Virgin Active – Rookie to Rocky

At the end of last year Virgin Active challenged Wellness in the City to take on a discipline we had no experience in for their ultimate #ActiveChallenge. Eager, naïve and no idea what it physically (and mentally) entailed, we chose boxing! If Hillary Swank could endure the training, then surely us amateur uncoordinated ladies could pull it together for a Million Dollar Baby moment?

Our #ActiveChallenge goal:
To go head to head with comedian, actor Siv Ngesi for one (burning) hour of pure physical boxing torture – endurance we had never experienced before!

We were assigned the Virgin Active trainer/amateur fighter Enver Pockpas to help us up our fitness and learn the boxing basics in order to keep up with Siv Ngesi (a boxing baddass) for a one-hour boxing session. Of course a sparing match would have been pointless, the beast could take us down with a simple shoulder tap!

Although our training was brief with only squeezing in 8 sessions, we thought we were well prepared, following the high intensity fitness sessions, the gallons of sweat we leaked and amount of energy we burnt… but a week before our final challenge we hit an end of year burnout – one bedridden with flu and one man down with low blood pressure – resulting in our final challenge being incredibly tough, both on the body and mind! Alas, we pushed through and didn’t give up!

It was no surprise that Siv (A.K.A Superman) was one swift fit machine. If those muscles don’t intimidate you, wait till you hear his pure testosterone shouts of extreme power after every punch in the video that documented how we got down and dirty for the ultimate #ActiveChallenge!

Videographer: Danie Nel

Contact: Coach Enver Pockpas: 079 693 8376
Where: Virgin Active, Wembley Square, Wesley St & McKenzie Street, Cape Town
Social media: Facebook: Virgin-Active-Wembley-Square Twitter:  @VirginActiveSA  | Instagram: @virginactivesa #ActiveChallenge

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