Blogging, Sport, training

Reasons to train: Are you sexy enough?

Amongst the reasons to train: ‘I want to be sexy’! – Thou no-one spoke the exact words to me yet, phrases like: ‘I like to tone up’, ‘can you help me get toned’, ‘Does it tone me up’, ‘I want to look fit’, could just as well be translated into: ‘Will it make me  look sexy’? Sexy understood as: ‘Delicious fit body’.

And yes, training can make you look sexy. That’s why all the ‘Bikini fit’ challenges are so popular. Cause we know training and diet can sculpt our bodies into the latest fashionably sexy frame. (And if we can’t master it this way, there is always the choice of buying parts).  And – it is important to look sexy – Life is, some will argue, about re-production and re-production is about attracting the best partner. In a more cultural frame, looking good and feeling attractive is a big part of being happy for a lot of people. Whether this is shallow or not, the way we feel about ourselves, does have a huge impact on our moods and happiness.

So besides get to look sexy and attractive, training might also help improve our self-esteem and confidence – which will make us, not only LOOK sexy, but also FEEL sexy.

And this would be my main reason to tell someone to begin training and other to KEEP UP training! To get that ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ feeling. Right in your bones. Not the ‘sexy and I look it’ feeling you get from putting on a wall of make up, do your hair & nails, 12 inch shoes and tight miniskirt. That stuff is gonna make you look sexy ala hiphop videos and ‘working girl’ sexy, but is it there, when you lose the outfit?
Getting the ‘sexy’ feeling from confidence obtained by sweat and hard work in the gym, because you strived for it and kept at it and developed your skills – is a feeling that gonna stay with you, long after the false eyelashes and the disco light is turned off.

This is one of the things, I’ve noticed with ‘my girls’: They start off – often a bit shy and very delicate. Hardly able to punch a bit harder, than one would pet a dog – but then after coming to class regular, the shyness dissolve and a more determined woman appears. And when her body learned how to box a combination where it feels natural or a kick, where she feels her own power – the confidence appears – and the ‘sexiness’ is there.

So besides the ‘burning calories’, ‘getting toned/ fit/ whatever’ – proper training with progression and discipline teaches us how to look our best: When we are our best.

So Be your best version of you and keep growing! It will make you sexy!

Sexy and I know it!

Sexy and I know it!



Sport, strength training, Teaching, training

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: