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Taraji P. Henson: ‘I love boxing’

Actress Taraji P. Henson owes her svelte figure to boxing.
The Empire star has taken up the high-intensity gym workout and admits she loves to punch it out purely for the exercise.
“I love it,” she told U.S. chat show Live! with Kelly and Michael on Wednesday (24Feb16). “It’s not that I want to spar or really take it seriously, it’s just the workout. You train for two hours first and whatever exercise he (trainer) gives you, you have to do for three minutes to build up your stamina. I come out of there sopping wet.”
Her workouts have also given her new-found confidence when it comes to self-defence.
“I’m not scared to walk down the street by myself anymore because I know combinations; I’ll hit you with a four-five (and) you might not get up,” she added.
In addition to boxing, Henson is also serious about her high intensity interval training (HITT) regimen.
“The most difficult training I do with Taraji is something I call dynamic training,” exercise expert Mike T. told OKMagazine.com in August (15). “We do high intensity interval training for an hour and a half, plus 20 minutes of core on top of the hour and a half of cardio she does at home. The HITT workout moves range from box jumps to jump squats and jogging intervals.”
“Taraji loves working her glutes as well as her core,” he added. “She also likes to be active and as intense as possible when we’re doing our thing in the gym.”

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