I gotta admit, I was especially excited for this episode of Trainer Trials. My grandfather — shout out to Frank Joseph Parry, whut whut! — was a boxer and won the Golden Gloves for all of Pennsylvania way back in the day. So, you know, boxing is in my blood. Plus, I have a lot of untapped aggression (sometimes you’ll see it come out when I lose my fifth Candy Crush life), so I was psyched to channel some of that energy into boxing. The amazing Albert Russo, an instructor with Real Fitness NYC and a Training Manager with Hype Gym, stopped by The Frisky video studio to show Julie and I some beginner boxing footwork, punches, combinations and drills. I gotta tell you guys, of all the various workouts I’ve tried over the years, boxing was by far the most fun and challenging. Like, I’m obsessed. (And my forearms were sore the next day.) Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, bitches! Check out our workout above — and if you’re in the NYC area, give Albert a shout to set up your own training session.
Women’s boxing is having its first time ever at the 2012 Olympics and I have half a mind to say “this is what feminism looks like.” Right here we have Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rasmussen of Australia, left, socking Anna Laurell of Sweden right in the kisser! (I chose this image because it’s an action shot, not because it was the first lady-bout … it wasn’t.) Fight on, ladies. You’re all making history. [Los Angeles Times] [Image: Getty]
Last summer, I fell in love with my boxing teacher. I never kissed him. I never spent time alone with him. Though I did have mental sex with him at least a thousand times, and was only left with goose bumps and a weakened mind.
The first time I went to class, Mike wrapped my hands and told me he’d seen me around. He smiled his glowing smile and I thought he looked nice. I couldn’t put my gloves on, but he was more than happy to help. Keep reading »
Oh Brazil, you’ve really disappointed us this time. You managed to ruin two of my favorite sports—rollerskating and boxing—while being extremely sexist and degrading at the same time. In this vid, two scantily dressed women get in the ring and grind/hump each other while wearing rollerblades. Eventually, one falls down and the other one wins. The cameraman is obviously a drooling, horny dude who likes booty, because the camera never leaves the girls’ behinds. Watch it and weep. Keep reading »
Looks like Hollywood has decided to give boxing dramas another shot. Actor Billy Bob Thornton and director Ron Shelton have teamed up to make a flick about a depressed, widowed ex-boxer and a troubled, teenaged Latino fighter. The movie, Pound for Pound, is based on a book by F.X. Toole, the same dude who wrote Rope Burns, which was the inspiration for Million Dollar Baby. [NY Times] — I’m nervous… Keep reading »
I am a female boxer. A year ago, I was leaning against the boxing ring at my old gym in New York City, fully decked out in sparring gear and waiting nervously to hop in and kick some serious butt. To distract myself, I asked my trainer, “When do I get to compete in the Olympics?” He looked at me funny and shook his head. “Girl, women’s boxing isn’t an Olympic sport.” I was shocked. While men’s boxing has been in the Games for 105 years, female boxers have never had the chance to duke it out for gold. Keep reading »
Some girls sleep with teddy bears. Some girls like to watch mixed martial arts fighting. I would be the latter. What’s MMA? A full contact sport that’s a mix of boxing, wrestling, and martial arts. It’s bloody, it’s hardcore, and it’s one of the most popular sports in the country. You may have seen guys duking it out in cage fights, but did you know that women are getting into the MMA mix, too? Now, Gina Carano, a 27-year-old Texan and daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, is fast becoming the first lady of the sport. Taking other chicks out with a rear naked choke, big punches, and high kicks, Carano is the girl next door that you do not want to mess with. On August 15, she’ll fight the biggest match of her career, when she takes on Cristiane Santos in “Carano vs. Cyborg.” “If you’re gonna have an addiction,” she says, “it might as well be punching people in the face for a living.” Keep reading »
How many times have I gone out for drinks on a date? More times than I can count. Of course, it’s partly my fault for not suggesting something more exciting. So I asked my friend John, who’s always taking girls out on interesting adventures, to tell me three of his most successful — though I’m not sure I see myself going to a cock fight any time soon.
1) Amateur Boxing Match
“The girl I’m dating is really into blood sport. She gets all excited and punchy afterwards. I’ve been trying to find out about cockfights — the avian kind — but I don’t seem to know the right people. And it might be too much for her anyway.”
2) The Zoo
“I went to the Brooklyn Zoo with a girl I made cry twice. There’s a llama barn there and she loves llamas, so that was a big score. You can feed them and pet them and hope they don’t bite your hand off. I hate animals.”
3) Ping Pong
“I’ve had a couple ping-pong brawls with the girl I’m seeing. She’s pretty good, which surprised me. It was fun at first but it has since escalated into serious business, fraught with anxiety and resentment and loathing. Afterwards, we’re able to put that all aside and be friends again — as long as I win — and it lends some electricity to the, ahem, romance.” Keep reading »