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Training journal

While I’m putting together ‘Fight Sport – The love of my life’ blog in my mind, I thought I update you a bit on the training side of life – with a broken finger.

For the moment I’m teaching a few handful of classes each week, so I get my basics of body weight excercise down. Extras are in these weeks complementaries, as I can’t box or lift heavy if I want my finger to heal up. And after a couple of months of swollen, somewhat painful finger, I’ve decided to let it get the needed rest and hopefully, it will heal up nicely.
(I can’t wait to go boxing again thou!!!)
Training from the last week or so – in backwards order:

Tuesday:
3x 3 Squats @ 52.5kg
3x 6 Military @ 20kg
3x 6 Hamstring Curls @35kg
20:20:20 Class
2x FighterGirls Club
Monday:
3x 3 Snatch @ 20kg
3x 3 Goodmornings @45kg
3x 3 Squats @50kg
Boxercise class

Sunday:
5K run with Liam – Freaking cold weather, felt like my face was gonna come off the first 10 minutes

Saturday:
Nuthin’ – watching the great Saenchai putting on a clinic in the Neptune Stadium

Friday:
Muay Thai @Brucies Gym. Just worked the bag + Liam holding pads for me (just kicks, elbows and left hand work)

Thursday:
Circuit Class, Kettlebell class & FighterGirls

Wednesday:
3x 3 Squats @50kg
3x 3 Goodmornings @40kg
3x 3 Hamstrings @ 30kg
Classes: Burn & Tone, The FighterGirls Club & Abs Blast

Notes:
Not much running!
Meek squats – Trying to do the smart thing and start-up slowly again. Ending my 4 week program next week, so will be putting together a new one to start later in March. Upping the weights – and hopefully the finger is healed!
Really miss training Muay Thai!! Hoping to join one of the gyms here in Ireland soon!

Ps. Despite of terrible, terrible cold weather (and mostly rain!), I’m really happy these days in Ireland. Liam and I are doing very well and I really like my new job at Mi.Fitness. In fact, I’m sitting here looking forward to go to work later today!!

PPs. Photo-related: I never fell in with my diet. Just had a day when I got the wheat craving. So far, I’ve been very good at avoiding wheat and gluten. (However not sure about the muesli, I had this morning in CIT! We were out of yogurt at home, so had breakfast in college after the class). Can’t see any progress this week from last, which could be due to two things:
1) I eat a sh** load of food
2) Body is at that point, where changes takes longer to appear

Anyway will update on this next week!

one size

 

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Broken but mending

So I had a close encounter with the Irish health system last friday. After two months of swelling and pain in my finger, a doctors visit that led to no-where, I was ready for the A&E test (Accidents & Emergency).
Now, while my finger had gone from an emergency to an accident, it was still severe – being fat & painful. Never the less, CUH (Cork University Hospital) had me waiting for nearly 6 hours for an X-ray.
Only to be told by a severly overweight doctor (who sounded like Apu from Simpsons): ‘If you come two months ago, you would not have this problem’.

I mean: WTF!!%¤#”” No shit Sherlock! I waited 6 hours for that??

Yes I did, and I’m paying 100 euro for it too – courtesy The A&E staff at CUH & The Irish Health Care system.

This is great, so I thought I should wait around a bit more. Just short of three hours waiting the next day, and I do get to see a physiotherapist at the ‘Broken bone clinic’. She is actually listening to me, and I’m told my finger is indeed broken (clean-cut almost), but it’s mending. However, I shouldn’t punch anything – or lift anything heavy.
(So much for slamming the fat doctor and GnP him 😉 )

Anyway, It’s fair to say she restored a bit of my faith in health professionals – and I’m really trying to comply with her perscriptions. No boxing with the right hand – or heavy lifting.

Also mending this week is my relationship with the PR Company in London. Not sure if they just got better at their job, or if it’s due to my friend from Holland /Glory organisation, but I did receive a very informative and almost friendly mail this morning. Which Im very happy for. I hope this will be a great event – and besides watching some of the worlds best K-1 fighters, I also get to see a long lost friend. And with a hopefully friendly PR company to help/ provide me with schedules etc. It can only be a great weekend!

Training schedule since hospital visit:

Saturday: Muay Thai – 1rd of pads (just kicks) + 18 rds of bag work (kicks, Knees, elbows & left hand)
Sunday: 5K easy run/jog
Monday:
Modified S&C Week 3 programe:

Snatch 4x 4 – 20kg
Goodmornings 4x 4 – 40 kg
Squats 4×4 – 50kg

Rest of the week will probably look like this. No heavy weights – squats & goodmornings and left hand work!

Training schedule before hospital was a lot of classes + 2 weeks of S &C program.

I’m doing a free seminar this saturday (march 9th) in RB Fitness. If you’re an Irish female in Cork, come and join!
Also Saenchai – worlds best p4p fighter is in Cork. He’s a friend of my trainer KruToy and I hope, I’ll have an interview with him this weekend!

the gathering muay thai

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Got squat ?!?

Something funny happened in the gym (again today). I was up in Mayfield to get a little session of my own, and while I was squatting, a huge guy came up to me and said: ‘It’s good to see women squatting’. I smiled and nodded politely, trying to reply squat is good for everybody, but he cut me off and then proceeded on to say: ‘Don’t ever feel embarrassed or threatened to come to the gym, just because there’s a bunch of guys lifting weights here’ (nodding over to his friends doing bench and flys).

