Boxing, says U.S. Olympic boxing bronze medalist Marlen Esparza, keeps things interesting by constantly presenting new challenges as students are taught how to move and fight.
“Boxing is completely different than any other sport,” she says. “It’s always something new — you can never be perfect at it, you can never adjust completely and you can never get tired of it.”
Alexander Brenes, the owner of City of Angels Boxing in Los Angeles, adds that, unlike repetitive cardiovascular workouts, in boxing, students are training like professionals. “I train everybody as a fighter. It doesn’t matter what you want to get out of it. The best results come when I have day-to-day people looking like real boxers.”