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Following in the footsteps of Hemingway

t still feels like visiting these clubs, summer here in training with them the Cariboo, until and letting you know the sun goes down what it's like to walk at least. After that into a gym with the you can feel winter body of playdough, Jonas Gagnon creeping up. full of people with Winter Weight For some this means the bodies of Greek skiing, skating and gods and goddesses hockey. and join in on the fun. For others it means hiding Hopefully, at the end of it all, indoors with hot chocolate you'll have had a peek inside and getting up to their winter each one and a better idea of weight, which they'll resolve which club suits you. to get rid of once the new year The Two Rivers Boxing club rolls around. is starting up again this month But just because you hate the and that's where we'll be cold doesn't mean you have to starting. hide. Approaching the club from There are a bevy of clubs in the outside can be a lesson in town that will help you stay intimidation. active through the winter Not only does the building months so you can hit spring at itself seem a bit intimidating, full speed. but movies have long put a tooOver the course of the last tough, bad rap on boxing clubs. few months of the year, I'll be Images of tattoo-covered,

gimlet-eyed tough guys dance through my head when I think of boxing clubs. To get into the Two Rivers boxing club you have to know it’s there, like a speak easy. The side door of the Quesnel Tillicum Society is left slightly ajar Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Pop the door open and inside you'll see a group of men and women in workout wear sparring or throwing around a medicine ball and just sweating in general. Though it feels intimidating, members, both competitive and non-competitive, found the club welcoming the moment they crossed the threshold. “We have a great community here,” Kyle Tessier, one of the club’s competitive boxers, said.

The club hopes to change the intimidation factor by moving to West Park Mall, where the old Easy Homes was, but for now it remains a mystery until you step inside and starting talking to the people, which is where you'll find the club’s heart. What you'll find at that heart is more diverse than you might think, with boxers there getting ready for their next bout training beside people just in for an intense workout. And it is intense. Emmalena Hermanson, a casual member of the club, remembers her first go in the club. "The first week there were a lot of things I couldn't do, but I got in shape fast," she said. Matt Tessier, the club's head coach, said that while the workouts can be intense he makes sure to start out slowly.

“A lot of times you get in there and you see everyone going hard and you want to keep up,” he said. “It’s not worth it. A lot of guys come in work really really hard that first session and you don’t see them again because they hurt so badly. So you’re best bet is to go easy.” Tessier outlined a beginners workout, starting with learning the punches and how to defend against them, along with stretches, aerobic workouts and work with the medicine ball. Next week I begin my flirtation with boxing as I try my hand, or fist, at throwing punches and the medicine ball. I’ll keep you up to date on the pain in my muscles and the enjoyment and skills that pain buys me. If you want to join in, the club is happy to have drop ins.

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