15 Female Celebrities Who Box to Stay Fit

Forget yoga and barre classes! A growing number of celebrity models, actresses, and musicians are turning to boxing to work up a sweat, whittle their waists, sculpt their bodies, and build strength and endurance. Not only is boxing a phenomenal cardio workout,  it's exhilarating and unpredictable by nature, so there's no risk of monotony inside the ring. Even better, most of these female stars say the sport has helped them tap their inner strength, boosting their overall confidence and determination.  

From Gina Rodriguez and Gigi Hadid to Adriana Lima and Khloe Kardashian, these stars are not just knockouts in the figurative sense — they can literally knock you out, too! 



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  • Shay Mitchell

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    Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell channels Adonis Creed during her intense slug fests with trainer Michael Olajide Jr. The boxing fanatic owns a pair of pink gloves and a customized gold pair bearing her nickname, "Shay Buttah." Mitchell's nickname is fitting: Whether seamlessly powering through punch combinations or shuffling her legs back and forth at lightning speed, she's as smooth as "buttah" inside the ring. 

  • Paula Patton

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    In order to play Garona in the fantasy action film Warcraft, Paula Patton trained to build muscle mass, sculpt her physique, and develop the swordfighting, knife-wielding, horse-riding, and boxing skills of a true warrior. In the process, Patton discovered boxing's therapeutic benefits. "When we do boxing, I'm always told, 'Don’t hit so hard, Paula!' But I'm like, 'I'm getting out so much anger, I'm working it all out here!'" Patton said while on the set of the film. She's been unleashing her frustrations via her punching bag — and staying fit in the process — ever since.

  • Gigi Hadid

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    "When you're boxing, you get so into it mentally that you kind of forget what's going on, you forget that you're working out," supermodel Gigi Hadid said of her uppercut-filled workouts with trainer Rob Piela at New York City's Gotham Gym. Just look at her concentration as she throws jabs and crosses, and lands punch after punch in this Insta video. The champ is here!

  • Khloe Kardashian

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    It's no secret that Khloe Kardashian has credited her intense boxing workouts with helping her shed a whopping 40 pounds. "I love to box," Khloe told OK! in April 2013. "'When they yell out numbers, I'm really fast and good with it and it keeps me really entertained." Khloe trains three to four times a week with Gunnar Peterson, alternating between strength training exercises, medicine ball workouts, and boxing circuits. Her Instagram videos show just how well Khloe can roll with the punches!

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  • Joan Smalls

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    Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls started boxing at 17, after discovering she had scoliosis. "I said, 'I'm not going to use this as a handicap. I'm going to push myself harder,'" Smalls reminisces of her decision to step inside the ring. "People might think that because I'm skinny and tall, I'm fragile, but I always knew I wasn't. And it's comforting to know that I can throw a proper punch if I have to." 

  • Jessica Szohr

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    As Lauren Melvin in DirecTV's Kingdom, Jessica Szohr plays a photographer who captures the intensity of the mixed martial arts world. Off-screen, the Gossip Girl actress is more than a voyeur when it comes to fighting, stepping into the ring and delivering forceful punches to her trainer's focus mitts. 

  • Karlie Kloss

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    Model Karlie Kloss visits New York City's modelFIT, a boutique gym, to maintain her long and lean figure, alternating between boxing, sculpt, and combo classes. Maybe that's why Taylor Swift cast Kloss as Knockout in her "Bad Blood" video?

  • Gina Rodriguez

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    "I feel like boxing is very much like acting, except you're just fighting yourself," Health magazine's May 2016 cover star, Gina Rodriguez, mused. "You're not allowing yourself to be defeated, you're getting up after you've been knocked down, and you have to believe that you can win." While Gina Rodriguez grew up around the boxing ring thanks to her father, a well-known boxing referee, the Jane the Virgin star says she's become increasingly passionate about the sport in the last two years and credits it with helping her find her inner strength.

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  • Ellie Goulding

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    "Boxing is very animalistic, and there's a lot of adrenaline in it," British singer Ellie Goulding said of her boxing obsession in Marie Claire's November 2015 issue. "It has helped my stamina," the singer added. "When I'm onstage, I feel like I could go on forever." But there's another element to Goulding's fascination with sparring. "Without wanting to use that clichéd word, I feel empowered," Goulding said. "I've got the power to defend myself." Cue "Eye of the Tiger"!

  • Daisy Fuentes

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    Back in 1992, MTV veejay Daisy Fuentes appeared in a boxing-themed Revlon ad campaign with Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Veronica Webb, and Claudia Schiffer, as well as boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Perhaps Fuentes was inspired, because she's since added boxing to her fitness routine, which also includes Pilates, tennis, and hiking. In this Instagram photo, Fuentes can be seen ready to pummel a punching bag. Is boxing how she's managed to look this great at 49?

  • Demi Lovato

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    No wonder Demi Lovato feels so "confident"! In this video, the "Cool for the Summer" singer impresses her trainer with her punching power, excellent concentration, and formidable stamina, perfectly following his instructions as he calls out to her. Call her Demi the Destroyer!

  • Adriana Lima

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    All Victoria's Secret models work hard to stay in shape, but most agree that Brazilian bombshell Adriana Lima is the fittest among them. "Adriana does all of that boxing that I'm scared to even try," model Alessandra Ambrosio told Fashionista.com of her fellow Angel. "She does what athletes do." Lima, who discovered boxing back in 2002, told Time in May 2015, "[Boxing] is the best exercise because you can get really ripped, but not too big. I've had two children and I'm almost 34 years old, and I believe that, thanks to boxing, I'm still a model." Her fists of fury are legendary.

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  • Elsa Pataky

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    Just five months after giving birth to twin boys, Elsa Pataky was kick-boxing her way back to her pre-baby body. In this Instagram photo, Chris Hemsworth can be seen holding kick pads as his lovely wife lands an impressive side kick. 

  • Brandy

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    Who knew Brandy could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee? If Brandy had possessed these boxing moves in her "The Boy Is Mine" days, Monica might have thrown in the towel and let her keep the guy they were feuding over! Whether crooning R&B songs or facing a sparring opponent, Brandy knows how to keep the hits coming!

  • Elsa Hosk

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    Victoria's Secret Angel Elsa Hosk works hard for the money — and for her svelte figure! The blonde beauty says boxing is a particularly appealing workout because it never becomes dull or redundant. "You're not learning anything [when] you're on the treadmill," Hosk said. "With boxing, you need to learn something [new], like the footwork and the handwork."

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