Recently FightCamp got a chance to speak with fitness expert and former heavyweight boxer Mike Rashid, where he and our own FightCamp Founding Trainer Shanie Smash break down some of the awesome tools FightCamp can give you to reach your fitness goals, as well as some amazing tips and insights on training in general and how to step up your game whether it's in the ring or just in the gym.
Mike touches on a really important subject here, and that’s the significance of exercise in your life, not just for yourself but for the peace of mind for both you and your loved ones. As he says, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the States, and staying in shape is one of the best ways out there to avoid it. Plus, it's a proven fact that regular exercise increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good chemicals that influence your own personal reward system.
This is a concept that hits close to home especially for me because before I found boxing I was always trying so hard to get in shape but not getting results, and it really started to affect my mental health. But then once I had the structure and someone to actually show me the way to do things and reach my goals, it all just clicked. It is a huge eye-opener to go from training by yourself to training with people who know how to guide you to where you want to be.
Why FightCamp (and what is it)
Mike chooses boxing over other forms of exercise because it's mentally stimulating. For me, the worst part of training is always running because, as Shanie Smash says, it's boring. Boxing is amazing cardio and it keeps me thinking constantly, whether I’m mixing up my punch selection or working my footwork, or trying to take certain angles, I’m always engaged in what I’m doing. Like Mike says, boxing is also a complete sport - you train everything from your posture to your cardio to your strength and rotational speed all at once.
Something Shanie talks about that I’ve always loved is how hard it is to improve something that you can’t measure, which is why the punch trackers FightCamp uses are so awesome. Being able to see easy-to-read numbers explaining your stats and showing you where to improve is so incredible for training on a professional or a pure fitness level, plus it adds a competitive edge that can drive you to further success.
Another thing that is really important is that all of the coaches are former fighters. As a competitive fighter myself, I have seen the difference between fighters trained by people that have never fought vs former fighters, and the difference is night and day. Former athletes know how to streamline and explain things in a way someone who hasn’t actually fought simply can’t.
Why Mike Rashid loves Fight Camp
This is such high praise and it's really not hard to see why. The main thing you feel from a good training camp, or fight camp, is anticipation and a sense of camaraderie with your gym and FightCamp does a great job fostering both of those with its leaderboards and its interactive workouts. The sense of accomplishment you feel after a good hard boxing workout is, to me, impossible to replicate with any other kind of training.
Champion Boxers on FightCamp
‘Iron Mike’ Tyson talks about how he feels like a monster when he doesn’t work out for too long, and I think a lot of us can relate. When you’re used to having such an awesome vent for energy and getting that endorphin rush from finishing a hard workout, going through the day without it feels frustrating and like you’re moving through jello.
If the endorsement of one of the best heavyweights ever wasn’t already enough, Floyd Mayweather also works with FightCamp, even going head to head with one of the trainers in vs. mode!
The FightCamp Workout
This is what I personally respect about FightCamp the most: they put their money where their mouth is. They asked Mike Rashid, a hugely popular fitness expert, and professional boxer, to give their workout an honest try, and it wore him out. That’s how you know it's a good product. Like Mike said, “there is a big difference between hitting a bag and doing your own thing versus following along with a class.” That x-factor of having someone motivate and push you is incredible.
Stop Messing Around
FightCamp has every tool you need to succeed: professional-level boxing equipment, expert trainers, incredible and engaging workouts, and an amazing community to rival the most tight knit gyms in the world. Whether you want to move on to competitive combat sports or just want to get in great shape, FightCamp is definitely the place to be.
Train Like a Fighter
Take your workouts to the next level and train like a fighter with the at-home connected fitness solution used by world champion boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. FightCamp has everything you need to work out on your schedule, with premium boxing equipment and hundreds of on-demand strength, conditioning, kickboxing, boxing, core, and recovery classes led by real fighters. As Mike Tyson said - “FightCamp is the next level of training!”