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Laura White Enters The Ring For Cancer Research UK!

8 weeks ago on 10th July, I found myself questioning my sanity. Sitting in my car outside Rigs gym, trying to work up the courage to get out and go inside, every part of me was already regretting my decision to sign up. My heart rate was through the roof, I was sweating and already had nervous butterflies…..and I hadn’t even made it through the door yet! However, I was there and not willing to give up before I had even started and so I had no choice but to take a deep breath and head inside.

I spend my weekends dressing as a princess to entertain kids, walking into that gym for the first time put me further out of my comfort zone than I’d ever been. It took everything inside me not to turn around and head straight back out of the door. The only thing that kept me there was the thought of why I was doing it (well that and by quitting now, I’d lose every ounce of my dignity considering how many people I’d already told about it).

“I signed up in memory of my best friend Annie, who sadly passed away three years ago from cervical cancer”

I signed up in memory of my best friend Annie, who sadly passed away three years ago from cervical cancer, days after her son was born. Before she passed away she asked me, “If I die, will you shave your hair off to raise money?” At the time, I had no idea how poorly Annie was and so I jokingly agreed, deep down believing she was going to kick cancer’s butt. Having bottled shaving my head, I wanted to fulfil my promise and do something equally terrifying and out of my comfort zone.  Having never done ANY form of sport, I thought UWCB was the perfect event to do. I was determined to approach it with the same strength, resilience and determination that Annie displayed until the end.

Laura and friend Annie
Laura and friend Annie

From that first week, it was clear that the training was going to be brutal; star jumps, burpees, squats, more star jumps, squat-thrusts, press-ups, even more, star jumps, sit-ups, planks and a few more star jumps thrown in for good measure. I woke up the morning after that first session unable to put any weight on my calf, I was more than prepared to throw the towel in. In my desperation to come up with an excuse that I couldn’t continue with the process, I managed to convince myself that I had a serious muscular injury. Funnily enough, it turned out that perhaps my lack of cardiovascular based physical activity had something to do with why I now felt like I had been hit by a bus. And then reversed back over. Twice.

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By the time my next training date rolled around, the constant ‘cramp-of-death’ tightness in my calves had eased rendering my “I’m injured”excuse void.  Off I went to session two – using my entire drive there to try and concoct another reasonable cause for exemption! However,  to my complete surprise, it felt like the entire hour flew by and as the days passed, I found that I was actually starting to enjoy the training – in fact, some small twisted part of me started to actually look forward to it (I know, I can’t believe it either!!).  I even brought my own head guard and roped my poor unsuspecting dad and brother into sparring with me in the garden – much to their delight.

“I found that I was actually starting to enjoy the training”

As the weeks flew by (funny how fast 8 weeks go when you know you’re going to be getting punched in the face at the end of it). The atmosphere and spirit within the gym got better and better. Although most would assume that the hardest part of boxing is being hit, it’s actually just as hard (and if not harder!) hitting someone else. I lost count of the times that I apologised after landing a blow – it seems I needed to work on my fighting talk!

As the big fight night got closer and we had moved from drills to sparring. This was the BIGGEST shock to the system ever, it’s amazing the effect that being in a ring has on your adrenaline and ability to remember any kind of skill whatsoever. I was enjoying the whole process so much that I even started to believe that I may actually be able to do this and pretend to be a real-life boxer for a night. I had gone from ‘all the gear, no idea’ to ‘Whitey the Mighty’ and I enjoyed telling people about it and listening to their (mainly useless) tips and hints ranging from “counter with your defensive” to “just knock her out” (neither of which I managed to pull off)!

Laura White UWCB Journey
Laura’s entrance at her event

In the blink of an eye, we were completing our final week, attending the match-up and arriving at the venue all ready for the big night. The culmination of 8 weeks of blood, sweat (from areas I had never even realised it was possible to sweat from) and tears (ohhhh so many tears!) was finally upon us and suddenly, everything that had seemed like some kind of bizarre future nightmare became very, very real. Money raised (over £1,600 in total for Cancer Research UK), hair plaited, medical passed, friends and family in their ringside seats,  I was as ready as I was going to be!

Laura White UWCB Journey
Laura and her opponent go head to head!

Now, I would like to apologise to our amazing trainer Sam but I’m not going to sugar coat this – the fight itself was the hardest physical (and mental) thing I have ever, done and I hated every single second of those six minutes in the ring! (No really, no exaggeration here, I really, really hated it!!).  If I’m honest, I don’t remember a great deal of details about the fight itself as it felt like it passed in a huge blur of shots (mainly to my face). I took everything she had, I gave her everything I had left back! Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough on the night and my opponent was crowned the (very worthy) winner. I finished knowing that I had left everything that I had in that ring, and in the respect of having done myself proud, I could walk out of the venue a winner.

So Ultra White Collar boxing – what can I say?

As a challenge, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. 8 weeks ago, I was a girl who secretly battles every day against a lack of confidence and self-esteem, convinced that she wasn’t going to get to the end. On Saturday 1st September, that same girl left the ring. Now she also is starting to believe that she is, in fact, strong and able enough to do so much more than she had ever thought possible. For that alone, I owe the whole experience and everyone involved in it so very, very much.

Would I do it again?

