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Manage your mindset and stay off the Punchline


It’s been ages since I wrote a blog

Weirdly I just haven’t felt inspired which is not like me. Usually I’m bursting with ideas

To get creative we need to be in the human brain and it seems I haven’t spent a lot of time there recently

For anyone who doesn’t know me, along with boxing, understanding brain science is my biggest passion.

Having an awareness of what’s going on in our brain and how to motivate ourselves gives us power.

You know when you feel stuck and just can’t get yourself to take action, even though you really really want to?
That’s your primal animal brain in play.

According to triune brain theory there are 3 layers to the brain.
Below our thoughtful human brain lies our emotional and tribal mammalian brain that seeks safety through acceptance and belonging to our tribe or pack. Our reptile brain is our survival mechanism that reacts in fight, flight or freeze when under any form of threat. These ‘animals’ are still very much active and part of us. Their purpose is to keep us safe from anything that could threaten our survival.

Our biggest threat today is social threat. What other people think of us, are we being judged? Do we feel a sense of belonging and acceptance? We are essentially pack animals. The stronger our social connections, the safer we feel. When we feel safe that’s when we get to play in our human brain. That’s where focus, goals, dreams, creativity and self actualisation are possible.
When we are not in the human brain it’s impossible to make decisions, find solutions or get creative. That part of the brain is offline. Until we can get human we are pretty much at the mercy of the animals, stuck in a reactive cycle of behaviours that don’t serve us

So what do we do about it?

Having an awareness is the first step to change. If we want to change our behaviour first we have to notice it, observe it and understand it

Changing our mindset like any other skill, is a practice. It doesn’t happen overnight. Knowing this stuff isn’t enough either. I’ve known about this for several years now but I still get caught out.

Just like we practice our punches and defence in training. If we want to stay human, we need to practice the behaviours that keep us off the punchline and out of threat

This means understanding how we can influence our environments to change how we feel and set ourselves up for the best possible outcome

It means becoming aware of and mastering our self talk and continually working on our connection and our relationship with ourself

It means understanding that stress, anxiety, overwhelm and other negative behaviours that keep us stuck are just our brain trying to keep us safe. But they also keep us stuck and stop us moving forward and limit our self growth. Understanding what lies beneath them, almost always fear of failure and not being good enough and continually working to build our self esteem is key to our success

Boxing is a tool to take us out of our reactive primal brains but if we don’t do the other work, the work on our relationship with ourselves, we just end up back there very quickly, reacting to life’s punches

Boxing AND working on your brain together will make you unstoppable

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A Story of Courage and Commitment


Transforming your body is not really the main goal of fight skool

But when you’ve got a goal bigger that yourself it’s amazing what can happen

Stepping into the ring and showcasing your skills in front of hundreds of people is amazing motivation to get into your best shape ever as Neil McCann discovered

Neil had been training with us for about 9 months when the coaches noticed his skill and determination and suggested he go for a fight

Never being one to shy away from a challenge Neil jumped at the chance and fully committed himself to the 10 week programme

He trained hard,4 x a week, only missing 2 sessions over the 10 week period

And he stopped drinking and gave the programme his full attention

Over the 10 weeks Neil progressed massively in terms of fitness and skill and showed true courage and determination in fighting a tough and more experienced opponent

And he lost an amazing 15kg in the process

So how did he do it?

Simple he gave it his all and committed himself fully to the programme

He didn’t make excuses or shy away from tough sessions

Something I’ve learned from boxing is that you can teach anyone the skill but to be a real fighter requires heart and determination

There are day that are going to be tough. There are day where you want to quit but it’s about that willingness to still show up on those days and get through the rounds that really make a true fighter

I asked Neil at the end of the programme what he’d learned about himself during the process

‘the biggest thing I learned about myself is I can achieve anything I put my mind to and focus on’

Now that’s got to give you a massive confidence boost!

Watch Neil’s full interview here:
https://youtu.be/p22ZLySgKE0

How about you?

Think you’ve got what it takes to step behind the ropes?

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You don’t need experience we’ll teach you the skill. You just bring the courage and commitment

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Why everyone should learn to box…..

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a blog, you could say things have been a bit busy. I’ve started training for fight for in July and right now I’m out in Spain on retreat helping my client find clarity and a plan to create her ideal business and life
And that in-between boxing

I want to start by telling you a bit about my fight training, how it’s completely rekindled my love for boxing. A month ago I decided I was going to get back in the ring. It’s been 4 years since my last fight. For a while I just didn’t have the energy or focus to put into my own training. Now with our new fight skool programme just starting, it seemed like the right time

Kat and MarkTo get my training started I re-connected with my old boxing coach. With any coaching whether it’s in sport or business I think it’s so important to find someone that you completely connect with. For me Mark is the only coach who can push me to my limits and at the same time keep me motivated. Over the last few weeks we’ve had so much fun as he’s kicked my ass around the ring again

Here are a few things about boxing I’ve been reminded of over the last few weeks

Always learning
In boxing you never stop learning. Not only do I have my own coach but I’m super lucky that I have a team of pro fighters and expert boxing coaches that I learn from everyday. After almost 10 years I’m still learning how to position my feet and set up angles to sharpen my jab and generate power from my cross
Team bond
Training with a group working to the same goal is something really special. The support and connection in our training group is unbelievable. I’m so proud of the team and the coaches for how much they go out of there way to help one another and make sure everyone feels supported. And there’s the competitive element that makes you work just that little bit harder.  You don’t want to be the one to quit.  This is what got me through the hill sprints (my least fav thing) a few weeks ago! sprints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression

Abs picAfter just 2 weeks of training I’m seeing my body and fitness level start to change. My abs which had been buried under a layer of fat have been starting to make a come back.  Because I know I ‘have’ to make weight my diet has improved. I’m more conscious of being prepared with my meals and making sure I’m eating enough protein and carbs to support my body. My fitness is def starting to improve to. Consistency equals results. Knowing that you’ve got to be able to survive 3 rounds in the ring is a sure fire way to make sure I make every session

 

Focus
Focusing my mind is something I’ve always struggled with. Working on my boxing skills is like a form of meditation for me. It forces me to concentrate, brings me back to the present and actually calms me down. If you have a very ‘active’ racy mind and find the thought of yoga or meditation terrifying, boxing is a great alternative

Confidence
Knowing you are strong in body and can throw a punch and take a punch is pretty powerful. It’s no wonder that boxing is renowned for building confidence.  Knowing that I am fitter and making progress all the time def helps me feel stronger and more confident mentally

Fighting is not for everyone but I think that getting learning to box should be.  Simply joining the training will give you all of the above
If you want to start your boxing journey, we still have spaces in our June Fundamentals course starting Mon 12th June

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