I love fitness and healthy living but do get bored easily. That’s why I see a personal trainer a couple of times a week. He keeps me motivated and, as much as possible, on the straight and narrow. I loved Clubbercise and a new fitness activity I’ve recently discovered is Pink Collar Boxing.
Pink Collar Boxing is a white collar style ladies boxing tournament which includes 8 weeks of training before pairing you with another lady to fight in a special fight night. It costs nothing to enter and you will be trained by a boxing coach twice a week to become fight ready. All Pink Collar Boxing ask is that you sell at least 10 tickets for the fight night. You are also encouraged to fight for a charity of your choice therefore not just benefiting yourself by getting stronger and fitter, but also raising funds for a charity close to your heart.
Primal DNA Fitness train the ladies in Stockport and I’ve been to a few of their training sessions over the last few weeks. I naively thought most of the ladies were doing this to better themselves, to raise a bit of money for charity and to learn a new skill. It is so much more than that to these girls, let me tell you.
These girls all have a story, a reason for being here and training to be a boxer within 8 weeks. One girl had recently moved into the area and attended to make friends and meet new people close by. One girl had tragically lost the father to her children and attended to gain confidence, give herself a new purpose and a new lease of life. She has done just that and is not only fighting at the Pink Collar Boxing event, she is also starting to fight on a semi professional basis. She’s not only gained more confidence than she could ever dream of but also forged a new social life with the girls she trains with. That’s the theme running through the Stockport branch of Pink Collar Boxing, they’re friends. Such good friends that they attend additional training together and grab a drink at the pub as a group regularly.
I expected lots of rivalry, I mean these girls fight each other at the main event and there’s a pairing up session where they ‘face off’ against their opponent, but there’s no rivalry here. There’s a true support network and these ladies will remain firm friends well after they have tried to beat each other up.
I feel humbled and privileged to have met such an amazing group of women. They are all fighting this weekend in their final tournament and I can’t wait to see what they are made of. They’re all fitter, stronger and leaner with some very sharp punches between them. It is set to be a great night and maybe, just maybe, I may be tempted to sign up for the next tournament. For now I’ll be watching from the ropes cheering them all on.
Some of the girls are supporting When You Wish Upon a Star this time around which, is not only an amazing charity, but also supported my personal trainer and his daughter recently. This is their way of giving something back for that support and you can still sponsor them here: https://www.justgiving.com/CPTPrimal
If you’re interested in signing up to Pink Collar Boxing you can find the locations on their website with information about how to get started. Their’s lots of locations across the country with more cities being announced by the day. Get involved, get fighting fit and give something back. I’ll see you at the ropes.