Eyes Wide Shut

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on February 2, 2014
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‘First rule of Fight Club, there are no rules.’

First rule of boxing, “You need to keep your eyes open at all times,” my coach, Molly McConnell reminds me. I didn’t realize I was a ‘flincher,’  as she calls it, until we had a staff photographer come out to take some pictures of me sparring recently.

Not only do I apparently shut …

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All This For Squat!

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on February 1, 2014
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There’s a lot of leg work involved in boxing, so my trainer and physical therapist are hammering me to strengthen my lower body. Up early this morning working on mobility exercises and ‘goblet squats’ to help strengthen my quads and hamstrings.

We warm up with a few reps of these, before going on to the heavier ‘big bar’ stuff. Right now …

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Missed It By A Nose

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on January 31, 2014
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No my nose isn’t broken, but it’s swollen, and feels broken. I was training with a physical therapist to improve my mobility. The idea was to twist my body, throw a 12 pound solid rubber ball into a small trampoline, it bounces back, I catch it,rotate and repeat.

I did it once, and thought ‘This is an accident waiting to happen.’ Sure …

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Early Bird Gets The Sunrise

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on January 31, 2014
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Training to box isn’t just about upper body strength, it’s about endurance and stamina. And because there’s so much moving around involved, that means I have to get back into running and up my time spent on cardio-which I hate more than anything.

Honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed running. I’ve done a few half marathons over the years, and while I …

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Round 1: Meet My Coach

Posted by Dan Mitchinson on January 31, 2014
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I’m not much of a sports fan. I’ve never watched an entire football or basketball game in my life.

But I was intrigued by the TV show ‘White Collar Brawlers.’  They take a couple of guys, who have never fought before, train them, then let them go at it in a boxing ring.

So I decided to take up a similar challenge. …

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