Back in 2012 when I first set up Wildcat Fitness UK it was just me and a handful of clients…. fast forward almost four years and I am both blessed and very grateful to be able to say that I’ve trained and continue to train dozens of amazing people week in week out, and that by my side in this PT journey are two fantastic female trainers who also take on Wildcat clients – Rahel and Rosie. I love working with these incredible girls, so when Rosie suggested writing something for my Blog about her biggest fitness passion, I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. So in her own words – let me hand you over to Rosie and her love for all things Boxing.
Firstly, hello and welcome to the Wildcat Blog…..
I’ve had the pleasure of working with LJ over some time now and its a delight to write an article for her many followers. A short introduction to myself: my name is Rosie McGowan. I’m a personal trainer specialising in boxing. Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro my services cater for all (cheeky Plug!)
If you look up the word ‘Boxing’ on wikipedia, it tells us the following:
“Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring”
This is of course no lie, but boxing is so much more than this. However first impressions may lead Joe Bloggs to wrongly pre-judge the sport for being nothing more than violence.
Boxing is a fantastic discipline for all ages and backgrounds. At competitive level it requires a high level of fitness, combining both endurance and power. However you don’t have to compete to get involved in the training, you can participate without ever having a punch thrown towards your beautiful face! Some of the many benefits of boxing training include developing your hand to eye co-ordination and reflexes. It’s fantastic for weight loss and toning up. It develops body strength and power whilst massively improving your cardiovascular fitness. It builds self-confidence and teaches respect for not only yourself but everyone around you. But is boxing still for everyone? Absolutely. I live and teach in my favourite city in the world, London! However over my years of both training, competing and now coaching I have had the pleasure of meeting all walks of life. Take this week for example. I’m currently on a train returning back to London after teaching in Nottingham. I’ve just spent today at a very old school, no frills boxing gym, (the best ABA boxing gym in the world actually!…slightly biased but it’s the gym that made me the person I am today), teaching a mixture of children and adults. Some looking to compete, some purely for the fitness and keeping the majority out of trouble. Boxing is renowned for helping keep crime rate down in certain areas. Tomorrow I’ll be back in a nice private studio in Shepherds Bush teaching some high flying business folk, all of whom love learning the ropes of boxing purely for fitness and confidence. Then at the weekend I’m flying out to Ireland where the series ‘Vikings’ is being filmed and I’ll be teaching some of the cast there. A mixture of people all in one week! So I hope this shows that boxing really is for everyone. Specifically for the London readers, this city is amazing, but slightly hectic and definitely stressful at times. Everyone is on a mission to build empires and succeed. Boxing is a fantastic get away, a stress-relief where you can come away from a session feeling calmer, healthier and ready to take over the world! See you soon?!
Twitter and Instagram: @RosieMcGowan1