Sport, Teaching, training

Why do we train?

I just wrote and posted this in The FighterGirls Club today:

So FighterGirls – time to talk a bit about getting fit, strong and loose that weight. Over the time I’ve trained with you guys, some of you have asked questions about diet, training and weight loss.
We gonna address your questions here – please join the talk, comment, like, ask questions etc. We are all here to learn how to be better, stronger and fitter in our happy jeans ♥

First question: Why should I train?

Answer: Training is great for so many reasons!
1) Regular training makes you fitter and stronger and help you lose weight/ tone up = Looking and feeling good!
2) Training reminds you how amazing your body is (in case you forgot). When we were kids, we used to play around: run, jump, skip, climb and as adults, most of us have forgotten how much our bodies are actually capable of. Training teaches us how to move again3) Training lifts your spirit. Endorphins are released during training and make you feel good. You might have to drag yourself to gym after a busy day, but when you leave the gym, chances are 99.9% your mood is much better. (That’s true for the FighterGirls anyway ♥ )

4) Raises confidence: As you grow with your training, you’re gaining the kind of confidence that NO purchase, haircut, new bag or designer clothes can ever buy you – You gain the confidence of knowing what you’re actually capable of! That you can actually kick/ box that hard, lift those weights, make the sprints.
-And it’s the kind of confidence you can apply to other areas of your life: You’re can do it, if you put work into it!

5) …. And bloggers if you got an opinion please bring it: Why should we…
Edited:
When I started writting the above, I was actually going to adress weightloss first. But when I started thinking about it, traning is so much more than weightloss, and I thought a piece about why training is good to do, would be more in the spirit of The FighterGirls Club. Weightloss/ toning etc. are some of the results of what we are doing in the FigtherGirls Club, but it’s not the main objective.
I should also update this weeks training so far!
Tuesday:
6K 70% run
2 x Boxercise classes: FighterGirls Club & Mayfield. Both classes was amazing this Tuesday!! The crew in the FighterGirls Club getting really good and pushing on! And better still, they make me step it up too. A new girl came in – turned out she wasn’t new to the ‘boxercise’ experience at all 😀 Just really happy to see it coming together.
Second class in Mayfield was just as good! Class was packed and despite time running way to fast in this class, I think it be fair to say, all the ladies got their work cut out for them! Couldn’t help feeling a little blessed after these two classes!
Wednesday:
Morning PT session: Had a girl in the gym for an hour, to what was her first weight training with free weights (I think). She did really well, pushed through and we worked a lot on technique obviously – but she still managed to pull some decent weight for her size. I did an odd set here and there to give her a little break between some of the sets and let her muscles recover. (We didn’t work to failure, as it was a first time in gym – and I’m a strong believer in proper technique, rather than just lifting something heavy).
I’m looking forward to hear from her today 🙂
Evening set of core: Swissball joys for about 45 min. I’m working with some of my ‘old’ routine from my toning classes in Fitness.dk ABC, and I have to say, they still rock. Especially the one leg roll out, burns the crap out of the calve and bum.
Liam front squatted 110kg wednesday night! Guy is a beast! Can’t wait to my wrist and elbow are fine again – what a boxing/ weightlifting feast I’ll have 🙂
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Is sprints harder on mondays?

Just home after 6x 400m sprints. And it was just not fun today. Well – it’s never really, really fun, but today seemed like a disaster. 10 bpm down from my max, only a few weeks ago, on the same track. Weird!
It felt just as hard, but heart rate monitor speaks the truth: It wasn’t.

I’m not sure if it’s due to monday – coming after a weekend with NO cardio (only strength training and muay thai). Or the fact, that I only ran 1.2K for warm up? In any case, I’ll have to do sprint test again next week and check my numbers. I did hill sprints two weekends ago, and I didn’t managed to get my heart rate up to max either. So next week – track and I, once again!

Flower photo from this summer… went by too fast (actually never really arrived here in Ireland)

Thursday:
6K 70% run
3x Boxercise classes (CIT, FighterGirls Club, Mayfield)

Friday:
6K 70% run

Saturday:
90 min Muay thai, bag work primarily, 95% kick and knees due to wrist. Right kick felt great, strong – good technique and landed 9 out 10 as I wanted it to. Left maybe 50/ 50 – definitely need to work more on this. Knees felt good. I miss boxing thou.. but was so liberating to kick again!
Strength training core x3:
20 Saxon ww/ 10kg
20 Evil wheels
2×20 sides (l&r)
2x 20 Back ext (upper and lower)

Sunday: Looking out on the rain

Monday:
6x 400m sprints
5.5 K total

Core session tonight

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Goodmornings in the afternoon

It’s never too late for goodmornings!

