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It’s bloody november again?? (1st of may)

I’m on the verge of getting a slight depression. Going from one minor injury to another, with a constant dripping nose and the outside looks and feels like bloody november again.
Some days, I truly feel like Ireland don’t like me… at all!!

Due to a constant feeling of almost getting sick (flu), being cold and miserable and having first knee problem, now elbow – my training rate has dropped dramatically and so have the enthusiasm.
But I’ve decided it might be time for me to ‘supp’ it up, so I’ve ordered Glucosamine to make my joints happier and I’m gonna shop for multivitamins, so I can battle this stupid ‘almost flu’.
The weather – I guess, I can’t do much about it, unless I’m going travelling (which I might, if november continues).

So training update from the past 4 days or so:
Saturday:  8K run in the hills of Clonakilty (Cold but lovely run. I can run up the hill now, without stopping so am improving a bit)

Sunday: Nothing 

Monday: Nothing just for me, but a 45 min. KB class with the awesome girls and ladies in Womens Fitness. Swings (alternations), Squats, Lunges, Presses, C&J, Snatch, Amazone Get Ups, ½ TGU, Halos, 8 figures, BoR, Tricep Ext etc.
Also a 45 min. Boxercise class with my super, duber boxercise ladies! Did the last routine with them, so got lots of squats and situps in.
+ diverse  drills from PT’s.

Tuesday (today!): Boxercise class with CIT this morning
5.5K alternating in speed and incline
Squats
Hamstrings
Push Ups
Strecthing
Boxercise and ‘Fightergirl’ classes at K2C tonight!

And a hopefully more optimistic Tania tomorrow…

 

 

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Easter and the end of Lent Challenge

So it’s been easter – and we’ve been on the country side (hence no updates), and I kind of made it through, without overdosing on chocolate and sugar, so I guess, I’m half successful.

My training on the other hand, have been little and embarrasing. To be honest not sure excatly why, but felt like little lack of spark might have caused this temporary stand still. However – not all battles are lost and I’m sure, I’m getting back on ‘a roll’ again. I still – also! – have my burpees to do – along with a ‘few’ other great sessions.

But let’s put the sad pieces down:
Thursday: I know, I was in the gym with Liam. Remembered some of my work out: 50 pull/ chin ups (spread out in 2 ‘chunks’ of 30 & 20). Rest is a blur, but probably some pistols as well.
Friday: 8K in the hills of Clonakilty + 3 sets of abs (75), back (25) and push ups (30)
Saturday: 1½ hour of thaiboxing at Brucies Gym, Bandon. Went to the fights in Cork at Silverspring Hotel in the evening and judged the fights. Good fun, and great fights and classy place with muay thai fights underneath chandeliers and red, fluffy carpet underneath the ring.
Sunday: Easter sunday – woke up to chocolate eggs. First (obvious) sugar in 48 days!! And later that day, we went for sunday lunch at Deasys. Had a brilliant desert. Also – off day
Monday: Off day (with Liams pancakes for breakfast)
Tuesday: Late night training at Dennehys Fitness. Pretty cool place that is open for lifting 24hours monday – thursday.
13.22 min running – 2 miles (I know, I had it down for 15min, but it was an error)
Squats:
10x 20kg
10x 20kg – front squat
2x 5x 40kg
2x 5x 50kg
Pull/ Chin Ups:
32 total (6,5,5,4,4,3,5)
Stretch and back bridge

Today Wednesday, I’m at Womens Fitness and will be doing two classes this evening – in addition to a small sample of PT this morning. Boxercise and Kettlebell. For my kettlebell class, I got a few new drills to test out: KB Bicep Curls, Long Cycle and ½ burpees.
Looking forward (as always) to do both classes!!

Edit after classes: Excellent boxercise class and I had fun in the KB class. Not so sure about the ladies thou. Anyway – burned my arms of today, with loads of Swings, Snatches, C & J, shoulder presses, long circles etc. Great day!

Love this one!

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Boxercising ladies

NB. I am no longer doing this class or am a part of Womensfitnessplus in Cork. Big differences in our professional ethics (or lack of same) put an end to our collaboration. I will miss all the wonderful women I’ve met in my classes and PT sessions, but I will not miss being treated with condesenting arrogance for my professional knowledge and/ or as a fellow human being.
Since Womensfitnessplus made it mandatory for their trainers to sell at least 3 Kinetica products on each shift, I had to say I wouldn’t do it. I’d give information about the products, but under no circumstances would I push the products to women, who didn’t need them. I don’t believe in selling useless stuff, or even worse telling lies to make a profit like.
I’m a fitness professional with ethics and beliefs on what’s right and whats wrong – I work for results, not for greed.
As a result our ways departed – and despite I miss the happy women – I would choose to stand by my ethics again.

