Hauled myself out of bed through this crap weather to the gym this morning to make it to boxing. I have mentioned before that our coach is also training Cotto for his fight against Mayweather. So he wasn’t there today, we had a sub, who was good but a little less intense. We started class 15 minutes late which is annoying when you are getting up at 5:45am to get to the gym.
Anyway, a less intense boxing workout is still a better-than-most workout overall. It was the usual with every other station a heavy bag, and mostly abs sprinkled throughout.
The biggest challenge for me - 1 of the stations was the speed bag. It’s all about rhythm. So what I learned is hit it super light, basically count to three - so it hits the back, the front again, then it hits the back again, and then you punch again. As you get better you can hit it harder, which will make it move faster. It’s so freaking hard! I really want to work on it. I know it’s going to take me a long long long time before I am awesome at it, but if I practice a lot I can hopefully get it!
It’s Thursday - stay strong through the end of the week!
Shea woke me up at 4am this morning wanting to play - tried as I might to go back to sleep, I kept waking up every 20 or so minutes after that. So getting out of bed at 5:45am for boxing wasn’t as difficult as it normally is because I was basically already up.
Boxing was it’s usual hard self - except that it was PACKED. I don’t know if the word is out that this is a great class, or if people are just getting ready for summer or what, but it was so full we had to do everything in partners.
At the end of class when I undid my wraps, I realized I look sort of like I am a member of a secret fight club or something. No matter how I wrap my hands, my left hand especially between the pinkie and ring finger is always cut up and bruised. Almost like a burn or something from the wraps. One one hand (seewhatIdidthere!) I always feel like a bad-ass walking around with bruised knuckles, on the other, it hurts and that’s dumb. I talked to our coach and next week he is going to wrap my left hand for me so I can learn how he does it. We’ll see if it’s an improvement.
Thursday - week’s almost over - stay with it!
So every week I post about boxing, and also post about how I jacked up my hand. Today I had our Coach wrap my hands for me, so I could learn how to do it better. Unfortunately, today was not an exception. Once again slightly swollen and bruised knuckles.
(no I don’t wear my ring under my gloves, this photo was after class.
So I talked to the coach about agirlintransitions suggestions about using Vaseline and what not and we came up with a plan - the regular kitchen sponge. Next week I am supposed to bring one in, and buy longer wraps, and we are going to pad the bejesus out of my knuckles.
Part of me secretly likes walking around looking like I am in Fight Club, but the other part of me hates having sore hands. So next week we will see if there is an improvement with the sponge. Will keep you posted.
Plus it was so humid in the gym today it was like Bikram Boxing - I don’t know if I have ever sweat that much. It was like working out on the sun, it was so hot. At least I got a great burn in, and my workout accomplished early on!
It’s Thursday - beat the weather and go take it!
If they don’t get the AC fixed in my gym I am going to go crazy on their face. Seriously. Although…the advantages to Bikram Boxing is that you sweat so much I have to be losing some water weight right? Anyway….
I forgot my sponge to put in my hand wraps per the experiment. Next week!
Boxing was the usual with a harder than usual warm up - lots of running stairs, bear crawling, and jumping lunges. Maybe it wasn’t harder than usual, I am just not used to doing it in 105 degrees. Hm.
After I sparred with the coach he told me (as I stood there dripping with sweat and panting like Shea) that I am starting to punch harder! WHAT?! AWESOME! Does this mean I am getting stronger?!?!?! He also said I need to keep my elbows in closer to my body as then my shoulders will take longer to fatigue, so I can “fight longer”
I am so pumped up about punching harder! Watch out bad guys, we get into a fight - well, you have been warned!
It’s Thursday, almost the end of the week! Stay committed!!!
Another Thursday, another sparring class….I forgot the sponges to pad my hands in my wraps again today - so my knuckles are all beat up again.
Class was awesome as always, a little smaller than usual which is awesome because then you can go by yourself instead of with a partner. I am finally getting the form right, (elbows in, weight in the back foot, on your toes, hand has to hit the bag in the middle, not on the inside or the outside, etc) so I am hitting harder and more directly which is awesome.
Basically I am now “approved” to take Hard Body Friday, which is boxing at a different gym but with my same instructor at 6:45am on Friday’s. The coach told me today. So that’s kind of awesome that I am getting good enough to move to advanced! It’s apparently about 3x harder than the class I take on Thursdays, which I find impossible since class is already killer!
I am going to try to make it tomorrow and will report back!
It’s Thursday - keep strong till the end of the week!
Everyone in my boxing class talks about Hard Body Fridays. This is the “advanced” boxing class that our coach teaches at a different branch of our gym on Friday mornings at 6:45am. This is the class he suggested I check out yesterday. Class instead of an hour is an hour and a half - so way longer.
