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Oct 16, 2017

Claude Sigmund Knocks Out Depression

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Claude Sigmund’s story about how TITLE Boxing Club changed his life is truly an inspiration!

I have always been physically active.  I bike often and before my son was born I bike commuted 30 miles round trip to work for two years strait.  I’ve run Tough Mudder, I hike, play soccer etc.  However a few years ago I was feeling like the fire went out in me.  I was lethargic.  I had no desire to push myself.

After a prompting from my wife, I saw my primary care physician.  He prescribed an anti-depressant and another drug, Alprazolam, that I take “as needed”.   My physician made sure I was getting plenty of exercise and eating right.  After describing my diet and exercise routine he was very happy and urged me to keep it up.  I have followed his advice to the letter.  I was talking my anti-depressant daily and my “as needed” 2-3 times a week.  Even though I felt better, I was still not “me”.

I started at Title Boxing because I needed a change from my normal workout routine.  I needed a class to push me rather than rely on my own internal mechanisms.  My depression was causing my workouts to be less and less rigorous.   I started Title Boxing classes in August of 2016.  I began going 3 times a week.  When life events came along and I was forced to miss a class, it had a real toll.  Yes, the class was a great workout, but for me the class was really about releasing anxiety and stress.

After a few months of boxing (and kick boxing), I noticed that I had reduced my intake of my “as needed” medication to just a few times a month.  At the six month mark, I saw my physician for a checkup.  We were talking and he was excited to hear that I had been reducing my intake of Alprazolam.  After further discussion we decided to reduce my anti-depressant dosage as well.

Well, it has been 8 months since my last checkup.  I’m still on my same bottle of Alprazolam that was filled in March of 2017.  I still go camping.  I still bike and play soccer.  As much as I love those activities, nothing quite does it like boxing.


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