Monday, 27 January 2014

I Have A Dream...

Dreams. Everybody has them, whether they be big or small.

But, before I go on to talk about my own dreams, just ask yourself what your dreams are...

What are your dreams?
What are you going to do to achieve those dreams?

The first step in achieving your dream is to write it down, there is a quote I love which says: "Goals [dreams] which are not written down are just wishes." - so, if you want your dreams to be more than just a wish, get writing!!

Anyone can have a dream, it's whether or not they are willing to dedicate themselves to achieving that dream and are able to sacrifice certain pleasures in life to fulfil those ultimate goals. Without hard work and dedication (as Floyd Mayweather would say), then your dreams cannot and will not be achieved.


Dreams aren't easily achieved, sometimes you've got to fight your way through certain struggles in life and that in itself is a test, a test which determines whether or not you will ultimately, achieve your dreams. Everybody will at some point have a struggle in their life, a bit of a crisis! Whether that be big or small, well that's up to fate/God (whatever you believe in), but these hardships prepare you and if you can bite down on your gum shield and weather the storm then you have passed the test, if you've passed the test then you have taken one step closer to achieving your dream.

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny..." C.S. Lewis

Unless you're willing to make the appropriate sacrifices to achieving your dream, it will not become reality. Dreams have to be worked hard for, sacrifices have to be made in order to achieve and you have to love and enjoy the process.

I have hundreds of dreams and goals, some minor, some major, but the most prominent dream and the biggest is: becoming a World Champion in the Sport of Boxing. That in itself is a huge dream to have, but life is too short not to aim high and strive to be the best, you have to set your aims high if you want to make something of yourself and be remembered as someone. Someone who achieved something amazing.

Steps to achieve that dream include:
- Training hard
- Training smart
- Eating and drinking well
- Training all aspects of my game, psychological, physical, etc.
- Gaining more experience as an amateur
- Turning Pro
- Competing as a Pro
- Winning titles and catching people's eye

These are just a small fraction of the total steps I need to follow in order to become a World Champion, but all steps that I am willing to take to achieve that ultimate dream.

The next question I want you to ask yourself is WHY... WHY do you want to achieve your dream?

Is it to be happy?
Is it to be famous?
Is it to help the less fortunate?
Is it for self satisfaction?

The most important thing you need to achieve your dreams for is YOU. Your dreams should be personal to you and be there for you to achieve for yourself.
Dreams don't have to be achieved purely for your own satisfaction however, but also for external reasons. I will run you through a few reason why I would like to Achieve my dreams...

- For myself
- To leave behind a legacy
- To make my family proud and to provide for them
- To prove to those who doubt(ed) me that it can be done
- To give back to all my friends and family

But a big reason I would like to be a World Champion is so that I could make a difference to other peoples lives. I'm aware that I could do that now by raising money, but to me life isn't just about money, but about experiences. I would love to be able to visit an ill child in hospital and for them to recognise my face, for them to see me as an idol and an inspiration, for them to be able to talk to one of their heroes about any of their worries and/or troubles and most importantly, so that they could see first hand that they can overcome adversity and that they can still achieve their dreams despite undergoing treatment for life threatening illnesses such as cancer.

I've been in their position, I have been there first hand, I've beaten cancer and gone through all the horror that comes with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but I have come out the other side, more positive and have come back stronger than before chasing down my dreams and throwing myself back into life. I would love to give youngsters that hope and inspiration that so many of my friends, family and heroes gave me.

Meeting Carl Froch was an amazing experience, as well as meeting so many of my heroes, so I know how much it would mean to these young, brave children to meet their heroes. So, one main reason I want to become a World Champion is not only for me, my friends and family, but for all those kids who have been taken away from a normal childhood and have had to endure the same struggles that I have and even worse.

I will push my body to the limit, I will make sacrifices, I will do whatever it takes to achieve my dreams, for me, my friends; family and most importantly all those little fighters who inspire me daily.




What are your dreams?


How will you achieve them?


WHY do you want to achieve your dreams?


Sunday, 5 January 2014

2014...

Hi all,

Apologies for my inactivity, however, I've been really busy getting back into my training and just enjoying life again! Since being diagnosed with Hodkgin's Lymphoma on 28th February 2013 I still continued to train, throughout all my treatment, but I was able to return to training properly at the end of August/early September - Since then it's pretty much been all that I've done, alongside my Personal Training and college work and I'm really, really enjoying it again. I am feeling great and my new training diary is looking great, each page so far is full of training, whether that be physical, mental or visual training.



I've been researching a bit more about cancer fighting diets and trying my best to base my diet around that, also I've been trying to start getting my PT business really up and running. In the next month or so, I will have my own share in a private gym where I will be doing Personal Training - so, if you want to learn how to box, to get fit, to become stronger or to lose weight then please contact me and find out more. Personal Training is the industry I really would like to go into, I am in a great place where I am always learning from the other coaches around me, so I am constantly learning and gaining knowledge which will make me a better and more successful Personal Trainer!



Christmas this year was very different for me, I was so, so happy to be here and I made sure that I enjoyed each second of it! As usual, I went and did some training on Christmas day which was fitting really, because training and boxing is my life and I think it also saved my life, so why not celebrate Christmas with a bit of boxing training!? I ate for England that day too and helped myself to not one, but two Christmas dinner's! I got a lot of great gifts and then had my 18th birthday two days later on the 27th. Again, I had a nice day - but it started with a few tears as it was another birthday without my Dad, but I soon snapped out of it and went up to the gym, to do yet again, a bit more training! The day before on boxing day, I was up at the gym again, not training physically myself this time but training what I call 'visually' by watching the guys from the gym spar with one another - trying to dissect what they were all doing and learn from them all. The standard was high as always and great to watch!!

