Since the Hadids began Instagramming their punch bag sessions and Lauryn Eagle went pro, boxing has become de rigueur for those wanting a toned physique. “Boxing demands that your body is fit and strong,” says boxing gym founder Shane Collins. “But it needs your brain and nervous system to be as switched on as your muscles. You have to remember some pretty complicated sequences to avoid getting smashed in the face.” So tape up your fists, put in that gum shield and let’s get ready to rumble. Before you do anything, start with the basics and master the stance. Cue the
(a) With feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, step your left foot forwards and your right foot back. The toe of your right foot should be in line with the heel of your left. If you’re left-hand dominant, then reverse this position (and the punches).
(b) Shoulders are relaxed, elbows are tucked in and hands are up by your chin.