Issue 78
Fitness Takeover
Two rights, jab, uppercut, hook - model Alina Baikova
shares her newfound love for boxing with a kick, or two.
It's no secret a perfect body coincides either with hard work or enviable genetics. While the hereditarily gifted are more liberated than the rest of us, we inadequately diet our way to be skinny and pay for fitness memberships that are almost immediately associated with dread. Ultimately hard work takes determination, motivation and discipline.

Perhaps, the culture of New York City can translate as a narcissistic mania to look good, but preserving beauty is a source of income for professional models like Ms. Baikova. Two years ago, the Ukrainian jetsetter introduced boxing to her exercise routine, as the trend sprung within the modeling industry thanks to the sexy Victoria’s Secret (VS) angels. Ever since, she’s been Sweat Boxing in Paris and training like a fighter in New York’s Gotham Gym twice a week in addition to her daily bootcamp classes.

Here, Ms. Baikova reveals the quickest and most effective practices to the lucrative bod you have seen advertising Victoria’s Secret lingerie.
BOXING IS A NEW TREND
amongst models because of VS. The body standards in the industry is changing and leaning towards a healthier image. I like it because it’s a healthy lifestyle propaganda and that’s so much better than cigarettes, wine and drugs.
I DO MANY OTHER THINGS ON
the side but boxing is truly the best because it helps to de-stress when I am worried, angry or not feeling well. It simply helps you forget about everything.
MY TRAINING SESSIONS ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT.
My personal trainer from the Gotham Gym - the mixed martial arts champion Matthew Maldonado - personalizes an hour-long session that incorporates Mui-Tai and kickboxing to help me strengthen and tone.
BOXING INVOLVES SPARRING
bouncing, ducking, pivoting, punching and even kicking. My training requires repetitive motions of an entire body. These repeated movements provide strength and power especially to my arms, legs and core area.
IT IS ALSO EFFECTIVE CARDIO
Boxing is the best for your physique because you aren’t bulking up. If you notice: all boxers are slender, but always stay in shape. Specialists say boxing is not only one of the best weight loss workouts that burn up to 500-1000 calories in an hour, but also strengthens the entire body.
AFTER A WORKOUT
I wash my face and spray it with Kiehl’s toning mist. To moisturize your face you can use something organically made at home. I work with a friend who is a makeup artist and she makes her own oils. I love them and I really don’t use anything else except moisturizers. I like Lamer because it was developed as a clinical product with no harsh chemicals unlike everything else on the market.
I DON’T EAT BEFORE MY WORKOUT
because your body uses a lot of energy for digestion and training becomes exhausting. Post-workout, I can actually eat a lot. I like egg whites and salmon. Sometimes after an intense boxing session I’m to tired to even look at the food. (Laughs) I like to have my last meal three hours before bedtime.
I THINK I’M VERY LUCKY THAT I DON’T LIKE SWEETS
I don’t eat chocolate or candy, but when I crave something, I go to vegan places and buy something organic, like coconut balls. I like the coconut mousse from Juice Press.
I DRINK A LOT OF JUICE
Every morning I have a lemon juice and ginger shot or simply warm water with lemon. I don’t like being in a drunken state, I just drink tequila or red wine for fun if I go out with girlfriends but it’s very rare. My job and workout are my priority.

Photograpy by Kinya Ota; styling by Robert Mishchenko; hair by Martin-Christopher Harper / Platform NYC; make-up by Samantha Trinh / Kate Ryan; stylist's assistant: Bert Martirosyan; model: Alina Baikova/ Next.

Opening Image: top by H&M; boxing gloves by Winning.
Words by Elona Voytovych
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