Boxing champion Danny McIntosh to host boot camps to help fight depression
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Former European light-heavyweight champion boxer Danny McIntosh wants to show how boxing is able to help fight depression and bring out the best in people by hosting boot camps.
The former English champion has started the programme after suffering from depression and experiencing how boxing has helped him.
He was living his dream in Sheffield by training in one of the country's best boxing gyms, Ingle Gym, but moved away from the area after committing to have a family with his partner Michelle Ringwood, but the couple went through six miscarriages.
Mr McIntosh said: 'My partner was suffering with depression and was feeling very low. One miscarriage is enough for any women but six was absolutely massive and we had come to the end of our tether.'
The couple decided to start a form of IVF treatment called ICSI where eggs are fertilized outside of the womb before being placed back.
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'We started through that process and we failed the first time. But luckily we had eggs left from the first time,' he added.
After the first treatment the couple had given up hope and when Miss Ringwood started bleeding they feared the worst.
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'I just thought that's it. But she rang me and said they are both alright. I was like 'what both?' I couldn't believe the feeling of elation was unreal. 'The thought all the way through the pregnancy that it's not going to happen, until the twins were actually born and it was such an amazing day.'
After moving back from Sheffield, Mr McIntosh became depressed after leaving boxing and feeling like he had no goal in Norwich.
'Sheffield was where I wanted my career to end up so coming back to Norwich sent me into a downward spiral.
'I'm back in my shed now though, going to the gym everyday and focusing on boxing, things are getting better.'
Now Mr McIntosh has set up a boxing programme with Nathan Gostling from NR Health Club in Wymondham to help with team building and improve confidence.
'For the people who do that they will see it it's not all doom and gloom and getting beat up and hurt,' he added, 'it's about what you're building at the same time, there is a lot of personality to be built over over-exerting yourself and showing yourself that you are not weak.'
Danny McIntosh's new boot camp is designed to allow people to train in the shoes of a boxer, even if they have never watched boxing before.
The 12-week plan is for anyone, Mr McIntosh says, even they have never stepped in the gym before.
The first weeks have a programme of building strength and core muscles followed by weeks of speed and endurance.
The final part of the course focuses on boxing style and agility to get people moving like the pros.
This all leads up to a charity match were friends and family can come along to watch and enjoy a night of music, drinks and entertainment while the boxers get to feel like the pros.
The boot camps are not just for those with depression, as Mr McIntosh says boxing can help with team building within businesses.
The first charity fight is taking place at Holiday Inn, Norwich on October 14.