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Julia Meyers – May 2024

Julia is the type member we idealize when imagining teaching boxing to someone. She is attentive, works hard, and isn’t afraid to learn through trial by fire as she dived into taking the advanced classes as soon as she had the foundation necessary, but doesn’t overlook the fundamentals either and commits fully to LEARNING in the most challenging and productive way with a keen eye on technique! Check out our Q and A with her below.

Q: What is your history like with sports/athleticism?

A: I played lots of team sports, like Basketball and Rugby, growing up and I’ve tried to stay active as much as possible since then.

Q: How long have you been boxing and what got you started in this sport?

A: I’ve been boxing at Contenders for about 3 months. Prior to that I did a bit of kickboxing a few years ago.

Q: Could you share a few words about the coaching/coaches at Contenders, and how it’s been training under them?

A: The coaches at Contenders are awesome! They go out of their way to create a fun, comfortable learning environment. They really meet you where you’re at in your practice and help you grow a little each class.

Q: How do you stay consistent and motivated with your practice?

A: The classes are super fun! If boxing wasn’t fun, I’d lose my motivation pretty quickly. So the fact that every class is fun, energetic, and challenging really motivates me to keep coming back.

Q: What is your favourite class to take and why?

A: I’ve gotta say a tie between Boxing Fundamentals and Advanced Boxing. I find the Advanced class challenging, but that’s part of why it’s fun, and the Fundamentals class is really helpful in making sure I keep on top of the basics.

Q: What advice would you give to someone just beginning their boxing journey?

A: I’m still at the beginning myself, so I guess I’d just say to keep putting in effort and listen, not just to the coaches but to the more senior boxers here, as well.

Q: What are both your short term and long-term fitness goals, and how has Contenders helped you in achieving them?

A: Short term, I wanted to get back into a routine around working out several days a week, and I think I’ve done that. Long term, I’m not too sure, just get better and stronger. The nice thing about Contenders is that I can work towards these goals without having to constantly have them in mind. I just go and have fun, and they kind of naturally become more attainable.

Q: Besides boxing, what else do you like to do?

A: In terms of fitness I love the Vancouver trifecta of yoga, hiking, and running. I also like taking my dog out for long, relaxed walks.

Q: …And lastly, tell us something people would be surprised to learn about you?

A: I have a PhD in Archaeology

author: Contenders Training

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