The Noble Art: According to Staiv Gentis
In recent years, boxing regained its prestige. Far beyond the violence to which it is associated, boxing is a truly high-level sport that requires discipline and rigour. For Staiv Gentis, personal trainer of several fashion personalities in Paris—including Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy; Marc Jacobs; and Michele Lamy, Rick Owens’ wife and muse—boxing is almost a spiritual act.
By Stéphane Le Duc
“Thanks to sports, I got to know myself better and understand who I am. My teenage years were troubled, and I rejected authority and education. What drew me to boxing is its philosophical aspect: all the fears and doubts that can be faced in combat. Regular practice of boxing has contributed to my personal growth.”
Training has certainly helped him gain the trust of fashion designers. "Marc Jacobs' expectations are primarily aesthetic, as he uses his body in his work, as seen in the representation of his fragrance. On a more intimate and profound note, we realize that it’s also about his search for balance and well-being. Hence, the importance of training before he goes to the office, as a way of getting things settled and well organized. For people who work in the fashion industry, like Riccardo Tisci, it is, naturally a search for aesthetics. But, over time, you realize that it's much deeper than that."
If sports are essential in Staiv Gentis’ life, acting and cinema became his passions. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and is currently completing training in Los Angeles at the legendary Actors Studio. "Boxing brings me the power and presence I need when I’m facing physical challenges while acting. My state of mind before a boxing match, or when I go on stage or am facing the camera, requires concentration. I’ve learned through selflessness, determination, and perseverance that it can take months and thousands of repetitions before getting the right punch. As an actor, I will use everything I've learned as a trainer, because training is a magnificent study of the human."
Staiv Gentis' Workout Routine
Each exercise should be repeated in sets of 6 repetitions, to a maximum number of repetitions that can be practiced and maintained optimally, knowing that recovery time is only 25 seconds between each set. The goal is not to be “drained” after each session, but to get basic weight training and a steady increase of performance. I recommend this routine 4 to 6 times a week as a complement to another sport practice. My dear friend Jules Davio, who is also an athlete and personal trainer, developed this technique. I combine it every day with my boxing or dance sessions, because it’s at most a twenty-minute routine.