You’ve heard who they are and why they’re fighting. But now that we’re over the halfway mark until the big night on October 10th, things have started to pick up a bit. Training is getting more intense. They’ve been punched in the face. Most have had a bloody nose here or there, their diets have changed, and boxing is becoming an everyday part of their lives. So we figured it was about time to check back in and see how things have been going. Alyssa Cote has been putting in work at Nonantum Boxing Club and below you’ll hear about her first time sparring and more about his experience with Haymakers thus far.

We’re halfway to fight night, how is your training coming along?
Training has it's ups and downs. I have days where I feel great and then I have days where I'm exhausted and I feel like I do everything wrong. Boxing has been the most mentally challenging thing I have ever done. I try to just stay focused and learn something every single day.

What is your weekly routine?
I try to train at Nonantum 4 days a week but most weeks I only get 3 days in. Usually 2 sparring days and 1 or 2 strength and conditioning days. When I am not at Nonantum you can find me working out at Orangetheory or running the stairs at Harvard Stadium.

How has your diet changed since training began?
Being a trainer myself my nutrition has always been pretty consistent. The biggest change I have made is that I have stopped drinking alcohol. I stick to eating real vegetables, chicken, fish, berries!

Tell us about your first-time sparring, different than expected?
I was just glad to get it out of the way. Definitely intimidating but once you get comfortable taking a punch to the face it's not as bad as it seems. I do get anxious every single time I spar though. I try to find a goal or a focus for sparring which makes it less scary than trying to go all out and 'win' - it's about learning every time you step in the ring.

What has been the most challenging part of sticking to the routine and training so far?
I like to workout in the morning and we train/spar at 7pm which has been an adjustment for me. I am usually in bed by 8pm since I get up at 4:30am to train at Orangetheory. At 7pm I am usually pretty exhausted but once I get there and get moving the adrenaline kicks in!

What does your family think of your participation?
They are very supportive and can't wait to come to the fight on October 10th. My family is my number one fan and I just want to make them proud. They were a little taken back by the black eye but got over it quickly once they knew I was okay!

It’s amazing how many people’s lives have been touched by cancer in some way - has there been anyone that has surprised you by their story?
I had two Orangetheory members (a father and son) visiting Boston for a month while their mother was getting cancer treatment. Shes now 100% cancer free and they made a donation to Haymakers. Pretty incredible that two complete strangers just coming to get a sweat on and take an hour out of their day to take their mind off of their mothers sickness have now become an important part of this journey and my motivation.

Has your initial inspiration changed since the start of your training?
Since signing up for Haymakers my best friends mom, Isobel, has passed away so that's been some additional inspiration. My best friend is also fighting in Haymakers in NYC so together we have been inspiring each other and talking about our journey and training. My grandfather is very sick and fighting every day so his fight keeps me inspired!

Donate to Alyssa or purchase a ticket to Belles of the Brawl VI on October 10th!