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Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 17

Helen Colclough | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Katie calls me on Friday from Hong Kong to give me a final pep talk which slightly puts the fear of god into me but her advice seems sound - don't forget to breathe, and take a moment to enjoy it.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 16

Helen Colclough | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Thursday night training is TOUGH- we have to do these sit ups while punching up into the other person's gloves. I'm convinced there is no way I can do that I can't do a full situp still so I just do them half way most of the time - but Christina tells me I will be fine, and shock horror I am! I manage all three sets with only minimal whingeing.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 15

Helen Colclough | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

I realise I have been so self absorbed in finding an opponent, in getting myself fit, in gaining confidence that I haven't even noticed that numbers have started to dwindle at training a bit.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 14

Helen Colclough | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

I've spent the last couple of weeks beating myself up about my performance and feeling like I'm glaringly awful compared to everyone else, it's nice to know I can keep up and hold my own - even in the hideous side planks.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 13

Helen Colclough | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries. Week 13 This week is all about motivation, motivation, motivation. Struggling to maintain it would be an ...

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 12

Helen Colclough | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Tonight is my second session at the new gym - and also the one I'm going to be meeting my potential opponent at.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 11

Helen Colclough | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Thursday night is my first class at the new boxing gym - crikey it makes the dreaded warm up at the other place look like a walk in the park.

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 10

Helen Colclough | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Exciting news is that the bike I've been waiting an entire six weeks of Cycle-to-Work-Scheme admin for is now ready for me to collect. Am akin to small child in levels of excitement. To be fair my bike is bright red, with cream wheels and a basket - you would also be excited.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 9

Helen Colclough | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Monday is miserable- not only is it Monday, but it's chucking it down with rain. It's chucking it down AND I have to go to the gym. I have to go to the gym AND this week's challenge is "how many burpees can you do in 60 seconds?". It's "how many burpees can you do in 60 seconds?" WHILE BEING FILMED. Lush. Oh and yes the video ends up on Facebook.

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 8

Helen Colclough | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

On Tuesday for some reason Jacek our trainer thinks it's pertinent to mention that each time you get punched in the head a few of your brain cells die. Lovely. A few of mine reach the end of the line when Lora punches me right on the nose.

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries, Week 7

Helen Colclough | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

It's official, I have passed the point of no return, I have purchased a mouthguard. Boyfriend looks horrified at my attempt to mould it, which involves hot water, melty rubber in your mouth and drooling. I know, you're jealous aren't you?

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week Six

Helen Colclough | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

his week we're doing more sparring and everything has stepped up a notch. We learn the second rule of boxing club - which is "stop bloody saying sorry". For some reason our girliness is hard-wired and we can't help but apologise or giggle when we actually connect a punch.

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week Five

Helen Colclough | Posted 17.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

After a (mildly disturbing - how times HAVE changed) weekend involving tough gym sessions on Friday night, Saturday morning AND Bank Holiday Monday - Lora and I are off on our long-awaited girls' holiday this week - Rich has dubbed it the "Mykonos Training Camp".

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 4

Helen Colclough | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

Training is tough - though the warm up doesn't feel quite so bad as usual, and I manage to do the plank from elbows to hand thing once or twice so I feel quite smug - Simon the Merciless is right, I am gradually getting a little bit fitter.

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 3

Helen Colclough | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

As a 31-year-old, size 14 (recently 16), un-sporty, office-bound ecommerce operations manager I've signed myself (and my skinny hedge fund analyst friend Lora) up to a white collar boxing event in November this year.

Boxing for Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 2

Helen Colclough | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

What do you do when your friend tells you they're organising a charity white collar boxing event?

Boxing For Buhinga: The Fight Club Diaries - Week 1

Helen Colclough | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Colclough

What do you do when your friend tells you they're organising a charity white collar boxing event? As a 31-year-old, size 14 (recently 16), un-sporty, office-bound ecommerce operations manager I've signed myself (and my skinny hedge fund analyst friend Lora) up to a white collar boxing event in November this year.