Valley women are strapping on their boxing gloves and learning how to throw a punch.
Boxing has been a popular sport among men for years but now more women, especially between the ages of 30-45, are taking part here in Phoenix.
Elaine Deines, the owner of TITLE Boxing Club in Phoenix said gym-goers can burn about a thousand calories in an hour.
Women told CBS 5 news they felt empowered after a good workout.
"It's a good de-stress mechanism, so when you're having a hard day, you imagine someone on it, and you just kind of go for it. Yeah, I've done that. I think everybody has, that's the fun of it," said Jacqueline Levy, a member of the gym.
The gym also has a boxing ring, if clients would like to have a private session with a trainer.
"I think this gives women a chance to try boxing because it's not fighting induced ... now granted, you pick up a little defense along the way and you feel like you're Mike Tyson but I think it's turning women on to boxing right now as a sport," said Levy.
There are TITLE Boxing Clubs in Phoenix and Peoria and four more clubs are slated to open in the Valley in the coming months.
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