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Frank Galarza is no stranger to adversity. At age 7, his father, a highly acclaimed boxer, died of complications from a drug-related gunshot wound; two years later, a fatal drug overdose claimed his mother. As a young adult, Galarza did prison stints for robbery and drugs. His brother was killed while being robbed, and Galarza himself was held up at gunpoint.
Something had to be done. “I couldn’t put my aunt and uncle through much more,” says Galarza. “I needed to change.” Inspired by his late father’s example, Galarza began to box.
Today the “Brooklyn Rocky” usually trains six days a week, with morning workouts at the gym and evening training in the ring. He hopes to create his own legacy by literally punching his way to junior middleweight greatness.
“My main goal is to win a world title,” Galarza says. “I’m going to prove I have heart and that anything is possible.”
Galarza founded the nonprofit Youth Fighting Forward, which provides educational services and physical exercise to young people affected by violence.
Galarza does this workout, designed by New York Health & Racquet Club trainer Cheyne Zeller, to prep for a fight. Do eight sets of Exercise 1, then five circuits of 2A–2E; rest 30 seconds between circuits.