Cold days here in Ireland. thou today was grey and not that cold. Walked to the city for training (with The Storm playing), and didn’t need my half gloves. Woke up this morning, with yet another strange dream. This time it was a zombie dream (my first). Not as fun to be chased by brain eating zombies, as one might think. On the other hand, it was good to wake up this morning 🙂
Made me think about – how we in many instances of life turn into zombies: Following without ever stop and question. Continuing without asking ourselves is this what we want life to be about. Anyways.. woke up a human… (hopefully)..

Zombie from Resident evil remake

Monday: Core session x 5
warm up: OH Squat walks (2x 20m)
20 Swissball + 10kg
5 Dragon Flags (for try)
2x 20 Side Swissball + 10kg
20 Russian + 10kg
2x 5 x10kg monkey wheels

Tuesday: 7.something K 70% run in the city
2x Boxercise classes: The FighterGirls Club & Mayfield

Wednesday: Core session
Warm up: 4K walk
Goodmornings:
1x 10x 20kg – warm up set
2x 5x 25 kg
2x 5x 30kg
1x 5x 35kg

Front Squat
2x 5x 20kg
3x 5x 25 kg

Core set x 3
20 Swissball + 10kg
20 Swissball
2x 20 Swissball sides
2x 20 Swiss back ext
20 Evil Wheel

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Does sport makes us better women?

Working with – in – and ‘on’ (my) sport, is very rewarding for me on many levels (otherwise I wouldn’t waste my time on it) and I’m sure it have somehow made me a better person (woman).
I watched the ‘Born for the fight’ videos on You Tube and in the third episode a gym owner explains how Muay Thai made him a better man. It made him want to take in the young poor boys of his village, teach them, train them, put them through school, feed them and give them values and discipline.

It resonated with me, that the sport which have given him so much, made him want to pass it on. As I’ve stated in many posts before, that’s why I like teaching: I want to pass on my joy – I want to ‘give back’.

Sledgehammer training (on a rare summer day)

On a more societal level, I think sport have made me a better woman:
* Having trained for all these years, I’m confident walking home alone at night-time whether in New York or Clonakilty
* I cherish working in a team, even my sport are individual: No one gets strong all alone!
* I’ve also realized, I’m stronger than I think
* I enjoy feeling my body is healthy, strong and capable (of what I might throw at it)
* Even I sometimes feel like crying while at it, I do like the feeling of pushing myself (or being pushed) to perform better and do things, I wasn’t sure I could do

I think being active in sport, does makes us better women (and men), because it teaches us to have confidence in ourselves. To take on challenges. To learn to trust others (our trainers and team mates). And it also allows us (as women) to be aggressive, strong and dominating in a world full of contradictions to what ‘a real woman’ is.

If you’re a female reader of mine – I’d love to hear what sport/ fitness/ fight sport means for you!  (And if you’re a man, I’d like to know likewise. What does sport/ fitness means to you?)

Training update for past week:
Tuesday: Track run (20 min), 2x Boxercise classes ( The FighterGirls Club and Mayfield)
Wednesday: 13K run in the city (including 3 stair case hill sprints. St. Patrick Hill)
Thursday: 3x Boxercise classes (CIT, The FighterGirls Club and Mayfield)
Friday: Core session with Ania in RB Fitness (made me realize, I haven’t been doing strict core in over 1 year)
Saturday: Hill sprints in Clon x5 (5K total) + Core session:
10min skipping warm up
*Evil wheel
* Weighted sit ups
* Sideways sit ups (x2)
4 drills, 4 sets and 10, 15, 20 & 25 for reps
Sunday: Relaxing. Went to see Skyfall with Liam. Great entertainment, thous reminded a small bit of Batman

This past week I’ve come across two strong women in sport:

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Fitness ethics – Take responsibility for your health

Coming to Ireland from Denmark has opended my eyes to the matter of professional ethics in the fitness industry and that have made me thinking about my own ethics as a fitness professional.

I’ve just started up ‘The FighterGirls Club‘ here in Cork, and it’s been really important to me, to be honest about my ‘product’ and the results the girls can get. I don’t want to join the endless list of salesmen in disguise of fitness professionals, who promises quick, pain free, effortless (weight loss) results.

So it’s basically my site is saying: I can help you lose weight – shape up – get fit and toned. Even get you in the ring: But there is no easy short cuts! It’s hard work, but if you’re willing to put in the effort – I be right there beside you.

It pains me to know that a lot of the women, I’ve trained at my old job (in Womens Fitness Plus, Cork), is now being lured into buying expensive supplements, they don’t need – and from the look of Facebook pages it’s not the only gym, who sells ‘magic pills’ and promises of gold.

