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Esquire Network's "White Collar Brawlers"

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Most jobs don’t allow you to have a punching match with co-workers you don’t get along with in the office. In Esquire Network’s new series, WHITE COLLAR BRAWLERS, six pairs of dueling colleagues get the chance to do just that. For six weeks, they’ll train with some of the best amateur boxing coaches in the country, then meet for three rounds in the ring, where they’ll work out their differences the way HR never intended. In a short period of time the contestants are transformed into well trained fit fighters who are ready to challenge each other. Boxing is an excellent way to train your mind and body, you will find in the interviews below the contestants will agree.

Continue reading below to see my interview with contestants Shayne Jardine and Paul Civitano from Esquire Network's "White Collar Brawlers". This episode premieres tonight Tuesday, December 17 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Here is a promo for you to get a taste of the series:
http://tv.esquire.com/videos/70715-white-collar-brawlers-extended-first-look

Answers from trainer Bruce Silverglade:

Can anyone pick up boxing? Yes, anyone can learn the techniques of boxing. anyone can get into physical condition like a boxer and to learn the moves. Not everyone can box in competition. You must be a special person to have the courage to enter a ring and go into one on one combat with another individual.

Did this experience challenge you as a trainer?

You teach everyone the same thing. Boxing techniques, you try to get everyone into mental and physical condition. Boxing is boxing, it has not changed over the centuries. The only adjustment is to combine the style of the boxer with the training. What made this experience challenging was the length of time we had to work with the fighter. Six weeks was very limiting in preparing someone new to actually compete.

What was your most gratifying take away from filming the show? The comments of the participants' friends and coworkers. Their statements about the positive changes in the fighters both physically and mentally. How they became better workers and more focused in their attitudes. This proves the positive side of boxing.

Answers from Contestant Paul Civitano:

Why did you decide to sign up for White Collar Brawlers?
I decided to sign up for White Collar Brawlers to prove to myself that I was as good as I thought I was. Although boxing is thought of as a physical sport, it was a mental game for me. True champions choose their destiny. If I was going to get through this and win, I would simply have to choose to do so. Secondly, it was a great opportunity to pick on a lesser co-worker and gain little victories along the way.

Were you in shape prior to filming the show?
Being in shape is a hard thing to gauge. Being big and strong does not always get you a win, especially if you're a mental midget. Fortunately for me, I was both physically and mentally in shape prior to the show.

What did you learn about yourself both physically and mentally during this experience? Did you enjoy boxing? Do you think this is something you would keep up with?
I learned that whatever goals you think you've reached in life, there are always more to surpass. By simply challenging yourself to something new, your experience is immediately widened. EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING. If you can be a man and convince yourself that you're going to excel at whatever you do, then there is no limit to what you can achieve. New experiences will open your life up to possibilities that you never knew existed.

I loved boxing. It was a rush that I've never experienced before. The physical risk that you put yourself in really gets your instincts going. If you can let go and forget about fear for a minute, your instincts will take you exactly where you need to be. Good or bad, this is where you learn who you really are. After a short time off, I plan to get right back into it.

Answers from Contestant Shayne Jardine:

Why did you decide to sign up for White Collar Brawlers?

I actually didn't decide to sign up for White Collar Brawlers, Paul did and asked me if I would like to do it with him when they interested in him. I couldn't say no to the opportunity because it's not everyday something like that lands on your doorstep. I knew if I were to turn it down I would never forgive myself.

Were you in shape prior to filming the show?

I was in alright shape before filming the show, but nowhere near what was needed to compete in something so taxing. Day 1 was a real revelation on how "in shape" I actually was.

What did you learn about yourself both physically and mentally during this experience?

Throughout the whole experience, I really learned how committed I could be towards something. I let the boxing consume my life in a good way and I didn't let up once. I ended up in the best physical shape of my life and also had the most confidence I ever had. What I believe I got most out of the boxing is the knowledge of how long it takes and how much work is required to truly hone a skill.

I enjoyed boxing way more than I thought possible and I have always been a fan of combat sports. I am still boxing on my own time and I am looking to continue at Gleason's Gym after the new year. There were far too many positives that resulted from the experience to not continue to pursue it in some form.

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