She is a Stylist assistant and recently graduated in communication from renowned University of Paris Dauphine. Anais also loves sports and last year discover the art of boxing. Dive in and get to know our favorite of the week!

When was your first contact with boxing? I always wanted to try boxing, I grew up doing a lot of sports, but my mom never wanted me to try boxing. She used to say it was too violent! In 2017, I finally got the chance to try out Kickboxing at a local gym with a friend of mine. That’s when my journey with boxing started!

What’s your motivation for training? To always give the best of yourself and go beyond your limits. It’s more than just a sport: it’s the people you meet during practice, the laughter, the good vibes, the feeling of achievement when you end a hard workout session … It is like making an appointment with yourself three to four times a week, where you give it all without having to think about anything at all, except your training.

Describe us your relationship with your coaches and colleagues? I always had the chance to meet great coaches in every sport I played, especially the ones I met through boxing. It’s so refreshing to meet people passionate about what they do and teach. I always look forward on going to training, because I know I will always have a good time at the gym!

Sparring is boxing against an opponent, but most importantly is – at least for me – the moment where I fight with myself, trying to go beyond my limits and overcome my fear of getting hit. Specially, to be able to hit back

And sparring with them? How is the feeling? At first, I was kind of intimidated. There aren’t a lot of girls doing sparring. But with time and practice I learned to love sparring and really enjoy it during our sessions! Sparring is boxing against an opponent, but most importantly is – at least for me – the moment where I fight with myself, trying to go beyond my limits and overcome my fear of getting hit. Specially, to be able to hit back! For some people boxing is learning to take a punch once in a while without feeling angry. For me, is to learn to punch back without feeling guilty.

Have you ever participated in a boxing event? Yes, I did! 3 months after getting back into boxing I had my first boxing event. Actually, It was such an amazing experience that I look forward to the next one!

Do you believe that practicing boxing helps you become a better person at work, with your family or friends? Like I always say to people asking me this question, for me boxing is more than just a sport or throwing punches into the air. I believe if you think boxing is just fighting, then you don’t get what boxing truly is. It helps you figure out your limits, how you handle pressure, how you react to being hit… It helps you grow into a better person by helping you find out who you really are. So yes, I would say boxing really helps you become a better version of yourself.

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