October 2021 – Michael Peschot

Our September 2021 Contender of the Month is none other than Michael Peschot, who has continuously been pushing himself harder with each class. Michael is the greatest representation of this title as his work ethic and dedication is inspiring to be around and he continues to challenge himself by trying new classes. Check out his Q&A with us below.

Q: What level of experience did you have with fitness and boxing before joining Contenders, and what would you rate your skill level at now compared to when you began?

A: Before joining Contenders last July, I was working out just using body weight, and running around Stanley Park. I have practiced Thai Boxing for a year and half a couple of years ago, but it’s very different to Boxing. So If I was a 0 out of 10 in terms of skill level when I joined contenders, I’d say I’m a 2 or 3 now.

Q: Why did you decide to start boxing?

A: It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to try and it’s a great cardio workout.

Q: What about Contenders stood out to you?

A: My friend told me about it so I tried it out and I really enjoy it. The trainers are really motivating and very skilled. They always take time to correct you and give advice which I find really beneficial.

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

A: My short term goal is to improve my fitness level and my long term goal is to be more confident and skilled at boxing.

Q: What helps you stay yourself motivated in your fitness journey?

A: I enjoy including fitness in my daily routine. It gives me a work life balance.

Q: What challenges do you face in boxing? How do you work through them?

A: Sometime the more complex combinations confuse me and also being in motion after punching. The only way to make it is to Practice.

Q: At Contenders, what is your favorite class to take? Why?

A: Saturday morning is my favorite class. It’s intense and sets me up for the weekend !

Q: How has staying active helped in other areas of your life?

A: I feel less guilty treating myself with good food 🙂

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to someone thinking about starting boxing, what would you say?

A: Go for it ! It gets you in good shape and gives you confidence.

Q: How has your outlook of boxing changed over time?

A: I didn’t realize how difficult the techniques were before starting. It’s not only giving punches, it’s about how to use your whole body and your brain at the same time to maximize those punches.

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

A: I came to Vancouver 10 years ago for 3 months to learn English and I loved the city so much, I came back to live in 2018.


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