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Got boxing? The women working out at UFC Gym River North do, and a lot of it. They are working, sweating and punching their way to better health and stronger hearts.


Ladies, want to look like an Olympian and help your heart? Try boxing

by Nikitta Foston
Feb 20, 2014


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More women are gaining more confidence, strength and results from what was once a man's sport. No more. Learn how to make over your body, one punch at a time.

Ladies, want to look like an Olympian? Try Boxing. Want to protect your heart and improve your cardiovascular health? Try Boxing. The Olympics have propelled women's boxing into the international spotlight. But the sport isn't just for Olympic athletes. It's a benefit for any woman looking to strengthen her heart, improve her health and promote long-term health and wellness. February is American Heart Month and heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women. It accounts for more deaths than all forms of cancer combined.