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Meet our members – Ellie and Laura tell us what keeps them coming back 6 years on

Chatting to these to ladies in the gym the other day and we realised that they’ve both been training here for 6 whole years now.  Ellie started Fundamentals back in Feb 2016 – when we only had the upstairs space.  Laura joined fundamentals a few months later in May.   Both of them have gone on to do white collar fights and remain some of our most experienced and committed members to date.

We wanted to find out what’s kept them coming back over the years;

Here’s there views on why they love boxing and why they’ve kept coming back to 12 Rounds.

Laura  Fish 

‘I’ve never been the sporty type but boxing is the one thing that I’ve consistently stuck at (maybe not every week but when I’ve fallen out of the routine of exercise, it’s the thing that gets me back in the gym!) For me though, it’s more than exercise. I love that I’m always learning…from how to throw the basic punches correctly when I first started, to how to outsmart my opponent in the ring. Boxing has allowed me to push myself, mentally as much as physically, and I always come out feeling stronger. 

The team at 12 Rounds have played a big part in my love for boxing. The gym has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and I’ve met some great people over the years, especially Ellie, who will be my boxing bestie for life! I’ve always appreciated the time that the coaches take to explain the technique…anyone can throw a punch but can you throw it well?! Their energy and passion is infectious and I always leave the gym feeling better than when I arrived – this is why I come back.’

 

Ellie Welton

“I feel strong, confident and happy. No matter what has been happening in my world. I always feel good after training. 

I first came to 12 rounds to learn a new skill and became part of a family. I loved the way you could progress and challenge yourself and you got me from beginner to fighting. 

&… of course Rich. He may have told me to say this… but I have been at the gym since Rich started. He knows me, my strengths and weaknesses. 

I know all the trainers take care to get to know people who come to the gym. That’s part of the community created.”

 

We are delighted to have Laura and Ellie in our boxing family and can’t wait to see what’s next for them.   Here’s just a few pics of them in training and showing off their well earned abs.

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From Fundamentals to Seasoned Fighter – Dan’s Story

As our latest Fight Skool intake kicks off, we thought what better time than to tell you a bit about the fight skool journey.

Dan Cloak has being undertaking this journey regualry since 2017.   We asked him to tell us his story, what does he get out of putting himself through 10 weeks of intense training and getting regualry punched in the face?  Quite a lot it seems.

Check out Dan’s inspiring story below.

When did you first do Fundamentals?

March 2017. My most vivid memory is the intense fear – I walked past the entrance to the gym 4 times and was about to just write off the money I had paid and get straight back on the train to the safety of home before I finally plucked up the courage to walk up those stairs. Best decision I ever made!

 

How would you describe yourself before you started boxing?

Shy, unfit and pretty unhappy in general. Nothing too dramatic but had had a few setbacks which had knocked my confidence and I felt like I was sort of drifting through life a bit.

Also I was seriously unfit which didn’t help, I hadn’t seen the inside of a gym in literally YEARS before 12 Rounds. I had resolved to get fit at the start of 2017 so had made a few token gestures to start, some light running here and there, got a cheap bike machine for Christmas which I had used a couple times. But no-one (including me) actually believed I was serious about getting into shape until I started boxing!

If memory serves when I walked through the door to start Fundamentals I was about 76kg, down from my peak of 80+ the year before, which might not sound huge but since then I have fought at 61kg so for me it was pretty big!

 

What attracted you to do a fight?

So one of the reasons I took up boxing was because I was in the process of joining the RAF and I needed to get fit for that. I’d finished Fundamentals in mid-April and had been training normally at the gym for a few weeks when I had a major setback and the job fell through in incredibly frustrating fashion (long story!). This was a major setback in career terms but also meant I had lost my main motivation for getting fit. I think in previous years that would have set me off into a major downward spiral.

But I guess I must have picked up a little bit of the resilient boxing spirit already from my first 6 weeks at 12 Rounds because after the initial strop, I decided I wasn’t going to let it ruin the progress I had made and that what I needed was a new motivation, a new target to aim for.

So that very night, while part-way through a large bottle of whiskey drowning my sorrows, I e-mailed Kat to ask if they did any white collar fights from the gym. By freak chance, the next fight camp started the following week. I signed up (after finishing the bottle) and the rest is history.

 

How do you feel now, 10 fights in?

It wouldn’t be at all an exaggeration to say it’s completely changed my life.

