by Francesca Gilberti, Vogue
With female boxers making their debut at the 2012 Olympics (and America's most fiery contender, 22-year-old boxer Marlen Esparza, profiled in our July issue), it's clear that-from New York to Los Angeles-women are ready to lace up their gloves and get in the ring. Here are Vogue's picks for cutting-edge gyms and boutique studios across the country that specialize in teaching the age-old sport to a brand-new generation.
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NEW YORK CITY:
For an alternative to the better known Aerospace in Greenwich Village and Punch Fitness on the Upper East Side, boxing devotees, new and experienced, can make their way to the hidden West Village gem Gotham Gym. A no-frills place, with New York intensity but a feeling of California calm, Gotham offers a wide variety of boxing and yoga classes, as well as personal training from a super-attentitive staff.
600 Washington Street