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Q: Hey Mike, thanks for giving some your valuable time up to chat with us! Catch us up on what’s currently going on with you?
Mike: Molly, thank you for taking the time to reach out to me. It's been status quo for me. I've been working and traveling a bit and training as hard as always!
Q: What’s your training regimen currently look like?
Mike: My training regimen has basically been the same. I do a variety of high intensity interval training (HIIT) combined with endurance work and boxing workouts.
Q: How has your training varied from the past?
Mike: The main variation from my past workouts is my ability to swim every day. My new house in Georgia has a pool! I use the pool almost every day and it is a great asset to get some extra endurance training while not fatiguing my joints or putting stress on my joints.
Q: Do you have your sights set on any fights for this year?
Mike: I have been staying in fight shape. However, my new work schedule makes it very difficult to schedule fights. As a result I'm staying in fight shape. If the right opportunity comes along I will fight.
Q: With it being difficult to schedule fights, do you still plan to compete in boxing or is there another competitive avenue you’re looking at?
Mike: My boxing career appears to be at a crossroads. If I never fight again I will be happy with what I have accomplished. If I do fight again all I have to do is lose approximately 10 pounds of water weight and continue to train at the same intensity, which I always do. The only additional changes to my training regimen would be to get the extra sparring in every week.
If my competitive boxing days are over, there are other avenues that I would like to compete in. I would like to run a marathon and possibly do a triathlon someday.
Q: I know you’ve said that you follow macros for your nutrition plan. Why do you prefer this method? Do you have any advice for someone wanting to try that method out?
Mike: My advice would be to get my friend Kelechi Opara's nutritionist app. It is a great app, which is a great tool to help you gauge your macros and daily caloric intake, along with your meal plans and fitness goals.
Q: Besides doing macros, what supplements do you keep in your arsenal and why?
Mike: HMB is of course one of my staples. I also take a daily multiple vitamin (Optimum Nutrition OptiMen), fish oil, flaxseed oil, L tyrosine, and niacin. BCAA's with Beta Alanine is what I drink throughout the day. I also supplement with whey protein to ensure my daily protein needs. I also take casein protein at bedtime along with ZMA.
Taking all of these supplements keep my body well balanced. I verify this through quarterly blood work. I get the blood work done to make sure my body is in peak performing order.
Q: I know you have a house full of boys at home and they like to join you in training, will any of them be following dad’s footsteps and stepping in the boxing ring?
Mike: My oldest sons boxed when they were 8 and 9 years old. (They are now 16 and 17). I have shown all of them the basics of Boxing. It's up to them whether they want to pursue Boxing. I will support them if they want to box, and I will support them if they don't want to box. They are all very athletic and do a variety of sports.
Q: What else is in store for you the rest of the year?
Keep pressing forward and be the best that I can be each and every day.
Q: Any other shout outs you would like to share?
Mike: Thank you again to Metabolic Technologies, Team HMB, Optimum Nutrition, and all my friends and family. Your continued support does not go unnoticed!
-Mike "Kujo" Kurzeja
Thanks again Mike and we wish you all the best with your endeavors this year!