By Mike Lee
Pro boxer Mike Lee has fought in the big ring at Madison Square Garden, and is best known for his killer left hook. He also has quite a few milestones on his resume: winner of the Chicago Golden Gloves, and undefeated with a 15-0 record and 9 knockouts. Most importantly, his “work hard and give it your best” outlook on life and training can inspire us all. So what’s a Day in the Sweat Life like for Mike? Read on…
1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is go to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. Then I sit down on the couch or in bed and think of at least one thing I am grateful for. No matter how much pain I am in or what the day has in store, I think to just one thing I am grateful for and it puts a smile on my face. I learned this from Tony Robbins years ago... and that man is one of the most incredible human beings on the planet. So if it works for him, it works for me.
2. What is your go-to workout?
My go-to workout (outside of boxing training) is hot yoga. It clears my mind and gives me the flexibility I need to perform, and most importantly reduces injury.
3. What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like for you?
I have hypoglycemia so a typical day of meals consists of many small meals throughout the day to keep my blood sugar levels even. My meals consist of high protein (red meat, chicken, fish) and are also high in healthy fats. I eat & add a lot of coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and BulletProof brain octane oil to my meals. Being an athlete in a sport where weight management is imperative, it is very important that close to fight time my meals and water intake is very precise and calculated. I also use a product known as Generation UCAN. I mix it with water throughout the day, before and after my workouts. It gives me energy while keeping my blood sugar and insulin levels consistent. It is by far the best product out there in a world of unregulated pre-workout/protein drink nonsense.
4. What is your favorite indulgence?
I love Skittles or any sugary candy.
5. What is your healthy living philosophy?
Everything in moderation. I think for the everyday person (non professional athlete) it is okay to eat junk meals sometimes or take a few days off when your body is sore. Listen to your body and know that there is no one single diet or workout technique that is the end all, be all. ALSO do workouts and activities that are FUN and in moderation, and living a healthy lifestyle will come naturally & won't be forced.
6. Do you meditate?
I just got into meditation about a month ago using a few different apps. It is difficult but I am getting better every day.
7. What can we find in your gym bag?
Boxing gear. Tape, gauze, jump rope, boxing gloves, headgear etc. Also you will always find headphones (Beats by Dr. Dre) in my bag... can't workout without listening to something upbeat.
8. What is your favorite active wear brand?
I think Under Armour and Lululemon have the best looking and feeling clothing on the market.
9. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Go on Netflix and watch a little bit of something that will make me laugh. (The Office, Family Guy, etc)
10. What or who inspires you?
My father inspires me. He grew up without a father in a rough neighborhood in Chicago, no high-school degree, lived out of his car, and left for the army at 17 years old — and later became an extremely successful entrepreneur through hard work and never giving up no matter how hard times got. He is what the American dream is about. The life I chose as a professional boxer is extremely tough mentally and physically. I've had some of the highest moments of my life fighting at Madison Square Garden in front of 22,000 people, and lowest moments of my life laying in a hospital bed with a broken nose and blood all over.
But he taught me that to get what you've never had, you need to do things you’ve never done. My dream is to become a World Champion & he taught me that no matter what happens, at least at the end of the day I can always know that I went for it. I put all my chips on the table and went all in.... and not many people can say that.
Pro boxer Mike Lee graduated with a degree in Finance from Notre Dame, and the Notre Dame faithful have supported the All-American boxer all across the country. Out of college, Lee went undefeated in his amateur career and was signed with Top Rank Inc. after winning the Chicago Golden Gloves. In Houston, Texas, he worked with legendary trainer Ronnie Shields. In recent years, Lee has switched things up and moved to San Diego to train with Olympic silver medalist and former heavyweight champion, Chris Byrd. With an undefeated record of 15-0 and 9 knockouts, Lee has made himself known.
In addition to being a true fighter inside the ropes, Lee is known as an intelligent, personable young man outside the ring, whose presence in the pro ranks enhances the sport. In 2011, he headlined the first-ever pro boxing event at the University of Notre Dame, donating more than $100,000 to Notre Dame Charities through The Mike Lee Foundation. Lee has been featured in Men’s Health, ESPN Magazine, GQ Magazine, Sports Business Journal, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and more.