Unlike last week’s session, which was centered around more traditional conditioning, this morning’s workout was based on learning how to FIGHT! Well, defend myself, anyway
It was a great workout! Instead of working with the bags like we do during the kickboxing classes, this time I actually got to punch and kick my trainer, Jerome!
It’s definitely more fun to kick another person than a bag
We did a bunch of different drills. The first one involved a jab with the left hand, a cross punch with the right hand, and then a front kick with each leg.
We also did a bunch of punching only drills — both for speed/endurance, and for power/strength. It’s crazy how fast your arms get tired!
Next, we worked on maintaining your guard even when your opponent has the more dominant position.
I worked on holding my position and punching the area in front of me, pretending it was a person.
Whew! This is hard work!
Lastly, we worked with the bag a bit — again, learning how to keep up your guard and working on arm strength and speed. This position is called the full mount, for obvious reasons.
Roarrrrrr don’t mess with me!!
Jerome wants to work more on self defense techniques and sparring in future sessions — I’m excited! I love that LA Boxing’s personal training is more than just weights and machines.
I left feeling sweaty and accomplished, and came home to run a quick 3 hilly training miles in my neighborhood before diving into breakfast!
In other fitness news, Tina and Kate are hosting a fun blogger movement called “Yoga Pose May”! Ya’ll know that it took me awhile to get into yoga (check out my post about how I went from hating to loving yoga), but now I think it’s great. Yoga is such a smart thing to do to keep your body (and mind!) strong and stretched. As someone who has always been VERY inflexible (even when I did gymnastics back in the day!), yoga has been really great in helping me to at least be able to touch my toes
Anyway! Today is my Yoga Pose May day and my assigned yoga pose is The Camel. This is actually a really hard pose for me — my body always feels really tight and my back and legs are not at all interested in stretching all pretty and straight like they’re supposed to!
Ideally, I should be shifted forward so my thighs are in more of a straight up and down line. Something to work towards, right? Check out my girl Gracie’s post this morning — she was assigned Camel pose as well and has a cute video and written instructions for how to do it! Plus, her form is better than mine (p.s. Why is this pose called The Camel?? I can’t figure it out.)
- Have you ever taken a self defense class? Hopefully we’ll never have to use what we learn, but it’s smart to be prepared!
- What’s your favorite yoga pose? Mine is Triangle pose. It feels so amazing on my tight runner’s hips
Have a great day!