LA Boxing Kicks My Butt Again! (Plus, a CONTEST!)

Hello friends!

Thank you SO much for your support regarding the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Contest. If you have a second and can vote again today, I would be very grateful!

And now — on to my latest a$$ whooping at LA Boxing! :)


I went in yesterday for my 3rd personal training session with Jerome, one of their awesome trainers!

I know it sounds weird, but I’m actually really loving these hard training sessions. I’m clearly dripping sweat and dying the whole time, but Jerome and the other staff make it fun :)



In case you missed the first two personal training session recaps:

Jerome told me he wants to continue alternating conditioning sessions with self defense sessions, so this week was straight-up conditioning! And let me tell you… it was HARD.

We started with wall-sits. Oh, wall sits. Why do you look so easy when you are SO hard?


Jerome had me alternate legs lifts while holding the wall sit. I felt the burn on this one!


Next up — the dreaded tire!


I had to squat down, flip the tire over and ahead of me…


…and then jump down into a plank position, and back up.


Aaaaand repeat!


Next up? Getting up close and personal with this bag:

027My mission: squat down, wrap my arms around the bag, and stand back up while holding the bag, lifting with my legs/butt, NOT my lower back.


Me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH… maybe if I cheat a little he won’t notice… hehe… I’m so sneaky…

Jerome: ANNE! I saw that.

Me: Dammit.



Then we moved on to weights!


While standing in a squat position, I had to pull the weights towards me, acting like I was performing a pull up. Moves like this always seem easy until you do them more than… oh… once. ;)


Wait… more? Seriously?! :)


Next up: holding the weights over my head while lifting my knees up, one at a time, to meet Jerome’s hands:


My face is getting progressively redder (but at least Jerome is still making me laugh):


Next up was a series of moves with a weighted (10 lb) ball!

We started with a move where I alternated jumping to put one foot, then the other, on the ball:


..Moved on to holding the ball while sitting down and standing back up… over and over and over!…


..And then to walking lunges while holding the ball to my chest


…and then walking lunges while holding the ball over my head.



We finished up with two final total body/core moves. These were hands down THE hardest things ever.


I had to lie down, holding hand weights above me, while slowly lowering and raising (without touching the ground) the exercise ball I was holding squeezed between my feet.


Gahhhhhhhhhh… This happened a lot:


And just when I thought I was going to die… we moved on to holding my legs at an angle in the air while doing bench presses with the weights in my arms.



::loud thunk as my legs hit the floor::

Jerome: ANNE!!

me: But it’s haaaaaaaaaaard!!! :)



Finishing strong :)


Now THAT was one hell of a workout!

You know how you really know a workout is great? When your trainer changes and starts doing the EXACT same routine himself!


Mwa ha ha… the tables are turned!!



While watching Jerome suffer, I finished off my workout with a quick 2 mile training run. (I can’t believe my first half marathon is in less than 3 weeks?!?) It actually felt good to loosen my legs up after all those squats! 080

I ran 2 miles in 16:50. Done and done!

And now…

LA Boxing is letting me give away

ONE FREE MONTH MEMBERSHIP to a lucky reader!

Absolutely no strings attached (although I have a feeling you will want to join after a month with them)! The winner will also get a free pair of wraps, and free use of rental gloves.

**Sadly this contest is ONLY open to those living in the D.C. metropolitan area (or willing to travel to one of the following LA Boxing gyms: Arlington, Alexandria, Columbia, Rockville, or Georgetown).** Their gyms are franchised and it would be too complicated to do a nationwide giveaway, unfortunately.

I’ve created a separate page for the giveaway. Click here to enter — all you have to do is leave a comment!

Have a great day :)


  1. 1

    WOW. I can’t beleive you are able to smile through all of those exercises- I would be grimacing like you wouldn’t believe, haha!

  2. 2

    This looks so hardcore!! Reminds me of a biggest loser last chance workout ;-)

  3. 3

    Wow that looks like an INTENSE workout. awesome!

  4. 4

    That workout looks SO hard, but it also looks like you are having lots of fun doing it. That’s the most important thing! :)

  5. 5

    Holy crap – that looks like an AWESOME workout. I was breaking a sweat just reading about it! I just might have to steal the routine and do it on my own here in FL!
    p.s. Just curious who takes all the pics during your sessions?

    • 6

      You should! I’m totally going to keep using these moves on my own when I move, too!

      One of the other staff members takes the pics :) We’ve dubbed her my “official photographer”, heh.

  6. 7

    i love that you’re sharing your workouts with us and you’re not all super smily and stuff…you’re working hard girl! keep up the great work!

  7. 8

    My quads, hammies and triceps are burning just from Looking at these pics. Seriously. OUCH. ;) You could definitely whoop some a$$ with those moves…

  8. 9

    That workout looks intense! I love that you had your own paparazzi there taking your photos.

  9. 10

    An LA Boxing just opened right down the street from me and I’ve been playing around with the idea of signing up. Looks like you had one heck of a workout and I’m not so sure I would be able to keep up. Hopefully they would take it easy on a beginner like myself:)

  10. 11

    I wish I could enter your drawing but I don’t think I could commute from Kansas. Someone should open a franchise here. Your workout sounds hard but fun. Thanks for the recap.

  11. 13

    I’ve spent all day at work reading your blog. I just found it and am loving it :) I’ll definitely have to finally check out LA Boxing.

  12. 15

    what a freakin’ awesome workout!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  13. 16

    I love Laboxing and have a chance to have a personal trainer from there. They really kick your ass in both regular classes and in personal training sessions. Keep up the awesome work!

  14. 17

    Looks awesome. Most impressive. Well done!

  15. 18

    Any workout with that many accessories has to be painful: tires, medicine balls, weights… you must be exhausted! I don’t think I would move for a week

  16. 19

    OK, this workout looks awesome on so many different levels. Look how many muscles you were engaging. Dayum! And it looks like fun!! Really enjoyed the pics! Pow!

  17. 20

    ive loved reading your LA boxing recaps – it is clear that you really do enjoy your work outs and are getting a great work out. and just think – all this conditioning is going to put an extra UMPH in your half in a few weeks – im sure of it!


  18. 21

    This post is so fun! I love seeing you get your butt kicked ;)

    I wish I lived in DC and could take advantage of this!!


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