Week 2: Name that boxer

So some exciting news regarding fundraising first and we’ve hit the minimum target for me to fight!

I’ve still set myself a stiffer target though to raise as much as I can for Cancer Research UK, and to get things going I’ll be raffling off my ring nickname! I’ll assign each one of my donors a boxer and draw one at random. The winner will get to pick my ring nickname. Please donate to the JustGiving page to enter! I’ll do the draw in the first week of June.

Onto other news, the training is still going well, it’s really moving at a pace and I’m still trying to consolidate what I’ve learned. Looking for someone to practice my defence against this weekend, so if anyone’s up for spending 10 minutes trying to punch me in the face on Saturday let me know, it would be much appreciated.

2 weeks into the new diet and exercise routine, and I think my body has fully adjusted to my new low carb diet, finding alternate sources of energy. My measurements are moving in the right direction as well; my weight is 97.1kg (97.5kg at the outset – my goal was to maintain) but bodyfat has fallen from 18.4% to 17.6%. Here’s the latest progress pic of how I’m doing.

Finally, I’m still selling tickets and want you all to come along! Send me a message or catch me next time you see me and let me know and I’ll get your tickets sorted out. The tickets are £20 at the moment and I’d hate for people to miss out.

Until next time.

Week 1 (and a bit)

So I’ve had my first 3 sessions and there is so much to learn. And when you think you’ve learned it, you have to produce it when you’re blowing out of your arse. And if you don’t, you get punched in the face. So all good fun.

The thing that surprised me most is the fitness. 3 rounds of 2 minutes doesn’t sound that long, until you have to do it! A lot of my training is now focused on that time pattern and I’ve even started doing cardio, so that should let you know how seriously I’m taking this! Lucky I’ve also found a boxing timer app that I can preprogram with my round length and rest time, so that keeps me honest deep into the later sets!

(Above: me after my second training session. Decided vests were definitely the way to go!)

On the fundraising side, thank you so much to everyone who has donated and promised to donate. We’ve already nearly hit my minimum donation required, but I’m hoping we can raise much more than that. The link to do so is here so please donate for Cancer Research UK.

Onto tickets. I’d love to have as many people as possible at this event. I’ve got 10 VIP tickets for £50pp which includes a meal and table service during the fights. I’ve also got 10 standard tickets (as above) at £20pp for entry – although I can easily get more of these. A lot of people have said they want to come along, so I’ll be bugging you all for ticket money shortly!

Thank you for reading this far (if anyone is!) and thank you everyone for all your support, be it a donation, coming to support me on the night or just a friendly word. It all means a lot to me.

Punching cancer in the face

So a few weeks ago I signed up for Ultra White Collar Boxing. It is something I’ve heard of a couple of people doing, and something I’ve been considering a while. Eventually I decided to dive in and sign up, and ask questions later.

My three goals are to raise some money for Cancer Research UK, win (#wwkd) and have fun doing both!

With the rugby season nearly over, I’m also using it as my motivation to not only stay fit, but also get back into better shape, as I’ve become very good at finding reasons not to go to the gym or justifying eating crap! The 8 week program will take me nicely into my holiday and then preseason, so the timing works out nicely.

The event is on the 24th June, so I’ve got 8 weeks to throw myself into training and fundraising. I’ll be selling tickets to the event and would love to see a big crowd of familiar faces on the night! If you’re interested in tickets please get in touch.

I’ll be updating this blog weekly on how my training is going and how the fundraising is going, and hopefully leave a fun journal of my experience that I can look back on in a few years time. If anyone else enjoys reading it along the way, even better! I’ll also be updating my instagram with pictures and videos, my IG is robbo277 for more regular updates.

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The above photo is me on the morning of May 1, which is the first day of my first training week. I weighed 97.5kg, with body fat of 19.8%. My aim is to maintain a similar sort of weight while bringing that body fat number down. Basically, I want to look like this guy.

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I got to my lowest body fat and best shape of my life a few years back on a low-carb, high-fat diet, and will be looking to survive mainly on meat, green veg and nuts for the next 8 weeks. I’ll be attempting to cut right back on alcohol too, and it will be interesting to see how that goes!

So that’s about all for my first post, please do come back and check up on my progress, and if you feel like donating please stop by my Just Giving Page and donate. The cost of the event is covered by the tickets sold, so all your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK.