Holy crap. I got my butt kicked this morning at LA Boxing!!
I went in for my first personal training session with one of their best trainers, Jerome!
Jerome is awesome and teaches the morning kickboxing classes I’ve been going to so far. I told him to smile but I think he wanted to look hardcore ;)
We did a 45 minute training session and at first I was thinking, I wonder if 45 minutes will be enough? Um, wow. Within 5 minutes I was sweating buckets and trying to sneak out of the poses when he turned away ;)
We did a lot of awesome compound moves — moves that work your legs AND arms at the same time. The above pictured move involved holding a squat position while raising a weighted ball above my head, throwing it down to the ground, picking it back up (using my legs, not my lower back!), and lifting it again. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat…
My legs were BURNING!
We finished with some major ab work.
I put my feet on the ball and held weights above my head, and, without moving my arms or feet, did sit ups! This is harder than it looks. :)
And just when I thought it was hard enough — I had to continue with one leg lifted!
And THEN I had to stay sitting upright while slowly lifting and lowering my raised leg. Gah!
I think it’s safe to say I’ll be sore tomorrow.
(Check out the cute shirt they gave me — “LA Boxing Knockout”! Hehe)
After the strength training session, I hit up their treadmills to get in my scheduled 3 miles per my half marathon training plan!
Ya’ll know I usually prefer running outside to the treadmill, but it was looking ominous outside (of course now it’s nice but oh well) and since I was already there, I figured it made sense to bang them out quickly :)
I ran the three miles in just under 25 minutes — the first miles was at 7 mph, the second was at 7.3 mph, and the last was at 7.6 mph.
What a great workout! I know a lot of people ditch working out the moment they are stressed or busy, but for me, being stressed just makes it even more necessary to get a workout in! This is exam week, and of course skipping my workouts would mean more time to study, but I know that I’ll feel better and be able to come back to my books refreshed and more focused if I give myself a break and get a good sweat session in! Do you make a point to stick with your workouts even when you get really busy or stressed?
In other news, I’m still obsessed with my new camera:
Yumm!! Early this morning on my way to the gym I had a sandwich thin with some PB and half a sliced banana, and when I got back my post-workout breakfast was about a half cup each of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and whipped 1% cottage cheese, 1 C Kashi Heart to Heart cereal, a hefty sprinkle of chia seeds, and lots of fresh berries :)
And now it’s time to hit the books hard! Have a great day!
p.s. If you’re in the D.C. area and go in to an LA Boxing gym (Arlington, Alexandria, Columbia, Rockville, or Georgetown) to try a free demo class, mention my name/blog and they’ll give you a free pair of wraps (worth $12)! And if you sign up for a full year membership, mention my name/blog to get a free pair of gloves (worth $100!!)! Happy boxing! :)