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Published Thursday Mar 05, 2020 by Mindbody Team

#WomeninWellness: Alexis Pritchard, Director of Wreck Room New Zealand

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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. 


What inspired you to start Rebuild with Lex and become the Director at Wreck Room?  

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.  

 

Alexis Pritchard Tying Shoelaces


A woman of many firsts, you fought at the 2012 Olympics (the first-time women’s boxing was included at the Games), becoming the first woman to win a bout at the Olympics for New Zealand. How has that shaped what success in women’s boxing means?    

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.  


What can someone expect who has never been to a boxing class before?

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.    

 

Alexis Pritchard Boxing


So, what’s next for you on your fitness journey? What can we expect to see?    

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.  
  

You're a business owner, an Olympian, and a baker. How do you have time to practice self-care and wellness yourself?  What’s your go-to wellness routine?      

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.     

 

Alexis Pritchard Kissing Husband's Cheek


What does wellness personally mean to you? How can we (the public) start on our own wellness journeys?    

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.

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Published Tuesday Sep 27, 2022 by Bree Lewis

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Here’s How You Can Make a Difference

Approximately 12,000 women aged 40 or younger are diagnosed with breast cancer every year*. Fortunately, there are preventative steps that we can take to help protect ourselves and each other—one of the best ones being exercise. That’s right. Not only does exercise help us release endorphins, but just 30 minutes of exercise three to four times per week can help decrease a person’s risk of developing breast cancer by 30–50%*.

This is hope in a statistic. Just by adopting a more healthy, active lifestyle, we could prevent the risk of developing breast cancer, while also inspiring others to reduce their risk as well. Keep A Breast Foundation has made doing just this their mission through their annual fundraising campaign, Fit 4 Prevention.

Every October, studios from all over the globe participate by raising money through donation-based workout classes for the Keep A Breast Foundation (KAB). They have created a national movement dedicated to educating others about breast cancer prevention through fitness and wellness—something Mindbody is extremely passionate about. Participating in your favorite activities, all while supporting, preventing, and spreading awareness about breast cancer awareness? Let’s get moving.

Encourage your favorite studio to sign up for the event

If you want to take a donation-based class at your favorite studio, encourage your favorite studios to sign up to bring your community closer together in a meaningful way. Registering is quick and easy. If you think your local studio may be interested in participating, have them check out KAB’s help pagewhere they can learn how to register for a donation-based class during the month of October. KAB even has a social media kit available to fitness studios to help them promote their donation-based classes.  

Other ways to help

Can’t find a local studio to take a donation-based class near you? Don’t worry, you can still give your support by donating directly to KAB’s website. Luckily, any time that you are moving your body and spreading the word—you’re doing your part in spreading awareness on how to help prevent breast cancer. That is beyond amazing.

This October, we hope you’ll join us in our plight to support the KAB Foundation and its mission to help prevent breast cancer through cultivating a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through movement, health, and wellness—we can reach great heights, together.

To learn more about the KAB Foundation and its mission and how you can get involved further, visit their website.

* National Cancer Institute

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Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!