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Hit Like a Girl: Our Beauty Editor Takes Up Boxing

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Real Girls Get Tough

"I used to figure skate; then I tried ice hockey -- and I loved it! Today I play on a men's team in summer. Sharing the rink with the boys is great because you have to think faster to keep up."
-- Francesca Holzheimer, 27, Arlington, Virginia

"I began adventure racing as a way to be on the same team as my guy friends with whom I trained for triathlons. Little did I know we'd win Merrell's Oyster Urban Adventure Race in San Francisco three years in a row!"
-- Kathy Longaker, 37, San Francisco

"I grew up playing most every sport: soccer, softball, basketball. But football was always off-limits to girls. I love that I'm now in a football league with hundreds of other women."
-- Kelly Hamill, 28, Wall Township, New Jersey

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2009.


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bgiusti1661 wrote:

I loved this story! I joined a kickboxing class, went once because I couldn't keep up. Now I'm going to try again and get out of "my comfort zone!" Thanks for sharing.

2/16/2013 07:41:51 PM Report Abuse
darlarae_drw wrote:

awesome! I have always wanted to try boxing, but wondered if the guys would feel like their territory was being I'm motivated to go for it!

1/26/2010 07:42:37 PM Report Abuse
dwcoffield wrote:

I found this article very inspirational. Fitness should do more stories on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Please do a follow-up if Leah has a match and tell the readers the outcome.

1/26/2010 03:43:55 PM Report Abuse

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