Work it out!
Three girls share their get-fit secrets.
AUSRA OSIPAVICIUTE (@AOGRAPHY) AGE: 35 A little bit about yourself:
“I’m a photographer, videographer and video editor from Lithuania and have been in Dubai for several years now. I absolutely love my food and love to dance and live life to the fullest!”
When did you get into boxing?
“Nearly three years ago.”
Why did you get into it?
“The usual weight lifting routine bored me and I’ve always been keen to learn some form of fight technique. Boxing was the most fun of the ones I tried!”
What’s the toughest/easiest thing about it?
“Boxing in general is the toughest sport I’ve ever done. It tests both your power and endurance and you need to have an incredible stamina to last for even as little as three minutes. It may sound like nothing, but when you try punching with power and speed, even 30 seconds seems like forever. I would say there’s nothing easy about boxing.”
What are some of the things people need to know before they start boxing?
“Be mentally ready and don’t get discouraged. At first, it might be super hard but with time it will get better and you’ll see your strength and stamina improve.”
Has it transformed your body?
“Absolutely. I look fitter and feel much stronger. I’ve seen people go through massive transformations when they take boxing up full-time.”
How often do you box?
“I train around three times a week. Sometimes four, when I have more time and energy (smiles).”
What areas does it specifically target?
“It works out almost all of your muscles. From your calves, legs, and shoulders to your hips, core, and arms. Your lungs and heart also become very efficient.”
Do you need to be really fit when you start boxing?
“No, you just need to start. Being fit makes it a bit easier of course, but it’s more about not giving up and being mentally strong.”
Where do you recommend people go to box?
“It depends what kind of training they prefer; different gyms do it differently. Some are tougher than others, some spare you pain. But if you want to get serious and train for a fight, go to Round 10 Boxing. They’re super tough and combine circuits and power punching on the boxing bags.”
Do you eat healthy along with a regular workout?
“I don’t eat meat or chicken and junk food (well, except pizza) and try to cut down on dairy. However, I eat carbs without hesitation. Thanks to my fast metabolism, I have more difficulty gaining weight than losing it.”
“BOXING IN GENERAL IS THE TOUGHEST SPORT I’VE DONE. IT TESTS YOUR POWER AND ENDURANCE... BEING FIT MAKES IT EASIER, OF COURSE, BUT IT’S MORE ABOUT NOT GIVING UP AND BEING MENTALLY STRONG.”