The Training Program

Fight For Chicago participants will receive:

  • Funding for a gym membership at Sam Colonna Boxing MMA & Fitness
  • A “starter kit” of boxing equipment and athletic apparel
  • A group training regimen


Learning the basics

A typical gym workout will start with a warm up. Trainers then lead participants through a series of conditioning exercises, including jogging, jumping jacks, sit-ups and push-ups. Boxers will learn the proper stance, how to throw punches, and how to hit the heavy bag, the speed bag, and the double-end bag (a small bag with a cord connecting it to the floor and ceiling). If they want, boxers will have the opportunity to spar with other boxers in the ring.

“The thing with boxing is that you’re all alone in the ring,” says Sam Colonna. “In basketball, you’ve got help from your teammates. In hockey, you get a break. That’s not the case with boxing. So in training, we teach self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. These kids learn to hold their own and go the distance.”

“The gym itself won’t take away your problems, but it motivates you to work hard in everything you do.”

– Michelle

“Boxing will discipline you, humble you and make you an all-around better person.”


“Even when I’m in the ring, I feel safe.”