So I dragged myself across town this morning, not really nervous.
So the class is basically the same - however the warm up is totally different. It’s about 800x harder.
So for the first 35 minutes we did this:
Then you start the class. But at this point you feel like your legs are jello and so exhausted. It made the rest of the class so incredibly hard, as I felt like I just basically spent 20 minutes straight sprinting.
When doing mountain climbers and push ups at one point, I almost threw up. It was that bad (good?)
So many stairs….3 flights over and over and over. One of the stations in class was crab walking the length of the boxing room, then running down the freaking three flights of stairs AGAIN.
I might not be able to move tomorrow. It was crazy as I was defiantly one of the most out of shape people in this class, and I am in pretty good shape! Talk about motivation! I am going to try to add this class to the mix and make it a regular.
If I can handle it again. Whew!
What a Friday work! Talk about ending your week strong!
(ps - after two days my hands look like Tyler Durden’s. This sponge on the knuckle thing MUST be put into play next week!)
My shirt from boxing today. I think I sweated out the entire bottle of water that I drank.
Boxing was awesome, despite it being 800 degrees inside (and outside) of the gym. However, after going to Friday Hard Body Boxing, it doesn’t seem as hard. Which is awesome.
Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Almost the end of the week - fight for it!
Hard Body Friday!
OMG IT’S THE WORST. Worst means best! Hooray!
So it started out just as awful as last week, regular warm up then about 6 billion times up and down the three flights of stairs. Today was worse because it included sprints. I was sucking air like I almost drowned and just broke the surface of the water. Seriously.
But I had a boxing break through today which was AWESOME! I am so pumped up about it I have been like dancing around my office all morning - (well that and the fact that we have watched the Magic Mike trailer like 3x)
While sparring with my coach he said - I know you do spin all the time. Stop trying to go forward and backwards, and shift your weight from side to side instead like you would on a spin bike.
I did it.
And I swear everyone could see the light bulb go off over my head.
All the sudden I was stronger, better, faster, (um, thanks Kanye?) and I just got it! I felt like a freaking champion! The trick is to remember this next week, and then again, after, forever, and actually change the way I box. But it was amazing, it just made sense and immediately I saw a huge improvement!
The other thing rocking my world - one of the stations was a kettle bell (14kgs/30.86lbs) where you were supposed to do dead lifts, and instead I was swinging it around and did some singles and doubles and then some cleans and two of the guys in class were like damn, how do you know how to do all that??? Because I am a kettle bad-ass thankyouverymuch.
Thank you MFT for my kettle knowledge - and ps - I think I am ready to move up to 14kgs for singles and 18kgs for doubles? Maybe?
It’s Hard Body Friday - go work for it so you can relax tomorrow!
Last night I was at a super fun birthday dinner for A at Essex, where everyone was lingering over the Baked by Melissa cupcakes that T had brought as a surprise for dessert, and deciding where to go next, when I looked at my watch - realized it was 11pm and I had to go home.
I really wanted to stay out with everyone, but I kissed B goodbye, told A happy birthday and sadly climbed into a taxi home, as I knew if I stayed out I wouldn’t be able to make it to Hard Body Friday.
So I drag myself to the gym this morning (still super tired) for Hard Body and when I get there I see it was a sub for the coach. Sighhhhhh.
The sub was okay - it was maybe slightly easier than my regular Thursday boxing class. Plus he was 5 minutes late. And class only went for 1 hour instead of an hour and a half.
On one hand, I was relieved I didn’t have to run up and down the stairs for 40 minutes since I am exhausted from being out every night this week. On the other, I am upset because I wanted that hard core Friday workout.
Whatever, at least I got to try out my new Mexican Wraps - and didn’t get bruised knuckles! They were awesome!!!
It’s Friday - try to get the most out of the hand you are dealt today!
Hard Body Friday!
Today’s hard body Friday was so awesome! I think after having no boxing yesterday, and then last week being the lame sub, I was just amped to actually get a real class.
We started with the usual - body builders, ice skaters, medi-pushups, mountain climbers, running, etc.
Then the stairs. Ohhhhhh the stairs. 3 flights. But today was only up and down 4x (usually it’s at least 6) so it wasn’t as bad as it could be.
So it could have been worse. Plus I know this is weird, but I like really like crab walking and am super good at it - I think it was from all the obstacle courses in like 4th grade.
Then the boxing started with all the stations, tons of abs, pushing the heavy bag around the room, running more stairs, the speed bag, regular punching heavy bags, sparring with the instructor, etc.
Today was the first time EVER that I followed his movements. Usually he tells me 4 jabs, 6 uppercuts, etc. Today I just followed his hands, and he didn’t tell me. I just followed. Like REAL boxing. Granted I still messed up a few times, but this is the first time he didn’t have to call it out to me, he could just move his hands and I could follow. I loved it, I feel like when you can see improvement like that it makes it all worth it!
