Having a workout buddy will increase your commitment to working out, making you much less likely to “blow off” your trip to the gym, knowing that your partner will be waiting for you. You and your buddy planned a time and place to workout in advance and you will hold yourself accountable to show up, knowing someone is depending on you.
Your workouts will be more enjoyable with a partner and you will find yourself more motivated, working out harder and longer. With longer and more intense workouts you will reach your workout goals faster, which will motivate you further.
With two heads you are more apt to change up your workout routine, staving off boredom, while shocking your body for further gain. You are less likely to hurt yourself when you workout with a partner, as you check each other for correct form. If your workout involves lifting weights, you will always have a spotter.
So, if you find yourself “blowing off” workouts, find a workout partner. If you are taking classes and you are not able to find a partner outside of the gym, find a friend inside the gym. Make a commitment to someone in the class and plan to meet them at the next class! Now you will have a time and a place to be at a certain time. A commitment!
When we exercise our body “feels” stress and it releases endorphins in response to brain chemicals or neurotransmitters. Endorphins are secreted from our brains, spinal columns and other parts of our body and reduce pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive or euphoric feeling in our bodies by binding to our neuron receptors, just as some pain medicines do. This positive feeling is similar to morphine but, without its’ addiction or dependence. This positive feeling is often described as a “runners high” or a “second wind”.
Physical activity improves our self-esteem, reduces stress and anxiety while fighting off depression and improves our sleep. Keep all this in mind the next time you are debating on whether or not to get your workout in and get in the gym! Remember, the hardest part of a workout is getting started.
Our amateur boxing team has more members than any of the 16 other boxing teams that are affiliated with USA Boxing in the Potomac Valley Region. USA Boxing is the national organization that sponsors local, regional and national amateur boxing events in the United States leading all the way to the Olympics.
This past winter Brient Rodriguez, one of our team members, competed in the local Golden Gloves boxing tournament. Brient made it to the finals and then lost a split decision to his opponent. His opponent went on to Las Vegas and won the National Golden Gloves Tournament in the Super Bantam weight (122 lb.) division.
Like most of his teammates, Brient is local and graduated from Walter Johnson High School in 2016. While at WJ, Brient did not participate in any sports, yet he always had an interest in boxing. In 2013 a neighbor told Brient about Champion’s and an excited Brient joined and began boxing. Since joining, Brient has become a fixture at the gym and is now a part-time employee, helping with our youth (8 – 12-year-olds) boxing program.
When asked about his experience at Champion’s, Brient says he has made many great friends and he was pleasantly surprised when he first joined and he found that all of his teammates were friendly, encouraging and anxious to share their knowledge and experience. From his experience boxing, Brient says,” I have learned to never give up, no matter how hard life gets”. Brient encourages everyone that is just a little curious about boxing to get over their anxiety and come check out Champion Boxing & Fitness.
Here is what Coach Bruce has to say about Brient:
“Brient is a special young man. He started boxing with me at the program here and has become not only a great fighter but a mentor, leader, and coach to many of the younger athletes coming thru the program. As a boxer Brient has developed so well, I recently made him a training partner and fight-camp member of one of our professionals, IBO International Champion Alexandru Marin. Brient and two another young men we have here, Stephon Jordan and Christian Hamilton, represent exactly what this program is about. These are young men of high character. They are kind, respectful, gracious, goal oriented and responsible young men using boxing to elevate themselves and those around them. As a coach, it is rewarding to see this in so many of the men and women that come through our program. It is hard not to love all these kids”.