For more than a year, my workout combined shadow boxing, heavy bag-, speed bag-, double end bag-work, and sparring. My coach also pushed me to do core exercises, like use my stomach muscles to push a medicine ball up the corner of a ring. Or from the same position, I’d toss a medicine ball up so it bounces off the corner and crashes down on my belly.
During this time I got a few black eyes. Literally and figuratively. I’ve also had some great success in my life outside of boxing. Boxing made me look at myself in a different way and make changes—changes I like. I’ll keep doing it. What are you doing?