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      • Podcast on Owner and Coach Asher Derbyshire
        • 29 May 2019
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • His journey from boxing for fitness, to becoming the NZPBA Cruiserweight title holder to opening a gym… Lawrence Lotze trained alongside Asher in Auckland and was able to have a glimpse into what it takes to be a professional boxer.
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      • ITHH - Nicks experience 2018
        • 31 Jan 2019
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • Nick Gubb stepped in the ring for ITHH 2018 and he’s back again for 2019! Below is his story and how ITHH and boxing has changed his life… <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > When my previous boss first told me about IT Heavy Hitters, I shrugged it off with a casual "Yeah, Right" When my boss explained a bit about her journey and what was involved in the lead up, and the positive impact it had on the participants I became a little more interested, and it was for a damned good cause. For a bit of quick background, I've never been the sporty guy. Never been naturally talented or co-ordinated. I stopped playing team sports when I was 14 (I was never a good goalie anyway), and never looked back. Neither did my waistline. When I signed up I was the heaviest I'd ever been. At the team selection day I clocked in at just over 140Kg. I knew it was going to be a hard slog, and I wasn't prepared for what I would eventually get out of the journey. When the sessions started at WBG, I quickly realised it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. The BoxFit sessions were gruelling, my fitness was awful, and my punches were as co-ordinated as a drunken donkey on rollerblades. I knew I had a hell of a long way to go, and if I was going to take this seriously I would need all the help and training I could get. I quickly signed up and started attending extra BoxFit sessions. The Saturday runs were tough, and it wasn't long before I was dealing with shin-splints and walking after only a few hundred meters. Then it all turned a corner. The support of the amazing Blue Team, and the coaches really helped to crank things up a notch Jeremy (part of the ITHH coaching team) told me to distract myself when running, think about complicated maths problems to get your mind off the struggle, focus on your breathing instead of your legs, all it is, is putting one foot in front of the other, and how hard is that? Little by little, I started improving. I could go for a bit longer, a bit faster. It didn't seem like much of an improvement at the time, but looking back, it was compounding quickly. Chris (also part of the ITHH coaching team) took every opportunity to give me tips on where my feet should end up after moving in a certain way, or what my head should be doing to avoid certain strikes. His relentless positivity and enthusiasm for everyone was always welcome. David's (part of the ITHH coaching team) "tough love" approach was a perfect counter, and the push I needed when not feeling completely up to it. Getting over a cold? "Glove up Princess. Everyone that steps into the ring has to give it 100%". Always there to push you a little harder on your last stair set, or the last leg of the Te Pa Classic. Also bear crawls. So many f%&#ing bear crawls. Getting my eating habits was another hurdle I knew I'd have to clear. I knew the sugar and beer was off the menu, but I managed to pick up a whole tack of good information from the Nutritionist, Supplement Specialist, and Recovery session we had. Going through a shared experience with a complete bunch of strangers, it was amazing how close the team got, and how supportive of each other they were. On more than one occasion I was dead last at a group run, when the entire team who had already finished started running alongside me in support. While at first I felt a little guilty they had all done more than what they needed to do to encourage me, I was blown away by the good vibes and happy faces when I crossed the finish line. These people weren't just strangers who also happened to sign up, they were friends. Asher, I think I spent more time with you than I did with my wife. Between the BoxFit classes, Skills classes, Sparring sessions and one on one's at one point I clocked up 9 sessions in a week. The time and effort you invested into this was incredible. I'll always remember one of your comments during a one on one, you said that "When I watched you walk in for the first time, I would have never expected you would throw a punch like the one you just did". That got me buzzing, it was a confirmation for all the hard work I'd put in, and an awesome recognition of how far I had come. I had a smile on my face for weeks after that! I weighed in at 119.6Kg, over 20Kg lighter than I was 14 weeks ago Weigh in night appeared all too quickly, and it was finally a chance to have some tangible evidence of the blood, sweat and tears spilled. I weighed in at 119.6Kg, over 20Kg lighter than I was 14 weeks ago, and under the 120Kg mark for when the weights were read out on fight night. I was stoked. On the night itself, I was lucky in that I got a match from the Red Team. Getting into the Ring on the night wasn't the ultimate goal I had started out with, but it was the icing on the cake, and a chance to show off all the hard work I'd done over the last 14 weeks. The butterflies were out in force, the nerves were there, but they were calmed by the work we had all done. I'm glad I soaked up the atmosphere as I entered the ring, waved to the family and friends, and enjoyed my song. Once in the ring, the tunnel vision set in, the crowd disappeared, and the noise faded. All that was there was my opponent and I, and the occasional shout from my corner. The 3 rounds flew past, I felt pumped, like I could go for 3 more! While I didn't win my match, I did make it to the end, and had a split decision to boot. It may not have been a win, but it was still a victory. Full props go out to Craig "The Punisher" Marshal for putting in the hard yards, and taking the win.   <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " >  For those who think it's just a Charity Boxing Match, you're wrong. This has been an absolute life-changing experience, and one of the coolest things I've ever done. How many people can say they've stepped into the Boxing Ring in front of a crowd of over 1000 people? I'm down 20Kg, made some amazing new friends, have a whole new level of energy to keep up with the family. Considering the Fighter stand-down, I'll still be back next year just to make the journey again. #BlueCrew
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      • Youth classes coming to WBG!
