Mallorca continues to be fertile ground for world-class sportspeople. Last weekend at Madrid’s famed Caja Magica, Brooklyn Fitboxing Palma team Dimonis Punch beat all the odds and finished second overall. world fitboxing games 2022. Sixty-four teams from around the world gathered in Madrid for the final, in what is now a WBC-recognized sport, and the Mallorcan side finished the day as the second-best team in the world. The winners were Oli y Los Benjis from Los Tablas Fitboxing Madrid Central, the Spanish home of Fitboxing.
Considering there are over 160 Fitboxing centers around the world, being crowned sub-champions, having beaten a three-time world champion team along the way, the The Mallorca team achieved a major result. They are now aiming to win the title next year.
The driving force behind the team of Lucia, Pablo (the captain), Irene, Paula and Sion is Matilde Carrara, who together with his partner Ivan Toscano runs the Palma centre. Matilde is a woman on a mission – she managed to get her winning team in shape in just five months!
Originally from Italy, just like her business partner, she started out as a very talented boxer with great potential to turn professional. But she was young and had no clear idea of what she really wanted to do in life and threw herself into boxing, training and competing in Italy and Tenerife with some of the best trainers in the world. circuit. As she grew wiser and a bit older, she realized what her true calling in life was, and is – to help people.
“It comes naturally to me. I realized this during a vacation with my boyfriend in Argentina. We witnessed a terrible traffic accident and my natural reaction was to jump out of our vehicle and rush to the stage and assist in any way possible until emergency services arrive.
“My partner was sitting in the car calling for me to come back, away from potential new dangers. But I guess we’re all different and we all react differently. I didn’t rush to help a second thought,” Matilde told the Newsletter this week.
So, after arriving in Majorca with Ivan, they install the only Fitness room on the island and never looked back. It is a great success with members of all nationalities living on the island as well as visitors. Members can attend sessions at any gym in the world.
“We are not a conventional gym. We are one big family and that is what I love and look forward to being a part of when I become a firefighter in Palma,” she explained.
However, juggling running the business, studying to be a firefighter, and also competing on the boxing circuit, time is running out.
“But I’m not in a hurry. I know what my calling is and I will do it. Unlike the police, men and women are treated equally when training and studying to become a firefighter; we are all treated equally. I think the police must now reserve 40% of the places for female candidates. That’s not how it works in the fire service, and that means we all have to be in top physical condition – as well as knowing the theory. I think I have to pass six written exams, which are extremely complex and complicated, before I get into the physical side of things.
“We must take into account the fact firefighters are unarmed. We have to rely on our own strengths, personal initiative, expert training and teamwork in all situations, and that’s what I like.
“I am a team player, team motivator and I love sharing experiences with my team whether it be boxing or firefighting. Eat together, live together, train together and, most importantly, save lives together.
” Most of the time, the firefighters are the first on the scene of all kinds of incidents, not just fires. They play a crucial role in responding to traffic accidents, for example – the police are neither equipped nor capable of rescuing people from wreckage. And of course we have to be extremely careful in how we treat the victims,” she explained.
Her day job keeps her in optimal physical and mental condition and also gives her something to fall back on and keep her on her toes in every sense of the word.
“Everyone respects the firefighters – the the uniform commands respect as it should be – no one hates firefighters.
“And I believe that my vocation is to save people’s lives, that’s what I want to do. In my little way through Fitboxing and its philosophy, I and all of my trainers here are helping to make people’s lives better.
“Fitboxing combines different techniques and movements from boxing, kickboxing and the Thai discipline of “muay thai” with cross training.
“One of the reasons this discipline has spread so quickly is the excellent results you get on a physical and psychological level.
“His principal hasim is to fully tone the body, not to build muscle. The physical benefits of Fitboxing also include improving and increasing stamina, agility, strength and coordination.
“Therefore, practicing it regularly will significantly improve the physical well-being of those who practice it.
“It’s the best way to calm anxiety or stress. In addition, with each Fitboxing session, daily tensions are relieved. At the same time, you are having fun, while shedding fat and toning your body, which has a direct impact on a person’s state of mind.
“When you box, your body reduces hormone levels that cause stress, such as cortisol. On the other hand, the regular practice of sport increases the number of endorphins produced by the body. These are the hormones that are responsible for your physical and mental well-being.
“Proper and consistent Fitboxing training makes you breathe more deeply throughout the session and therefore forces the heart to pump blood more vigorously. As a result, as with other disciplines, it strengthens and improves cardiovascular muscle health and prolongs a healthy heart.
“Yes, it’s high intensity training over a very short period of time – the sessions last 47 to 50 minutes – but it’s the complete package for mental and physical well-being, plus it’s fun and that’s what we demonstrated at the World Championships. So many teams took it so seriously, we just had fun and before we knew it, as we approached the final, teams and their supporters from other parts of the world were supporting us. It was an amazing experience and I think the Mallorca team brought something new to the games,” she said.
But now, after a complicated few months at the “office”, it’s back to studying at least three hours a day for his fcombat exams.
“And the more I look at this chaotic world, the more I realize that people need help. It’s an increasingly harsh world that we live in and I want to do something special.
“I want to do everything I can to try to help create a better world, a better society. Although I’m just a small cog in the scheme of things, by becoming a firefighter I believe I can help make a difference and more importantly help save lives in whatever situation we might be in called upon to respond,” she said. said.
“But like I said, I’m in no rush. I don’t panic. I have a plan and I want to do things right. Poc a poc, as they say in Majorca.
“The business is doing well, we are welcoming more and more people every day. The latest head office statistics show that Fitboxing increased by 40% over the past two years and I think that’s mainly because we offer so much more than a traditional gym. We provide extremely experienced trainers and they are on top of you, pushing you all the time.
“And what is interesting is that some 80% of our members are women. I think it’s because many are working professionals and appreciate the tremendous benefits that Fitboxing has to offer to mind and body in a relatively short period of time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of focus, and that’s when you can forget about the world around you and just focus on yourself. Spend time for me,” Matilde explained.
“Having had to learn so many techniques and discipline myself as a boxer is going to help me when I join the fire department. I know from what I learn from my studies that many of these techniques will stay with me for the rest of my life, so I already see the benefits of being a firefighter and have no problem being a woman in the service. More and more are joining people of all ages.
“Amidst all the confusion in the world right now, and I don’t see it getting any better soon, I want to help bring some stability and order to society. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I have found my way and that I am on the right path in my life.
“For so many years I was afraid to follow my biological clock, wondering what I was going to do. Would I have left it too late by the time I made up my mind? I was putting so much pressure. But now I know what I want to do and I’m not in a hurry. I haven’t wasted any time. On the contrary, I think that everything I’ve done, especially in the world of boxing and Fitboxing, apfixed me mentally and physically for the next chapter of my life,” said Matilde.
“I am study at Academia Vives, which was founded by one of Palma’s great firefighters and is now run by his daughter, and they have already made me feel part of the team and part of the family. So many positives have come out of it and I just want to bring some happiness to the world and I know that will happen,” she added.
And if there are vacationers on the island or owners of second homes who want to put on some gloves and try their hand at FitBoxing, there is a special offer for visitors. Then contact us via social networks. This is yet another world class sporting activity Mallorca has to offer.