“It’s hard to stay healthy when your job involves late nights and cocktails. “Days start at 10 a.m. and can easily go until 3 a.m.,” says Corey Bunnewith, the 27-year-old proprietor of Boston Harbor Distillery, who got his start in the restaurant industry at 16. He moved from bread baker to bartender and eventually tended bar at popular Boston restaurants like Drink and Coppa. “If you don’t have anything to tame the temptations of the liquor world, the lifestyle can take a toll,” Mr. Bunnewith says.
In 2010, he began looking for a workout that would motivate him to pass up after-work drinks and get to bed earlier. “It had to be something as extreme as the bartending business,” he says. He discovered muay thai, a mixed martial art that uses stand-up strikes such as punches and kicks, as well as elbows and knee strikes. “It’s common to run around with a foggy head in [the restaurant] industry,” he says. “But you can’t show up to the mat at 8 a.m. hung over and moving slow.”
“Jujitsu is considered a gentler martial art,” Mr. Bunnewith says. “I liked that it was less about exerting energy, and more about using movement to get in a good position to work your opponent into submission.”
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