Work it out!

Three girls share their get-fit se­crets.

Cosmopolitan Middle East - - CONTENTS - BY KAVITA SRINI­VASAN. PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: FRITZ ASURO & SUP­PLIED

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.”

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