The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - FITNESS -

34 hen she first walked into a box­ing gym in Syd­ney five years ago, Vi­viana had no idea she’d end up on the path­way to rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the Com­mon­wealth Games. “I hate nor­mal gyms, so I was look­ing for some­where to train,” she says. “I did a trial class at the box­ing gym and ended up do­ing it for fun for a year. I hadn’t thought of com­pet­ing un­til the owner asked if I wanted to fight.” At the start of this year she gave up her full-time job to fo­cus on train­ing for a spot in the 51kg cat­e­gory on the Com­mon­wealth team. “I’m ready to kill it!” she says. Who should try it: “I’ve seen peo­ple who started in this sport be­cause they had prob­lems in the past, like with an ex-boyfriend, and box­ing helped re­lease anger. I’ve also seen peo­ple who lacked con­fi­dence, and felt as if oth­ers didn’t take them se­ri­ously – they have one fight and feel amaz­ing.” What you’ll learn: “Car­dio fit­ness is im­por­tant, so I do sprints once a week, plus a 5km run. I spar twice a week, do bag work three times a week, and have one or two strength and con­di­tion­ing ses­sions to build power.” How to get in­volved: “Join a box­ing gym and start do­ing the fit­ness classes, then you can do one-on-one ses­sions with a coach and even­tu­ally start spar­ring. There are ama­teur box­ing com­pe­ti­tions all the time where you can be matched up with some­one who’s at your level. Box­ing Aus­tralia is the main or­gan­i­sa­tion for Olympic-style box­ing.” Visit box­

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