Outdoor training for Fishponds boxers as they wait for competitions to restart

September 04 2020
Outdoor training for Fishponds boxers as they wait for competitions to restart

YOUNG members of Downend Boxing Club are training outdoors as they wait for the club's gym to reopen.

Head coach Craig Turner said the gym at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds has had to stay closed for the time being, as it cannot accommodate the number of people who usually train there within England Boxing social distancing guidelines.

But the young boxers are working hard to maintain technique and fitness with outdoor sessions, ready for competition to start again.

Craig said: "In these stressful and frustrating times, there has been a significant rise in people taking up or resuming exercise and boxing training has been identified as hugely successful in combating frustration and mental health issues.

"These benefits are certainly not unique only to boxing, however, to quote a famous boxing saying, 'it isn't just a punch bag, its a therapist, psychiatrist and holistic healer rolled up into a glorious bag of leather and canvas'.

"When life gets tough, put on your boxing gloves!"

Picture: Arthur Tipping (14) flipping tyres as he waits for the return of competitive boxing