I understand the need to make money. Heck, I want to make money too! and I understand how tempting it is, if a sales representative from a supplement company tells you ‘If you up the sale by 30%, you can make even more money on selling the stuff‘. But I think Greed is a bad excuse to prey on womens problems with their bodies – the constant weight loss battle most women faces in points of their lives. It’s tasteless and bad form in my opinion.

I’ve joined the fitness world, because I love fitness! I love training, I love fighting (even I’ve been a nervous wreck) – and I love all the people who trained me through my career. All the effort, the knowledge they put into our time together – and that’s why I love teaching – I love giving back. Getting people to feel the benefits of being physical active, share the happiness endorphins bring and the satisfaction when you can slip into your pants, without sucking it in.
Making money from it, is a benefit – and of course a necessary one in our society – but I’m in it for LOVE!

To my sad realization, there is a few people in the industry, who doesn’t have a clue about training, fitness, diets or supplements, who will say anything to make an extra euro. I pity them, and I feel sad for their members/ clients.

But since greed is probably not gonna run out of style anytime soon, you can’t rely on the Fitness industry to follow any ethics for its field. Therefor the best weapon you can get is KNOWLEDGE.
Before you take your purse up to pay 70euro for a bucket of protein powder or what ever – go home, google the product, read up on it (not on the manufacturers site, but independent testers like me with the CLA test) and make your own decision.

For example: Most people eat enough protein through their daily meals (if they lift heavy weights, they’ll benefit from extra ) – but for most a handful of nuts, beef jerky or a slice of chicken would suffice.

So please use your sense and don’t trust gym owners or trainers blindly. It’s not like we’re doctors and bound by a professional ethic to always look out for your best. Unfortunately time here in Ireland have taught me, some only look out to fill their wallet.

Now in the end of my ethic blog: Don’t use this as an excuse to stay home! Most gyms and trainers are just like me: In it for the love and they strive to give the best teaching and up to date knowledge. So go to your gym, train, enjoy yourself and become stronger and fitter than the day before.

Take responsibility for your own health!

Training update:
Thursday: 3x classes (Did two full as the classes was small and uneven numbered). Pretty wrecked today
Friday: Recovery run edited: 30 min on tracks, including x 5 pull ups

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Give me muscles

Training to get the lost back! Been out and away from heavy weight training all summer. Am back now with a bad elbow and injured wrist. It’s not gonna keep me from finding my lost form, however – I’m being careful.

Tuesday: Birth of the FighterGirls Club (my big passion), followed by a class in Mayfield
Before FighterGirls, I walked around in the city handing out (strategically) flyers for the Club to the ladies of Cork. I truly hope some of the women I met, will jump at the chance and give it a go.
Last night was a great class because it was all me – I look forward for Tomorrow

Wednesday: Morning with very light strength training (or re-gaining my muscles slowly)
15 min skipping (warm up)

Warm up set:
10x 20kg DL
10x 20kg Good mornings

Weight set:
5x5x 50kg DL
1x 5x 20kg Goodmornings
4x 5x 25kg Goodmornings

BoR – DB
5x5x 17.5kg – Noticed: Didn’t feel it in my core, so arms are still packing a bit of power (Yay!)

Saxon Sidebends @6kg
5x 20x 6kg

Pull Ups/ Chin Ups
5, 3, 4

In the end a little fooling with the speed ball. Been ages since I’ve played with that one, so was pretty shit 😦  (haha)

In total: I’m pretty satisfied. Kept weights light and easy as to not irritate elbow and wrist, and still managed to work up a bit of a sweat. So hopefully this is the first step in claiming muscles back.

Olympic weightlifting tonight!

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Bank Holiday update

Not much… thoughts pre-occupied with the launch of The FighterGirls Club tomorrow, so mind and body not that much in sync. I guess when it comes to the body, nothing causes more trouble than stress. It affects diet, training, sleep – if I was trying to drop weight for a fight or for a bikini body, I would go nuts at this point. Luckyli I’m not.

Anyway re-cap from the Bank Holiday weekend:

Friday: Nothing

Saturday:
15  min skipping, 3000m C2, level 10

Sunday:
Clean pulls x 5 @20kg
Circuit x 5
100 Skipping
10 ATG Squats BW
10 Burpees
10 Push ups

Followed by:
5 OH Squats w/ 20kg plate
2x 20 Back extension
2x 20 Hamstring raises
2x 20 x 15kg Lunges

Weak finisher of pull / chin ups
4-3-4

Monday:
8K in the hills. No 70% run possible. The hills screw everything up and in the end, I got worried, that Liam forgot to look after my clothes drying on the AGA, so hurried the last 2.5K.

Tomorrow is my first FighterGirls Club event.
So nervous, anxious and excited!

 

The FighterGirls Club poster

 

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