        • 11 May 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • Last month we announced the EXCITING NEWS that we are moving locations around 300m down the road to Cruickshank Street! The space is larger and allows us to run more classes to cater to our members and also the public.
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      • WBG ON A BOAT!
        • 14 Apr 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • WBG ON A BOAT - CELEBRATING OUR MEMBERS AND TRAINERS This year WBG decided not to have a Christmas party in the busiest time of year, but instead decided to do something different and have a late party. Of course a party, to celebrating the members that make the gym, the trainers that put the hard work in and of course another successful year of business. So Friday 6th of April, 61 WBG members, trainers and friends set sail on the Sweet Georgia for a night of epic madness.  Hurricanes played on the boat, many delish starters, BBQ dinner, pirates, jelly fish, sea man haha, mermaids, captains, selfies galore and many striped tops later the boat was buzzing! Amazing thing too was Quincy wasn't late, he 'didn't miss the boat' lol #NameShame From WBG, we hope you enjoyed the night. Asher and myself cannot thank you enough for choosing us as your fitness/boxing home, building the welcoming and no ego culture that every hypes over, supporting the charities events we are part of and for giving back to the smallest but coolest little gym in Wellies. WBG is truly built by the members that create the space :) To the trainers Thomas, Haile, Ice, Akeyla and Dave, we cannot thank you enough either. We appreciate all the hard work you put in and for bringing your own unique flavours to the space.  We look forward to celebrating with all again as we approach our 2 year anniversary - How can we top this though?  
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      • Celebrating the members
        • 2 Mar 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > Celebrating the members - Tickets on sale At Wellington Boxing Gym we are always thinking of ways in which we can give back to our members. One way is our christmas functions. So this year we put some ideas out to the members to have a vote and the clear win was a party on a boat! So this year we have partnered with Sweet Georgia to host our late Christmas party/new year party. Its such a hard time of year to fit a Christmas function in, so we deliberately moved it to the beginning of the year. Below are the details of the party: <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > THEME - Is anything sea. Mermaids, Captain, Pirate, seaweed whatever :) <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > COST - $20 per ticket. 80 tickets only, so don't miss out! <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > DATE/TIME - 6th April. Meeting at One Red Dog at 5pm to set sail at 5.30pm sharp <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > FOOD/DRINKS - Summer BBQ with desert with beer and wine covered. <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > TICKETS - Tickets can be purchased at WBG. 80 tickets only, so don't miss out! Since we have over 120+ members and there is only 80 tickets for sale we are selling tickets to members only at this point. This is to allow all our members the opportunity to purchase a ticket. Two weeks prior to event (23rd March), if we have tickets still yet to sell, we will open it out to our members friends and family. Tickets are selling quickly, so don't miss out!
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      • Thats a wrap for B4TPIII
        • 1 Mar 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > And thats a wrap Wow what an epic night to end the 12 week journey the team had taken together.
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      • ITHH for 2018 has STARTED!
        • 31 Jan 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > ITHH for 2018 has started with the blue team of over 50 fighters starting training this week! Coach Asher started the 14 week training with a bang with getting the whole team together on Saturday to do run - a tradition of WBG. The morning and evening teams have been working hard with already in the first week seeing a huge improvement in skills.  Watch this space for more information on how they are going, fight announcements and of course how you can come and support and get tickets!  
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      • B4TP III - Tickets are on SALE!
        • 31 Jan 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > We are just over three weeks away from B4TP III for 2018 and tickets are on SALE! The team have been working hard especially over this holiday season where most people would be enjoying pavlova, BBQ feasts, a few beersies and all the yummy food Christmas and holidays bring. Instead this team have been doing 6am classes, evening classes and meeting every Saturday at 6am to smash out a run! #DoingTheMahiToGetTheirTreats Fights have also just been announced with the following people from the Blue team locked to fight. We also have a list of back ups that 'could' fight and are training hard still in the lead up. <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > So come down to Walter Nash Stadium out the Hutt on the 24th of Feb for a great fight night that is supporting great causes in our community. The Wellington Boxing Gym Blue team have been working hard! To purchase your tickets and/or tables, contact Bronwen on 0211776584 or email TICKETS@BATTLEFORTHEPACIFIC.CO.NZ. See you all there!
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      • MEET OUR NEW TRAINERS!
        • 17 Jan 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • James-Kapa sisters join the WBG team! WBG is very excited to have two new trainers who have been dedicated members of the gym.
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      • NEW TIMETABLE!
        • 13 Jan 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • NEW TIMETABLE The gym is back into things next week with us also introducing our new timetable! Check it out below! <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > For new comers who want to try something new, come down and trial a FREE session! Get in contact with us to find out more information.
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      • One more week of HOLIDAY TIMETABLE
        • 4 Jan 2018
        • Wellington Boxing Gym
        • First of all the team and WBG hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and family and also were able to take a break before we all kick into the swing of things for 2018! For the past two weeks we have been running a holiday timetable to encourage taking some time out with friends and family.
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