Sport, training

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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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:

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Sport, training

Training stuff and spiders

Since my last blog visit, I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Maize Maze race against Liam and Alex, holding a tarantula, running 5K under 20 and get a handful of blisters from playing with the 16Kg KB.
Oh Joy!

Friday
Saturday: 20 min Skipping
5K: 18.27
4x 5 Pull Ups (different grips)

Sunday: Won the Maize Maze race & got close with a tarantula

Monday: Kettlebell class at Womens Fitness (Excellent small group: Made them start of with a heavier KB than usual and switch down, when they got tired. Seem to work the purpose: They got more confident, and got a better work out!)
More than full Boxercise class to end the night! Katie Taylor has indeed inspired the Irish women to put on the gloves and give it out!

Tuesday: 30 min Skipping, followed by a circuit (x3):
10 Evil Wheel roll Out
20 Russians w/ 12kg kb
100 Skips
5 Pull ups

Liam says we’re going Kickboxing tonight, with his old trainer. Looking forward to that!! He should be one of the best for boxing!

New best friend?

 

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