Boxer in Training: Adam Hollis
Friday, March 16 2018
You’ve heard who they are and why they’re fighting. But now that we’re over the halfway mark until the big night on May 17th, things have started to pick up a bit. Training is getting more intense. They’ve been punched in the face. Most have had a bloody nose here or there, their diets have changed, and boxing is becoming an everyday part of their lives. So we figured it was about time to check back in and see how things have been going. Adam Hollis has been putting in work at Manchester Police Athletic League and below you’ll hear about his first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.
We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
I feel really good. Getting more comfortable with the basics of boxing, my fitness, in general, is way up vs where I started.
What is your weekly routine?
I train 6 days a week, Sunday-Friday. Each workout consists of either a 2k meter row or 1-mile run (both done as fast as possible), a crossfit workout then a full boxing workout; jump rope, shadow boxing, speed bag, heavy bag, mitt work and general technique work.
How has your diet changed since training began?
I've really tried to focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods for the majority of my diet. I've cut out sweets and beer. I am also using intermittent fasting to help get the pounds off 16:8.
Tell us about your first time sparring, different than expected?
My first sparring session was an interesting experience. I had the benefit of my sparring partner knowing it was my first time so rather than just throw me a beating he helped me learn. We'd talk between rounds so I could adjust. I'm not saying he didn't make me pay when I dropped my hands but that's part of learning...all in all a great experience.
What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
Running. I love the workouts and the training but I hate running. I'm not sure that's ever going to change.
What does your family think of your participation?
I'm really fortunate to have a very supportive family. I'm not saying they are all thrilled with my decision but they have been nothing but supportive throughout this process. My wife Courtney in particular has been amazing.
Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
My inspiration hasn't changed but it has been added to. My kids are really enthusiastic about my training. I think they get a kick out of seeing dad head off to the gym every day and to hear about sparring and get to meet the guys from the gym. They know that I am fighting to raise money to help other people and I think that's a lesson that will stick with them. I am also grateful for the change that "living the life" has made on me physically and emotionally. It's been a great ride so far. I look forward to continuing the grind for the next couple of months.
Donate to Adam or purchase a ticket to Rock 'N Rumble VIII on May 17th here!