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Lord of the ring: from the gym to a new self-confidence18 Feb 1:00am

Lord of the ring: from the gym to a new self-confidence

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After weeks of hard training down at the boxing gym, Nikesh has learned the most crucial lesson of all… They decide to start opening the gym at 7.30am instead of 10am, which is perfect for me. I go three mornings a week. It’s just me, the owner and one of the coaches who spends his idle moments mopping the floors and cleaning. The first morning I go, the owner is surprised to see me. He asks why I’m so early. I tell him it fits into my life easier than other times. He tells me I’m the only person so far to take up the new early opening, but knowing I’m here makes it worth it. He asks how I’m getting on. I tell him I’m gaining confidence. I find the classes good, but I like the quiet. I can focus. I skip one round by myself and put the rope down, ready to move on. The coach who is mopping the floor asks if I’m done skipping. I nod my head. I hate skipping. I can, at best, manage, 20 seconds without whipping the rope across the backs of my bare legs, or tripping. I find it frustrating. It. Looks. So. Easy. Why. Is. It. So. Hard? That jumper, it’s well disgusting. Take it off
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