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Fitness Insider: An Expert Guide To Your New Regime

Fitness Insider: An Expert Guide To Your New Regime

Step into the ring with boxing coach Antoine Dunn’s guide to getting your game on in 2019.

Part of a new training elite, Antoine Dunn is the A-list boxing coach disrupting the fitness scene in 2019. He cut his teeth at New York’s iconic Gotham Gym where he began developing his own personal form of boxing under the old-school gym’s resident experts’ guidance. In typical Dunn style, his response was explosive. “Every instructor there was either an ex-pro boxer or Muay Thai fighter. I told myself ‘No way I'm being the only guy here who can't box’. I shadowed the instructors and learned how they did things before developing my own style.’ It’s a method he’s perfected by training his model sister Jourdan Dunn and a vast list of private clients who now, thanks to him, know how to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. “I love what I do. I love to see my clients get results, but more importantly I’ve made real life-long friendships with a lot of people. I’ve received some heartfelt messages from members, life-changing ones – they make all the hard work worth it.”

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers, an Off-White cap and pink Helmut Lang hooded sweatshirt
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers, an Off-White cap and pink Helmut Lang hooded sweatshirt

Dunn’s methods have been tried and tested in the ring and he has a number of personal wins under his belt. “I only really learned what boxing was about when I started sparring. No matter how fast or quick you hit pads, it’s not until you get in the ring with someone throwing punches back that you know if you're cut out for it or not.” Whether or not you’re planning to sign up for a fight, from the stress-relieving properties of throwing a punch to full body work outs and improved focus, Dunn’s list of boxing benefits makes a pretty compelling argument for the sport.

Laid-back but fiercely committed, the trainer’s attitude to exercise is refreshingly realistic. “Never make your life revolve around training. All that does is set you up for failure. Make training something you enjoy and you’re already winning regardless of how you look. Like I tell my clients – train hard and be dedicated but most importantly enjoy it. Don't kill yourself if you have a bad meal, life isn’t sweats and dumbbells.”

With fighting spirit, we caught up with Dunn to get his expert advice on nutrition, balance and improving your routine for the new year. Here, he shows us the ropes.

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers and an Off-White T-shirt
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers and an Off-White T-shirt

SWITCH IT UP

You don't always have to go to the gym and do weight training. Overdoing it on the weights excessively can cause damage. You want to be strong in every department, so don't be afraid or ashamed to try out other types of exercise such as Pilates, barre or yoga. The first time I tried out a barre class was when I realised that I wasn't as strong as I thought I was. I was using muscles I'd never used before and I loved every minute of it. Trying out different types of exercise will improve your strength, fitness and agility dramatically.

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers and an Off-White T-shirt
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing Off-White jogging bottoms, Valentino trainers and an Off-White T-shirt

LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR

You don’t have to be the one lifting the heaviest weights. Yes, in order to get stronger and bigger you need to lift heavy, but a lot of men in the gym try to lift way more than their body can handle. Don't be afraid to lower the weight – you want to lift the heaviest you can with great form. If you're lifting ridiculously heavy weights with poor form you’re going to end up with an injury and needing physiotherapy. Leave your ego out of the gym and train properly and effectively.

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top

MANAGE YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE

A lot of men seem to think you need to consume huge amounts of protein to get the ideal body, but when you overdo your protein intake you're very likely to end up storing it as fat. This is because to use up that quantity of nutrients you'd need to be training freakishly to burn it off. If you aren’t training like your life depends on it then all that protein won't do you any good. Keep your protein at a decent level but don’t abuse it.

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top with black Valentino track pants and Buscemi trainers
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top with black Valentino track pants and Buscemi trainers

MIX UP YOUR ROUTINE

Most men in the gym tend to have a certain day for every muscle with a strict regime that involves working their chest on one day, their back and biceps another and their chest and triceps the following. This will only work for about two weeks as your body will get used to it. In order to get maximum results, you need to shock your body and keep it guessing by changing your routine every week or fortnight. You’ll see results much faster and it’s less boring.

KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top
KOBOX instructor and personal trainer Anotine Dunn wearing a camouflage Valentino T-shirt and black zip up Valentino logo track top

DON’T SKIP CARDIO

It's all good looking beach-ready all year round, but god forbid you have to run after the train – you need to get to work on time and your knackered by your fifth stride. You don't want to neglect cardio just as you don't want to neglect training your legs or your core. We understand that image is an important aspect of working out but you should want the whole package. If you're in shape but also fit and healthy you'll separate yourself from the rest.

Photography: Matthew Brann