This is a question we receive regularly at UWCB. The simple answer is YES. Girls can absolutely box at our events and the sport is growing in popularity amongst females.
When Ultra White Collar Boxing started organizing events in 2009 we would have around 15% of bouts being girls, over time that has risen to around 40% of our boxers being female.
Girls are increasingly releasing that the sport of boxing is accessible and that it is in fact a brilliant sport that has many benefits:
Health and Fitness – Boxing will get you fit because you will work hard. Boxers are some of the most cardiovascularly fit athletes in the world and if you attend a boxing club you will do very similar training to the top-level boxers but obviously scaled down to suit your level.
Learn a skill – Boxing is a great skill to learn and there is a lot to learn this helps people keep interested as there is always progress to make.
Increased confidence – Many people wrongly think boxing clubs are intimidating places, once you have attended one you will soon realise that simply isn’t the case. Being able to overcome the fear of attending and turn that into a love of the sport is sure to increase confidence.
Weight loss – To lose weight you must either move more or consume fewer calories, boxing makes you move and if you enjoy it you will continue to attend. Consistency is key for weight loss.
Improved mental health and wellbeing– Boxing will give you a goal to strive for and targets to set yourself each week. You will feel a great sense of community with everyone else attending and it can also act as a great release for many.
Discipline–In a world where people can seem to do what they want when they want boxing offers discipline. Coaches will ensure everyone stays in check to help you progress as much as possible, this discipline will spill into normal life and be sure to help you in many other facets of your life.
UWCB events have seen a huge increase in girls signing up and taking part and so has professional boxing. Katie Taylor has been seen to be instrumental in the rise of both amateur and professional boxing, winning gold medals at the Olympics, the world and European championships and she is currently an undisputed professional world champion and promoted by Eddie Hearns Matchroom boxing.
The future is incredibly bright for girls boxing and UWCB is key to getting females into gyms, training, and competing at events, all whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK.
Taking part in an Ultra White Collar Boxing event provides a whole range of benefits to your life. Whether you want to get fit, meet new people, become more confident, do something out of your comfort zone or raise some money for charity. It’s likely that UWCB can help you achieve your goal PLUS so much more.
Here are just a few reasons why you should sign up to UWCB today:
Research states that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. The UWCB training course lasts 56 days. This means you have 56 days of commitment to get fitter, healthier and in great shape.
At the end of an 8-week UWCB training course, you will feel incredible health benefits, you’ll feel fitter and continue to exercise and make healthier choices.
Simon Roberts from Derby took part in an event in 2012 which kick-started his weight loss journey. Simon continued exercising and to date has lost 8 stone and feels fitter now than he did 7 years ago.
Training towards something
UWCB gives you a goal. At the end of the 8 weeks, you know that you will be stepping into the ring in front of a crowd of your friends and family. This helps to give you motivation and means that for 8 weeks to push yourself, train hard, get fitter and feel healthier.
When the bell rings at the end of your fight, you’ll feel an incredible sense of achievement and nothing will seem impossible.
Increased confidence & camaraderie
We now live in a world where people don’t often communicate face to face. UWCB groups people together from different backgrounds who train together and get to know each other over 8 weeks. You form a team and push each other to get through training and you support each other at the big event.
Walking out in front of 1,000 people and stepping into a boxing ring is a truly unique and incredible feeling and participants leave the event with a renewed sense of confidence. If you can do UWCB you can do anything in life.
Doing something positive
Ultra Events are proud to have raised over £18 Million for Cancer Research UK since 2013.
We offer participants the chance to help raise money for a cause that will, unfortunately, affect most of us in some way. Raising money for charity is an amazing and positive thing to do and it makes you feel proud of your achievement. On average, each UWCB participant raises £268 for Cancer Research UK, and each event raises an average of £12,000.
UWCB are aiming to reach £20 Million for Cancer Research UK by 2020, by signing up YOU can be a part of this incredible figure.
Boxing training is difficult, but it is incredibly effective at improving fitness. Boxing has stood the test of time and is classed as one of the toughest sports in the world.
The Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) model of 8 weeks of FREE training WORKS, you can become incredibly fit & get in great shape in just 8 weeks. It’s just long enough to get really fit but not so long that life gets in the way of the training.
You can become incredibly fit & get in great shape in just 8 weeks
UWCB events give incredible focus. People will say they want to get fit, in shape or give up a vice, but fall off track and quit after a few weeks. With UWCB you are committed, 8 weeks from the start you ARE stepping in a ring in front of 100’s of people for a boxing match. If that’s not motivation to stick at training for 8 weeks and get super fit we don’t know what is.
We provide 2 free sessions per week at UWCB, but we do advise people to train as much as possible.
The 8 week training can be a great time to give up smoking, drinking, refined sugars or any other vices you may engage in. It is genuinely an opportunity to change your life for the better, make you fitter and healthier.
Why is boxing training so effective?
If you sign up with any PT or fitness class they will encourage you to do interval or HIIT training because it is super effective for fitness, fat loss and increasing strength and power. Whether this is using weights, body weight, a treadmill or any other method it is all interval training.
When boxing at the big event you will do 3 x 2 minute’s rounds. From the first to the last bell it will be 8 minutes so the training should prepare you for that. You don’t need to be using up hours of every day doing 15 mile runs to get fit.
You don’t need to be using up hours of every day doing 15 mile runs to get fit
Different interval lengths have varied beneficial effects and during your boxing training you will experience a variety of different types of interval training. Boxing training puts you through different length intervals for a reason; whilst it may seem obvious to do 2 minute intervals with one minute rests, in reality, you don’t do that during a bout, you may do 20 seconds flat out then move around at a slower pace for 10 seconds then work hard again for 30, it could literally be any intervals within that 8 minutes.
The training works because your body adapts to challenge and literally improves itself; imagine if every time you drove your car fast then parked it up it got a bit faster? Well, your body does that, push it hard and it will improve. Your body is absolutely amazing!!
Your body is incredible and is constantly working to improve itself.
To adapt it must be pushed, if you stay within what you think are your limits your body doesn’t need to improve, so you must work hard. There are lots of sayings like ‘Your body can do anything your mind tells it to’ or ‘Don’t stop when your mind tells you to, stop when your legs tell you to’. If you are new to exercise your mind will tell you its hard and the response to that is to stop. When doing burpees, for example, you may feel its hard and want to stop, but in reality, you don’t have to stop until your legs don’t work anymore, so keep going until you fall over; you will find this is a long time, certainly a long time past your legs hurting.
Over the 8 weeks you will get super fit
UWCB is all about pushing people beyond their comfort zone and helping them to do the amazing things they are capable of; the trainers will be on hand throughout the 8 weeks free training and push and motivate you.
One of the big benefits of boxing training is that the trainers will push you to your absolute limits, whatever they are because they want you to do well at your event, you will also be surrounded by others on the same journey as you who all want to do well.
Probably the single most important thing to remember in sessions is to work hard, if you want to get fitter you absolutely must work hard and push yourself.
Over the 8 weeks you will get super fit and hopefully keep training after the event, making a genuine positive change to your life.
Weight loss is actually simple, you need to create a calorie deficit (use more calories than you consume) and you will lose weight. The target is to lose fat rather than muscle. Fat loss is a controversial subject with everyone having their view. So, here’s what we think:
Being fit makes you more efficient at burning fat.
The fitter you are the longer and more regularly you can maintain higher work rates and thus burn more calories.
Following high intensity exercise you will continue to burn more calories than usual for a long period after the session has finished.
Body weight or any weight-bearing exercises will help you to retain muscle whilst losing fat.
Food is also key to weight loss and fat loss, we will talk about that in our next post.
Psychological effects of training
If you regularly exercise you will feel better, you will sleep better and wake up better. Doing thing’s you didn’t think you could do in the gym will also carry over to other areas of your life and all of a sudden things you thought were impossible you have a go at and can do.
If you regularly exercise you will feel better, you will sleep better and wake up better
Being fit and healthy will make you proud and respect your own body which will obviously increase confidence and hopefully make you more content.