Laila Ali: Out of the Box Featured

Written by  Biba Adams

Laila Ali talks competing, love and shoes

Retired Super Middleweight Champion boxer Laila Ali is no stranger to difficult physical activity. With a boxing record of 24 wins, 0 losses, and 0 draws, she has won more than any other female boxer in history. Most recently she appeared on the NBC reality series, Stars Earn Stripes, where she competed in various challenges for charity. Although Ali was eliminated on Mission Three, she still hopes that the show helps viewers understand the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of United States Armed Forces personnel.

 

What was the most exhilarating activity that you did on the show?
Definitely the opportunity to get in a helicopter, that was probably the most fun for me. Everything was new, as far as jumping out of a helicopter into the water, onto a building. Using equipment that I’m not used to using, rapelling off of walls—all that stuff was new and exhilarating.

Were you nervous?
Every time we got a new mission, it was exciting and a little nerve-wracking. I did find myself thinking, ‘What am I doing?’ At the end of the day, it was a great experience.

What made you decide to do the show?
Being competitive. Having retired from boxing. I miss the physical side of it—but I really miss the competitive side of it.

What do you miss most about professional boxing?
As a competitor, I like to compete. It’s not like I am losing sleep at night. It was a part of my life and now it’s on to new and better things.

You have a great physique, what is your fitness regimen?
My favorite workout is running. That’s what I love to do and what I get the best results from. My staple is running and weight training. I do get bored, so sometimes I mix it up. Sometimes I do Pilates or spin.

With two children, what’s the best advice you would give a new mom?
Do your research about baby products, food. Keep your baby safe. And as a mom, get the most rest that you can before the baby comes. Be prepared and be flexible.

With such a legacy of achievement, including that of your husband (former NFL star Curtis Conway), how do you plan to keep your children grounded?
I think it’s just important to build a good foundation under your kids. Teach them to understand that people make a big deal out of being recognizable, but it’s not that big of a deal. Having a strong foundation is everything. My parents raised me well as far as all that is concerned.

Speaking of achievement, how is your dad (boxing legend Muhammed Ali)?
He’s good. He’s doing really good. Thank you.

What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?
My children. Because that’s what you kind of go to sleep thinking about. I’m always thinking about them, for sure. You’re on record as a girly girl.

What’s your vice, shoes or handbags?
Shoes. My favorite shoe is anything that fits. I wear a size 11 1/2 . They are hard for me to find. I have to order most of my shoes. I like Sam Edelman right now.

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