Joe Hanks is the owner of Brick City Boxing, an innovative boxing inspired high intensity fitness experience. The classes taught are designed by Joe Hanks himself, a world class professional boxer. His inspiration when designing the classes came by his journey through boxing gyms in ‘Brick City,’ that is Newark, New Jersey.
Joe was raised in Newark, New Jersey where he attended private school and then went to gyms afterwards. Eventually he found a coach to train him in professional boxing. After making the rounds in Amateur Boxing Joe made it to the professional level and in 2008 moved to California. During his time in California Joe not only experienced success in his boxing career but also in his personal life. He married his wife and started a family in California and now considers it a second home state. When his family and him moved to Pasadena, Joe started his Brick City Boxing gym. Not only does he welcome anyone who comes to the gym with the same values as him, but he also helps train the Pasadena police.
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Joe moved to Pasadena about three years ago (in 2019) and wanted his kids to grow up with some space and to live the suburban life.
Joe’s wife is a nurse downtown, and they used to go on dates in the area all the time, so they wanted to give it a shot. Joe and his family love the suburban lifestyle and are very happy.
Despite his strong connection to SGV, Joe Hanks is originally from Newark, New Jersey.
It motivated Joe. He went to a private school, but he grew up in a rougher area.
In Joe’s opinion, going to a private school in a rough neighborhood and coming home wearing a uniform, it was hard to blend it, so he thought it would be beneficial to know how to fight.
Around the age of 10, Joe picked up some boxing, but it quickly shifted to another passion which was basketball.
He went back to boxing around 18 and started amateur boxing. He’s also a five-time golden glove champion.
Other than the money, when you are in an amateur fight, you don’t always know who you are going to fight. You show up in a room and look around to see who weighs about the same as you.
That’s likely the person you’re going to fight.
Joe’s first fight was the Golden Glove, and he was super nervous. He ended up winning, but he had no expectations and wanted to be adjustable.
Joe made a promise to his family that he wouldn’t climb into the ring unless he did everything he good to ensure that he was prepared.
That meant training hard, exercising, not drinking or smoking, and keeping up on nutrition.
Joe even had a sports psychologist. Not even just for himself but for the peace of mind of his loved ones.
Joe owns Brick City Boxing, which is named after New Jersey. Joe is proud to open the gym up to more than just fighters.
Regular, everyday people that may want confidence boosts or to learn how to box are able to come in. Even kids who may be bullied and want to learn how to protect themselves are welcome.
He wanted to create a clean, easygoing gym that wasn’t intimidating. He wanted to be able to bridge the gap between the community and the police force.
Boxing and his skillset have actually allowed Joe to have a very relaxed demeanor. His instinct, above all, is to take a second, stop and think about what is happening – and then act accordingly.
He is able to fight off impulses. But also, due to his nature and profession, he could get in trouble for easily getting into fights.
In Joe’s words, once you get hit in the mouth, it all goes out the window. But, you learn to adapt and to bring it all back in.
It’s all the days of training, which is normally harder than the fight, that prepares you for those moments.
It’s both a moment of celebration and feeling bad. It’s a true bipolar moment.
You’re happy because you were successful and you completed your task, but you also have empathy for the man you just knocked out.
First and foremost, Joe would have to say his brother. He is the one that brought him back to the gym. His coach Jamal was a huge father figure to Joe and also his current business partner.
His wife is a major part of his success and, of course, his happiness.
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