And so the saga continues…It started with a phone call from my brother and ended with me eating cupcakes. That’s the way my week has been going. The only problem with the cupcake solution is that I’m going to be in the Texas Shredder bikini competition in less than three weeks.
Before each training session I weigh myself, take a pic of the scale with my phone, and text it to my trainer, Robin. My goal was to lose 2 lbs. this week; I gained 1/2 lb. instead. How well do you think that went over?
And 3, 2, 1…
Robin: “Do you need to cancel your session today?”
Robin: “Your competition is in 2 1/2 weeks. You can’t be eating cupcakes.”
Me: “I know.”
Robin: “You have a lot going on in your life right now and you can’t keep falling back into bad habits. I think you should take today off and re-evaluate your goals.”
Me: “No, I want to box. I want to punch things…I’ll get back on track today.”
There was a long pause.
Robin: “Well, get here soon then.”
After warming up on the treadmill I told him all the drama going on with my brother, mother, and small business. My life is usually so boring and I like it that way; I’m not sure what I’ve done to anger the cosmos, but I send out a generic apology to the universe and ask for mercy.
Robin took pity on me and taught me how to punch the bag.
OMG, I have to buy one of those things for my home! There is something wonderfully therapeutic about beating the crap out of something you know won’t hit you back.
Here’s a video. Can you tell how pissed off I was?
My shoulders and back were sore almost instantly, but it did wonders for my psyche. For your reference, when he’s calling out numbers, it’s the punch combo. 1 is for jab, 2 is for jab, cross punch and 3 is for jab, cross, hook.
In the past I had done kickboxing videos, but I had no idea how much cardio was involved with throwing real punches. Your feet are in constant motion and your abs get worked too from all the twisting.
Now I understand why Rocky was always running up those stairs in Philadelphia; he needed to build up his endurance. Technically, this is not a scientific equation, but I’m pretty sure 1 minute in a boxing ring = same feeling as running a marathon.
So for the footwork, you pretend you’re stomping out a cigarette and your hands always have to stay up around your face so your opponent doesn’t punch you out. You have to hit with the front two knuckles so you don’t hurt your hand.
It’s weirdly complicated enough to hold my attention. I wonder how much cross over there is between boxing and bodybuilding? Anyway, can’t wait to learn more!
How about you? Have you ever tried boxing?
Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two.
When she’s not punching things, she is busy marketing her book, “She’s Losing It!” which is available at Amazon.com.
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