Well in answer to that, If you check eBay you will find one pair of gloves, boxing boots, head guard and hand wraps listed as a bundle deal – perfect for someone else to take up the challenge to help punch cancer in the face and raise money for this truly incredible cause.

As Floyd Mayweather said, “Everyone is blessed with a certain talent, you have to know what that talent is….you have to maximise it and push it to the limit.” I think it’s fairly safe to say that my talent doesn’t lie in fighting (and trust me, I am more than OK with that). I have made a promise to my mum to stick to chocolate detoxes and sponsored walks from now on! So now, this is ‘The Mighty Whitey’ signing off for one last time… just ‘Whitey’ suits me fine!!

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Health Benefits of Boxing

Boxing training is difficult, but it is incredibly effective at improving fitness. Boxing has stood the test of time and is classed as one of the toughest sports in the world.

The Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) model of 8 weeks of FREE training WORKS, you can become incredibly fit & get in great shape in just 8 weeks. It’s just long enough to get really fit but not so long that life gets in the way of the training.

 

You can become incredibly fit & get in great shape in just 8 weeks

 

UWCB events give incredible focus. People will say they want to get fit, in shape or give up a vice, but fall off track and quit after a few weeks. With UWCB you are committed, 8 weeks from the start you ARE stepping in a ring in front of 100’s of people for a boxing match. If that’s not motivation to stick at training for 8 weeks and get super fit we don’t know what is.

We provide 2 free sessions per week at UWCB, but we do advise people to train as much as possible.

The 8 week training can be a great time to give up smoking, drinking, refined sugars or any other vices you may engage in. It is genuinely an opportunity to change your life for the better, make you fitter and healthier.

Health benefits of boxing with UWCB

Why is boxing training so effective?

If you sign up with any PT or fitness class they will encourage you to do interval or HIIT training because it is super effective for fitness, fat loss and increasing strength and power. Whether this is using weights, body weight, a treadmill or any other method it is all interval training.

When boxing at the big event you will do 3 x 2 minute’s rounds. From the first to the last bell it will be 8 minutes so the training should prepare you for that. You don’t need to be using up hours of every day doing 15 mile runs to get fit.

 

You don’t need to be using up hours of every day doing 15 mile runs to get fit

 

Different interval lengths have varied beneficial effects and during your boxing training you will experience a variety of different types of interval training. Boxing training puts you through different length intervals for a reason; whilst it may seem obvious to do 2 minute intervals with one minute rests, in reality, you don’t do that during a bout, you may do 20 seconds flat out then move around at a slower pace for 10 seconds then work hard again for 30, it could literally be any intervals within that 8 minutes.

The training works because your body adapts to challenge and literally improves itself; imagine if every time you drove your car fast then parked it up it got a bit faster? Well, your body does that, push it hard and it will improve. Your body is absolutely amazing!!

Training hard during 8 weeks free training with UWCB

Improving fitness

Your body is incredible and is constantly working to improve itself.

To adapt it must be pushed, if you stay within what you think are your limits your body doesn’t need to improve, so you must work hard. There are lots of sayings like ‘Your body can do anything your mind tells it to’ or ‘Don’t stop when your mind tells you to, stop when your legs tell you to’. If you are new to exercise your mind will tell you its hard and the response to that is to stop. When doing burpees, for example, you may feel its hard and want to stop, but in reality, you don’t have to stop until your legs don’t work anymore, so keep going until you fall over; you will find this is a long time, certainly a long time past your legs hurting.

 

Over the 8 weeks you will get super fit

 

UWCB is all about pushing people beyond their comfort zone and helping them to do the amazing things they are capable of; the trainers will be on hand throughout the 8 weeks free training and push and motivate you.

One of the big benefits of boxing training is that the trainers will push you to your absolute limits, whatever they are because they want you to do well at your event, you will also be surrounded by others on the same journey as you who all want to do well.

Probably the single most important thing to remember in sessions is to work hard, if you want to get fitter you absolutely must work hard and push yourself.

Over the 8 weeks you will get super fit and hopefully keep training after the event, making a genuine positive change to your life.

8 weeks free boxing training with UWCB

Weight loss

Weight loss is actually simple, you need to create a calorie deficit (use more calories than you consume) and you will lose weight. The target is to lose fat rather than muscle. Fat loss is a controversial subject with everyone having their view. So, here’s what we think:

  • Being fit makes you more efficient at burning fat.
  • The fitter you are the longer and more regularly you can maintain higher work rates and thus burn more calories.
  • Following high intensity exercise you will continue to burn more calories than usual for a long period after the session has finished.
  • Body weight or any weight-bearing exercises will help you to retain muscle whilst losing fat.

Food is also key to weight loss and fat loss, we will talk about that in our next post.

Participants taking part in 8 weeks free training with UWCB

Psychological effects of training

If you regularly exercise you will feel better, you will sleep better and wake up better. Doing thing’s you didn’t think you could do in the gym will also carry over to other areas of your life and all of a sudden things you thought were impossible you have a go at and can do.

 

If you regularly exercise you will feel better, you will sleep better and wake up better

 

Being fit and healthy will make you proud and respect your own body which will obviously increase confidence and hopefully make you more content.

Sign up for UWCB and you will:

  • Feel better.
  • Feel an incredible sense of accomplishment.
  • Become incredibly fit & get in better shape.
  • Raise money for Cancer Research UK.
  • Increase your confidence levels.

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