Haute Secrets Boston: George Foreman III

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George Foreman, IIIPhoto Credit: George Foreman, III

George Foreman has become a household name due to the legendary man behind the ring. The two-time heavyweight champion’s son made an even bigger name for the family when he opened The Club by George Foreman III in Boston’s Seaport District.
George Foreman, IIIPhoto Credit: George Foreman, III

If you haven’t been inside the massive 15,000 square foot facility yet, this is not your typical boxing gym. Sure, there are treadmills and a cardio equipment room, free weights and stationary bikes, but fitness buffs come here for Foreman’s workout curriculum known as F-I-I-T (Fight Intensity Interval Training). He has taken the boxing-fitness trend to a new level taking the hardcore training he learned from his father and combined it with mainstream workouts to create a product for every level of fitness. There are also two full size boxing rings on-site and 75 double end bags along with a café, juice bar and pro shop.
George Foreman, IIIPhoto Credit: George Foreman, III

While most people would think Foreman got a start in the ring at a young age, he actually didn’t get into the sport until he was 25. “I was working directly with my father and got into my first boxing match when I was 25,” he said. “While I was boxing, I developed a love to train other people. I have a friend, Anthony Rich, who I have known since I was 11, who kept nudging me to open a gym in Boston. He is in real estate and told me he thought I should open it in Boston’s Seaport District. With my background in business and boxing, I thought it was a phenomenal idea and moved here in 2012 to open the location.”

George Foreman, IIIPhoto Credit: George Foreman, III

Even though he was born in Texas, he already considers Boston home. “I absolutely love Boston,” Foreman added. “I feel at home here. People are authentic. I think the reason the gym is so popular with women is because it releases a lot of tension. When you throw a punch, it’s an emotional thing that really resonates with women. I have seen how passionate women get with boxing, so it really isn’t too surprising the gym’s membership is about 70 percent women.”

We caught up with him recently to discuss his favorite things about Boston:

Where were you born? Humble, Texas

How long have you been in Boston? Three years for boarding school (Fay School in Southborough, Mass.); I moved here as an adult in 2012.

Where do you live now? Fort Point Channel

Occupation? Gym Owner, Boxing Trainer

Favorite Restaurant: Sweetgreen

Best Sushi: Empire

Best Italian: Serafina

Best dessert: Sonsie

Best place for a romantic date: Bastille Kitchen

Best Sunday brunch: Cinquecento

Best place for a power business meeting: Starbucks

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Four Seasons

Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches: Cellini, sorry this one’s in NYC! (ask for Leon)

Best Spa: Skoah, they keep is simple, and they are GOOD

Favorite Charity Event: Haymakers for Hope. Andrew is a Genius

Favorite Cultural Institution: Boston Public Library

Best Steakhouse: Smith and Wollensky Waterfront (Atlantic Wharf)

Best Pizza: Pastoral – Gluten Free

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The Club by George Foreman III

Best Driving Service: Uber

Describe Boston in three words: EVERY BODY FIGHTS

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