I enter in every single boxing tournament that I can.

I am so obsessed with being self-disciplined. I'm very persistent; I don't stop until I get where I want to go.

Just because I'm a boxer doesn't mean I'm not educated and not pretty. That's people's image of female fighters -- that they're brute and rough -- and it's not true. I'm educated, I wear high heels and dresses, and I love style and fashion.

I love everything about my body. One of my pet peeves is when people say they hate something about their body. Why aren't you doing something about it if it bothers you so much?

That's what the other half of the fight is in boxing: making weight and picking the right weight class.`

Working out just depends on who I'm boxing. Sometimes that's just 2-3 hours. And on top of that I do my cardio, and that could be a 2-mile run of in-and-out sprints, interval training, bleachers, ladder drills for about an hour. I just recently started strength training, so I'm actually trying to put on even more muscle than what I already have.

If there was an Olympic sport that had every single sport in one, I would win. I know that for a fact. There's a pentathlon -- which has weird sports like horseback riding, fencing, 200-meter swim, 800-meter run and laser guns. I just learned this at USA Olympic camp. If they would pick sports like field hockey, basketball, track, boxing, soccer, softball, there is no way that anybody but me could win that event. My whole life I was always so well-rounded.

I hate social media. But I do enjoy taking pictures. I feel I have to be making something, inventing something, painting something, doing something that is actually going to be worthwhile the next day.

Peter Hapak

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How Jake Gyllenhaal Got His Fighter Body for Southpaw



07/23/2015 AT 05:15 PM EDT

Want to get a killer body like Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw? Just do 1,000 sit-ups a day for eight months! Easy, right? 

While it may have appeared that Gyllenhaal, 34, transformed into a mountain of muscles overnight to play fictional boxer Billy Hope, the actor underwent intense training to gain the body and mindset of a fighter. 

"My concern was to look like a boxer," the actor tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "The fear of looking like I didn't know how to box [on screen]" drove Gyllenhaal to dedicate the next months of his life to training twice a day, fully immersing himself in the life of a professional boxer. 

In order to accomplish that goal, Gyllenhaal teamed up with trainer Terry Claybon, who tells PEOPLE he had to start from the bottom with the actor, who had no previous boxing experience. 

"We started from the ground level, which is the perfect boxing stance," Claybon says. "We started him off with great footwork, great defense, and then we went into sharp, direct punches." 

Throughout the eight months of training, Claybon gradually increased Gyllenhaal's workout regimen, focusing on his boxing skills and strength training: 

• Jump Rope
Each day started off with jumping rope for 15 minutes straight. 

• Footwork
Then the actor did three rounds (for a total of nine minutes) of footwork defense drills. 

• Punching
Also in the mix was a forward-step drill focusing on learning different punches and combinations – six rounds for 18 minutes. 

• Bag Drills
"We would go into heavy bag drills with him hitting the bag strap, which is designed to guide you to perfect punches. He would also go into double-end bags, which move back and forth, and speed bag drills – three rounds each," Claybon says. 

• Sit-Ups, Pull-Ups and Dips
Gyllenhaal started with 500 sit-ups a day, but by the end, he was up to an impressive 1,000. He also included 100 pull-ups and dips into this routine. 

• Strength training
"We had a 300-lb. tractor tire that we would have to flip over 20 times. Then we had a sledgehammer drill where he's hitting the tire with a sledgehammer for three minutes nonstop – that was a really intense drill," Claybon says. "We also had squat drills where he was doing speed squats for two sets of 100." 

• Running
Claybon required Gyllenhaal to run five miles every other day, but because the actor was a natural runner, "five days a week he was running eight miles," Claybon says. 

  • He gained 15 lbs. of muscle," Claybon reveals. "If you train like a boxer, your body is going to be sculpture like boxers'." 

  • http://www.people.com/article/jake-gyllenhaal-southpaw-fighter-body-boxing-workout

How Ciara Dropped 60 Pounds in 4 Months

The fierce singer (and new mom!) talks pregnancy weight, her intense boxing routine, and pound-dropping diet tricks in Shape's September issue

By Shape Editors

Our kickass September cover girl Ciara has come a long way from Goodies—her 2004 debut, chart-topping album. In the past year alone, 29-year-old has released her sixth studio album, starred in the NBC series I Can Do That, went on tour, and had a baby, just to name a few. (She also started a much-talked-about relationship with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a frequent fixture on her Instagram!)We caught up the singer in the middle of the video shoot for her single "Dance Like We're Making Love" and found out how she stays strong and focused on success.


