26th Oct, 2020

Boxing club duo put the fun into fitness with workout sessions

Ross Crawford 30th May, 2020

FITNESS sessions from the top are being lapped up by Redditch residents thanks to two lockdown classes delivered by Millsborough House-based Bodyshot Boxing.

They are being delivered by mother and son duo Shirley and Ty Adkins, the wife and medal-winning son of Marcus Adkins who runs the club.

“They do two classes, Ty is 17 and his is aimed at juniors – anyone from four to 15, while Shirley does one for women which is proving really popular,” said Marcus.

And it’s all done through the power of the internet.

“We started off on WhatsApp but it was taking hours to sort out, so we moved to Zoom and then on to YouTube which is much better,” added Marcus.

Both Ty and his sister, Olympic hopeful Maddie, aged 14, started off in Tae Kwon-Do before gravitating to boxing under coach Carl Walton and since then there’s been no stopping the two of them.

“The juniors really relate to Ty, he’s got the enthusiasm and I think the rapport between them really works,” said Marcus.

Shirley runs the ladies classes which count a number of key workers in the ranks – hardworking nurses burning off the stress in highly satisfying fitness sessions.

The initiative comes at an exciting time for Bodyshot Boxing which is set to move to Woodrow Centre over the summer.

Head coach Carl said: “We’ll be on the ground floor and we’ll be looking to run more classes including boxing for over 35s, classes for people with disabilities and to help boost mental health.

“We’re just waiting to see what decisions the government makes.”

The junior YouTube sessions run twice a week, the ladies once a week.

For more details call 07790 008703 or visit Bodyshot Boxing on Facebook.

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