The Boxing Diaries

In August 2018 I started going to the Rydal Boxing Gym on Stanley Road here in Liverpool. The first reason for this new adventure was that I’d always wanted to try it and I figured that 50 was about the right age to finally get started! I’d also heard about Rock Steady Boxing and how boxing really helps with Parkinson’s. From the very first day I got a great welcome from Robbie, Sean, Duck, Dee and everyone involved and I fell in love with the sport. It has never been a chore to jump out of bed and head over there for a morning work out. The first year was great, but it wasn’t until I started working one to one with Coach Duck that things got really serious and that’s when I started the boxing diaries on my Facebook feed. I figured I could share them here too.

#BoxingDiary5 Did 2 and a half hours on Friday and an hour on Saturday. Pretty much addicted by now! Working on slipping, rolling and counter punching, which I’m absolutely loving! Found switching off my mind and letting my body run with it gets the best results. Got up some good speed on the pads! Certainly a lot faster than I should be after 25 years with PD. #BeatParkinsons #TrainHardFightEasy #RydalGym

#BoxingDiary4 Fatigue is a brutal thing. All the sleep in the world won’t make it go away. Every morning I used to stand in the shower and say to myself, “Keep moving. Keep moving and you’ll be ok.” Every single day I had to force myself to move. I used to do that. Not anymore. Now I box. #Rydal #FindYourPurpose

#BoxingDiary3 Today was what Duck rather euphemistically called a “a naughty workout”: Started with the usual 2 mile run, followed by some shadow work, followed by a heavy bag work out consisting of 30 seconds going hard on the heavy bag immediately followed by 30 seconds burpees alternating for a total of 3 minutes. After a 30 second rest that pattern was repeated with heavy bag and dips and then another set with heavy bag and press ups. That was followed by pyramid upper cuts and hooks – 1 left, 1 right, 2 left, 2 right, 3 left, 3 right and back down again – until I thought my arms would fall off! That was followed by footwork drills and pad work. And just for good measure we finished on a leg circuit! How did I feel at the end of all that? Like a million fu*king dollars! God, I love this! 🥊🥊 #InYourFaceParkinsons #RydalGym #EveryDayIsTheNextAdventure

#BoxingDiary2 I really should be writing all this down. Today was session number 8 with Duck and I’m now running minimum 2 miles on the treadmill before our hourlong sessions start. My footwork is coming along nicely and I’m getting used to switching to south paw. Lots learned, a whole lot more to learn, but I absolutely LOVE it!! I love the feeling of having to dig deep and once I’ve pushed through those barriers, just when I think I’m done, finding I’ve got plenty more in the tank. It’s an incredible high! I can’t thank Duck enough, he’s a great coach and a great guy! Really looking forward to getting in the ring on Friday and pulling it all together with a session on the pads. 🥊🥊 #FcukParkinsons #RydalGym #LandOfLegends #EveryDayIsTheNextAdventure

#BoxingDiary1 My punches are landing OK, but my footwork is terrible, so yesterday I started some 1-2-1 sessions with Coach Duck to start putting that right. First one was yesterday and I loved it! I could literally ‘feel’ the Parkinson’s parts of my brain mercilessly being forced to activate and work, the rusty cogs grinding back into life! Back again next week! #BackInTheRingToTakeAnotherSwing 🥊🥊