MEET ANTOINE DUNN
Discover Antoine Dunn's fitness journey, his love for boxing and how he became one of London's most sought after boxing coaches and personal trainers.
Growing up, I had my sights set on becoming a footballer. I was scouted by Charlton FC but by the old age of 16,
I retired. My love for fitness however remained and when I came across an interesting gym instructor course my journey to qualify began.
I’m a West London boy through and through but a few years into my career I decided to move to New York to further develop my training. Once there, I took up a position at the renowned Gotham Gym. During my time at there, I shadowed my colleagues and learnt how they train their clients in the art of boxing and how they themselves box. My boss mainly showed me the ropes on how to use the boxing pads, telling me to have my own ‘swagger’ while holding them and training clients.
My first ever client was a young girl named Dila and I remember after one of our sessions she said to me that since we started training together her life had changed. That’s something that will stay with me forever. I come to the realisation that being boxing coach and a personal trainer was what I wanted to do.
After finding my feet in NYC, I gained several clients and I found my own rhythm on how to train people. The same applies to my own boxing journey, yet I learnt a harsh lesson early on in my boxing career. I sparred with one of my work colleagues who was an ex professional boxer. I was schooled badly and left the ring in embarrassment because I felt I should have fought better. This made me realise that boxing isn’t a fight, it's an art and just because you think you can fight doesn’t mean you can box. This only made me more determined and my respect for the sport grew enormously. I really started to take it seriously. My colleagues and clients became good friends, I learnt a lot about myself as a trainer, a boxer and as a young man living and working in New York.
After two years in New York I returned to London and started working at Gymbox. It was there I learnt more about ‘traditional’ personal training. The majority of the trainers there were bodybuilders so a lot of my training also focussed on getting bigger and stronger. While I enjoyed this type of training because it was my foundation, I soon realised this wasn't preparing me for stepping into the boxing ring. I felt slower and stiff when I was sparring and I decided to stop lifting heavy weights and started focussing on conditioning work and cardio to build stamina. I absorbed everything I could from all the boxing experts I was training with and I was able to showcased that in my first win. It was a close fight to a very tough opponent but when the referee raised my arm I felt like I was on cloud nine.
It was around the time of my second fight that I was introduced to the founders of KOBOX, London's first boutique boxing gym. They were scouting for boxing trainers and as soon as I was told I could play my own music and run the class exactly how I wanted I signed up to the KOBOX family. I enjoyed every minute of the four years spent teaching across their three London studios and several of the regular attendees in my KOBOX classes have since become my personal clients.
Since the launch of ADunnFitness.com, I have competed in my third fight and I couldn't be prouder than to say I won! A lot of hard work and training went into the making of that night, if you missed the live action, there's plenty of footage over in my gallery!
With ADunn Fitness there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing my training style and knowledge with my clients, always to the beat of a seriously good playlist and plenty of laughs . Seeing my clients develop their skills, become stronger and gain in confidence brings me tremendous job satisfaction.
Currently you can find me either teaching my private clients in the great London outdoors, or online and soon hopefully in the ring again. Get in touch if you're serious about training.