Nothing motivates you like a punch in the face — fight training explained.

Nothing motivates you like a punch in the face — fight training explained.

 
Kickboxing Sparring Fight
 

Fight training has to be the hardest thing I've ever done — but the most rewarding.

I went from someone who hated cardio, struggling to breathe after a few seconds to being able to physically see my progress in a short space of time. For me, there's nothing more satisfying or motivating.

I took it up along side my general training because my long term aim is to fight in the ring (and win). I didn't start training with the belts as my aim; for me they're an amazing accomplishment that comes with the hard work. I started training to gain the skills and stamina I need to get in the ring and skilfully beat the shit out of someone.

 
Skipping Kickboxing Training
 

I'm on the path to achieving my goal but know that there's so much more effort and hard work to put in before I'm ready... But that's all part of the fun. 

My coach (Owen McGill) has taken me through it perfectly — starting off slowly and building up as I gradually get better. Seeing the look on his face when I nail something for the first time is pretty fucking awesome.

 
Dojo Kickboxing Ring
Kickboxing Sparring Fight
 

I usually do fight specific training once a week on top of my other routines, but would do it so much more if I had the time. Like I said, the speed of progression just gets you addicted straight away, which then makes you want to eat better, sleep better, train better and become a beast in the ring. 

 
Kickboxing Sparring Fight
Kickboxing Sparring Fight

Photography — Scott Cross

Gloves — Blitz
Sports Bra — Reebok Combat
Shorts — Reebok Combat
Shin Guards — RDX

Acro Yoga and Bikram at the Yoga Show.

Acro Yoga and Bikram at the Yoga Show.

Pavey Ark — the epic sunrise mountain hike.

Pavey Ark — the epic sunrise mountain hike.