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CEO TKO

Put up your dukes, and get your frustrations out.

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This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Craig Tooman's fists are up, his feet positioned and his eyes intent on his opponent. He takes a deliberate swing and then quickly returns to position. A second later, he leans back, narrowly missing contact with his opponent's glove flying straight toward his chin.

It's a Saturday, but Tooman hopes the adrenaline rush from the day's rounds of sparring will carry him through the week when he returns to Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen Architects PC, the New York City-based firm where he's a partner. "[Boxing] allows you to release tension in a way that the business world does not allow," says Tooman. "When I leave here, I feel both exhilarated and absolutely exhausted." That feeling, as well as the confidence he has gained from the sport, have kept Tooman, 43, coming back to Gleason's Gym for 10 years now.

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