Down 65 Pounds, Boxing Brought Fitness to Both His Body and Mind
Once a two-sport athlete, 20-year-old Tayo Ojo of Columbia, Maryland was used to staying active while playing football and lacrosse in high school. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2020 when the University of Maryland student realized just how much weight he had put on and how inactive his lifestyle had become.
Unhappy with his physical appearance as he headed into his sophomore year of college, Tayo decided to make some big changes to move himself toward living a healthier lifestyle. And while he didn’t have a particular weight in mind as he entered his new fitness journey, he knew that his ultimate goal was simply to feel good about the person looking back at him in the mirror.
At 270 pounds, Tayo knew he needed to change his eating habits and become more active in order to lose weight. But he had tried to lose weight in the past, and admits that he’d always give up after just a couple of weeks.
In order to get different results this time around, Tayo had to try a different approach—and he was determined to push through and strive for the weight loss results he had been dreaming about, no matter what. So he joined TITLE Boxing Club in late September of 2020 and instantly fell in love with the empowering, boxing-inspired workouts.
"I purposely signed up for a year-long-commitment TITLE Card to force myself to commit to losing weight," he says.
And commit he did, keeping consistent with his workouts and visiting the club five times per week for many months without fail. Known for both their boxing and kickboxing classes, Tayo says his favorite workouts at TITLE are the mind- and body-challenging boxing workouts.
"Nothing compares," he says. "It is a true, full-body workout that teaches you invaluable skills and can also function as a great stress reliever."
In addition to boxing, Tayo would also spend time playing basketball outdoors on his own and do some weightlifting at the gym. Sometimes he’d work out three separate times in one day!
However, while Tayo was laser-focused on working out from the beginning of his weight loss journey, he initially didn’t alter his diet much at all. He notes that he did begin to lose a little weight within the first few weeks of his new exercise regimen, but he soon realized that he needed to bring more attention to his nutrition to really maximize his progress and see the results he truly wanted. So, he allotted himself 1800 calories per day, avoided ordering takeout, and removed all juices, sodas, and other empty calories from his diet. Instead, he turned his focus toward protein, vegetables, and staying hydrated with just water.
Tayo says it took about three months into his journey before he was able to see a real physical difference when he looked at himself in the mirror. He knew that he was dropping pounds before that, but that was the first time he could actually see his goal coming to light.
It then took him another seven months of hard work after that point to get to his current weight of 205 pounds. Though the formula seems simple—good nutrition and more physical activity—Tayo acknowledges that one of the biggest obstacles he needed to overcome was his own mind.
"Initially, I was very impatient and wanted to see results immediately," he admits. "This left me feeling discouraged and fearing that I would never reach my goal."
He says he conquered this mental obstacle because he was so desperate to see a change in himself that he put his all into fitness and working out.
"I began to truly love the process, allowing me to leave the impatient, self-doubting mindset behind."
Though he has lost a total of 65 pounds, it was the ability to gain that discipline that Tayo says he is most proud of himself for achieving throughout his weight loss journey. Being able to finally reach the goal that he had set for himself—and do what he said he was going to do—has been an even bigger accomplishment for him, he says, than the number on the scale. And he absolutely recognizes the huge role that TITLE Boxing Club’s mind-body workouts have played in his journey.
"I fell in love with the workouts, and I fell in love with boxing," he says. "The impact that TITLE has had on my life is profound and I would not have gotten to where I am without the amazing members and staff."
That’s why Tayo encourages others on their own weight loss journeys to fall in love with the process by finding a diet or a workout that they can really connect to at a core level.
"The start of the journey is always the most difficult—that impatience and self-doubt is a killer," Tayo encourages, speaking from his own experience. "Leave that mindset behind … Find something that you are genuinely happy doing, and then hold yourself accountable."
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