By Gail Gensler
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
Athletics is one of the biggest parts of my life. It is what I have repeatedly done for the duration of my life, and therefore, it is what I am.
My passion for physical activity began in my childhood. I was an active participant in tennis, volleyball, and tetherball. Retrospectively, I see that all these sports all had one common factor: they were hands-on activities, where I was using the strength in my arms to exert my energy.
It was no wonder, then, that when I took my first boxing class in 1999, I was hooked. It was a remarkable experience to find a sport similar to those of my youth where I got to use my upper body strength, but this time, the activity itself was more empowering. I felt that I had found what my passion was going to be for many years to come.
That was why, when a local boxing gym opened in my area, I promptly joined as a member and continued to grow as a recreational boxer. I was overjoyed when I had the chance to become the owner of this same gym I had been a member of, and thoroughly enjoyed being able to bring both sides of me- businesswoman and boxing fanatic- into one chapter of my life.
I never gave up on my passion for boxing, and I wanted to give others the same feeling of power and satisfaction I feel whenever I box. At 55 years old, I taught boxing classes to inspire others, of any age, to pursue this exercise and never stop improving at it. Although I have other interests in exercise, such as CrossFit, Circuit Training and lifting, nothing compares to boxing.
It makes me feel like a champion whenever I complete a boxing workout, and it is an activity in which age is never an obstacle. Age is only a small afterthought when I box- it is only when I finish my work out that I think about my age, and how regardless of it, I am able to empower myself, inspire others, and complete phenomenal workouts.
Gail Gensler is a fitness enthusiast, entrepreneur and influencer based in Florida. She is passionate about sharing her love of fitness, and the benefits of exercise, with all audiences! You can see more on her Instagram, @boxingprincess22.
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