Ray was recruited by our coach Ed “the Ironman” Gutierrez a few years ago! The variety of our workouts, training, and classes keeps him coming back 👊 #3rdstreettribe

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

“I was looking for ways to mix up my workout routine. I live in the neighborhood, so I would walk by 3rd Street all the time. From time to time, I would see Iron Man Ed outside the gym. He would always say (with his patented smile), ‘hey big man, when are we gonna get you in the ring?!’ We'd laugh and I would keep it moving. One day, I finally decided to take one of his classes. This was almost 3 years ago and I've been hooked ever since.”

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

“The best part of boxing for me is the variety of the workouts, from body weight exercises to kettlebells and dumbbells to heavy bags and sparring. I train to stay sharp physically and it also helps me relax and tune out some of the day-to-day noise we all deal with.”

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

“Beginning may seem daunting, but don't worry! I promise you'll get the hang of it, and everyone at the gym's always willing to help.”