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By the time I was 13 years old, I had been already been boxing for three years. I was champion of England for my 63 kg weight category - yeah, I was a big kid and pretty mature for my age! One of the main reasons I had success at that age was because I could punch hard - which was great, but it had its downside.

 Because I was punching so hard, but my body wasn’t fully developed,  my hands took a lot of punishment. They were always swelling up and, to be honest, back...

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Most fighters will agree that being hit in the body hard is often worse than being hit in the head. 

When you get hit clean it really sucks all the oxygen out of your full body, you feel sick and suffocated at the same time. It's not a nice feeling. 

 I used to practice throwing and landing the body shot all of the time when I was fighting, in shadow boxing, on the backs, and in sparring. 

 A great way to land that body shot is by changing the angle and with...

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The speed bag/speedball has been around since my grandad was a little boy. visually the most impressive piece of equipment in a boxing gym. We've seen fighters over the years blasting the ball doing tricks, going really fast, even looking away from the ball while they hitting it.

For me, some of the best are Floyd Mayweather Lomachenko and Lornarez you will see videos of them hitt the bag it's very impressive.

The main benefits of hitting this thing are hand and eye coordination, which...

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After recently finding myself ill and in hospital, I promised myself that I would do what I’ve been putting off for a while - I wanted to step back into coaching but this time through fitness and boxing. As a former SFA football coach I have always loved coaching and supporting peoples’ development and helping them to reach their goals. Whilst my route in life took me away from being a coach, my passion for coaching & fitness always remained.

I love boxing and everything the...

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 After one of the worst recessions in history that lasted from November 2007 to May 2016, America has seen a steady increase in Jobs and opportunities –especially for young people. 

Speaking of opportunities, I’m glad to see that there are a lot more opportunities open to young people in the sport and fitness industry. Box N’ Burn has also seen steady growth as more young people are taking on boxing certification courses that we offer.

I am now a proud husband and...

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When I began coaching, my experience was mostly working with people who wanted to compete in combat sports, or with those already competing as amateur athletes. As we added more classes to our gym’s timetable, I met people who wanted to use martial arts training to improve personal fitness, rather than fighting in the ring or cage.

I think the difference between these two groups is clear. Competitive combat athletes expect the grind of a training camp, hard sparring and sometimes being...

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Unfortunately, in 2015 at the age of 30 I was involved in a serious car accident that left me with a broken wrist, torn meniscus in my knee, various torn ligaments in my foot and a bunch of deep gashes and cuts all over my body. Being an extremely active person, this accident left me feeling depressed, immobile and feeling like my world was caving in, but what kept me going were my dad’s encouraging words “You have to make your body strong enough to take what life’s going to...

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Back in 2012 at the age of 27, I was on the verge of retiring from boxing, the sport that I had competed in since I was 10 years old. From boxing, I had serious hand problems and it got to the point where I couldn't button a shirt, turn a key, and it was even hard to zip my trousers. It was time for major hand surgery.

At this point I was an undefeated professional boxer, having taken bronze in the Beijing Olympics just a few years earlier, winning 7 national titles and a European Gold medal....

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After dropping out of college at half way through my Criminal Justice Degree, I knew that I made the right choice. A few months later, I started working out: Running, Zumba, KickBoxing, BodyPump etc. I became really obsessed with Health and Fitness. From there, I wanted to make healthy food choices (I would say just to have the full package).

 

Fast forward a few years later, something Tragically happened to me. I lost my 16 Year Old son (Kidnapped and Murdered) my whole life just turned...

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