I’m a much happier, more confident and more positive person now than I was pre-boxing. I guess fighting is a weird kind of soul searching because you find answers about yourself in that ring and it’s hard not to be a bit more upbeat and positive about yourself and what you are capable of doing when you get through something as daunting as the experience of the training camp and the fight night.

But it’s more than just the fight, it’s the whole experience leading up to it. The team bond you build up in camp is like nothing I had experienced before, a 10-week camp is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and you spend a LOT of time together so from total strangers you end up as a very close group. I’ve made so many friends for life in between smashing each other up in sparring.

And obviously I’m much fitter and healthier now (well, most of the time anyway… we won’t talk about the bits in between training camps!).

All of it – being more positive about yourself and your capabilities, the confidence in meeting new people and making new friends etc – it all carries over into your life outside the gym and it makes you a better version of yourself. It might sound a bit daft but I’m convinced that I’m a much better person than I was before 2017 thanks mainly to boxing. Maybe I’m not as entertaining on a night out these days though…

 

…let’s talk about those bits in between training camps…

Well my favourite boxer was always Ricky Hatton and I guess he influenced more than just my style in the ring because I tend to let myself go a bit in between fights. I’m a VERY target-oriented person so I need to have a specific goal to work towards to stay motivated.

As soon as I finish a training camp and don’t have that fight date to work towards I’m back on the takeaways and beers. It’s good and necessary to have that downtime because the intensity of a 10-week camp isn’t sustainable without it, but it would be fair to say I’ve been known to overindulge a little TOO much. I regularly put on 10% or more of my fighting fit body weight in between camps so each time it’s a bit like starting again from scratch!

Signing up for a fight is uniquely motivating though, there’s nothing quite like knowing that someone is going to try and knock you out in front of hundreds of people to incentivise you to work hard.

In truth, it’s not just the fear of the fight that motivates you, at least not after the first one or two fights. Nowadays I’m as much motivated by being a good team-mate and trying to set a good example for less experienced fighters on each camp.

And also I’m motivated to improve each time, to take what I learned from the previous camp to make little changes to my style or to the ways that I train and recover to be a slightly better version of myself each time. I want to keep improving and pushing myself, fighting tougher opponents and testing myself in longer fights. That’s the great thing about boxing – no matter how well or badly you did in the last fight, there is always the next mountain to climb for you to focus on and work towards.

Once I have a fight date, no-one takes the training and dieting more seriously than I do. My record is dropping from 75kg at Christmas to fighting at 64.5kg in March… certainly made for a good before and after photo!

What advice would you give someone starting out on their boxing journey?

Make sure you walk up those stairs and don’t bottle it and get the train back home like I nearly did!

That’s just the first step of course but facing up to your fears and pushing through them is a common theme on your boxing journey so get used to taking a leap of faith every now and then.

I was terrified when I first walked into the gym; terrified when I walked into my first sparring; terrified when I arrived for my first fight; terrified when I went to my first conditioning circuit (actually I’m still terrified of those!).

Trying new things is scary. Sometimes boxing is a bit scary too.

But the sense of achievement and confidence boost you get every time you face down your fear and walk up those steps into the gym? That’s priceless.

 

We are pleased to say that Dan is a bit of a permament feature down at 12 Rounds.  You’ll often find him shadow boxing in reception and helping out in the gym.  He’s also about to turn his hand to some coaching and complete his England Level 1 course later this year.  We are sure his personal expereince and boxing ability will make him a fantastic coach and look forward to seeing him teaching some classes in the near future.

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Olympic Boxing Styles – review by Scott Smart

 

 

This years Olympics saw some excellent boxing displayed.  If you watched much of the Olympic boxing tournaments you would have noticed different styles that were on show.

There were 81 different countries being represented at this year’s Olympic boxing event. And what has become a regular occurrence in amateur boxing; Cuba reigned supreme with 4 gold medals and one bronze having entered 7 boxers.

In this blog, I will discuss the various styles of the top boxing nations, starting with arguably the best… Cuba.

 

Cuba – Cuba are renown for their excellent footwork, balance, reactions and overall fluidity. Something that always sees their boxers have success in major competitions.

This is a style that is drilled into them from when they first walk into a boxing gym. Boxing is about ‘’hitting and not getting hit’’ and Cuba embody this. Most of their training is focused on fighting drills and footwork drills with a heavy emphasis on rhythm and flow. It is said that this style was made possible by Alcides Sagarra Carón, a former Cuban national coach.

A great boxer to watch who displayed the epitome of Cuban boxing is Andy Cruz, who won lightweight Olympic gold in this year’s Olympics and was one of the stand out boxers of the tournament.

