Introducing Duke & Dexter's latest FACE, new era fitness pro Nat Roberson. Having launched his own BoxFit training camp, 'Fighting Fit'- he gives our team an insight into his busy schedule and lifestyle in London town.
Name: Nat Roberson
Facebook: Fighting Fit London
What did you do before boxing?
I’ve been boxing pretty much since I could walk and I first went to a boxing gym when I was 8.
I have worked in other things like film, photography, bar-tending etc. – I’m a jack of all trades. I was actually working in a marketing agency for 2 years but I didn’t feel that it was for me which is why I set up the personal training business.
How has your life changed since boxing?
I was working for someone else and I've wanted to be my own boss. A couple of friends and I decided that we wanted to do something of our own, so we put our heads together came up with ‘I am Fighting Fit’ and haven’t looked back! We run classes, offer personal training and retreats.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be true to yourself. People get themselves into a lot of trouble because they haven’t been true to themselves.
What pointers do you have for people looking to get into the same industry?
Boxing will give you a lot more than a bloody nose or black eye. It will give you a better understanding of your body and mind. It’s about the mentality rather than getting a nice picture in a pair of boxing gloves for your Instagram page.
Talk me through your style?
I like to keep things simple- I’m definitely not Kanye! I like nice quality and well-fitting clothes that aren’t too fussy.
Which labels have caught your attention at the moment?
I like COS – it’s simple but the quality is great. I’m also a fan of Commes des Garcons.
Who is your personal style icon?
My old man – he’s smooth. I don’t really look toward celebrities.
Favourite spot in London?
The place I spend the most time is E&O down in Portobello. Boomburger in Portobello is great as well.
How do you spend your down-time?
I like training – that’s kind of how I relax. Every now and then I’ll go for it on a night out.
If you weren’t a boxer, you’d be…
Lost! I’ve done the whole 9-5 thing. I’m interested in film but I love what I do – my job lets me interact and build relationships with people, especially kids. It’s so rewarding. With boxing, you’re giving a lot and get a lot back.
What’s next for you?
Loads. We’re trying to take our company abroad – we are setting up our first retreat in Ibiza this summer. Clients can come away for 2 weeks and feel like they are training for a world championship fight so that when they return home they will feel ready for anything!