As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Train Like a REAL Fighter... Tuesday, July 30

15 fighters and no one but me shadow boxed.
15 fighters and only 3 of us hit the heavy bag.

But everyone did padwork, of course.

I warmed up on the spinning bike and watched as fighters came into the boxing club in Poblacion, asked the coaches to wrap their hands, and then did round after round of padwork.  

No warm up and then no follow up.  Just pads.

Some of them then took their handwraps off and did a bit of weight training but basically their boxing simply consisted of hitting the pads with one of the coaches.  

I find this incredibly frustrating, not only as a pro boxer but also as a coach and boxing studio owner.  If you're going to learn boxing, if you're going to coach boxers, if you're going to have fighters train at your place... then have the familiarize themselves with all that it means to be a fighter when it comes to training.

And hence my Instagram post....

List of 10 exercises every boxer needs to familiarize themselves with:
1. Skipping
2. Agility ladder
3. Weaving drills
4. Shadow boxing
5. Padwork
6. Double end bag
7. Speed bag
8. Heavy bag
9. Sparring
10. Roadwork 

Not every fighter wants to spar, fair enough, but trust me, if I'm coaching you then you're definitely doing ALL but sparring and maybe roadwork. But I do offer roadwork -- every Saturday, 7am (See Empowered Clubhouse for the Sole Sistas weekly team road; there's your road work!!!) And you're also doing functional training exercises if you're training with me.

"Train like a fighter" should be my motto because the local boxing clubs sure aren't doing it justice.

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