Moni

Up next in our #3rdstreettribe client highlight series is Moni! 🥊

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I have always been a combat sports fan. I pretty much watch it whenever I can. I've always wanted to learn how to box, but never really had the opportunity because there weren't any boxing gyms around. Most of my time was occupied playing competitive soccer 6 days a week until I graduated college. When I moved to SF after college I actually drove by 3rd Street a bunch of times, and was just trying to work up the courage to actually try it out. I tried out another boxing gym too, along with 3rd Street, but definitely felt like 3rd Street was the way to go.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“The best part about boxing is the work out you get from it. It works out your entire body, muscles that you don't really get from normal weight lifting or training. For me particularly as a life-long soccer player, I am weaker in my back and core. I like that you are actually doing something athletic while working out. The hand-eye coordination and focus needed for boxing is mind boggling. This was and still is a huge challenge for me, which makes it even more fun because I have something to work at. It’s funny, I actually feel like boxing put me in better shape to play soccer.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Be patient and consistent. Boxing work outs are super tough, both the physical training and the actual boxing. I know I wasn't able to do everything with proper form at first (probably still can't), and I screwed up most combos (probably still do), but eventually you will start to notice massive improvements in your ability to box, and you will definitely notice your body change for the better.”

Rebecca L.

Be like Rebecca. It’s time to ditch those Tinder-for-fitness-classes apps and become exclusive with us! 🥰 #3rdstreettribe

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“Third Street and I connected through an app back in early 2015 and we hit it off immediately. After a few good class dates I couldn't deny that boxing at Third Street was everything I was looking for and more. Not long after that I quit the app and we became exclusive, and I have never looked back.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“It's simple. Because you have to fight for your right to party.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“I've had a lot of friends tell me that they want to try boxing but that they are too intimidated. But look - I am so clumsy that can't even put pants on without face planting, so if I can do it, literally anyone can!”

Mark

Mark brings an undeniable intensity and work ethic to every class, and we love having him as part of the #3rdstreettribe ! PS - follow his advice and jab more 🤜

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I've always been into martial arts growing up and have had little experience in everything from Shaolin Kenpo to Filipino Knife Arts. My friend wanted to try a boxing class at 3rd St which prompted me to follow and I've been here ever since.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“The best part about boxing is the community and environment. There's nothing more motivating than being around like-minded folks that are working on bettering themselves. I've been training for general fitness and to also develop my fighting confidence.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Don't be afraid of getting things wrong or looking like a fool in the beginning. We're all here to learn and develop our skills. Just focus on the basics and everything will follow. Jab more.”

Swapna

It's something we've heard again and again. Swapna reminds us that boxing is not only a good full body workout, but it's also a great mental workout too! ☝️ #3rdstreettribe

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I'm runner and had been doing a bootcamp which has been great for my leg strength; but I wanted to add an upper body workout. I also wanted something fun & different - out of my comfort zone. Boxing sounded fun - especially the thought of punching the bag! I found 3rd Street on yelp - the great reviews about the classes, people & community brought me in!”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“It's a great mental workout, which surprised me! Got to stay focused, which let's you forget about work & stuff for an hour. I like that every class is different - the bag work is fun and the partner work challenges you. And as I got better I also realized I'd gotten stronger; which is great motivation to continue!”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Give it a try! It is a lot of new things at first (jump rope, how do you wrap your hands!?!!?) but everyone is friendly and encouraging. And soon you'll start to have fun if you like to sweat and punch things!”

Melissa

Who else has found themselves missing being active and playing sports? As Melissa has found, boxing is a great way to re-energize your workout regimin! 🥊 #3rdstreettribe

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“Serendipity! I was talking with a coworker about how I missed training and playing sports and he recommended I try boxing. When I got home that evening a friend asked if I wanted to go to the free beginner class at 3rd st with her. I have been hooked ever since.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“Boxing requires you to be present. You can’t be thinking about all the other stuff or you might get knocked in the head. You need to be aware of your body and your partner. Also the workouts have helped me to hit my overall fitness goals. I have dropped about 30lbs since coming here.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“I definitely felt like I had no idea what I was doing when I first started. The instructors and the other members are amazing at helping you learn and not judging as you figure it out.”