Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Here are a mixture of questions we have received over the years, hopefully we’ve covered all of them. If you have any questions not answered here, please contact Ashley or Louise on: 0488 523 648 or 0444 550 072

Ages?
We have people there from the age of 7 – 80yo.
The only age limit is for Competition, where they need to be 10yo to compete.
All ages train at the same time.  That way the more experienced help the new people and everybody learns.

What’s the deal for signing up?
Fill in a Membership form, pay the Membership fee of $30 kids/$70 adults.
Then per class it is $2 kids/$5 adults.

I was just wondering how much is membership?
No booking times- just turn up.
Cost is $2 per child under 14yo. $5 per teenager or adult.
Yearly Membership (Jan-Dec) fee is $30 per child and $70 per teenager or adult.

I would like to try the boxing training!  Do I just show up on days I am able to make it?
Yes, there’s no need to book.  Make sure you bring a towel and water bottle.

What happens?
We start off with skipping, then fitness circuits – everyone works out to their ability.
Then learning to Box for Self Defence, or Competition, or general knowledge; which is footwork and boxing technique, then optional sparring for those that have a few months of training.  – we recommend everyone watch to learn.

We suggest that Boxing is 90% fitness and 10% technique, which go hand in hand.
There are people with all levels of ability, ages, races and genders at each session.

Boxing Training will build confidence, self-esteem, ability to defend themselves, self-discipline, respect for themselves and others.  Teaches commitment, work ethic, social interaction and a healthy way of life.

What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing you can move in.
Sneakers/joggers.
We suggest no makeup, as it usually runs down people’s faces with their sweat.

What do I need to bring?
Bring a towel and a water bottle.
We have boxing gloves, pads, bags, skipping ropes.

Is there wheelchair access?
Yes there is at Atherton High School.

Can someone in a wheelchair do Boxing Training?
Yes.  Depending on your range of movement, please discuss with Ashley.

I’m an amputee, can I do training?
Yes.  Depending on your range of movement, please discuss with Ashley.

Is there a toilet?
Yes, Atherton High School has a disabled toilet.

Are there showers?
No.

Are you qualified?
Yes.
Ashley has passed his Trainer, Referee and Judge exams and is currently registered with Sunstate Amateur Boxing League Inc.  Ashley has also passed his Trainer exam and is currently registered with the Australian National Boxing Federation (Professional).  Also, a Certificate 3 in Fitness and has been training people since 1980.

Louise has passed her Trainer exam and is currently registered with Sunstate Amateur Boxing League Inc.  Louise has had 6 years of Boxing Technique training.

Price.  Why are the classes so cheap?  Does that mean it’s not very good?
That is up to you to decide. We suggest you come to a few sessions to decide for yourself.  Ashley Cupitt has been training people since 1980 from all walks of life.  As at 2017, Ashley has had 52 Champions with over 200 Titles to his credit.  Please feel free to read the Reviews and Testimonials.

Can I direct pay into a bank account, a cheque or do I need to bring money with me?
Please bring cash with you.  We are working on EFTPOS.
It’s too hard to track cheques and payments on our gym bank account.

Can I buy in bulk or multiple sessions at a time?
Yes. We have a class card.

I’m interested in regaining my fitness and I’ve never done really any boxing before – do you have beginner level fitness classes at your establishment?
No, they are mixed classes of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  With all genders at all sessions.

Diet. What do you recommend I eat?
For a Boxer, we suggest meat and seafood, vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts, water, milk. (If you are allergic to something, don’t eat it.)
Sleep about 8-10 hours a night.
Stay away from alcohol, cigarettes, sports drinks, soft drinks/soda.
Please note: we’re not dietitians or nutritionists.

I am interested in coming but I have a bad lower back.  Have had treatment at Physiotherapy.  They have set some boundaries for me which include no skipping or sit-ups or activities that jar the lower back.  Do you think we can work around those sorts of activities?
Yes.  Please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

I enjoy boxing but I have only just injured my knee and will require surgery, so wondering if there is still ability to come to classes and only focus on core and upper body strengthening?
Rest is best.  It’s better to rest now while it’s fresh and have it heal properly before resuming training.  Consult your Doctor and feel free to talk to Ashley.

I want to learn how to box, not only for fitness but for self-defence if ever needed.
Yes, come along and have a chat to our Trainers.

I want to fight in the ring at tournaments.  Amateur/Professional.
Yes, come along and have a chat to our Trainers.