 

USA – The USA always send a strong team to the Olympics. Most of the boxers seem to have a pro style with amateur elements. They hold their feet longer (which decreasing the speed of their footwork) and are comfortable blocking and countering with speed and accuracy that you would normally see from a pro boxer.

A USA boxer who displayed the USA style very well during these Olympics which culminated into a Silver medal is Keyshawn Davis who competed at lightweight. He lost in the final to Andy Cruz.

 

Great Britain – GB had their most successful Olympics in the boxing event, winning 6 medals in total. 2 gold, 2 sliver and 2 bronze.

GB are known for their excellent fitness and forward aggression. GB boxers are usually on their toes, with a high guard and focus on straight punches behind an in and out movement. They always have fast feet which matches their fast hands.

A GB boxer who to watch with the GB style is this year’s Olympic champion at flyweight is Galal Yafai.

 

Russia – Boxing under the banner of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), due to the decision by the World anti-doping agency (WADA) to ban Russia from all international sport for four years, after it was found that data provided by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had been manipulated by Russian authorities with a goal of protecting athletes involved in its state-sponsored doping scheme.

ROC had 6 Medallists this year, 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze. ROC have the typical soviet style. Very tall, fast feet behind a long lead hand. They throw fast combinations, leading with the jab and always have fast feet and hands and like GB, they focus on in and out movement.

A boxer to watch from the ROC is Albert Batyrgaziev who won gold in the men’s featherweight division.

We will be exploring these different styles in our skills classes in the coming months.  Kicking off September with our own GB style.

 

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You win or you learn

 

‘You win or you learn’, a common phrase used in boxing, because you don’t actually lose; you’ve gained vital information on what you need to improve on. Fighting is like life, you’re given the theory (training), then you’re given the test (bout). Sometimes you pass, sometimes you don’t, but either way your given the lesson and the opportunity to take the test again (have another bout).

 

I lost my very first fight. A mixture of nerves, fear and doubt got the better of me and I didn’t perform.

After I lost, the images I had created in my head of me winning championships and being a good amateur boxer had started to disappear. Doubt had started to creep in and I was now asking myself if I was capable. What I didn’t know though, was that my next training session would be one of my best, because I had learnt and improved a lot after that bout.

What I had learnt/Improved:

  • I have to be switched on all the time. You quickly realise that you have no time to switch off, and that’s generally when you get hit the most.
  • Body positioning, although this takes time to master, I was now aware of my positioning.
  • Speed and timing first, power after
  • Confidence; you think confident, you fight confident. You think scared, you fight scared.

 

The lesson I’d learnt had been greater than the loss, and I was keen to ‘’get back on the horse’’ as they say. And I did. Two weeks later, I had my second fight. Which I won.

 

My second fight was completely different from the first. Naturally I was nervous, but armed with the knowledge from my first fight, I went into this fight confident.

I won the fight by unanimous decision, having won every round.

The feeling of euphoria and excitement was surging through my body, and the images of me winning a championship and being a great amateur boxer, had re-appeared. It’s a buzz you cant describe, but one you wish will continue.

I’d be lying if I said I remember what I learnt from my second fight, but the feeling of winning, was enough to keep the fire burning.

 

Boxing is one of the toughest sports in the world, and a loss is not a be all or end all. The lessons learned and the experience gained serve you longer in life then a win or a loss. Keep taking the lessons on board, stay humble and stay consistent.

 

Stay humble in victory, as you are in defeat – Connor McGregor

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Couple Goals – Eion and Helen

This fantastic couple joined our fundamentals programme pre lock down last year.

As we went into lockdown, instead of putting their training on hold Eion and Helen stepped things up by taking up our 1-1 outdoor PT option.  Over the last year we’ve watched them go from strength to strength.  Eion has not only dropped 10kg he has now joined our Fight Skool programme and is about to take part in his debut White Collar fight on 25th July at the Clapham Grand.

Helen told us she’s never felt or looked better since taking up boxing.  We suspect we will see her in the ring too at some stage.

Here’s what they had to say themselves.

‘I started boxing to get a break from a busy work week and I absolutely love it! It’s the one hour a day where the world around me doesn’t exist and it’s brilliant. I have never felt this great and been this strong before. I can absolutely recommend it’ . Helen Ness

‘Doing the fundamentals course in September was one of the best decisions I’ve made since I can remember. I’m as fit and strong as I’ve ever been, and it is without doubt the best stress buster I’ve encountered. The training really does what it says on the tin about improving your mental and physical health. All that lead to me signing up to fight school, which is unlike anything I’ve tried before and completely out of character for me. Bring it on! 5 star review’  Eion Power

Eion and Helen are one of many couples who train together at 12 Rounds.  We think getting fit and punching bags together makes a fantastic date night lol

Like the majority of our members Eion and Helen started on our fundamentals programme to learn the basics.  If you want to get involved and see what boxing can do for you, course run monthly.

