BOXER Tony Jeffries is hoping to pack a punch with the ladies.
The Olympic boxer, currently out of the ring due to injury, is refusing to sit still and instead has decided to pass on his fighting know-how to the fairer sex.
The 26-year-old will be drawing upon his personal trainer qualification to teach women’s boxing at The Olympian in Ryhope – the gym he owns with dad Phil.
He says it’s a great way for girls to get fit, have fun and lose some excess pounds in time for the party season.
Tony said: “With me being injured I won’t be able to train properly until after Christmas and I thought this would be a great way to promote the gym while being able to pass on what I know. I won’t be getting paid for it – the money for the classes will go back into the gym.”
Sunderland’s only Olympic medallist, Tony, who lives in Moorside, will be running the Thursday night classes with former professional boxer Martin Marshall.
“Boxing isn’t just a man’s sport,” Tony explained. “Women’s boxing will be in the next Olympics for the first time. But we won’t be training them to fight, this is purely a keep-fit class and to help women lose weight.
“It’s going to be a mixture of circuit training and learning how to punch correctly. The women will burn a shed-load of calories, but it will be fun too.”
He added: “Me and Martin have been on diets for most of our lives so we’ll be giving out some nutritional advice as well as using our personal trainer qualifications.
“Going to the gym can get a bit serious and it can be really boring and repetitive running on a treadmill but this is something different and fun.”
Anyone, regardless of age, fitness or gym experience, is welcome to come along to the sessions which will run at the gym in Leechmere Way every Thursday at 7pm.
Sessions will be priced at £4 and the gym will be closed to men for the duration of the class.