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!