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“When I started boxing, my spirit was broken,” shares Reese Scott, a New York-based boxing trainer. It’s hard to believe this now, as she sits in her “sacred place”, the Women’s World of Boxing gym in East Harlem, with a palpable zest for life.
Boxing taught me it’s important to express myself… to have that freedom to express myself. I’m no longer carrying that [struggle] with me into the next round.
But it wasn’t always this way.
In 2003, Scott was unhappy, unfit, and unfulfilled. As the creative director of a publishing house – once a dream job – she had lost her sense of place. “There wasn’t any light, there wasn’t any joy… to be creative and not feel any type of creative stimulation, that for me was very toxic.”
Scott knew there had to be more to life. “So I just challenged myself to try different things,” she says. One of which was boxing.
“The first outlet that boxing provided for me was a release of anger,” she says. “Because I had become so unhappy and depressed and resentful.” But over time, she channeled this anger into something more positive, more introspective.
“I saw that it wasn’t just the ring that I was moving around in and finding myself in; it was the world,” she recalls. “It was basically my responsibility to dictate how I was going to move in that round. And what I was going to do in the next round.”
There was another challenge: training in exclusive, male-dominated gyms. Boxing was traditionally a man’s domain, and Scott describes her initial gym experiences as “unwelcoming”, saying “there were no comfortable spaces for women to go.”
She persevered nonetheless, eventually getting a coaching license and founding Women’s World of Boxing in 2007, providing an avenue for other women to follow in her footsteps. In 2018, she opened the brick-and-mortar Women’s World of Boxing gym, which remains the sole women’s boxing club in New York City.
I felt that it was my responsibility to do something, to bring more women into the sport, to create a safe space for them.
And she’s never looked back since.
Scott’s journey has been inspirational for her fellow women: a truth baked into the foundations of Women’s World of Boxing.
It has at least 70 regular members, attracting women from all over the United States, some even as far as 200 miles away.
“[When they walk in that door], I can just see the weight release from them,” she says. “The first thing they say is ‘Wow, this place feels really comfortable.’ Of course, because it’s built for them.”
But gender is not the only barrier to entry for boxing.
Not everyone is a natural athlete, and Scott makes sure new trainees in her gym start small, with something that makes them feel comfortable, because having them experience the journey and witness their own progress are the most important factors. Small wins can lead to transformational change.
And Samsung wants to be part of that transformational journey. Its latest fitness technology is centered around individualized target-setting and nurturing a positive relationship between mind and body.
Scott recently tested the Galaxy Watch4, Samsung’s latest smartwatch, and has been impressed by its approach to holistic fitness and wellness. As someone who puts her health and active lifestyle first, the utility and new suite of exercise-focused functionalities on the Galaxy Watch4 have been instrumental.
People can use the watch, and tech in general, as their personal accountability partner.
“They can see their workouts accomplished, the statistics, [how to] level up when needed, and can have a record of all their wins,” she says.
For those like Scott who want to level up their fitness and wellbeing, and want the data to show how they’re doing, the Galaxy Watch4 has a plethora of features. Users can monitor a range of health metrics, such as their blood oxygen levels and body composition, and use advanced sleep management to get insights that inform healthy decisions and training goals.
Scott says these features have allowed her to become much more conscious of how she treats her body. “I’ve noticed how fast my body responds to activity, how it affects my oxygen levels, and how being more aware of my total body composition has made me push myself further.”
While boxing is ultimately about the self, Scott is all about community.
And following referrals from physicians, she extended her clientele to include people struggling with Parkinson’s disease, whom she teaches boxing therapy. Watching the progression of these students, she says, “doing things that they didn't think that they could still do is really the most awesome thing to see.”
According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, smartwatches can provide revolutionary methods for monitoring users with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, as the devices collect hundreds of data points per second – far more than a doctor can in a five-to-ten-minute screening.
The Galaxy Watch4 is built on the increased interest that people have in managing their holistic health and fitness. The advanced hardware combined with an intuitive interface gives users the tools they need to do so. “Every step we take to help people to be the best version of themselves, is a step well taken,” said TaeJong Jay Yang, Corporate SVP and Head of Health Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy Watch4 will be invaluable to so many people who want to take charge of their own wellbeing.”
“The loneliest sport in the world” is how Scott describes boxing. “You have to look within… to focus and be present with everything you’re thinking, with everything you’re feeling, and with every movement you’re making.”
With the Galaxy Watch4, this is no longer just figurative advice; one can look within and use the insight gained to make incremental, significant, and lasting improvements in their overall wellbeing. It’s a tool to help users “make every round better than the last.”
I apply [that mantra] to everything. It’s simple, and it makes sense, and it reminds me that when I’m off my game, it’s alright. Because the next round, I’m going to do better.