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Zella in Your Corner: 3 Basic Boxing Drills to Know Before You Get in the Ring

This October, Zella observes 10 years in the activewear industry. To get into the celebratory swing of things, the Nordstrom-exclusive brand is honoring the occasion with a special capsule collection dedicated to a burgeoning sport with some serious fighting spirit: women’s boxing.

While female competitors have been throwing punches since at least the 18th century, boxing has been largely considered a macho, male-dominated sport for most of its history. Even today, physical aggression is seen as a man’s specialty, despite female fighting phenoms like Claressa Shields and Cecilia Braekhus making regular ESPN headlines. But the world of women’s boxing is only ramping up—and we’re hoping this new collection inspires a few more million-dollar babies out there.

For one, it delivers a full-body workout that tones almost every muscle and incinerates up to 900 calories an hour. (That’s twice as many calories as your average foray on the elliptical machine.) Boxing’s inherently short bursts of extreme cardio are proven to burn more fat than a steady-going cardio session and continue to burn calories post-workout. It’s also incredibly empowering and fun. When you’re punching bags and lifting weights in fast and furious drills, your endorphins are cranked to 11. You’re building strength, honing hand-eye coordination and learning practical self-defense skills. You’re firing on all cylinders, pummeling the day’s stresses away.

Not into human combat? No problem! In fact, most boxing students never step into the ring. Some don’t even spar (when two people practice fighting against each other). It’s a choose-your-own-intensity sport where you control the level of involvement. What matters is you’re getting your heart rate up, working muscles head to toe and managing stress in a healthy way.

WATCH & LEARN BASIC BOXING DRILLS

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How To: Hit a Golf Ball…and Look Good Doing It

How to hit a golf ball? We’ve got you. In the video above, find three #protips for hitting an iron (aka the club you’ll be swinging most of the time) and three tips for chipping, the super-tricky part of the game when you are near but not quite on the green. Your instructor is Patrick Ackerman, Glendale Country Club Golf Pro. All clothes worn in the video are shop-able here.

As for how to look your best while you knock down those eagles and birdies? Well of course we’ve got you there, too.

Shop: Women’s Golf

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What Not to Wear to Sunday’s Game (If, That Is, You’re Actually in the Game)

 

The outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will certainly be measured in points–though in the larger game of life, you could argue that the true winner will be the team with the fewest concussions. But there is another competition afoot: Which player will have the illest shoes?

We spoke about what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday with Marcus Rivero, aka Soles by Sir, the custom-footwear king of the NFL. The Miami-based painter and designer says his shoes will be worn by players on both teams on February 1. Sales have been good since his status spiked this month after Instagramming a pair of gold-flake cleats commissioned by the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, which were instantly banned by the NFL. 

Apparently there’s some league rule we don’t understand about shoes needing to match the color of uniforms. But we do understand banning a shoe is a sure-fire way to make it legendary and Rivero says business is better than ever.

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October Book Club: Lena Dunham, Women in Clothes and 1000 Football Shirts

Circle up the bookworms; here’s this month’s trio of newly released and/or otherwise timely tomes.

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

The New York Times describes this brand-spanking-new release as “a kind of memoir disguised as an advice book, or a how-to book in the guise of a series of personal essays,” and while some might find it hard to stomach the aforementioned from a gal who has yet to hit her thirtieth birthday, well, maybe they of the raised eyebrows are the reason the word “learned” is in quotes on the cover. (Would the more accurate tagline “A young woman tells you what she’s learning” move as many units? Rhetorical.) Bottom line: we as a culture-watching unit seem rather unable to look away as Dunham bares all on her television show and then transforms herself into a sort of chic Everywoman for the red carpet, but all of that is largely due her wit and humor. Consider Girl the written equivalent of full frontal nudity.

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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton

Yes, this editorial dream team hits several key modern and classic intellectual reference points from the New York Times (Shapton was an art director) to McSweeney’s (Julavits is a co-editor of The Believer), but it’s that “& 639 others” that really makes this a power squad of voice and perspective. Just about every page in this hefty 528-page crowd-sourced, globally inclusive essay collection/voyeurism vehicle reads like the best dinner party conversation you’ve never had—unless of course you’ve already chatted with Kim GordonRivka Galchen, ex-pats, octogenarians, and digital natives about clothing swaps, corsets, self identity, and the sex lives of ducks.

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1000 Football Shirts by Bernard Lions

Look, as far as we’re concerned, you can’t take the sport trend too seriously. In prep of the next big game day (football, soccer, ping pong?), fire up the buffalo wing sauce, grab a key spot on the sectional, and then open up this bad boy and get the visual score on 100 years of vividly iconic team looks from 100 countries—all while wearing our aesthetically “athletic” Marc by Marc Jacobs Motocross Uprising Dress perhaps?

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Training Day: Winter Winning Styles

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The race to the podium is on! Embrace America’s winning spirit by donning red, white and blue gear from head to toe.

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Trend Note: Wimbledon, Let’s Talk Sporty Chic

The world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, The Wimbledon Championships, is underway. This year’s courts are keeping the strawberries-and-cream-eating spectators on the edge of their seats (seven-time champion Roger Federer just went out, and it’s only day 3!). We’re eager to see if Serena Williams makes it to the finals in one of the most surprise-filled tournaments in memory.

Less exhilarating to watch—the strictly enforced all-white dress code for players when sporty chic is such a winner this summer. The trend may be off-limits to players, but you can get in the game by mixing high-energy hues, tech fabrics and pieces from your gym bag in with the essentials you already wear. You won’t be able to compete on the courts at Wimbledon looking so fresh and fab, but your wardrobe will definitely reign victorious.

[Pictured: Zella Running Jacket | MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote | h.i.p Pleat Skirt]

[Pictured: BCBGeneration Faux Leather Cap | ASTR Sheer Tee | Leith Bralette]

[Pictured: Nike Wedge Sneaker | STS Cutoff Shorts | Make + Model Bralette | Rubbish Sleeveless Shirt]

Shop our Editor’s Picks to get your sporty chic game on:

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