Up next in #3rdstreettribe is Thomas! πŸ’ͺ

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

β€œI was always into it as a sport and intrigued at diving in more and learning proper technique. The first six months I was here, I lived in SoMa and was just going to a regular gym doing weight routines and cardio (snooze fest). After I moved to the Dogpatch, through sheer luck 3rd St Boxing just happened to be on my commute. It was everything I was looking for in a gym. A bit gritty, no frills, no gimmicks or nonsense, just real people and straight work. I could tell by the trainer bios and reviews that it also had a real sense of community. Being new in the city that was a nice draw. I went straight to the gym after work, signed up and started the next day."

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

β€œThe whole going through the motions of a regular gym routine always bored me. It was never mentally satisfying. Besides the obvious physical benefits, the mental benefits I get when I train far outweigh the progress I have made in my overall physical health. Making those little corrections in your technique while working mitts with a partner, feeling a bit of a rush when you feel yourself improving and getting stronger. Even working with another person and helping them improve is just as rewarding. This again comes down to the sense of community I spoke of before. Long and short, training is my therapy. It gives me a chance to clear and mind and approach outside life with a clear and balanced mind."

Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?

"Take it slow. You're not going to get it all at once. Trust in the trainers and the people that you partner with that have a bit more experience. This is why we train. It will all come in time, just enjoy the process."