The best part about the festive season though, was being there with my family, being there with my family, healthy and with the ability to still train and do what I love. As always, Christmas is quite an emotional time because of losing my dad, but with the events of 2013 it really was quite emotional, but new years couldn't come quick enough as 2013 was a year which I was quite happy to see the back of.



What have I learnt this year?
I have learnt many, many things:


  • To enjoy yourself and enjoy what you do
  • To not take others for granted
  • To appreciate your health, make the most out of your healthy body 
  • "Your Health is your Wealth"
  • "Your Body is your Temple"
  • To chase your dreams and never give up, not for anyone or anything
  • To always believe in yourself
  • Who my true friends are
  • To tell people who you appreciate, why you appreciate them!
I hope that in 2013 I changed at least one persons life, that I inspired one person, that I made a difference and that I motivated at least one person to chase their dreams. I hope I have done something positive for at least one person, because I believe that out of something negative comes something positive!!!

I will leave you with a quote or two that I really, really like...

"It is the mind that makes good or ill. That which makes up happy or sad; rich or poor" - Edmund Spencer

"Winning doesn't make you a better person, but being a better person will make you a Winner." - Unknown

"The progress may be slow and the journey may be long, but believe in yourself and you will succeed." - Tyler White (during 2nd cycle of Chemo)

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny..." - C.S. Lewis 

"Remove failure as an option." - Joan Lunden


EVERLAST PROTEX 2 - Boxing Gloves - Review

Sports Direct sent me a pair of Everlast Protex 2 boxing gloves, 14oz and in Blue...


First impressions...
WOW! What a great looking glove, just from looking at the glove, you can tell they're going to fit well and that they are of great qualit. They are nice and simple, the colours are great, the primary colour being a dark blue and the secondary colour being a really nice grey. Another nice touch on the gloves is on the palm side of the glove, where it says "Greatness is within" - that's one thing I really like about Everlast gloves as it's just pretty cool!


So, lets get stuck in with all the positives...

- The gloves are nice and compact and offer a lot of support to the wrist as well
- They fit really snug without wraps and once your wraps are on then they feel great!
- The wrist strap on the glove is only small, but that's good as it is all the glove needs and doesn't leave a big wrist strap flapping around.




- The Everlast Protex 2's are very well put together and look pretty durable
- Also, these gloves are 'EverCool' so that your hands can still 'breathe' whilst in the glove. 
- The padding in the glove is well spread out, there is a considerable amount of padding around the metatarsals which is always good for preventing any damage/injury to the hands, the knuckles are well protected and as I said before, there is a good amount of padding and support in the wrist which I really like as the wrist is a very vulnerable part of the fist. 




- The gloves design is basic but looks great
- Really nice colours
- Great fitting
- They feel great to punch in
- Give you some re-assurance because you know your hands are well protected
- Everlast is a well respected boxing brand

Negatives:

- They only come in 14oz/16oz
- Limited colours (Blue/Red)

So, really not a lot of negatives to point about out about these gloves! I really liked them and so did a lot of the guys from my gym. My gym is home to World, European, British kickboxing Champions, Team GB squad members, Pro boxer's and Pro MMA fighters and everyone there said how nice they looked and how nice they were to wear. These gloves are definitely comfortable and well constructed, they aren't too bulbous or cumbersome and they are definitely worth the money!

These gloves would be a brilliant purchase for a beginner, these gloves would more than likely last a beginner a long time, but these gloves are also suited to someone who trains a lot and competes often, when you start to get into the Elite side of boxing, these gloves may not be the best as they are Everlast level 2 - Everlast level 3 gloves would probably be better as they describe their level 3 as 'Elite'. However, there are many elite athletes at my gym and they all seemed happy and impressed with them, so these could well be great for elite boxer's too and I wouldn't argue against that!!




Overall, these gloves are fantastic. I was well pleased with them and they exceeded my expectations! I will be using these gloves for bagwork and may even get a pair of 16oz for sparring in. Like the TITLE boxing gloves I reviewed in December last year, they come with a bag to keep the gloves together and clean and tidy which is always a bonus. I'd recommend these gloves to anyone, they originally retail at £49.99, however, Sports Direct sell them for an awesome £24.99! That is definitely worth spending on these gloves and hey, why not get two pairs if you really like them? One for training on the bags and pads and one pair for sparring... Surprisingly good gloves in my opinion.

Ratings:

- Looks: 5/5 - look great and basic, really nice colours.
- Comfort: 4/5 - really comfortable.
- Price: 5/5 - great value for money and well worth it- Durability: 4/5 - haven't had them long enough to tell how durable they really are, but judging on the look of them and because they are a decent pair of Everlast boxing gloves I'd say they are pretty durable!


You can find the gloves here: http://www.sportsdirect.com/everlast-protex-2-training-gloves-762004?colcode=76200418&utm_source=twhite95&utm_medium=product%20review&utm_campaign=Everlast%20Protex%202%20Training%20Gloves

Browse the website to choose your colour and the size you want.
Don't miss this offer guys, well worth it!!