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We went to the legendary Gleason's Gym in Dumbo Brooklyn to talk with Heather "The Heat" Hardy, good friend of Anna Bauer, about boxing.


Heather “The Heat” Hardy


Professional Boxer & Trainer

Where were you born?

Brooklyn, NY

5 words that describe you

Strong, Hard Working, Determined, Focused, Hungry

What are you best known for?

My Boxing. Around the gym I’m know as the girl who won’t quit.

What’s an average day for you?

I wake up at 4:15am, pack my daughters lunch and get her school things ready. The babysitter comes by 4:45 and I head out. A bus and two trains bring me to Gleasons by 6am where I start training my clients and I work with my coach on training myself. I’m usually done before 11 and have the afternoon to teach scattered clients, get my running in or nap at the gym. Since the travel is so far, three days a week I teach evenings until 8:30 and it does not pay to go home and come back - no time. By 8:30pm, I leave the gym and go home. Eat some dinner, check homework, spend a few minutes going over my daughters day, then I go to bed.

What’s your idea of the perfect New York day?

Sunday brunch...with mimosas and a big fat afternoon nap on the couch...watching a Law & Order marathon :)

What is one piece of advice you always give when training?

To relax. Women think fighting is so tense and hard, and are often so stiff. Hector Roca (my papa) taught me boxing is like walking on the street. Seems to be the biggest thing I stress to my girls.

What’s the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

My coach, Devon Cormack, taught me so many things about boxing and life I wouldn’t even know where to start. Taking vitamins, drinking water, cutting out sugar....he showed me how to treat my body like a machine so I can last in this game and in life. Huge for me.

Do you collect anything?

I collect Christmas Music boxes...but not by choice. That was my mom's doing :)

What’s your favorite food?

Cake and Wine. I could eat that every day and twice on Sundays.

Where can you be found on a Sunday afternoon?

At the gym! If we are not in “fight diet” mode, then me and the coach usually hit my favorite brunch spot 7A in the East Village for salmon and scrambled eggs - my favorite.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have one object, what would it be?

My iPhone and an infinite charge on the battery.

3 things on your life-long to-do list:

Win a WBC World Title.
See the beaches in California.
Have a nice place for me and my little girl to have a normal life.

Do you have any superstitions?

No way. I’m the only thing in the world to stand between me and something I want. No black cats or dirty socks can help or hurt me.

What motivates you the most?

Setting a good example for my daughter. Making something of myself so she can see that we aren’t all on a path, we create the path we choose to walk on. Hard work and dedication.

What objects can always be found in your bag?

A change of clothes...head to toe (I sweat a lot), a jump rope, a phone charger and some spare headphones. And GUM!

Who are your heroes?

The women in my family...all of them. For making me grow up to believe that WE are the superior sex.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

My great grandma. She gave the best advice and knew just how to restore my faith in ME. I could use that now....but I only see her in my prayers :)