Meet our members!

Meet our members!



Introducing Polly and her boys

Instead of just writing about what’s going on in my head, I thought it would be a good idea to start a fortnightly feature on the type of people that train with us at 12 Rounds.

On Friday I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of her members and I got to meet 2 beautiful doggies, (which is always a bonus in my world!)


Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

1. How long have you been training at 12 Rounds? 

I started with April Fundamentals course and have been attending 3/4 times a week as a member ever since

2. What was it that appealed to you about boxing?

I’d done a bit of boxing before in personal training sessions.  I like the energy release when you punch! It’s also a great non-impact sport when you have knee problems like I do

3. How did you feel before you started? 

I was very unfit! I’d moved back to Clapham after being out of London for a while and I wanted to engage more with my community and do something that I enjoyed and do some exercise.  I didn’t want to join any of the local gyms as I found them to be quite cold places to go and work out.  I saw the graffiti sign above the door and looked up 12 Rounds on line and signed up straight away.  From the very first class, the girls I did the fundamentals class with were brilliant. Since then I’ve seen my fitness improve, I’m losing weight and becoming healthier and I’ve made some really good friends.  It’s also really balanced in terms of support from men and women.  There’s no separation and everyone encourages each other

4.  Biggest achievement?

I did a sit up a few weeks ago!  I’ve never, ever been able to do a sit up in my life and I did a sit up in one of your classes! My next goal is to get back to skipping.  I’ve had a calf injury which has prevented me from skipping at the moment.  I’ve also told John that my next challenge is to be able to do a box jump.  Progression is something that’s encouraged, whether its bettering your technique to throw a punch, how you do your sprints or weight training.  We are always encouraged to do things the right way to get the most out of it.  If you set yourself little goals, suddenly they become bigger and bigger each time 🙂

5.  What do you most enjoy about the training at 12 Rounds?

The people.  Without a doubt.  Every time someone new starts everyone makes them feel welcome and gets to know their name so when they come in again everyone is chatting and asking how you are.  Kat – It’s like the the boxing version on Cheers.  Polly, except there’s no alcohol yet!  Kat – we do have a bar though so watch this space!

6.  What would you say to anyone thinking about starting boxing and training at 12 Rounds?

I would say, have a look at the website, have a look at Facebook to see what it’s about.  One thing I was quite impressed with that 12 Rounds do is a taster session.  You can come in see what the gyms like and have a go at boxing.  Come down and have a go and find out if it’s right for you.  Come down and see if you can beat me at sit ups!


Thank you Polly for giving us some member insight into 12 Rounds! And for introducing me to Huey and Kiev!

Check out the full interview here!














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