“When we used to prep for a fight, we’d go to a training camp,” explains Michael Olajide, Jr., the former pro boxer and owner of New York City’s Aerospace High Performance Center, who conceived of the Boxing Camp for models with his partner Leila Fazel. “You don’t have the distractions you’d have at home. All you can do—and should do—is focus on yourself and getting healthy.”
Olajide and Fazel designed a program that involves about five hours of physical training per day (ow!), incorporating all the elements from their different classes like Aerobox, Aerojump, Aerosculpt, and Yoaero (yoga). Plus they set up the women with a healthy meal plan that’s full of lots of protein like fish and chicken and fresh, local fruits and vegetables. (Olajide says he based much of the itinerary on the technique he famously used to get Adriana Lima ready to walk the runway just eight weeks after she gave birth.)
And while the Victoria’s Secret casting is the immediate purpose, Olajide says the end goal is bigger than that. “The workout makes them feel so good, and they’re getting this sense of accomplishment, doing things they didn’t know they could do. There’s a mission and a purpose. They’re living like fighters.” And instead of a belt, their prize could be Angel wings, and household recognition.
We caught up with Olajide and some of the gorgeous women in between sweat sessions to bring you this sneak peek inside their tropical runway training camp… —Lisa Elaine Held
(All photos via Cocoshoot/Gaston Levy)
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