The 10-Count: Holly Mosier Talks Stress and Boxing in Lake Forest
1. So.. who is Holly Mosier?
(With ease) I’m an Author, Healthy Lifestyle Expert, Boxing Gym Owner, Lawyer, Wife and Mother.
2. How did you come to own your own LA Boxing gym?
It started when I hit my 40s. I had been a lifetime fitness enthusiast, but all of a sudden nothing I was doing was keeping me from gaining an additional two pounds every year. I was determined to find a more effective means. As a medical malpractice attorney, I was well equipped to research the countless fitness methodologies available. In doing so, all signs pointed to interval training as the king. It consistently provided better results. Furthermore, boxing emerged as the premier form of interval training. My husband and I then put that research to the test at a local gym near our house. We were convinced after a noticeable difference in definition after just six weeks. Sadly, that gym ended its boxing program after three months, and we needed a new place to train. We explored a number of programs and found LA Boxing to be the best by far. We immediately signed ourselves up, along with our 19 year-old son and 22 year-old daughter. Boxing class quickly became a fitness lifestyle for the whole family. We saw such great results and wanted to be able to share our experience with our local community. That’s how we came to purchase our own LA Boxing franchise in Lake Forest. I was 48 at the time.
3. Do you want us to publish that?
(Laughing) Of course. It’s important to me that middle-age women feel comfortable training like I do. I’ll be 50 in March.
4. Is it hard to get women in the gym?
For women especially, boxing gyms can seem scary. I don’t think there is any way to avoid that trepidation. We just aren’t programmed to punch. It isn’t in our DNA as it seems to be for guys. What surprises people about LA Boxing are how amenable it is for a woman of any age. The environment is welcoming, comfortable and inviting. We have a strong membership of women at our club in Lake Forest because we make it clear that we want you here, we’re ready for you and there are plenty of others in the exact same position.
5. What if you don’t know how to box?
Well, man or woman, LA Boxing knows you probably don’t have a clue when you first walk through the door. Our trainers are all professional and amateur fighters who know how to work with inexperience. They are expecting to have to train you on correct punching form and combinations. As a new member, they do a remarkable job of giving you the personal attention you need without making you feel like you’re being singled out.
6. How does boxing fit into your weekly regimen?
I box two to three days every week, cardio on the other days and practice yoga twice a week. I always wear my heart rate monitor during workouts so I know that I burn an average of 320 calories during a boxing workout. I burn only 130 calories during a pretty intense exercise class at a traditional gym. Thatâ€™s a big difference. The boxing provides an unparalleled workout but it is important to engage in a variety of activities, especially in your 30s, 40s, and beyond to prevent repetitive stress injuries.
7. That’s less than 200 calories a day.
Between my boxing workouts, yoga and days I just do cardio; I burn about 300 calories during exercise each day. That may sound like a small number, but you have to take into account my small size. Plus, if you eat 100 calories a day more than you burn, youâ€™ll gain 10 pounds over the course of a year. So the increase in the number of calories I burn in the LA Boxing classes has made a big impact. It keeps my weight down and fitness level high.
8. In my face. Well let’s get into your new book before we run out of questions. What is Stress Less, Weigh Less all about?
Stress Less, Weigh Less is about the forgotten, and possibly the most important factor in healthy living – how stress impacts the body and what can we do to ameliorate it. We generally speak of fitness as a function of exercise and nutrition, but for either to be truly effective, we need to control stress. Excess stress hormones trigger a physiological need for high-sugar, high-fat and high-sodium foods. Submitting to these cravings offers a quick dump of “feel good” hormones that spike blood sugar. This pattern repeats itself until it perpetually reoccurs. My book walks you through 12 tools for reducing stress and reaching your goals.
9. What kind of tools?
It all starts with this foundational step: Opt out as a lifestyle. You can’t do everything so make conscious decisions to focus on the things that bring you to your goals. Ask yourself: What is most meaningful to me? Then, pick and choose accordingly. Build time buffers into your day. Your life becomes so much more joyful when you eliminate over-scheduling and you have more energy. Now it’s easy to show up for a boxing class. Address the stress first. We have crazy, busy lives, and that’s okay, but we need a calm foundation to function effectively.
10. Will you share your personal favorite?
Focused breathing. It is the most effective tool I’ve found.
Here’s how it works: Breathe in through the nose to a count of four. Draw the breath all the way down to the belly. Exhale through the nose to a count of four. Just observe the breath. Within six or seven breaths you’ll begin to calm. Remember, the quality of your thoughts match the quality of your breaths. I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “it took my breath away” and it is absolutely true.
Start by implementing three sets of six focused breaths in your daily life. Build them into your normal habits like brushing your teeth or waiting at a stoplight. Let the phone ring until you’ve completed at least one four-count breath and then answer it. I’ve even done a couple during this interview.
Well that’s it for this week’s 10-Count. Make sure to check out Holly Mosier’s upcoming release of Stress Less, Weigh Less, out in bookstores June 1st, 2011.
The new HollyMosier.com will be launching mid-February with more tips from the book. In the meantime, hit up Holly in the comments section below, she’ll be checking in regularly to answer your questions.