Q: What first attracted you either to the sport of boxing or to boxing as a workout?
A: After playing college basketball, i was looking for something challenging and skill-based that would keep me motivated. I also loved that it was just as challenging mentally as it is physically - I tend to be a big overthinker, and that’s not a good thing when it comes to boxing so it has helped me work on being present and more confident.
Q: Why do you Shadowbox?
A: I love that Shadowbox is a complete workout - upper body, lower body, core, strength, conditioning and mental toughness. There are also so many levels to boxing, so it’s incredibly humbling. Once you get the hang of the punches, then you can start working on your speed vs. power. Then there’s defense to think about. Then it’s footwork. Then it’s getting into the mindset of a fighter - it’s never-ending and keeps pushing you!
Q: Can you share a little bit about the first time you experienced the Shadowbox workout? How did you feel after?
A: The first time I was like “WOW! This is legit.” The environment is just so beautiful and made me appreciate the boxing culture - from the photos of Muhammad Ali to the ring, I fell in love. Once I got into the studio, I loved being in a class with other people who were fighting alongside me. Even as strangers, it’s a cool thing to stop and think that there are 39 other people with me in that room. I left the room feeling exhausted, but super empowered and that I can get through whatever is thrown at me.
Q: What physical benefits have you experienced since beginning your boxing training and workouts?
A: I’d say the three biggest things that have improved are my conditioning, my arm strength and my core strength. Punching a bag for 7-10 rounds is unlike any other cardio conditioning i’ve ever done, and makes running and sprinting feel easy. My arms of course feel the burn and also have gotten much more toned. Lastly, the core is used to stabilize your whole body while you’re punching and dodging punches, so I’ve seen a big change in both my core abilities and appearance.
Q: What about the mental or emotional benefits? How does class make you feel and does it differ from how you feel during or following other workouts?
A: There’s nothing more therapeutic than punching a bag when you’re stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, etc. It’s hard to put into words what it does for you, but the best way I can explain it is that it allows me to express myself and gets me so exhausted that my brain doesn’t have the energy to be stressed or worry after a boxing session.
Q: Bad days happen. How do you navigate through them?
A: Yes they do! Boxing usually does the trick for me because of the workout but also because I box with other people who I am inspired by and who I look forward to seeing. I may or may not also grab a donut or croissant after just for the added pick-me-up :)