On the ropes and dreaming of calamari: Cappy Kotz of Cappy’s Boxing Gym.

These days, everyone is picking a fight with Cappy Kotz—men with bulging biceps, little children, stay-at-home moms. As the owner of Cappy’s Boxing Gym in the Central District (which he opened in 1999 after leaving his job as a house painter) Kotz teaches everyone—whether they are seasoned athletes or true beginners—his philosophy on the sport.

“I believe in learning to engage emotionally, physically, and mentally in every aspect of life,” he says, and nutrition is an important factor in his fitness regime. He and his staff teach their clients to find the right balance of protein, carbs, and fat that bests suits their lifestyle and performance needs.

But even Kotz, whose life revolves around fitness (and his dog Axle), finds time to indulge in his favorite foods.

Vita, Stumptown, or Starbucks?
Starbucks.

Where do you take out-of-town guests to eat?
La Spiga on 12th, Cactus in Madison Park, Salty’s on Alki.

Do you use recipes or wing it?
I wing it, based on recipes I’ve used in the past.

What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Fried calamari, potato chips.

Are you or have you ever been a vegan?
No.

What’s your desert island condiment?
Blue cheese dressing.

Dessert or appetizer?
Appetizer.

Favorite way to burn calories?
Sparring.

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