Vitamins, oatmeal, workouts

Published July 1, 2007

Ashandi Gibbs, 28, has run 5 miles, stretched, shadowboxed and completed six rounds of sparring. Now he stands underneath the hot lights inside the ring at Fourth Street Boxing in St. Petersburg as sweat slides down his naturally chiseled back.

"I've never been approached by anyone about steroids, " Gibbs said. "I would never use them."

At 5 feet 8, 163 pounds, Gibbs has trained seriously for five years.

"Some people feel like they need an extra chemical to make them better, " said Gibbs, who has two knockouts and one decision to show for his brief professional career.

As a student at St. Petersburg High School, Gibbs was steered by his football coaches away from drugs.

"If I get up early, work and train as hard as I can, then I'll be the best there is."

For Gibbs, it's oatmeal and a banana for breakfast, salad for lunch and fish or chicken for dinner, along with multivitamins.

Gibbs, who has a 6-year-old son, Kaream Gibbs, hopes to one day study language and religion in college.

For now, boxing is his passion - steroid-free, of course.