Aidan

Aidan is right at home at 3rd Street with a fellow Dubliner at the wheel! 🍀 #3rdstreettribe

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I did various martial arts in my teens and early 20s and loved them all. As I approach my 40s, the weight doesn't stay off like it used to so I went looking for a local combat sports gym to join and get moving again. I found 3rd Street after some online searching and the fact that it is run by a fellow Dubliner was a welcome surprise!”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“I love that boxing combines a high intensity full-body workout with a lot of mentally demanding aspects. The mental demands keep me engaged and prevent me from getting bored - there are always incremental improvements to be made.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“It's a very friendly vibe at 3rd Street so don't be intimidated if you've never done a combat sport before. You will definitely get a great workout either way, but it's worth trying to focus on technique and form as you start out.”

Sameer

Sameer keeps coming back because boxing is tough. And tough is what #3rdstreettribe is all about! 👊⚡️

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I first came to 3rd Street about a year ago during a search for healthy ways to de-stress. I started out with the new year’s bootcamp and was hooked.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“The best part about boxing is that it isn’t easy. It’s demanding, exhausting, and requires a high degree of physical and mental toughness. But that’s exactly why I keep coming back. Getting through a challenging boxing workout is always the most difficult - and rewarding - thing I’ll do that day.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

"The hardest part is showing up. As long as you can get yourself to the gym, you’ll see improvement quickly and build confidence in your abilities."

Alex

Alex, #3rdstreettribe on 🔥!

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I first tried kicking boxing in university looking for a way to stay in shape, and almost immediately became addicted. It’s one of the only workouts I’ve stuck with for the past few years. When I moved to San Francisco I tried a ton of boxing gyms and 3rd Street was by far my favorite.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“For me, health and fitness are a priority and boxing is a great full body workout. It’s intense and fast paced which is great for cardio but strength and conditioning are also a huge part of it. It’s also nice to know how to actually through a punch.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Bring a friend with you your first few times so you can do the partner work with them until you are comfortable with the gym. Everyone is really welcoming but it can be intimidating at first.”

Ahleah

Ahleah, like a few other badass females at 3rd Street, started boxing to get in shape for a wedding! 👰🏻 But that was enough to get her hooked. Now she’s #3rdstreettribe.

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I had never been athletic. Getting in shape for my wedding was an ordeal. However, the only enjoyable part to the circuit classes was the 3 minute heavy bag round. When I relocated to San Francisco I happened to move in near the Third Street Boxing Gym. After the beginners course I was hooked.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“Boxing provides me with the feeling that I am in charge, and am capable of being the strong woman I hope to be. I train, to keep myself in shape, both body and mind.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Practice, and don't give up. We have all been there and are willing to help you grow and succeed.”

Brian

Next up in #3rdstreettribe is Brian! 👊

How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?

“I got into boxing after randomly turning on the Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo fight that was on Showtime back in 2005. It ended up being my favorite fight of all time. It really got me more interested in the sport and I started following it more in depth. The week I graduated from college in ’07 (I’m old) I walked into a gym in NYC and took a free beginners class and was hooked from then on. I trained in various gyms over the years, but took a lengthy break before moving to SF and finding 3rd Street Gym. I came in about 2 years ago, signed up and have been trying to come in 2-3 days a week since, working with Allen in the technique classes.”

What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?

“The best part is learning a new skill and constantly pushing yourself to get better. You really get out what you put in, and it’s very evident if you’re skills are progressing or not based on how bad you’re getting beat up in the ring. It’s great working with a consistent group of guys/girls in the gym, pushing each other, and watching everyone advance together. The best part is that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you do for a living, how old you are, everyone is working hard together and getting yelled at by Coach Allen at an equal level!”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Don’t be intimidated or discouraged from coming in for your first class. Everyone in the gym started out from scratch at some point. Be open to learning, working hard and having fun and you will never regret it. Chances are you will be hooked after day one, just check the ego at the door and head on in.”