 

Just got fed after my ‘busy Wednesday’ – sharwarma and fries – dinner of a champion 😉

Had two boxercise classes at Womens Fitness Cork today, and actually enjoyed both, even the morning class only had three attendance. I’ll tell you why!

For the better part of my life, martial art/ Fight Sport has had a huge piece of my heart. From I started to learn about kicking in Taekwondo, to now using all 8 limps (muay thai), I’ve found a joy and heart in these sports, I’ve never found anywhere else. Not in art, poetry, music, dance (thou it come close) or walking on the beach with the perfect sunset as a backdrop.

There’s nothing like throwing the perfect punch, a fast combination. The feeling of power, when hands, feet, legs, knees or elbows connect to pads, bags or sparring partner/ fight opponent. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe, cause it’s like a well conducted symphony, everything fits together: years of training movements, technique, patterns. And when you hit that perfect punch, nail the combination or get that massive power in your kick, you know ‘you’re home’. It’s a culmination of hard work, trial and errors, tears and sweat.

And while I thought for a long time, that there is nothing better in the world for me – I actually discovered, that making other people fall in love with ‘my sports’ actually makes me equally happy.
– And yes, boxercise is not boxing – but it’s as close as it gets for some of the ladies and girls in my classes. And it’s fine by me! Remember some of them are in their 50’s and they are loving it!
I think it’s hard to find a more motivating argument as a trainer. Making people from all walks of life fall in love with your sport. It’s definitely a good day. Maybe Ireland likes me after all?

Training 43th day of Lent challenge:

200 KB Swings, 12kg: Alternate swings
80 KB Squats, 12kg
80 KB Lunges, 12kg

And a little of this and that. No real training for me today, as its ‘busy wednesday’. Tomorrow will be pressed for time as well. But friday and saturday should be good for muay thai, running and the dreaded Burpees!

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‘Ups day’ – 42nd day

Just noticed the day – If 42 is the answer to everything, my training might not be included in everything!

I did get to the gym today – late and with a little burn out feeling. I’m (not) seriously considering to end my relationship with training, and if it hadn’t been for Liam, I might have skipped today entirely – or would have gotten in sooner. However todays training was a meek performance consisting of:

* 6x 40kg Squat
* 6x 20kg OH press
* 6x 20kg OH Squat
All times three

32 Pull Ups/ Chin ups (5,5,7,5,5,5) + 18 pull/ chin ups (3×6)

10 Hamstrings
20 x20kg Saxon sidebends
100x 5kg Russians
2x back bridge
10 push ups from bridge
Stretch

The back bridge I do, resemble the bottom picture. I hold my hands under my back (NOT on the floor), and try to hit the ground with my nose. It's a neck strength drill from muay thai, that helps tremendously in the clinch

All this ‘little of this, little of that‘ training this past month has been fun, but also kind of left me a little burnt out. Making 100 burpees on time, doesn’t seem like a ‘real’ goal – thou, I will attempt to get a better time before sunday. Sorry training – it’s not you. It’s me. I’m confused and not sure, what to do with you.

The back bridge position I use for back bridge push ups

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38 – 41th day of Lent Challenge

Quick recap on the past three days of one day of training:

Friday – day 38th of Lent Challenge:
* 3K running
* 45 min of skipping
*  – something else, I forgot. No real challenge – did three-quarters of skipping, but can hardly call it a challenge.
Got my period this morning, so was cramping up and just felt terrible.

Saturday – No training
Went with Liam to Irish Intervarsities at DCU, Dublin. He got a nice second place in his weight group and did overall a good job. Still tormented by the joys of being female.

Sunday – No training, thou walked for about an hour in the hills of West Cork

Monday – day 41th of Lent Challenge
* 10K, 1min break btw 8 and 9K, but ended up with a good sprint
* Bench Press – lent challenge
2x 5x 40kg
2x 5x 35kg – The fast upwards
2x 5x 45kg
1x 50 kg – failed. Almost there… but no cigar 😦

Then evening:
45 min of KB and toning class
Boxercise – I’d let them try ‘The Wat’ test on half: 30 sec of each drill. To my big delight, most of the ladies actually performed at least one more rep in the final test (conducted about 10 min after the initial test.). However a gruesome sight of ‘push ups’ (see drawing below), only one lady (Rae) did perform the knee version, as I shown them. Rest was ATH (as* to heaven)

I know, what I’ll be spending a little more time teaching as well as boxing the next couple of weeks. That sight might have made my old kickboxing coach cry.
+ Rest of my time at Womens Fitness, was spent with a diverse range of Pt stuff.

