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Boxer is back to fighting shape thanks to Virtua

On his 50th birthday, Jeff Specter (pictured below, right) decided it was time to get back in shape. Two years later, Jeff is preparing for the fight of his life, and Virtua is in his corner.

On May 9 in Center City Philadelphia, Jeff will box four rounds against Bernard Hopkins, a man widely considered one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. The match has been dubbed “Fight for the Fight,” as all proceeds will support juvenile diabetes research.

“If someone had told me two years ago I’d have a chance to box the reigning IBF World Light Heavyweight champion, I wouldn’t have believed him,” Jeff says.

Although Jeff was an accomplished amateur boxer in the ‘80s, getting back in fighting shape didn’t happen overnight. The Mt. Laurel resident joined Virtua’s Moorestown fitness center as soon as it opened and began training with Virtua fitness coordinator Jared Coughlin (pictured below, left), NASM-CPT, PES, CES. The two collaborated on an exercise regimen that includes shadowboxing, some free weights, and a lot of cardio. “Jeff trains hard and you can tell he has significant boxing experience,” Jared says. “He’s a major reason we purchased a punching bag.”

Jeff Specter, boxer 

Preparing to spar against Bernard Hopkins is certainly a strong motivator, but for Jeff the true priority is and was personal fitness. “I dropped excess weight, my blood pressure went down, and I look and feel better,” he says.

To anyone in his age group looking to get back in shape, Jeff has simple advice: “Start off in small increments and do the things you enjoy. People tend to take on too much too quickly and then get discouraged and stop. Even five minutes of fitness is a step in the right direction.”

Discover how the Virtua Centers for HealthFitness in Moorestown, Voorhees and Sewell, NJ, can help you reach your goals.

To learn more about the Fight for the Fight, email Jeff at  

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or