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Dundee's Gym - South Beach

Published April 5th, 2012

Here's a collection of photos of a coach and pupils training at Dundee's Gym in South Miami Beach - South Beach. I set out to shoot the streets of South Beach when I passed this gym. I doubled back and walked in, then asked coach if I could shoot his training session. I had hoped that they would be sparring that day, however they had sparred the previous day and would be working on conditioning. The experience was still very rewarding, and I'm grateful to Guy and the gang for letting me stick around.

Photographically, this was a new experience for me, as the lighting condition was something that I would've normally avoided. It was afternoon, with lots of strong window light, so the scene was very contrasty. However, the contrasty scenes added some mystery and "toughness" to the characters and worked well for me. It was also an opportunity for me to learn how to shoot in any situation, and avoid trying to "wait" for the most perfect light. The best light, like the best camera, is the one you have. Go with it.

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The sparring ring where boxers train at Dundee's gym. The trainers I spoke with said that they have famous individuals such as LeBron James and Dwayne Wade stop through to train. The day I was in, the students were not sparring in the ring but working on strength and conditioning, which looked grueling.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/200 sec
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Ring-side at the sparring ring at Dundee's gym.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/80 sec
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Laura, a student at Dundee's gym, warming up between the large bags before strength and conditioning. Guy works across the language barrier when training Laura, however it hasn't impacted their sessions as Laura has improved her conditioning and ring skills since training with Guy. Laura will turn professional soon, according to Guy.

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Laura working the ladder at Dundee's in front of the large punching bags.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/160 sec

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Laura working the ladder in front of the large punching bags.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/160 sec
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Laura and another student doing rapid step-ups on a large tire at the gym.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/10 / 1/25 sec
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Laura and another student doing abdominal exercises with the medicine ball at the gym, with photos of famous boxers in the background. At this point of the workout, the students were powering through fatigue as the coach pushed them even harder.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4 / 1/200 sec
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Laura and another student doing shoulder raises with squats as Guy, the coach, looks on.

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Laura working the ropes. The ropes weigh at least 5 to 10 pounds, and require lots of strength and stamina to whip them for minutes on end.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4.5 / 1/320 sec
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Laura doing pull-ups with the TRX bands. You can see the focus in her face as she powers through fatigue to finish the exercise. Physical fitness and powering through fatigue is a critical skill for boxing, according to Guy, and can make the difference between winning and losing a match.

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Guy providing instruction to Laura between exercises, as Laura prepares to hit the large bag.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4.5 / 1/50 sec
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Laura working the bag.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/250 sec
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Laura hitting the large bag. For this exercise, Guy instructs the students to rapidly punch the bag for 30 seconds, then 10 seconds push-ups, then back on the bag. Excelling at these types of exercises are critical for success in the ring.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4.5 / 1/40 sec
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Laura doing a squat jump between hitting the bag and push-ups.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/8 / 1/20 sec
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Guy looks on as the students work a series of successive exercises involving punching the bag, push-ups, and squat jumps.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/4.5 / 1/160 sec
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Guy providing more instruction for the following exercises, as Laura listens intently,

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/400 sec

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Guy unwinding tape from Laura's hands (off camera) as they prepare for the final exercise before wrapping up for the day.

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I asked Laura for a portrait with her gloves after the workout, and she was much obliged to participate. Here's a candid shot of Laura suiting up in front of the gym's wall of fame. The photos on the wall made a nice backdrop for this shot.

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Laura graciously posing for a portrait after a long, strenuous workout at Dundee's gym.

  • March 29th, 2012
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/160 sec

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joshuabrown-martin
Joshua Brown-Martin  about 6 years ago

Lovely story and lovely images!

Very striking.