“After college I moved back to Queens and lived with my parents. I didn’t want join a gym and be on a treadmill or with be at home with Jane Fonda. I’m really practical and if I’m going to spend a dollar I want to get the most out of it. I’m a 5 ft tall female so I thought learning self-defense while working out would be practical so I learned to box. I went to King’s Gym it smelled like sweat and there were buckets of spit. It was disgusting. There was a group of female boxers there and it was the most wonderful experience of my life. I started to compete as an amateur boxer. This is something I would never have imagined me doing. I trained until I was nine months pregnant. I should go back but I can’t find the time these days.” - Min Santandrea is an entrepreneur and the founder of a brand new shoe company SantM.co.