After I shattered my collar bone and collapsed a lung in July 2014 following a cycling accident my days of training took a hit. It took 2.5 weeks to get me lung healthy enough to operate and then booking the surgery date. I’ll spare you all the rehab details but it was a long and frustrating road.
In January this year I got the full green light to resume full training since my collar bone (14 screws and 2 plates) had fully healed and refused. I was excited to get back at it. There was one problem…after being sedentary for so long the passion for getting in the gym and training had lessened and I found it hard to get back at it. This added to the frustration I had before of losing all I gained over the years of training and some of the mobility I lost as a result of a massive sciatic flare in February 2015.
I was going in circles and not fully training despite some time spent lifting in the gym. I was going down a road I swore off years ago and it seemed there was nothing that was getting me back on track despite the weight I was gaining and my lack of overall movement.
Enter Jorge Luis and Champs East Side Boxing Club in late March of this year. It had been bounced around for a while this idea of a charity fight between me and David Murphy(he was in my wedding party). We had lunch one Friday and Jorge laid it out for us. If you really want to do this you have to commit to a minimum of 3 workouts a week at Champs plus some on your own. It needs to be legit with real training for a real fight. I thought this might just be the motivation I need to get my ass back in shape and getting into the gym regularly. The following Monday I did my first Champs boxing class and we dealt a HUGE dose of reality of how out of shape I let myself get. Despite the rough ride I went through that first night I went 3 other times that week and have kept my word of 3 sessions minimum per week and we are now at week #9.
Jorge, his wife Elaine, Matt Veenstra, Tony Luis and the entire crew at Champs have helped me rediscover the joy of working out and the feeling you get when you reach the small goals along the way. I look forward to my workouts, even knowing they will push me hard. I invested in a heavy bag for my gym at home to practice what the coaches are teaching me.
My time at Champs has helped me rediscover who I really am. A guy who loves a challenge, likes to learn new skills and will work towards that goal.
Beyond helping the Children’s Treatment Centre next May during the actual event this journey to get there has brought me back from the brink of going back to a lazy lifestyle. I feel like me again and it is translating into all other aspects of my life, not just in the gym but with family, friends and work.
I will keep you updated on this journey as it rolls on to fight night. Next time I’ll introduce you to a snapshot of some of the training me and David are doing to prepare for this fight. It is real, we both wanna win, none of this is staged.