On losing her baby weight: "When I was pregnant with Future, one thing I learned quickly was, don't ever let a pregnant lady be hungry, because when I was, I was like the Tasmanian Devil! I indulged in all the good food the world has to offer. After he was born—when I couldn't exercise yet—I kept eating, and I gained 60 pounds. But as soon as the doctor said I could start training again, I was on the treadmill the very next day. Once I got back into it, I worked out two or three times daily. I would go to Gunnar [Peterson] first for my one-hour training session, then I'd have two more cardio sessions later in the day. That, along with a really clean eating plan, was how I lost 60 pounds in four months. It was a very intense program, and I was extremely focused on it."

On her love for boxing: "Gunnar puts me through an hour-long plyometric cardio circuit that always includes boxing elements. What's amazing is that you're getting three-in-one training: It's hitting your muscles; it's a cardiovascular workout; and it's a mental exercise. You have to be superfocused when you're boxing. After I've done a few rounds, I feel as if I can conquer the world."

Her dieting tricks: "First, I give myself a break. When I'm on a strict eating regimen, at some point I have to have French fries, a cheeseburger, and some pizza. And Oreos and vanilla ice cream! I also believe that drinking tons of water and flushing out your system is crucial for training. It really helped me drop the weight. I tell myself that water is my medicine and that to stay well, I have to drink a gallon of it every day."

Her hilarious dieting mantra: "'The food isn't going anywhere.' You know those days when you think you have to have a plate of pasta right now? When I'm trying to be good, I take a minute to ask myself, Do you really need to eat all this crazy stuff? It will still be around if you want it later.'"

On achieving success: "I truly believe that if you put your goals in writing, speak them out loud, and work for them, they will happen."

For more from Ciara, pick up Shape's September issue, on newsstands August 18, and go behind the scenes at her cover shoot.


The badass workout models can’t get enough of

GOOD SWEAT | March 30, 2015

The badass workout models can’t get enough of

Models may have been decked out in velvet and glitter at last month’s Fashion Week shows, but off the runway, many of them were donning a slightly less glam but no less fierce accessory: boxing gloves.

Yes, the sport known for black eyes and bloody noses is now the workout of choice for the industry’s most prized faces, with new examples of young women sweating it out with jabs and blocks every single day.

Victoria’s Secret models train at Chelsea’s chic Aerospace with former pro boxer Michael Olajide, Jr. Gisele shows off her punches in her Under Armour videos, Helena Christensen spars with Jason Lee at Mendez Boxing, and it-girl Gigi Hadid is public about her love affairwith Gotham Gym in New York’s West Village. On the West Coast, Olivia Culpo hits up Prevail Los Angeles.

Trendy fitness fashion brand Alala even shot its spring lookbook at old-school boxing spotGleason’s, and next month, NYC’s Fitness District will welcome Shadowbox, a boutique studio for boxing classes.

“Aerospace was the first boxing concept to start in the fitness industry,” says Olajide, who started using the sport’s techniques with clients as an Equinox trainer after his career as a fighter ended in the early ’90s. He later picked up clients in the fashion world and has now beentraining Adriana Lima for the last decade—and he’s seen interest in the workout explode along the way. “It’s starting to hit the tipping point. I’ve seen it grow from nothing to where it is now,” he says.


Michael Olajide training Adriana Lima. (Photo: Tumblr.com)

So what’s the draw for the fashion-world elite (who are jumping on the trend, by the way, via bags, pads, and shadowboxing, not person-to-person contact)?

The fact that it’s an intense workout that burns calories and builds lean muscle fast plays a big role. “Boxing demands that every muscle serves a purpose,” says Milan Costich, who openedPrevail Los Angeles about three years ago after he was struck by boxing’s transformative power. The gym is now frequented by many models, he says, because of the sport’s innate ability to sculpt a long, lithe physique. “In boxing, there’s no room for excess fat, or even bulky muscle. It tones you more than any other workout.”

Olajide agrees that it’s the perfect storm of what models are looking for in their sweat sessions. “It’s about size, cutting down,” he says, and in boxing, “everything emanates from your core. You’re always toning your mid-section.”


A shot from Alala’s fall lookbook, shot at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. (Photo: Alala)

And then there are the mental and emotional benefits. If you think that losing-yourself feeling you find in a dark spin class is like therapy, then slamming your fists into a heavy bag is that release on steroids. Plus, every session is a different challenge.

“Boxing is skill-based, so if you have a great teacher, you’ll never get tired of it, and you’ll always be learning something new,” Olajide explains. “It’s not going to get boring or repetitious.”

Getting stronger, blow by blow, is also empowering and offers a sense of control, which is an asset when you’re staring down a long day filled with the scrutiny of casting calls.

“Boxing affects you mentally and gives you a little extra confidence to go about life with a different perspective,” says Prevail’s Costich. “When you do a workout you didn’t think you could do, you start to realize maybe there are other things you can do that people had put a limit on.”

Like landing the cover of Vogue, perhaps? —Lisa Elaine Held

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