You can book a space on the next course here

 

 

 

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Why boxing works for kids by Scott Smart

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Boxing is a fantastic outlet for kids. It unleashes all their natural energy, gives them an outside
focus, teaches discipline and lessons that are usually taught later in life.

I have been teaching kids since 2015 and although I was the coach, I too was learning during every class I taught.

Every child presents a challenge. No two kids are the same, so you must vary your approach.
Throughout the years, I have trained kids with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome (on the Autism spectrum) Downs syndrome, ADHD and a selective mute (who after 6 months of training, grew comfortable enough to start talking to his peers).Boxing always had a positive effect on them. They were always able to express themselves and as a result, grew more confident, started to love exercise and they gained new friends.

Children are sponges and boxing has great coaches who are willing to pass on their decades of knowledge and mentor them to become not only good boxers but humble gentlemen and women in our society.

At 12 Rounds Boxing, we offer a taster session. This is a free session where we can slowly introduce your child/children to boxing. You get to know the coaches and other children who will be just as eager and maybe a little nervous to learn
about Boxing as your child is.

From there, your child/children will progress onto the Fundamentals programme. This goes more into depth on the technique and the foundation on which your boxing skill is built on.

Once you graduate from the Fundamentals, you go to the intermediate class. This is where you are taught more advanced techniques and build on the skill that you will have developed from the Fundamentals programme.

At the end of each term, we hold an end of term showcase for friends and family.  This is to show what your kids have learnt and give you and indication to what they will be able to do in the future with 12 Rounds Boxing.

I can talk about why boxing is great for kids until there is no more oxygen to breathe. But you will only really know if you try for yourself.  We are running taster sessions every Tuesday at 5pm.  You can book here 

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’ – Walt Disney

 

 

 

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Getting started with boxing

There is always a daunting feeling in the pit of your stomach every time you think about starting something new.

Will I be good enough? am I too old? Too unfit?  Will I fit in?

These are some of the questions that we berate ourselves with.

The truth is, must of your fears are probably unfounded, but that doesn’t stop them creeping in and sometimes stopping you from starting at all.

Here are a few worries people generally have about learning to box:

Initial Fears

  • ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ – of course you don’t, everyone starts from the beginning; some pick it up faster than others. In reality you’re not as bad as your think you are. Coaches don’t expect you to be great boxers or inferior. As long as you’re teachable, everything else will fall into place.

 

  • ‘What will other people think of me’ – Sorry to break it to you, but other people are too busy worrying about themselves haha. Seriously though, boxing is made up of people from different backgrounds shaped by different experiences. It really is a judgment free zone.

 

  • ‘Will I have to spar?’ – Sparring is a big part of the sport as it prepares you for a fight or in boxing terms; for battle. At most reputable gyms newcomers are never thrown into sparring on the first day, or even the second. An understanding of the fundamentals and basic punching and defending techniques must be shown first before you’re trusted to go into the ring and spar.

Sparring isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that is perfectly normal. There are classes catered to those who wish to learn the art, or just get a good work out in, without the pressure of having to spar.

 

  • Intimidation factor – Boxing clubs have gained an unfair reputation of being a less then welcoming place. An unforgiven haven of brutality mixed with the smell of sweat and sawdust.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Boxing clubs are in fact very family orientated with members often feeling like they belong. Some of the best of friendships are formed in a boxing club.

 

 


One of the things we are renowned for at 12 Rounds Boxing is our signature boxing fundamentals course for beginners.  Some gyms do throw beginners in with experienced fighters.    We don’t believe this provides a good experience for anyone.  A much better way is to offer a programme which teaches the basics of boxing BEFORE you progress and where everyone is at a similar starting point.  Our boxing fundamentals programme does just that.  Over 4 weeks you’ll learn stance, guard, movement and how to put basic punch combinations together.  It will also super charge your fitness. Each session involves body weight circuit training combined with boxing drills as well as learning technique.  There is nothing quite like boxing training to take your fitness to a whole new level.  Again, we don’t believe in throwing you in the deep end.  Over the 4 weeks our coaches will build on your fitness week by week.  We even fitness test you at the beginning and the end of the course so you can see the improvement.

