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Kimberley Locke on boxing, golf, new song

July, 31, 2012
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Kimberley LockeRobin Marchant/Getty ImagesKimberley Locke and her boyfriend have played about 30 rounds of golf already this year.
American Idol alum Kimberley Locke released her new single "Finally Free" on Tuesday and talked with Playbook about music and sports. Locke, who starred in the second season of the singing competition, has lost more than 40 pounds by boxing, golfing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

So let's start with boxing. Seriously?

"I'm going to be really honest with you. For a brief point as a teenager, I wanted to become a boxer. And then I watched these two girls in the ring. They beat the snot out of each other. I thought to myself, 'It must feel good to punch someone in the face and get paid to do that.' Then, when they finished, I saw their faces. And that scared me. I thought, 'No way I could do that!'"

But you used boxing to help you lose weight, right?


"I'm that girl who will try anything once. Weight loss is a journey. I decided to go back to my younger days of being active and playful. I have friends who are into boxing and they got me on the speed bag. They taught me how to hit it correctly. It's not only a great workout, but I look great doing it!"

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