“Having got into boxing quite late in my early 30s I was on a mission to prove myself in the game. I went on to have my first fight at 36. A belief I always try to install in my clients is there is no correct time frame and it’s never too late. Boxing is a sport that benefits everyone in so many ways and these benefits should be accessible to anyone no matter what age, size, sex or background.”
I got into boxing by accident like many others do. I was working as a social worker and struggling with my stress levels, I visited a therapist for a reiki treatment who also happened to be a Muay Thai coach. She suggested I have a go at a padwork session. I absolutely loved the session and couldn’t wait for the next one. I still remember the feeling of satisfaction hitting the pads. Not to mention the freedom I got from all the stuff in my head as I was focussing on the technique. I was immediately hooked. I joined a class to keep progressing. Finally I had found a form of exercise that I couldn’t get enough of.
1 year later I moved to London, the first thing I did was find a boxing coach to continue my journey. I also took time out from my social work job to do a PT course. Something I’d always been interested in but never had the confidence to do. I loved it so much that as soon as I completed the course I got a job in a gym. I also started to build up my own business teaching women’s boxing classes outdoors. At the same time I was progressing my own boxing to compete in white collar shows. I learned a lot in a short space of time. Having got into boxing quite late in my early 30s I was on a mission to prove myself in the game. I went on to have my first fight at 36. A belief I always try to install in my clients is there is no correct time frame and it’s never too late. Boxing is a sport that benefits everyone in so many ways and these benefits should be accessible to anyone no matter what age, size, sex or background. Getting in the ring and having a fight is a massive confidence booster whether you win or lose. It takes so much courage and a lot of work to get both physically and mentally in shape. I think anyone who goes through the process feels a massive sense of achievement.
After finding my purpose, I had a dream of having my own space where I could build a community. I loved seeing my clients grow in both fitness and confidence from starting boxing. What really stood out for me was this was a form of exercise that trains your brain as well as your body. The skill learning takes you out of your own head allowing you to reset any negative thinking, worries or just a bad day. I went on to explore this and study neuroscience. I still had my own issues managing stress and anxiety and I wanted to understand the brain better and how to reprogram it.
I apply what I learned here to my coaching programmes to help clients train both their body and their brain to become ‘better at managing life’s punches. I’m so proud to say that my gym @12roundsboxing is a growing community that helps people from all walks of life get fit, enjoy boxing and grow into the best version of themselves. As someone who was never particularly sporty and started my journey later in life, I hope I can provide inspiration to others that anything is possible. You need to train your mind and your body towards your goal and of course have a great team in your corner.