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Alexis Pritchard knows what takes to be an innovator. As a member of the inaugural field of women boxers at the 2012 Olympics, she relied on a deep well of mental and physical toughness to unlock her potential. Now she and her husband, Cam, are teaching others those same skills from the Wreck Room, their boxing and group fitness gym in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s what she had to say about her journey.
Rebuild with Lex is about empowering people to take control of their lives courageously. Our minds are our greatest assets when we use it in our favour, or it can be our biggest obstacle in achieving our goals. When I learnt how to unlock the power of my mind for growth, I started to flourish as an athlete and a person. I want all people to have access to these skills. Mental skills are important to learn, and we need someone to help guide us through the process. I am a Mindset and Performance as it gives me great joy in seeing people thrive.
My husband Cam and I opened Wreck Room in 2015. A gym for anyone and everyone. No pretense. It is a place to learn solid boxing technique even in our fitness classes, have fun and sweat. The gym we were renting space from was closing down. We either had to find a garage to train out of or take a leap of courage and open a gym. Cam and I were in the middle of a boxing campaign working towards the 2016 World Champs.
I was part of the first ever contingent of female boxers at the Olympic Games, what a freaking incredible experience. Life-altering. I was able to take one step further than my pioneer sisters in this sport because of all the work they did. There are certainly more young girls taking up the sport of boxing, and I hope they break through my achievements and one day bring home an Olympic medal for women’s boxing.
Bring an open mind, bring some courage to try something new and possibly suck at it. Leave all your judgements about yourself at home and do not compare yourself to anyone else. Keep going back at least three times, see the progress you make, and then make up your mind if it is for you or not. Water bottle, comfort clothes to train in, and trainers. Check if the gym has gloves you can hire for your first class.
After retiring from international sport, I found it difficult to motivate myself to exercise. It took me six months to get off the sofa after the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I returned to movement very gently. I made a deal with myself to try and do one yoga class a week for one month. And then, I started slowly adding other things in and increasing the intensity. I was inspired by my mum to run a half marathon, as she did her first half three years ago at 63 years young. I will be doing my first one on the 21 March 2020. And I have returned to one of my other sporting loves, rock climbing, so hopefully you see me outside on some rock, problem solving how to get up it and living in courage when I feel a little scared on the hard bits.
Looking after myself is a priority. And I make time to do the things that nourish my soul and fill my cup up.
Not every week is going to be the same, and some weeks are better than others. My self-care practice is movement/ exercise 3-6 times a week. This could be a run, weights, rock climbing, some boxing, or a bit of yoga. I have a beautiful office where I sit on my comfortable chair facing the morning sun and just focusing on my breathe for 5-10 minutes with my eyes closed. This is my meditation 3-6 times a week. I have a gratitude journal that I write in a few times a week too. Making time to connect with people who are uplifting is important to my wellness routine. For example, on a Sunday, I go to community yoga with two fabulous friends, and we have a chat, coconut loaf, and tea afterwards. Quality time with my person, my husband, is part of my self-care too. Little things like having a coffee to getting chatting, laughing with him, holding hands while sitting on the sofa watching our favourite show on TV, or bigger things like driving up to the beach and me pretending to surf and him having a swim.
Wellness, for me, encompasses my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Start by making yourself a priority in your life. In terms of self-care, do what works for you. If you don’t know, be curious, and explore different things, find the ones that work for you, keep those in your toolkit, and get rid of the other one. Do not compare yourself to others in this space. Their way is not better than your way. If your way nourishes your souls, then it is perfect. If your friend loves doing yoga at 6 am and drinking a kale and avo smoothie, and you don’t like either, don’t do it. If you enjoy sitting on a bench eating a little ice-cream and a little walk on the beach, do that.
In New Zealand? Try it out for yourself! Book a class at Wreck Room now.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.