Go get your Hard Body Friday on! It’s almost the weekend!
Today should have been called Hardest Body Friday - so so so hard!
We started with the usual - body builders, push ups, bicycles, ice skaters, medi-pushups, mountain climbers, running, bear crawling, etc.
Then the stairs. The effing stairs. I hate these stairs. 3 flights. Today was up and down 6x!
Then the boxing started with all the stations, tons of abs, pushing the heavy bag around the room, regular punching heavy bags, sparring with the instructor, etc. It was so crowded so we went in pairs and the girl I was matched up with was awesome - which I really like as it always makes me work that much harder to keep up.
We finished class in an hour - but class is usually an hour and a half - so the Coach decided we NEEDED TO DO MORE STAIRS.
I thought I was going to die.
4x more up and down.
It was exhausting, and I know everything is going to hurt tomorrow.
Go get your Hard Body Friday on! It’s almost the weekend!
Went to boxing today - I usually run on Tuesday’s but I am wondering again if all the distance running is making me build muscles hence get stronger but bigger legs. I want leaner and more toned. So trying different things till I figure this out. I will still distance run - but maybe only 1x a week or so.
Anyway - I hauled myself to the gym this morning for a 6:45am boxing class - which was awesome!
The warm up was the same that we almost always do - mountain climbers, flying lunges, body builders, jump squats, V’s, bicycles, bear crawling, push ups, medi-push ups, jumping jacks, and so on - except today you had to hold weights in your hands no matter what you are doing. I wanted to “save my arms” so I literally used super light weights. Like a patsy but whatever. By the end of the warm up my arms were on fire. It’s amazing what it can do.
There were more ab stations than usual today, which normally I would love, but after doing the ab workout that I did yesterday it basically hurts to breathe. So it nearly killed me.
Was a great alternative to just running - got an amazing full body workout. It’s Tuesday - keep strong!
My favorite workout of the week!
I went to bed a little late last night (got sucked into Real Housewives of New York on DVR) so I was a little low energy this morning. It’s amazing what a difference just 1 extra hour of sleep can make.
Anyway - we did the usual warm up - jump squats, body builders, squat thrusts, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, running, push ups, spider-man push ups, medi-push ups, (I hate all push ups), etc and then the stairs.
We only had to do the stairs 5x today! It’s amazing that I think that is like a good thing. But after last week’s 10x I am still scarred.
Anyway, I am doing something weird when I am sparring with the instructor. I am sort of hopping forward and back instead of shifting my body weight side to side. I don’t know how I started this habit, but it’s hard to break. So I was working on that today, which lead to me not being quite as fast and hard when sparring as I usually am.
Luckily when everyone had completed all the stations someone from the gym management came in to say they needed the room for a special class - so we couldn’t do any more stairs! HOORAY!!!!
So happy it’s Friday - go get your hardbody workout in!
B came with me to Boxing today!!! I was so excited!
There is something about having him there that made the class so great. I wanted to work harder to “show off” in front of him, and being that B is my best friend as well as my husband I always want to hang out with him so having him there made class so awesome!
The best part - I couldn’t believe B could do the entire class. I am so impressed!
When I first started boxing I could barely do it. Seriously. And I had enough endurance to run a half marathon and tell my friends that it was so much easier than I thought it would be (whatever, I know that makes me sound like a bit of a jerk, but distance running is the only thing I do really really well fitness wise, so it is how I felt!). And I still could barely do this boxing class when I first started.
B freaking KICKED ASS. He did the entire class and was still smiling at the end! Plus he knows how to throw a punch like nobody’s business.
Class was the usual, but so much more fun having B working out next to me.
What a great way to start my day!
*Photo taken at Matchu Picchu in 2007
Woke up early this morning - really early - to get the boxing since now I have to take two trains to get there - but I made it! And it was TOTALLY worth it - today was focusing all on abs. I think it’s going to hurt if I laugh or cough tomorrow….
The warm up was the usual - lots of bear crawls, body builders, medi push-ups, bicycles, flying lunges, squats, squat thrusts, etc. It was short today, only about 12 minutes when usually it’s 20. I wasn’t complaining because everyone was holding 4lb weights in each hand. Such little weight, but can really start to burn after you have your arms in the air for 10 minutes+.
Every other station was abs so it was sent up like this:
and so on.
It was so hard, but so great! I do abs all the time, but to have some much time to focus on them was great as having strong abs supports you so much - helps with running, helps with posture, helps with so many things.
So glad my workout is over and the big take away is I need to start going to bed earlier - and just DVRing the Olympics instead of staying up to watch it!
It’s Tuesday - go work hard today!