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People I Know: Roxy “Balboa” Richardson

Roxy “Balboa” Richardson is a professional Muay Thai fighter, nutritional expert, and entrepreneur.  Starting out with the famous RoxyFit gym, she’s moved on to a bigger and better adventure with her new business: Function 5 Fitness.  In this interview, Roxy talks about how she got started, what’s next, and what you can do if you want to follow in her footsteps!

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

Roxy "Balboa" Richardson

How I Know Roxy

I first met Roxy when I was working for the company behind Champions of Champions Elite.  I became a nearly instant fan girl (so much so that my co-workers teased me mercilessly).  I interviewed her a couple times since then.  I follow Roxy’s Blogs and adore her stances on nutrition (particularly when she points out the fact that soy is evil!–Something I myself have been touting for years).

It’s obvious that Roxy is a very “strong” woman (I don’t even know who’s reading this, but I’d say that she can probably kick your butt), but she’s also a woman.  By that I mean that she’s very feminine (she gushes about her boyfriend, talks about her cats, and isn’t afraid to wear a lil pink skirt).  She isn’t one of those women who feels they have to overcompensate.  You know the type: A woman pretending to be a “man” to be “tough.”  Roxy actually is tough.  She’s the REAL DEAL.  A legitimately strong woman, inside and out.  And I couldn’t admire her more for it.

Roxy and Kimura (the Function 5 Fitness gym cat!)

Roxy and Kimura (the Function 5 Fitness gym cat!)

My Interview with Roxy “Balboa” Richardson

What do you do?

I have a few titles and passions. I’m the type of person who loves work and loves to stay busy  I’m the co-owner of Function 5 Fitness where I am a personal trainer (ACE, CrossFit), Muay Thai coach, and nutritional counselor (FDN, CMTA).  In addition I write health and fitness articles and am expanding my business, Function 5 Health, to tour with my nutrition seminars. I’m also still an active professional Muay Thai fighter.

How did you start?

I started my interest in fitness and health because I got involved in Muay Thai fighting. I was 24 at the time, so this wasn’t my first career path, but I fell in love with the sport and wanted to make it my life. Since then I have developed a strong nerdy passion for all things fitness and holistic nutrition. I really wish I had gone to school for science (my degree is in communications and psychology). I’m really a very big geek now.

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

I really enjoy working with people and seeing them progress. Watching a client reach their goals is incredibly rewarding. If make a 1% permanent change in someone’s life that’s awesome. I also enjoy the fact that part of my job as an athlete feels like play time to me.  I know fighters that don’t love training, but love to fight. I’m one of the ones that love the rigors and trials of daily training, the challenge fuels me.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into doing what you do?

If you want to be a trainer or gym owner make sure you LOVE it 100%. The work is constant, the energy required is more than you think and you are responsible for the well being of others . It’s not something you should attempt half-assed just because you want to support your acting gig on the side.  It’s a lifestyle – you have to want to live at the gym. Same goes for fighting.  Never do it because you want the money (there is little or none in the beginning) or it’s cool. Expect to pay more than you earn as an amateur fighter… and never make that money back fighting pro if you choose to fight Muay Thai as a sport. I fight because I have a fire in my that won’t let me sit on the bench. I have to get in there and keep at it, when that fire dies I’ll retire, but until then it brings me so much pleasure.

What’s next for you/your business?

I’m continuing to grow things here at F5 Fitness we are in our first year so there is lot of room for growth and every day is exciting. I’m looking forward to touring more with my nutrition seminars and also taking a fight in late summer or fall – but no firm details yet.

Roxy having a brief moment of relaxation

Roxy having a brief moment of relaxation

LINKS for More ROXY “BALBOA” RICHARDSON

Official Website

Facebook

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Twitter

Roxy Balboa straight right

I just LOVE this picture

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in People I Know

 

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People I Know: Ramiro Roman, Jr.

Starting now, the first post of every month is going to be an interview with someone I know, in a segment I like to call “People I Know.”  These people each have something unique to offer–writers, artists, and entrepreneurs–and I think you will enjoy learning from what they have to say.  My first guest: Comic book artist, Ramiro Roman, Jr.

Ramiro Roman, Jr.

Ramiro Roman, Jr.

How I Know Ramiro

I first came across Ramiro’s website online when I was around 16 years old.  I was an instant fan!  Eventually it turned out that someone else I was acquainted with knew Ramiro (one of those “small world” incidences that happen so often in life) and we met officially/in person in 2004.  We became friends (and eventually more), but I always remained a fan.  His artwork is truly inspired and his advice never ceased to give me strength when I decided to give up on the “conventional” route and follow my dreams.

"This is the World of SKINCUBE" by Ramiro Roman, Jr.

"This is the World of SKINCUBE" by Ramiro Roman, Jr.

My Interview with Ramiro Roman, Jr.

What do you do?

I am a comic book artist.

How did you start?

When I was a kid, I was really into movies and I liked to draw and come up with stories. I also used to read a lot of comics. But it wasn’t until I came across the reprints of the old EC Comics that I realized, “You can do comics that don’t have superheroes?” And off I went. I first started drawing them seriously after a friend of mine had shown me how easy it was to make your own comics. There was no stopping me after that.

What’s your favourite part of what you do?

Aside from seeing an idea come together, I think I mostly like the reactions people get when reading a story I did. Hearing someone else’s interpretation of the work. It’s never what you intended the story or characters to convey, and that always fascinates me.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into doing what you do?

Stop talking about it and just do it already. If you’re not going to, you’re probably not very talented to begin with. You don’t need school. It helps a lot, but you really don’t. The internet is a great learning tool. Don’t try so hard to be like “the pros”. But, don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. There will always be a billion different ways to do something, so relax. Also, don’t listen to your parents. They are wrong. Everyone around you is wrong. If you really work hard and persist, everything is possible.

What’s next for you/your business?

I’m currently writing/drawing a new comic. It is a sequel to an older work of mine.

SKINCUBE TWO

A panel from Ramiro's comic SKINCUBE TWO

LINKS for More RAMIRO ROMAN, JR.

Much of Ramiro’s artwork is very macabre and not for the “light-hearted.”  (or light-stomached…).  Fair warning.

Official Website (NSFW)

DeviantArt

Corpse Candy

Ramiro was the artist for Corpse Candy's "Edible People" album cover

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in People I Know

 

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