For Rai Fazio, boxing is in his blood. Trained by father Joe, Rai could throw a punch by the time he was walking. The Australian native began boxing in 1972 with his first fight at just four years of age. Competing for well over a decade, Fazio became State Champion, Golden Gloves Champion and in his early teenage years, Australian National Champion. At the age of 20 he began assisting his father training both fighters and those looking to learn boxing for fitness.
In later years, Fazio established himself in film and television. Having written his own full-length biopic feature, Two Fists One Heart, Fazio also starred in the American action blockbuster The Condemned, Australian TV mini-series Underbelly and most recently, Tough Guys, a feature length documentary by Jason Blicker, that delves into the hearts and minds of legitimate tough guys.
His work in training and mentoring young children and adolescents at risk, as well as sessional lectures at the University of Western Australia have earnt him significant recognition. Discussing his experiences of turning an idea into a reality, navigating the world of business and entrepreneurship have proved to be insightful to young university students studying small business.
Fazio’s knowledge of boxing, as well as his drive for success, has lead him to create a world first in the fight and fitness industry, Boxmaster. “With the nature of boxing training and the uniqueness of the new product, Boxmaster had to first and foremost be 1. TOUGH AS! And 2. Legitimate.” Says Fazio.
Boxmaster bridges the gap between old-fashioned punch bags and a trainer holding focus pads “Boxmaster is designed to do the hard work for you,” says Fazio “whilst allowing trainers to focus on their clients form and safety, the Boxmaster creates the ultimate boxing training station”.
The key to its design is the spring system attached to each pad. These springs have been designed to replicate punching a focus pad by offering a slight “give” in the pads upon impact. Each pad is positioned specifically to replicate different styles of punching, allowing you to throw any punch or combination of punches. The result is a significant reduction in the risk of injury to both the members and the instructor whilst delivering an unparalleled boxing experience.
Fazio’s development of Boxmaster did not stop there. A robust education and programming module was also established.
“As a studio operator, my biggest concern is that my members come away having had a great experience regardless of who’s taught the class. And so, in creating the Boxmaster education and programing, I can ensure that each component of the experience: machine setup, familiarization and workout rounds, can be replicated in a consistent and predictable manner”.
In addition to the detailed manual, Fazio has produced seven 7 round workouts totaling 49 rounds all together. During these workouts Fazio demonstrates each round and combination, step by step, working alongside a client. “I’ve tried to make this as turn key as possible so club owners and instructors can get on running their class while keeping the focus on members”.
Back in his home town of Perth, Western Australia, Fazio has opened and operated two gyms, Fazio’s Gym – Boxing for Fitness and most recently Box & Bike. This concept is a world first, combining two of the toughest workouts, boxing and indoor cycling. Using Boxmaster and Schwinn Stationary Bikes, the 45 minute workout sees a 2 minute round of boxing integrated with a 2 minute active recovery round of indoor cycling, to provide clients with a total body workout.
Boxmaster has drawn a cult following from some of the biggest Boxers, UFC fighters and athletes in the industry. With Fazio currently developing a range of new boxing and MMA products for home and studio use. Stay tuned!