Female boxers give common stigma an uppercut
SARASOTA COUNTY - It's an intense full body workout you can do just about anywhere..and all it takes is gloves, a target, and whole lot of willpower to box. When most people hear the word "boxing" they think of big names like Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson. But there's just one thing missing from that list...females. Two Suncoast female boxers are changing that stigma, one punch at a time.
At the office, she's Dr. Emily Sheets, child psychologist. She said, "I'm in my head, I'm in my office, I'm always sitting." But at 6 a.m., 6 days a week, she's anything but a "one hit wonder". What started as a daring endeavor at Uppercut Boxing just a year ago. She said, "It's the hardest thing I've ever done. It's so physical. It takes so much mental focus."
Turned into a 30-pound weight loss, muscle gain, and a new way to meditate. She said, "It helps me balance work so much better because I find that I sometimes process difficult cases, while I'm exercising after the workout because it really is that mind–body connection." She's not throwing in the towel to a common misconception that men are the only contenders entering the ring.
She said, "You can do it. I think women are even tougher than men, really because women have so much grit and determination." Those are two traits 15-year-old, Ruby Copsey pursed after one year taking classes at Uppercut."I've had asthma my whole life. I was like, I need an inhaler. I was hyperventilating and it was just so difficult," she said.
But she kept putting in the work. She said, "It has changed my life. I did not exercise at all. In six months, I started doing like 60 pushups on my own and you can definitely see the change, really quickly if you try hard."
Now, she's going the distance alongside male boxers. "When I'm doing it, I'm so focused on getting a good workout and doing as hard as I can, and trying as hard as I can and doing better than the last time that I don't even notice," she said.
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