Gyms like that still exist, but increasingly, more and more gyms are clean and welcoming. New boxing gyms are opening around the country that attract a broad range of ages and male and female participants. Boxing is becoming a popular sport for people who simply want to exercise but who do not want to compete in the ring. One reason for the sport's new broader appeal is that it's great exercise; and, it improves hand-eye coordination and is also a good workout for your brain, if you're learning a combination that you have to repeat with a partner. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that no one ever need get punched in the face.