“I was born and raised in Romania, I am an amateur boxer and as many men my age, a fighter by nature. After a series of unfortunate events on the streets, an older and wiser friend of mine who was a Taekwondo Balcanic Champion, decided to take me to a boxing gym where he first started. The gym was nothing compared to what you’re imagining, it genuinely looked like a Mexican jail gym. I was so out of shape that I couldn’t finish the warm-up for the next 2 weeks, but something in that raw gym made me keep on pushing and pushing and I didn’t stop. I feel it was the winning attitude of my colleagues and the drive and the passion of my coach.
Now, 11 years later and 20kg lighter I am absolutely grateful for each and every single lesson I received in the gym. God knows where I would have been without boxing. Boxing thought me to chase greatness, to be disciplined, organized and get things done no matter how hard it gets. We all think we have a plan for our life and we’ll do amazing until we first fail. Like in boxing, they all think they have a plan until they eat the first punch and end up on the canvas. That’s when people find excuses and quit. Well, no matter how hard it gets and no matter how hard you get hit, get up! Rise and try again and again until you win! This is why I’m always saying boxing saved my life and kept me mentally healthy, stability of mental health is also a passion of mine and believe you can fight this through fitness. Boxing, fitness sport, its a lifestyle! It’s part of who you are, whether you practice it for fitness, amateur or professional. Combined with the education I’ve received from my great parents, boxing thought me the most valuable lessons which I will be grateful for forever.”
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