This former pro boxer, who has owned a gym for the last 7 years, showed me the ropes, in and out of the ring. On this episode of "Run The Race," he also has some advice of what you can do, in terms of workout and food, after Thanksgiving.
Speaking of that holiday, (2:15) I share what it was like to dress up like a turkey for a local "Beat the Bird 5K," then introduce this week's guest.
(8:10) Darrel Wright starts off talking about his journey from track star to the Army to boxing and now a personal trainer plus owner of Wright Way Fitness, a gym in Columbus GA. The military had an influence on his life and his choice of sports. (12:37) After 74 amateur bouts and being a 4-time GA golden glove champion, he became a pro boxer, but he explains why it was one and done with pro fights. There are a lot of life lessons, he says, that comes from boxing - like getting knocked down and getting back up! His motto: Think it, Speak it, Do it, Be it. That can be positive or negative.
Why was this former boxer (16:40) so focused on wanting others to succeed in fitness and boxing? Opening his gym was a leap of faith, inspired to do it by the Bible and comedian Steve Harvey. (21:30) And just this year, they now have a separate boxing gym with a ring. He talks about what it means to train like a boxer, which doesn't have to include getting punched, but does include a full body core workout. Wright has boxing clients as young as 7, as old as 70. His 2 kids, neither teenagers yet, are getting in the ring now. And this personal trainer says it's not all about weight loss, but being a better you!
(29:00) Wright doesn't do diets, wants people to enjoy eating, but he talks about moderation in the holiday season and continuing workouts in a judgment free place. (34:43) He also talks about the popularity and misconceptions of boxing.
(38:31) How can you stay motivated to keep up with fitness during the holidays? You use it or you lose it. (42:58) In the final segments: "Food for Thought" is about workout and food ideas post-Thanksgiving, "Parting Gift" is Thankful wisdom from the Bible, then my closing prayer.
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