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40-Something Moms Learn to Box

Four 40-something moms and I started boxing at the beginning of the year. It was a New Year’s Resolution of sorts that quickly snowballed. My mom friend Penny wanted to learn to box after watching her older brother transform into a Cardassian-like humanoid with bulging Trapezius muscles from boxing in the Bronx.

My mom friend Stella wanted to return to pre-baby weight now that her 3 kids are in school. We needed our mom friend Katherine — she’s a nurse and game for any kind of exercise. Lydia missed karate. And I wanted to work on my self-defense.

What to do? Why start our own mom boxing class!

Middle Aged Boxing Moms How To’s

There are many kinds of boxing classes: aerobic boxing classes where you air punch found typically at health clubs, cardio boxing or kickboxing at a karate studio with a heavy bag per person, and actual boxing instruction.

Penny wanted to learn to box. Really box so I had to track down a boxing club with a good instructor. With the help of my Golden Gloves Dad friend Mike, we got all set up:

  • Boxing Gloves (Do NOT borrow from the Boxing Club. Eh, those are stinky!!)
  • Hand Wraps (Ditto for hand wraps. Plus, the wraps help protect your wrists and they are fun to put on .)
  • Boxing Teacher (Our guy Marc is training a female National boxing aspirant and several Golden Glove contenders.)

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Boxing Moms: Real Housewives of Newton?

Mike and our instructor Marc enjoyed a chuckle as we first started boxing calling us The Real Housewives of Newton. Hmpft! I guess a real boxing club doesn’t seem many middle age moms inclined to box. Still, we showed up. At first we went once a week. A second class was added. Then a third. Penny started going 5 times a week and Lydia 3! The fact is: boxing is addicting.

Now at week 12, the teasing has stopped, especially after we mastered this boxing exercise called Around the World. It uses four punches and 4 blocks in a continuous but asymmetrical pattern that scrambles your brain.

Boxing Promotes Healthy Eating Habits for Moms

After boxing, we typically to meet for coffee and a snack. Boxing makes us reach for healthy snacks like  Quaker®’s new Big Chewy Granola Bars. I’d eat more of them but they disappear at my house. My kids ate almost the entire box when it first arrived. I was lucky to get the last one. I’m happy that they are now at my supermarket.

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Boxing is our epic adventure in our middle age. What’s yours?

I never know what my days will have in store for me and my family, so keeping Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bars on hand helps make sure we have the fuel necessary to get on with the day. Now the Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bars have chocolate drizzled on top and are 60% bigger – perfect for my hungry family!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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