By Emily Moon The New Boxing Gym ‘Contemplative Sweat Dripping.
Posted on Monday, September 5, 2022 at 12:00 am
By MAIA BRONFMAN
NATCHEZ – Emily Moon says she opened her boxing gym in Natchez to offer a “meditative sweat-drenching workout.”
Union Boxing Studio, located at 108 N Union St, opened in October 2021. Moon began her boxing career in Hattiesburg in 2015 to deal with the depression and abuse she felt after her mother was killed.
In the year When she returned to Natchez in 2017, that box outlet was gone. There was no special studio in Natchez at the time.
In the year In 2018, while pregnant and working as a dental assistant, Moon completed the Box N Burn Level 1 Boxing Fitness Certification. In the year In 2021, after completing Level 2 certification, she retired from dentistry.
Around the same time, a space for rent came up behind Amanda Hudson’s Pure Strength studio. The moon stepped into the opportunity.
She says her workouts focus on boxing’s mental health and well-being.
“Once the mental and physical meet, it’s a very powerful thing when you find the warrior inside of you,” she said.
In each session, whether individual or group, Moon trains her clients through cardio and strength training. May include warm-up, shadow boxing, heavy bag exercises, active recovery, cool down and abdominal exercises.
Moon Boxing teaches you to persevere in the face of challenges and the limits of your abilities.
Her clientele has a wide age range. She says boxing with young children teaches discipline. It can improve hand-eye coordination, balance and memory with older clients.
For all, endorphins and neurogens can stimulate the creation of new neurons in the brain.
For some clients, like her, boxing is also an outlet.
“I always tell my clients, ‘Leave it on the bag,'” Moon said. She says her personal experience with trauma guides her training abilities.
It is a technical and controlled way to release built-in energy. It provides clarity, and you’re a better person for being able to navigate emotions,” Moon said.
Moon says there’s also a scientific explanation for the satisfaction when the bag is returned: the controlled-motion relationship.
In the future, Moon hopes to complete Level 3 training. When her daughter Ryleigh Merritt turns 15, Moon said she plans to get certified.
Moon said there is a support network in the community for her clients beyond the gym.
“If I don’t have an answer for my client, I’ll find the answer,” said Munns, who specializes in dry needling with Andrew Ellar or strength training with Amanda Hudson.