SYL Success Story: Shredder

 Over the course of the Shape Your Life program, participants adopt a boxing name. Today I met with Shredder who has been attending SYL for a year. She says SYL is about the positive energy and supportive group: “You do the best you can, you learn to box, and you discover you can do […]


How is SYL trauma and violence informed?

March 19, 2018 Shape Your Life (SYL) is a 14-week boxing program for self-identified women who have experienced violence.  While boxing is often perceived as a violent sport, SYL uses non-contact training to teach boxing, and to fight the mental, emotional, and physical effects of trauma and abuse. Once a week participants jump into a […]


What Is Shape Your Life?

Non-contact boxing helps abused women regain their self-respect and power over their lives Most of us will never experience physical or sexual abuse but too many self-identified women do.  They’re physically and emotionally scarred, don’t feel safe and can feel it’s their own fault. They lose their self-respect and feel powerless over their lives.   […]