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Members of Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club were working solo to maintain their fitness during lockdown then, with an easing of restrictions, registered boxers were enjoying one-to-one sessions with coaches.
Now the club is offering outdoor ‘Boxercise on the Beach’ sessions to a wider range of members using open spaces at Caol foreshore. This allows more people to participate while maintaining social distancing.
All age groups will be catered for and invited to attend in groups of up to ten per coach. Different classes will be geared to offer training at various fitness levels to ensure a gradual return to pre-Covid fitness levels for those who have been away from the gym for a while, rather than the expectation of picking up where they left off.
A number of exercises have been drawn up by the coaches. These include warm-up sessions, running through patterns of cones and mini-hurdles, which helps co-ordination, and circuit training – without the use of shared equipment. Important hand and foot work is also on the list.
Weather is always a consideration with any form of outdoor event in Lochaber and the sessions will take that into account, with shorter classes in inclement conditions, although it is planned to keep going whatever the climate throws up.
Coach Vince Lopez said: ‘We have kept in touch with members since the start of lockdown and helped them as much as we can through social media, holding zoom sessions and discussing what activities they could do to keep fitness and co-ordination at high levels.
‘However, we have been constantly asked for more, especially by parents keen to find some way of soaking up their youngsters’ energy. Hopefully this will be the answer.
‘We tried a couple of ‘dry’ runs – the first on a very wet Saturday – with our more experienced members which worked well, so we set about adapting these to suit a wider range of fitness and skills.
‘As a charity run entirely by volunteers, the loss of income from training sessions has hit us badly, especially having just moved into a new gym at Corpach with all the associated overheads. We don’t charge much to make sure cost is not a barrier to anyone taking part, but we also have to keep an eye on the finances if we are to be here for members in the future. Hopefully we will get a good turnout when we start.’
Details of the times, dates and how to join in will appear on the Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club Facebook page.
Club members take to the wide open spaces of Caol foreshore, allowing more people to take part in training. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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Lochaber Pheonix Boxing Club members training on the beach.. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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