Note on tuesday 42th day of Lent:
Don’t feel very entusiastic about training today. No real energy or joy. I know that going and getting started sometimes provide that endorfine buzz, but am not in a very happy place these days and with my body raging, it all seems a bit fruitless atm. However, I have a few scores to settle within my Lent challenge, so I guess, I will be doing something this week, whether I like it or not.

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‘The Wat’ test on a sad gym day!

A sad day in the gym! Not because I failed anything – just because, I simply didn’t have the power to do much about anything. Slept like crap for two nights and worked like a maniac yesterday (13 hours), so didn’t have much left for my early morning class and my training.

A little something got squeezed out somehow – among the most dreaded ‘The Wat’ test:

During morning class with ‘Make Most of March’ group, I introduced ‘The Wat’ test, Phil Nurse introduced me to, when I was training in The Wat a year and a half ago.

‘The Wat’ test:
1 min. Squats – as many as you can squeeze out
1 min. Push Ups – same same
1 min. Burpees – same, without puking!
Around 15 – 20 sec rest btw.

Introduced it midway through class and decided to compete myself, as they were uneven numbered and I felt bad for an older teacher, who otherwise had to do it on her own. Then after 10 more minutes of boxing drills, I revealed the catch: You have to do at least 1 more rep, in same amount of time – 1 min.
They weren’t very happy with that! (neither was I)

My ‘Wat test’ times:
44/ 49 Squats – have to be added, I got preoccupied picking up the watch and get time, so I could maybe have done 1 or 2 more
53/ 59 Push Ups
21/ 22 Burpees

Had a tough time on the burpees!! Almost didn’t get that last one! Felt weak and thought it was nice, that I didn’t have to do anything more. With only a couple of minutes left, I put the guys (and lady) to punch out their last energy, in a 20-20-20-30 sec set.

Phil Nurse and I at The Wat

Took a coffee break after class and when I got back into the gym, I wasn’t really feeling it, but decided to give it a try. You know – sometimes you push through and it’s a brand new day. Not today however!

Training on 37th day of Lent Challenge:
* 3K running (11.5kph)

* Bench
10x 20kg explosive from bottom (trying something different along with dips to increase my bench)
2x 5x 30kg (same)
2x 5x 35kg (same, same)

* 3x 6 pull ups + 4

*  Swissball sit ups

Oh yeah, and I’ve been dreaming about a man with a moving tattoo (a tank) – and the other night, a mean spirited hippo. What’s up with that?? Crazy I said!

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2nd challenge in the bag

Day 35 of Lent Challenge

Didn’t feel to fresh this morning and seriously thought about going home instead of going to the gym. Realized I didn’t have a day off this past weekend, because I stayed in Cork (gym access saturday and sunshine run on sunday). So just the thought of a long run or other exhausting drills was enough to make me think of leaving it.

None the less, dragged my sorry butt to the gym and decided to give it a shot, sometimes things have a way of turning around, once the endorphins start flowing. And to my great delight, this was one of those days. I was prepared to go home, head held high, even on a prematurely exit. But going today paid off!

Training and challenge day 35


* 1K running (12.5kph)

TGU
* 1x 5 TGU with 15.5kg dumbbell (each side)
* 4x 5 TGU w/ 12.5kg db (each side)
Tyrkish get ups are great!! Works the whole body, tickle your balance and when you get up, you can rightfully feel strong.  I used to do this drill with my 12kg KB – which is now in Denmark, so made do with two sizes of DB’s. Have to add, that I think the drill is more challenging with KB’s, as it’s a little more tricky to hold than the DB. Weight is more evenly distributed in last mentioned.
My first set with 15.5kg was hard, and so was last /fifth) set with left hand, with the lighter 12.5kg. But totally felt like a great work out.

Deadlift – 100kg challenge
*
 5x 70 kg
5x 80 kg
* 3x 90 kg
* 1x 100kg (PR) – Slipped grip on right hand on descending. So not sure if it would have counted on comp. day, but very happy to get it up and it didn’t even feel so heavy. However, when I tried a 2nd and 3rd time, it didn’t move from the floor. I guess, I missed ‘the boat’ – I find that in my strength training, I have these ‘windows’, where everything is possible. But if I don’t time it right, I’m not getting it.

Pull Ups/ Chin Ups
3 x 5 – alternate grip (6 chin ups)

Forgot to stretch, abs etc. 😦  – but

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