We spoke with Amber Trejo, the Marketing Manager of WorkTrainFight in NYC. She's a boxing instructor, personal trainer and a nutrition specialist and she's dedicated her life and passion to helping women uncover their power. She volunteers coaching time as well to the WorkTrainFight Teen Women's program, which does boxing training classes for high school students from Harlem in order to create a positive sense of community through sport, and to empower these youth in a safe space for them to learn.
Lindsay Coke, aka The Boxing Blonde, is a multi-faceted fitness trainer and boxer based in Los Angeles. She shares her take on what the fight means for women in this day and age, and shares some of her passions including giving back to young women in her community through boxing fitness like the RUBY Project.
Jess Storch is the founder of Knockout Women's Boxing Club. She is a 2x Chicago Golden Gloves champion (2010 and 2011) and founded Knockout Women's Boxing Club in 2011. Her mission is to empower women to feel strong inside and out, and to help create a world where physical perfection isn’t the goal, but instead feeling good and doing what is true to you is the goal.
Kayla is an amateur boxer from Reading, PA. Once lacking motivation and direction, Kayla stumbled into boxing and found her fight. In a little more than three years her dedication proved itself in 2015 when she became the 2015 Ringside National Champion at 119 pounds, the 2015 Golden Gloves State Champion at 119 pounds and the 2015 NYC Pure Breed tournament champion at 125 pounds. Passionate about pushing her skills even further, she was invited to train with one of the top MMA camps in the world, American Top Team, in Coconut Creek, Florida where she resides now.
Natalie Matushevsky is an amateur boxer out of Boston who competed in her first boxing match at the annual Belles of the Brawl charity boxing event, organized and hosted by non-profit Haymakers for Hope. She shares the trials and tribulations of what it takes to prepare for your first fight, the feeling and the adrenaline rush in the ring, and what's next for her. Want to know what it's like to prepare for your first ever boxing match? You don't want to miss this one.
Gemma Fleming is an amateur Muay Thai fighter currently living and working out of New York as a photographer and filmmaker. She recently completed a film project titled "SENSHI" showcasing the artistry and spirit of the female fighter and her various forms. We sat down to talk to her about the importance of translating fighting into art.
Our podcast welcomes Jill Morley, a Masters Golden Gloves champion, filmmaker, boxing instructor and mental health advocate. She wrote, directed and produced the documentary "Fight Like A Girl," about women overcoming their demons through boxing, while telling a larger story about abuse, trauma, mental illness and healing. In a gritty, first-person narrative that was shot over a period of five years, she delves inside the little-known world of female boxers to meet the women who are passionate about fighting hard.
We sat down with Amy DePaola, filmmaker and amateur boxer. A proud Haymakers for Hope Belles of the Brawl alum (2015), she is gearing up for the release of her new film, Amy Dee, loosely based on her own experiences as a fighter in life and sport, and illustrating what it means to go through a personal evolution as a fighter - in every sense of the word.
We chatted with Julie Kelly, the co-founder of Haymakers for Hope about her journey as a fighter, in life and sport, and how it led her to create Haymakers for Hope. She's a Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor, 2x NY Golden Gloves winner (132lbs), and an activist dedicated to finding a way to both literally and metaphorically knockout cancer.