Congratulations on Quiet Punch! It sounds amazing. When did you first get into boxing?
I first got into boxing when I was 13 years old. I'd played baseball and basketball in Queens before my parents moved my family to Pennsylvania. My dad had always been a big boxing fan, and it turned out that our neighbor - a retired New York City police officer - was also a boxing coach. My dad and I started taking lessons from him, and I fell in love with boxing and fought in amateur competitions for ten years. Before I created Quiet Punch, I owned a boxing gym and trained amateur and professional fighters for fifteen years.
How did boxing impact your confidence/self-esteem while growing up?
The first time I stepped into the ring totally changed how I viewed myself. I learned how determined I could be and how strong my will is. Competitive boxing altered the way I handled adversity. I was always nervous to walk onto a basketball court or baseball diamond during a game because of the team pressure. Since boxing is an individual sport, it was just me in the ring, which felt more natural. It is very intimidating with everyone watching and meeting your opponent head-on, but after my first few fights (and thousands of rounds of sparring), everything in and out of the ring was less intimidating. A bonus was the kids my age respected what I was doing, and no one "messed" with me growing up.
How did boxing impact your physical body?
Boxing affected my body significantly. I can still remember when I was actively competing, looking in the mirror and seeing a very defined 6-pack. I was so shocked to see my body and realize it was mine! After boxing for almost 30 years, my body has been completely conditioned. My hand-eye coordination is built for punches coming at me and throwing punches, and because of years of footwork and jumping rope, I am very light on my feet.
I know boxing was something you bonded with your dad over. What stands out to you about boxing vs. other sports/workouts available?.
The bonding time with my dad was amazing, he was really my first coach. He was by my side through my training, most memorably at Larry Holmes Gym in Easton, PA. Compared to other sports, boxing is one of the few workouts that uses all aspects of your body. Cardio, strength, endurance, stamina, agility, and mental. Few other training programs demand so much from you. The reward is that it is one of the best workouts a person can get, even if you never step foot in a ring.
I know one of your goals with Quiet Punch is to bring something you love to people everywhere. How do you feel after a good boxing session?
After a good boxing session, I feel empowered, inspired, and motivated. It isn't just a physical sport, but a mental one as well. After a workout, the weight of things on my mind is lifted, and I feel clear headed and de-stressed.
How do you hope customers feel after using Quiet Punch? What type of results can they expect?
I want Quiet Punch users to feel like they accomplished something great. I always say in training videos that you should be proud of showing up for yourself. My mother is a daily puncher and one of the longest-running Quiet Punchers, and at almost 70 years old, she has incredible heart health. She is one example of the positive results that using the Quiet Punch brings. Many users have lost weight, toned, built muscle, and improved mobility overall. We have users with neurodegenerative diseases who use the Quiet Punch to work agility and people with anxiety and depression who've done daily punches to elevate their moods.
I love that Quiet Punch is for everyone, from amateur boxers to first-time boxers. How often do you recommend someone works out with Quiet Punch per week?
It was important to me that anyone could benefit from boxing, and I designed Quiet Punch for all fitness levels in mind. I recommend using the Quiet Punch three times a week. This gives people enough recovery time in between workouts. We have a free app with thousands of training programs, including a 1,000-punches-a-day challenge, which like counting your steps, is great for overall health. Three times a week with a 20-minute workout or 1,000 punches daily for about 5 minutes is fantastic for your heart, mind, and body.
Which other wellness activities/workouts do you recommend people include in their routine?
I am a huge fan of running and like to do that at least twice a week. Running isn't for everyone, so I recommend adding in some form of yoga or resistance training, as well as light weights. Just adding a little bit of flexibility and strength works wonders.
How do the videos you put on YouTube help keep customers motivated? How does the Punch Tracker help with that even more?
The videos on YouTube and in our Quiet Punch Play app provide motivating structure and goals for users. We have 10-day and 20-day programs for daily plans that build with each subsequent workout. For the 20-Day program, you start out with a one-punch combo and work your way to an impressive 20-punch combination! The Punch Tracker inspires accountability by tracking progress and opens access to the global leaderboard. Punchers can train and track solo, or they can compete in challenges like the 1K Speed Challenge and the 5 Min Challenge, both which track punches and time goals.
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