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ABOUT US & OUR STORIES
Built from passion for the art of boxing and bettering oneself.
Maleek Jackson knows all about pain and struggle. He was born in the heart of South Philadelphia and became involved in a life of crime during his teenage years. At the tender age of 16, Maleek was sentenced to 8-16 years in the State Penitentiary. After spending ten years of his life in prison, Maleek decided to start all over. He discovered his love for boxing and fitness in prison, and he decided to turn his dreams into a reality.
The odds were against him, but he didn't let that stop him. Maleek understood the power of hope and self-development. He spent his last five years in prison planning a new life. In this inspiring and personal book, Maleek talks about his mistakes and his ten years behind bars. He experienced many tragedies during that decade, but he turned his pain into purpose. By refusing to give up, Maleek created a successful career in less than three years.
He is considered the top personal trainer in the Philadelphia area. He trains a plethora of city officials, professionals, athletes, and entrepreneurs. He created a sponsorship program called "Azzim Dukes Initiative" where he prepares and provides boxing sessions for inner-city youth in the Philadelphia area. Maleek is living proof that it's never too late to start over. He changed his life around, and he believes that you can also. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves a second chance. Maleek encourages us to rise above reality and chase our dreams. Ten years in prison couldn't stop Maleek, and he believes that nothing can stop you.
FROM INCARCERATION TO INSPIRATION
Learn more about Maleek and his journey from prison to a successful trainer, entrepreneur, and fitness influencer in Philadelphia. His book "From Incarceration to Inspiration" was written by Raelia Lewis. Intense and inspiring, this is a story worth reading.
Hanif and Maleek share a similar story. Hanif started boxing at 11 years old but drifted from it after getting caught up in the streets. This lifestyle cost him his freedom at the age of 18 and 20. After being released, he started training himself in health, nutrition, and fitness.
To further his knowledge and skill, Hanif trained with Calvin "Strictly Business" Davis, a professional boxer who was 22-1 before going to prison himself for a federal charge. With Davis, he indeed came to appreciate the "science of boxing." Additionally, Hanif trained with Salone Harris, a world-renowned trainer, for two years to further still.
Inspired by what he's learned and his trainers' impact, Hanif decided to dedicate his life to training others. He focuses on nutrition, strength and conditioning, and boxing. He received a training and nutrition master's training certification from the International Sports Sciences Association and is always looking for new clients and professional athletes. Taking amateur boxers and helping them develop their craft and make it pro. A lifetime student of the game of boxing in Philadelphia.