If you like the sound of that and are ready to get started, our Boxing Fundamentals course runs monthly.  Don’t just take our word for it though.  We offer a free taster session for anyone new to the club.

Book yourself on here and come along and quash those fears.

 

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Movement is Medicine

This morning I sat down to write a motivating email to our members and I have to say I really struggled.

With lockdown continuing and no end date in sight, it’s definitely been starting to get to me.

How can motivate my team, my boxing family when I can’t motivate myself I thought?

I knew what I had to do, I had to do a workout to sort out my head.

I really didn’t want to this morning, it was cold and I felt tired.

But one thing I do know for sure is that this works.

So I started swinging a kettlebell in my back garden and put together a circuit.  After the first round my energy started to lift.  That dark cloud sitting over my head seemed to just lighten.

And then the message became clear.

Movement really is medicine.   I’ve spoke about it for years in how it literally switches your brain set.

We need this medicine more now than ever to stay upbeat.

If you are feeling frustrated, sad, angry, overwhelmed – do a workout.  It will rest your brain and help you find a focus.

And if that’s all you do today, that’s ok.  it’s so hard to plan anything right now so just stay in the present moment and take things day to day.

It’s now Feb which means winter on way out and spring is coming 🙂 it’s getting that little bit lighter in the mornings and evenings so slightly more encouraging to get outside for walks and workouts.

I hope you are all coping ok.  I’m sure we are all having these fed up days.  Just get moving as much as you can and hit that re-set button.

Kat

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Why even businesses need communities

Community is something I talk about a lot at 12 Rounds

I believe that feeling part of a community is vital to our mental health.  Communities offer support, connection and help set healthy boundaries. Things that are important for our social functioning.  Prior to Covid we were even featured in Forbes magazine talking about how our community atmosphere has kept our members coming back year after year.

Last week i did a radio interview talking about being part of Clapham Junctions Business Improvement District (BID)

It made me realise that small businesses need supportive communities too particularly when dealing with a global pandemic.

Running a small business can be incredibly isolating.  And time consuming.  You are expected to be an expert in all areas, human resources, legal requirements, IT, management, marketing….as well as delivering your actual service.  It can be overwhelming trying to stay on top of everything. Add a global pandemic to the mix and it could be easy to go into stress overload.

From the initial corona outbreak and lockdown we’ve been fortunate to have been supported by Roz Lloyd Williams at Clapham’s Junction BID.  Throughout this crazy time, Roz has been on hand to offer advice and information on continuing to operate our business safely and applying for grants.  She has also helped advertise our online services on social media and the BIDs website.  As well as running 12 Rounds, I’m a busy mum it can be hard to keep up to date on the changing rules and information.  It’s been great to have someone on hand to answer my often frantic questions.

Clapham junction is such a vibrant area.  Prior to Covid a vast number of people would pass through travelling in and out of CJ station.  It’s been fantastic that we have the BID to make the most of this dynamic area.  How fantastic do the new Christmas lights look for one?  It’s also great having an app and website guiding visitors and residents through the local businesses.  As 12 Rounds doesn’t have an on street window people often don’t know we are there.  Yes there’s a huge graffiti logo on the building but we’ve learned most people don’t look up!

Our building which was precious Wessex House has always been a hub of activity in Wandsworth.  Gym members often tell me how they previously frequented Wessex House with some even meeting their partners there 🙂

As we move into hopefully a more social 2021, I def plan to def take a more active role in the community and get to know our neighbouring businesses better.  Who knows, all being well and when we are allowed to meet in groups again, 12 Rounds could host a meet up where local business could connect and discuss their challenges.  And of course have a go at boxing.  I’m sure there are a lot of business owners who would love to take the stress of 2020 out on our punch bags 🙂

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PTSD and how boxing can make you better

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Following our fundraiser for Help for Heros, Jake Duggan shares a bit of background and info on PTSD and how boxing is a fantastic tool in aiding recovery.
 
 
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
 
 
Here is the best example that shows how our minds cannot tell the difference between reality and what’s in our imagination.
 
If I asked you to imagine (in full detail) going into your kitchen, grabbing a lemon from your fridge, smelling it for a second, cutting out a wedge and then biting into that wedge.
 
 
I guarantee you, your mouth will start salivating and reacting as if it had just bitten into that lemon.
 
Now lets think about a traumatic event.
 
It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation.
Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it.
This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm.
 
