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FITNESS

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.”

Profile for Multnomah Athletic Club

The Winged M, January 2018  

The magazine for members of Multnomah Athletic Club.

The Winged M, January 2018  

The magazine for members of Multnomah Athletic Club.