Katie Sturino Dishes on Why Boxing is her Recent Fitness Addiction
The past three months, Sturino added another appointment to her already overflowing calendar: boxing classes at New York City’s Gotham Gym.
Committed to actually learning the ins and outs of boxing, Sturino trained at the studio two to three times a week, convincing many friends – including her fiancé – to join her for classes along the way.
We caught up with Sturino after a recent sweat session to pick her brain on why boxing and what it is that’s kept her coming back.
What’s something you learned in your boxing classes?
Sturino: I learned that I was boxing "wrong" before. I had taken casual fitness boxing classes and everything was with my upper body, but what I learned through this process is that boxing is very lower body and torso intensive. In order to get maximum impact and not throw out your shoulders or jam up your wrists, the push needs to come from your lower body.
Did anything about boxing surprise you?
Sturino: It surprised me how addicting it was! I found myself mimicking movements (jab, jab, cross) just while I was hanging out in my apartment.
How did it make you feel?
Sturino: It made me feel very strong and powerful. It's an interesting type of fitness because after you spin or do 100 barre classes, your body may feel really strong, but there's an element to combat training that is unique because it gives you the feeling of strength and confidence in a different way than just building muscles. This was really cool for me because as a former college athlete, I was able to use my body in a way that was sport oriented and not just fitness oriented.
There's an element to combat training that is unique because it gives you the feeling of strength and confidence in a different way than just building muscles.
How did this time at Gotham Gym affect your life outside of the gym?
Sturino: My fiancé and I went to classes frequently and there's something really cool about sparring with your partner … not what you’re thinking! It's not that I got to take my couple’s therapy aggressions out on him; it's more the feeling of bonding and supporting your partner through this physical challenge and encouraging them to do their best. It's such a different type of bonding experience, but one that is really cool.
Why would you advise other women to try boxing classes?
Sturino: I think we as women think boxing sounds hyper-masculine. It was really empowering and very cool to see these super fit girls that were so good at the movements.
It was really empowering and very cool to see these super fit girls that were so good at the movements.
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