Sweaty Beast, Take 4 & contest winners!

Hey everyone!

I had another kick butt personal training workout this morning at LA Boxing. I am seriously going to be in the best shape of my life after this partnership! I’ve been going three times a week (twice to group kickboxing classes, and once to personal training), and I’m seriously considering cancelling my Golds Gym membership… LA Boxing is way more fun.


If you’re a new reader, check out my previous LA Boxing related posts and kick-butt workouts. They will give you some good ideas for ramping up your own workouts!

Today’s workout was a mix of boxing/self defense and full body conditioning. I love that the moves Jerome (my trainer) has me do all target numerous body parts at once, in addition to getting my heart pumping! Very efficient :)

We started out with the weighted medicine ball! First, I had to do lunges around the gym while holding the ball. Then, I had to lift the ball above my head, put it on the floor in front of me, and do a sprawl (e.g. drop down into a plank) on top of it.


Then I took a couple steps and repeated, moving throughout the gym! (We work out between 7 and 8 a.m. on days there’s no classes at that time, so the gym is nearly empty).


Once I was sweating, we moved on to some squat and weight combinations. I did a series of triceps presses (holding one 10 lb. weight) and shoulder presses (with a 10 lb. weight in each hand) while holding a squat. Whew!



Next up — some heart pumping jump rope!


I did 2 minutes of regular rope jumping (I forgot how tiring jumping rope is!), and then for the last minute, I alternated two jumps of the rope with one push up. This series would be a great thing to do when on the road since the equipment is so packable! :)


Next up — more weights, but with the bags involved!



First, Jerome had me hold 10 lb weights over my head while doing alternating front kicks into the bags.


And then I continued with side kicks! Clearly about to fall over in this picture… lol.


Then we moved on to some boxing/self-defense. Useful, AND a great workout :)


And finally, some ab work, after which… I was totally spent.


Whew! Great way to start the day :)

I was supposed to do 2 miles on the treadmill after the workout per my half marathon training plan, but I ended up just doing 20 minutes on their elliptical instead. My legs feel great considering I hiked 6 super hilly miles on Saturday and ran 12 on Sunday, but my right calf is really sore, so I didn’t want to push it :) (Don’t worry — yesterday was a total rest day!)

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for — the winners of my two contests! Thanks to everyone who entered :)

Click below for the winners!

The winner of one FREE month membership to a DC-area LA Boxing gym of their choice is…


Commenter #46, KATE!LA_boxing_winner

Congrats, girl!! I think LA Boxing will be just the thing you need to get back on track with your weight loss :) Please email me ( your contact information and I’ll put you in touch with the LA Boxing staff!

And the winner of a batch of my homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars is…


Commenter #9, Amanda!


Congrats Amanda! :) Please email me ( your full name and mailing address as well as any special requests regarding the ingredients :)

Have a great night, everyone!


  1. 1

    what a workout! if you have more fun at LA Boxing you should TOTALLY cancel your other membership! it sounds like you’re being given a great functional workout…I’d be in the be shape of my life if I did that 3 times a week too!

  2. 2

    LA Boxing looks so fun! Who took all the pics for you? I wish I could afford a trainer – they are so expensive. I feel like I know enough to get good workouts in, although I’m not quite as motivated.

  3. 4

    I wish we had an LA kickboxing! What a great workout.

    Nuts, I was definitely hoping to win those PB Bars. Oh well, maybe I will just have to make some myself! :)

    Hope you are having a great week Anne!

  4. 5

    Wow! I am really impressed! That’s a butt-kicking workout. Most impressive! (And I think you should send Lauren some PB Bars!) Stay fired up!

  5. 6

    Woo hoo! I won some granola bars!!

  6. 7

    Your workout looks like a blast!! :)


  7. 8

    This looks so fun!! I love switching things up, it makes working out muucch better. I want to find a boxing place by me, I think I would love this!

  8. 9

    Your workout looks amazing! How many people smile when they are working out?! 😉

  9. 10

    What a workout! I totally agree – cancel your golds gym and stay with LA boxing. I’m totally jealous there is not one in VT.

  10. 11

    I gave your workouts at LA Boxing a big shout out at my blog. I’ve enjoyed those posts sooooo much. When I read them I just want to go out and do something fun. Keep it up.

  11. 13

    Wow, that workout makes me tired just reading it! Go Anne!

    My cousin did a really intense circuit-training workout with me a couple months ago and I could not walk for 2 days. It’s so great to have someone coach you along – too bad Pittsburgh doesn’t have an LA Boxing!

  12. 14

    This looks like a seriously hardcore workout. I’m impressed!


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