Generally, we say that you do 3 months of technique before sparring; 1 year of technique before competing at a tournament; and 5 years technique before going Pro.  This varies person to person.
Female and Male are the classifications in the ring.
Amateur: 10yo to 40yo
Masters Amateur: 35yo+
Professional: 18yo+

I am wanting some information on boxing for my son, he is playing football at the moment but wants to do boxing in the off season to help muscle and cardio.
Yes, that is fine.  Boxing will keep his fitness level up during the off-season.

I am 62, fit and play masters softball.  I need to get fitter for worlds and wanted to start coming.  Will I be totally out of my depth?
No, our Boxing sessions are within everybody’s scope.  People go at their own pace and can be pushed if they want to be – just ask!  We have a mixture of abilities at all sessions.

I’m on the Tablelands for a few weeks/months. I was just wondering if you take visitors on a casual basis to train with you, boxing?
Welcome to the Tablelands!  Yes, just drop in, have a chat with one of our Trainers and start straight away.

I started boxing at another gym (somewhere around the world), would it be okay if I trained with you guys while I’m up here?
Welcome to the Tablelands!  Yes, just drop in, have a chat with one of our Trainers and start straight away.

We would love to get involved with the boxing gym although our working hours will be from 10am-7pm, are there any options for classes, or personal training outside our working hours.
At this point in time, no unfortunately we can’t do training outside our timetable.

We want to lose weight for our Wedding.
Yes, please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

Do I need to gain or lose weight to compete as a Boxer?
No, quite often as you do your training, your body will settle into a weight that is right for your body. Remember that as you lose fat, you will put on muscle which is heavier.

Your body size and shape is dependent on many factors – including Genetics (what do your siblings, parents, grandparents, etc look like?); Exercise, as well as Food amounts and types.

I need to lose about 15kg to get to a healthy weight and my partner would like to gain some size.
Yes, please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

I’m underweight and would like to increase weight.
Yes, please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

I’m not the most co-ordinated/or my child is very clumsy and uncoordinated.  Will Boxing Training help?
Yes, it will help.  Boxing Training will assist you to develop your co-ordination.

I used to box with you guys years ago and was thinking about coming back for some fitness.
Yes, that is fine, come along to the next training session on the timetable.

I was just wondering if the boxing fitness was for only people who box or if anyone could come?
Our training is open to everyone, whether you choose to compete or not.

I have a 12 year old troubled child.  Child hits people, constantly teases others, is very disrespectful to Teachers.  I worry about the future the way my Child(ren) is(are) going.  Someone from the school gave your details and said maybe boxing might help?  And you were highly recommended.  
Your child will be welcome.  Please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

Child has learning problems and is in the special education program at the high school.
Your child will be welcome. Please talk to Ashley at your next training session.

Skipping ability?
It doesn’t matter what level of skipping you are at, because it will improve over time with practice.

I am in a domestic violence relationship.  Will Boxing Training help me?
There are many variables.  Please talk to Ashley.
Boxing Training will build confidence, self-esteem, ability to defend themselves, self-discipline, respect for themselves and others.  Teaches commitment, work ethic, social interaction and a healthy way of life.

Will Boxing Training make my partner more violent?
Generally no.  There are many variables.  Please talk to Ashley.

I was with a violent partner/parent for many years and I suffered extreme domestic violence and/or manipulation.  Will boxing training help me regain my confidence?
Generally yes.  There are many variables.  Please talk to Ashley.

I am worried about my Child going out into the big bad world when they grow up.  What will Boxing Training do for my Child?
Boxing Training will build confidence, self-esteem, ability to defend themselves, self-discipline, respect for themselves and others.  Teaches commitment, work ethic, social interaction and a healthy way of life.

Autistic and Asperger’s.
Generally yes.  There are many variables.  Please talk to Ashley.
Boxing Training will build confidence, self-esteem, ability to defend themselves, self-discipline, respect for themselves and others.  Teaches commitment, work ethic, social interaction and a healthy way of life.

Do you do ‘Thump Boxing’ or ‘Boxercise’?
No.  They are brand names and are for fitness only, not for competition.  We do a boxing fitness circuit.

Can you train me to get into the Defence Forces? (Army, Navy, Airforce, Commandos, etc)
Yes.  Ashley has trained many people to help them get into the Services and has been in the Army Reserves himself.