For those suffering from PTSD however, this ‘flight-or-flight’ response doesn’t stop after the event.
 
One part of our brain is call the Amygdala, which is responsible for processing our short term memories to long term memories.
 
In the case of PTSD, that particular traumatic memory becomes stuck within our short term memory.
 
As a result of this whenever someone with PTSD experiences a ‘trigger’
 
For example:
– A soldier who has been in a firefight in the Middle East = A loud bang.
– A victim of sexual assault = the smell of a particular brand of deodorant that the offender had on.
– Someone who was in a horrific car crash = a specific song that may have been playing on the car radio at the time.
 
Instantly, their mind will take them back to that particular traumatic situation and make their body BELIEVE they are there again and trigger that ‘fight-or-flight’ response sending a massive amount of adrenaline throughout their body.
 
Now imagine that happening to them and they are at a restaurant or grocery shopping?
They know they aren’t in any danger but if they don’t even know they have PTSD this can be a very frightening and exhausting experience.
 
Having to deal with constant and frequent similar episodes, they can start to seem disinterested or distant as they try not to think or feel in order to block out these painful memories.
This is what leads them down the path towards depression and anxiety disorders.
Eventually causing them to stop participating in work, social & family life and ignore offers of help, leading to loved ones feeling shut out.
Or in the worst and saddest cases, leading them to taking their own lives to make it all stop.
 
Even though they may think they don’t need it, people with PTSD need the support of their friends and family.
 
It IS a battle that can be won team and there are treatments and support programs out there that can help and make a difference in these people’s lives.
 
Two steps forward & One step back is still ONE STEP FORWARD.
 
DEPRESSED VS DEPRESSION
 
The difference between being depressed and having depression is the difference between sadness and a mental illness and may be the most common misconception about mental illnesses.
 
Being Depressed Is Temporary.
 
Having Depression Is Something Else Entirely.
 
It can cause you to NOT do many things.
It can cause you to DO many unwanted things.
 
It can be very easy to say to someone ‘Just cheer up or just get over it’
 
But many don’t understand what’s happening within that person’s mind.
 
The effects of depression on the brain can result in structural and connective changes.
 
These include reduces functionality of:
 
– Hippocampus: can result in memory impairment.
 
– Prefrontal cortex: can result in preventing the person from getting things done (executive function) and affect their mood.
 
– Amygdala: Can directly affect their mood and emotional regulation.
 
But like all hardships, there is light at the end of the tunnel team, it doesn’t have to get sucked down in that never ending dark vortex.
If you are struggling or experiencing this or similar symptoms, the first step is always the hardest.
 
But you only have to do one thing – SPEAK
 
Once you speak, even if its just a few words then you are already on your road to recovery with the support from your family, friends and loved ones.
 
You are not a burden and you are not wasting anyone’s time.
 
Think of it this way, if your best friend was going through this, wouldn’t you want to know?
 
ANXIETY
 
It is a normal emotion. It’s your brain’s way of reacting to stress and alerting you of potential dangers ahead.
 
Everyone feels anxious now and then. You may worry about a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.
 
Occasional Anxiety is OK.
 
Anxiety Disorders are DIFFERENT.
 
They’re a group of mental illnesses that cause constant and overwhelming anxiety and fear.
It can be challenging and frustrating to live with an anxiety disorder.
The constant worry and fear can make you feel tired and scared.
It can make you start avoiding work, school, family get-togethers, and other social situations due to the fear that it might trigger or worsen your symptoms.
 
Let alone the embarrassment of people seeing you in public when these episodes occur.
 
But listen to this team,
It’s an obstacle that can be overcome, this doesn’t have to control you,
You can control IT.
 
Boxing is a fantastic way to start as it literally takes you out of your head and into the present moment.  It gives your brain a break from constantly being on high alert mode AND allows you to re-set.
 
That’s where talking comes in.  You NEED to talk.
 
Don’t feel that you are a burden and that this is not important.
See your GP or speak to any of the available counselling services and you will see how they can help.
 
If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.
 
The pics below are from the medicine ball challenge I completed.  For 14 days straight I carried this 3kg bad boy around handcuffed to me to represent the very real challenge of living with PTSD.   I’m pleased to say I raised over £300 for Help for Hero’s in the process.
 
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://12roundsboxing.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ff3d3027-3847-44d8-a3b5-a8156b4d17cc.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jake Duggan is one of our trainee coaches and also works front of house. You can find him helping fundamentals drill the basics or behind the front desk. Beware, his enthusiasm is infectious![/author_info] [/author]

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