40 day Lent challenge, training

Busy wednesday – low challenge day (8th)

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.

 

Wednesday is my busy day with going from work to second work and back to first work again. Today however didn’t turn out as frustrating insane as last Wednesdays 11 work hours on a 14 hours day. So I could/ should probably have done more challenging training circuit today, but I kept it safe and will go into my detox little fuller than expected. Anyway, without further excuses here is todays training – the challenge was to use 16kg for all swings and C&J, and do a ‘Cardio-lost’ round with all my PT sessions and classes:

16kg KB
* 100 16kg KB Swings
* 26 C&J 16 kg KB (for some reason its way harder to put a KB up there, than it is to press a dumbbell up)
Cardio-lost:
* 100 Burpees
* 200 Mountain climbers
* 200 Jumping Jacks
* 200 Reverse mountains
* 200 cross bounces
additional: 
* 20 Hindu push ups
* 100 Squats

Tomorrow its No Food day! Feel all exhausted already. Haven’t really gotten any good ideas for Low intensity training during my detox, so I think, I’ll stick with the yoga routines + pull ups tomorrow (gotta keep at them, otherwise they disappear magically!). But if anyone have a good idea, please feel free to share!!

Detox – so we meet again

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40 day Lent challenge, Sport

1st day of Lent

First day of Lent is almost done. And Liam already been mentioning chocolate cake twice! 😉 And I’ve worked non-stop from morning to late evening. Which meant, I had to revise my original first 40 day challenge goal.

So between this morning at 8 clock and evening at 9, I’ve done 2 boxercise classes and around 10 PT (personal training sessions). And with very little time to eat or rest, my new goal became the 16kg KB in the gym!

My own training and my goal today became focused around PT sessions and KB sessions. And I got to swing the new heavy ball, in a total of – I think:
* 50 doubble hand swings
* 30 doubble to the top swings
* 60 one arm swings
* 2 x Clean and Jerk

Yay!

No bananas or oranges… its gonna be a long lent! 😉

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‘That’s the best physical activity, I’ve ever done in my life’

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.

 

Yesterday I got a splendid reason, for why I’m doing, what I’m doing here in Ireland.
After my boxercise class at Womens Fitness Cork a lady, told me: ‘That’s the best physical activity, I’ve ever done in my life’. And she continued: ‘I’ve tried everything running, swimming, spinning, coming to the gym. I’ve never found anything as enjoyable as boxing, it’s simply the best.’

It totally made my day and night – and now, ‘the morning after’. After a hard day of going back and forth from one class to the next and my little despair on V-day, it made it all worth it. Not only because it validated my status as a trainer, but more so, she confirmed how great boxing (martial arts) is.

And yes, I’m very well aware that boxercise is not boxing or martial arts. That it – in someone elses hand might be more like Tae Bo. But! In my boxercise classes – it all comes from boxing and the love of the sport, respect for technique, hard work and more hard work and a lot of fun.

So thank you for telling me – and thank you for letting me share my love for boxing with you guys.

Below a vid from Gleasons Gym. The most fantastic boxing gym on earth.

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Post competition training

A bit over midweek since my first powerlifting competition and I’m quite busted. Training and work has been great so far, but I haven’t really lifted anything heavy this week – apart from myself.

Yesterday contained about 14 hours on the go:
6 personal training sessions. Yesterday I put my clients through toning and strength exercises rather than focus on cardio. I hope they’ll appreciate the different drills and will be able to use them in their own training.
2 boxercise classes (1st class at CIT! Went really well, thou not all showed up. But lots of fun, energy and hard work!)

And I managed to squeeze in a little training just for me:
* 5K
* 4 x6 Dips
* 4x 6 Hamstrings curls (The Ross way = Auch! – look below the post). Put my feet underneath a machine of some sort and worked from there.

Totally wrecked last night. Used my last energy to give my bf a back massage (Well deserved after his Olympic weightlifting), before I blitzed into dreamland.

Hamstrings

 

The Ross way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woke up this morning, soar around the shoulders and upper arms. Don’t have a clue why, as I’m wasn’t doing the boxing yesterday. But it might be from all the PT, where I tend to do the sets with the clients. ( I guess it all adds up).

Went to the gym for what I thought as a recovery training. I aimed for 3K on the treadmill at a low pace and then some abs and stretch work. Ended up with a bit more work completed and am not complaining. It’s always a nice feeling to do a bit more, than your goal!!

*5K (alternated pace btw. 6.6 walking – 13.4 running. Came in under 25)
* 1000 m C2 (Forgot to look at exact time, but around 4.40. The C2 is gonna kill me one day :p)
* 4x 6 25kg db BoR
* 4 x 6 25kg db front squat
* 100 abs (different styles)
* 25 push ups (different styles)
* 30 sec back bridge
* Lots of stretching (still can put my foot behind my neck!)
 

So far I’m pretty satisfied with my workload this week. Yesterday was just a tad to stressed for my likings, going from one place to the next, just to return a few hours later. But however, it’s a nice way to get a lot of work done. And next Wednesday probably won’t feel half as stressed, since I know the drill at CIT. I have a feeling that boxercise class is gonna be lots of fun. Cross my fingers!

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Ireland vs Denmark I

It’s Tuesday and I got todays training in the bag.  Came to the gym tired from yesterdays 75min run + 45min KB class. So workload wasn’t impressive in todays training: 3K on a good pace, little benching  / a small set of 40’s, FTC and lots of ab work.

So without any plans for the day, I thought it was time to make my first Ireland vs Denmark list. (I’m sure more will follow).

First obvious notion is, that I’ve moved from the (big) city to the country side. Which means:

Tyra Banks with an irish hairdo

* Ocean view in the weekends – but no 7-11 around the corner. (store is 8k from our house)

Anne Lindfjeld with danish ditto

* My bike has been replaced with the passenger seat in the Mazda (I don’t drive)
* Numbers of sharwarma bars has been replaced with numbers of bars (pubs if you like)

* No sushi! :(((((((( (probably Irelands biggest downfall)

* Running 5 lakes has been replaced with running up and down 5 five hills
* Irish guys are mostly very gentleman like – holding the door etc. (Not a word about my bf thou 😉 haha) – and some of them look like Collin Farrel!!!
* Irish ladies have big hair!!! Not sure how to describe the danish hairstyle, but definetly an inch or two lower!

 

 

Speaking of irish ladies – my boxercise class at Womens Fitness Gym just hit a new high yesterday. A lady told me, it was probably the best thing, she ever did for herself in her life!  Not sure you can get a better compliment, than that. And, the best thing is – it was all her!! Her and her partner. I’m just the facilitator, calling the shots yes, but it’s entirely up to the individual to push herself.
I alway encourage my classes to keep at it. To not give up, but push through! And this particuliar lady must have done so! I’m so happy for her – and proud to get the class going at that intensity!

 

My second class yesterday was my Kettlebell class, which Im also really happy about. I think the 3 sets starting with the easier exercises and progressing forward are the best mix. Two younger ladies was in, and one of them gave up on some of the drills. I had a word with her after class, and told her to stick with it next time. Just try – never give up! (such a cliche, but so true, when it comes to life). I hope she will remember my words next week and keep at it. Dig deep and come through! I know, if she do, she’ll feel three inch taller and so proud. It’s the greatest gift of training.

Tomorrow its time for my first boxercise class at CIT. Program in place, hoping it will be just as cool!

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