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‘Move it or lose it’

by Mary Sewell

You’d have to think that the mere sight of his famous surname on a fight card would be enough to strike fear into the hearts of young boxers everywhere, but boxing legend Danny Green says he’s got a bigger prize in mind when it comes to his son Archie’s fitness. There’s no pressure to follow dad into the ring. Instead, Green says he’s building fitness goals into his son’s everyday routine now so that it becomes the norm as he grows.

That way, Green says, he’ll be ready for anything.

“I’m looking forward to watching my son start to develop and continue building his engine for his future,” Green tells Health Hacker. “Whether he wants to be an athlete or not, I am instilling in him the importance of building a big tank, the main reason being his long-term health. His sister Chloe did it with swimming, and I’m really digging watching him procure the bug. That “big tank” Green talks about isn’t just in the body, but in mind, too. Sure, meditation wasn’t big around

the gyms and rings when Green cut his teeth in the boxing world, but mindfulness still played a huge role in his success. When I was still competing, the quietest time I would experience was when the bell rang to start a fight. Amongst the noise of the crowd, sometimes over 30,000 people, and the surging adrenaline, I was able to fully switch off and zone in on one thing,” he says. “I could hear nothing apart from my opponent, the ref, and our respective corners. Therefore I have always been able to switch off and focus intensely, no matter what was happening around me.”

He might be approaching 50, but Green isn’t slowing down, with the Aussie sporting great founding the 12RND boxing gym, designed to bring boxing-style fitness to the masses.

But there is one area of his fitness journey he’s yet to conquer.

“I’m going to force myself to invest more time in stretching,” he says.

“I’m impatient and find it challenging to sit still for long periods, but I feel so good after a long stretch session.

“At 48, I need to be more diligent with my flexibility to avoid injuries as I’m still pushing hard — and I’d also like to be able to put my shoes on still standing up.”

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