I also considered entitling this post: “Why I can’t lift my arms above my head today.” Lol!
So, why am I so sore?
Because I’m the newest member of LA Boxing!
LA Boxing is the world’s largest boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts gym. They focus on workouts that are exciting, challenging, and fun, providing an endurance-building cardiovascular workout along with full body strengthening and toning.
I used to do kickboxing at a martial arts place back in 2001, and I absolutely LOVED it. I was seriously in the best shape of my life! So when I saw LA Boxing representatives at FitBloggin’ last month, I immediately went over to say hi.
We’ve been chatting ever since about a partnership, which I’m happy to announce has now officially begun!
For the next three months, LA Boxing will be sponsoring my membership at their gym, and I’ll be sharing my experience with all of you! In addition to attending their cardio kickboxing classes a couple times a week, I’ll also be doing some personal training with them. I can’t wait to learn some new strength moves to share!
Before work yesterday morning I headed to LA Boxing for my first kickboxing class in years!
It was just as awesome and hard as I remembered it. Each person gets their own bag and wears gloves and wraps, and for the hour-long class, you alternate between punch and kick combinations and strength/cardio moves (jumping jacks, squats, pushups, sit-ups, etc.).
It’s hard, but the classes are high energy and fun, and challenge me in a way I would never be challenged just working out on my own! :) I was literally DRIPPING with sweat by the end of it!
The thing I love about kickboxing at boxing gyms as opposed to my normal gym is that you actually get to use gloves and bags! There’s just something so satisfying about punching something ;) Hello, stress relief! Plus, I feel hardcore wearing gloves and wraps. Heh!
I’m really excited about this partnership and the opportunity to mix up my normal routine. While I’m obviously already in good cardiovascular shape from all my running, I was getting into a major rut with my strength and cross training. This is just the thing I need to shake things up and learn some new moves to pass on to all of you! I’ll also be doing some giveaways and a special event for local readers/bloggers, so stay tuned! :)
Check out the LA Boxing website to find a gym near you — they offer free trial classes if you’re interested in checking them out.
Also, just a disclaimer — while LA Boxing is providing me with membership and personal training over the next few months, it is up to me what I write about them on the blog, and I would never accept money to say I liked something that I didn’t. Anything you read on here about them will be my honest opinion, and nothing else! :)
Questions of the Day:
Do you mix up your workout routine or do you also have trouble with getting into ruts? I feel like I’m always in a huge rut around this time of year after having spent all winter in a gym instead of outside! Conversely, I always feel in my best shape and most toned in the fall after a full summer of varied outdoor workouts.
Have you ever tried kickboxing? If so, did you like it? And if not, will you give it a try?
Stay tuned — speaking of exercise, the training plan for my first half marathon is coming soon!