White Collar Boxing - My Advice
How to train for a white-collar boxing bout
How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?
Seventeen years after the release ofFight Club, Brad Pitt’s infamous provocation remains as compelling as ever. The rise and rise of white-collar boxing – where regular Joes train like professional pugilists and go toe-to-toe in the ring – attests to that.
It goes without saying that stepping out, in just your trunks, in front of hundreds of people, to face a man determined to clock you in the jaw as many times as possible, isn’t for everyone. But those who have laced up their gloves and braved the baying of the crowd once have a tendency to return.
So it is with President of The Estée Lauder Companies UK and Ireland, Chris Good (white collar record: one victory; zero losses), who is soon to star in his second fight at the Future Dreams Fight Night on September 29.
MHsat down with ‘The Silver Fox’ to find out what makes a manically busy 56-year-old father of two swap the corner office for the square ring – and what he’s learned from the experience.
There’s nothing more motivating than an impending fight
“I’m not the sort of person who can go into the gym just for the sake of it. I’m also not the type of person who goes in for the sake of a toned body. I need something – and if I’m going to get into the ring, in front of 1,000 people, and I’m going to fight, I’ve got to be fit and know what I’m doing… That pressure is what I require to get the discipline into the training, the diet and everything that goes with it.”
It's impossible to prepare for the experience of fight night
“As fit as you think you are, when suddenly you’re at the front of a bunch of people and you step through those ropes, it’s amazing how draining – physically – simply that can be. I was shattered after three two-minute rounds, and yet I was training for six or seven rounds. Because you’re in that environment, and it’s a bit tense, it changes everything.”
Boxing training will improve every aspect of your life
“I really do believe, in this last year particularly, that this whole concept of ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ is incredible. I feel sharper, I don’t sleep for so long and yet I sleep better. I just feel more alert and more alive. I get an incredible high from going to the gym and sparring – and feel so good afterwards.”
You’ll work out harder than you ever thought possible
“I do at least three boxing sessions in the gym a week. And then I’m trying to do something every day – whether that’s going for a run, sparring, or an intensive workout in the gym.
I train at a gym called Ring Tone on Euston Road with a couple of guys there – Greg White and Ben Day, both professional boxers – so 30 minutes with them is like three hours in the gym by yourself. Within 15 minutes, I’m wringing my shirt out. Even if it’s just for the training, I’d recommend boxing to anybody.”
You can raise huge amounts of money for charity
"JustGiving told me last time that I managed to raise the largest amount they’d ever seen from a boxing fight, which is amazing! Philanthropy is really at the heart of what we’re about as an organization. Each brand in the Estee Lauder portfolio has a charity that they’re helping. For example, at MAC brand, we have AIDS awareness, and MAC AIDS fund.
The overarching one, though, is breast cancer awareness. It’s our way of being involved and giving back and being part of the community. When I was asked to put myself in the ring again for Future Dreams Breast Cancer Awareness, it just felt like absolutely the right thing to do.”
The Future Dreams Fight Night is aiming to raise funds for London’s largest new £5m breast cancer support centre to provide healthcare assistance to parts of London that are currently being underserved. Chris Good is President of Breast Cancer Awareness, UK & Ireland.
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