FIT N E SS WO RT H F I G H T I N G F O R
Knockout the Doubt with MAC Boxing Classes S omeone who’s never taken Molly Sparkman’s Knockout Boxing Class has no idea how long three minutes really is. Maybe they’ve microwaved a frozen dinner while famished or waited through a particularly grating commercial break for the thrilling conclusion to their favorite show. Unless they’ve pounded a heavy bag with everything they’ve got until the buzzer rings, they were just killing time. When those three minutes are up? You might hit the stairs for a run from the sub basement, where the Team Training Room is located, up to the fifth floor. Or dive into a series of burpees, mountain climbers or crunches. If your name is called, it’s time to go toe-to-toe with Kaulike Souza, Molly’s right-hand man, on the padded mitts. Western boxing isn’t just about fighting. It’s an incredible workout that does wonders for the body and mind. “We have seen
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people come in very timid, and leave with more selfconfidence,” Sparkman says. It also ticks all the boxes when it comes to a great workout: high-intensity cardio, strength training and coordination – and, yes, fun – all in an hour.
Background in boxing Sparkman and Souza each came to boxing in their own ways. For Souza it was a childhood spent watching his dad box, and a love of mixed martial arts. “For me, it’s about being in control,” he says. “It’s the mental discipline.” For Sparkman, it was an invitation to attend a boxing fitness class with her sister. “It was a natural fit. It tested my athleticism and allowed me to be physical.”
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