I’m still smiling politely and am about to mutter some reasonable reply – which are stuck, cause I’m not sure what to say. At this point, I’ve been in the gym for about 15 minutes – squatting. He then mumbles something and walks away, take his bag and proceed to the exit. I just got time to squeeze out a little half ‘Thank you’.

I’m actually not sure, why I still find these moments funny – but I do.

It happened before, and it will probably happen again: Guys feeling the need to commentating a female on the free weights. I’m ok with that! Comment at me!

Wednesday (today):
Squat
10x 20kg warm up
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 40kg
2x 5x 45kg
4x 50kg
3x 50kg
– Getting up there. Funny first two 50 was easy – then I adjusted my stance and it felt crap. Anyway, nice to feel a little strength left, despite so many months since squatting regularly.

Front Squat:
5x 20kg
5x 25kg
2x 5x 30kg
– Quite easy, will up the weight next

Front squat super set with strict Pull / Chin ups:
5,4,3 (pull ups),5,4,3 (Chin ups)

Goodmornings:
5x 20kg
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 40kg
-Quite easy 40’s

Lats:
5x 30kg
5x 35kg
2x 5x 40kg
5x 45kg
– Last set hard enough

Hanging leg raises – super controlled and with pause at the top
6x 5

BoR:
2x 5x 20kg
5x 22.5kg
– Still got some strength despite elbow and wrist fuck. Both seems better, but going to push regular push ups/ dips/ bench ect.  for another week. Hopefully it keep getting better – and by next week – be gone! (here’s to hoping!)

Abs & Back on swissball
5x 20

Stretching – Nice!

Tuesday:
5.7 K – normal pace
2 classes: The FighterGirl Club & Mayfield
-Despite the nice article in The Cork News no new girls showed up because of that, but a few due to word of mouth. I have a feeling it might be the lack of ‘No Contact’ fighter fit training mention in the paper. It does sounds a small bit like it’s a real fighter class. Anyway, am not too bothered. I’m sure the class will take off even more than it has. It’s a great class and my girls love it – and I love getting them fighter fit! (as much as possible with just two days a week.. If it were for real.. I know.. different story!). Anyway, noticed one of my girls have started toning up, others are kicking better, getting stronger and they all doing their push ups without sticking the butt up! So proud!! (big heart inserted here).
Mayfield is busy as usual and girls here also very hardworking and enthusiastic! So thankful to do these two classes.

Monday:
5.7k 70% run

 

 

 

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Fighting talk – proud to fight like a girl

This past week one of the two big free weekly newspapers in Cork, wrote a little article about ‘The FighterGirls Club’ (Article can be found here: Fighting Talk ). Despite the journalist didn’t use the photo of the girls and didn’t mention some of what we talked about (No contact fighter drills f.ex.), I’m really happy about the article. Not because it might help attract new women to the club, but mostly because she put in a few things, that I really believe in:

1) Fighting like a girl is nothing to be shamed of: Girls are tough and strong!

2) Being fit/ training has nothing to do with being a size zero

3) Martial Arts is awesome! (and a great way to get fit, stay fit and develop yourself physically, mentally and spiritually

I hope the words of the article reach girls, teens and women of all ages and sizes, and I hope that despite the medias constant focus on commercialized beauty and skinny models – that the words of the article will hit home: Training is about feeling good in your skin (in and out of your clothes), training is getting to know your body again and find that you are capable!

And of course – get more females into the world which have given me so much: Fight Sport! (Now I could say Muay Thai! But the truth is I love all the fight sports I’ve been involved in – from Taekwondo to MMA. Muay Thai just happens to have the biggest piece of my fightergirl heart)

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Training update since last blog:

Thursday: 6.5K 70% run + 3 classes (CIT, The FighterGirls Club & Mayfield). Also got a little weight session in:
10x 20kg Squat
2x 5x 30kg Squat
2x 5x 40kg squat

2x 5x 20kg Goodmornings
2x 5x 30kg Goodmornings
5x 40kg Goodmornings

2x 5 Pull ups (strict – NO kipping)
-Note: I’m taking it slowly on the squats as it’s been probably more than 6-8 months since I’ve done any serious weights. I’m not looking to get back into Powerlifting, just preparing for thaiboxing. Wrist and elbow slowly getting better – hopefully in a week or two it’s all good!

Friday: 5.7K 70% run
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 5.7K 70% run
 
 

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Another training update

Weekend: NOTHING! But it was quite beautiful

View from the cottage on a saturday evening

Monday: RB Fitness
15 min skipping
Goodmornings:
2x 20kg warm up
2x 5x 25kg
2x 5x 27.5kg
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 32.5kg
– Still pretty easy

BoR (DB Style)
5x 5x 17.5kg (each side)

FCT
20x 20kg warm up
4x 20 x 25kg

Evening:
2x 5x 20kg snatch (horrible night, think I f*cked my wrist again!! )
2x 30 sec back bridge

 

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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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Weekend challenge time

So it’s time for this weekends ‘Weekend challenge‘ (I hope some of my boxercise ladies are reading along, cause these challenges are specially tailor made for you!)

Last weekend we did 100 squats @bw (body weight), this weekend we’re gonna work our way up the body, and target that midsection area with love handles, ‘once was a waist’ and the weaker lower back. In short: The Core area is in need of some serious, safe work. And a great way to do so, is to work with weight and stability drills. This one, is one of my favorites!

Saxon sidebends:

Hold something above your head. Aim to keep your arms straight. Make sidebends – upper body aligned with hips and legs, so watch you don’t tip over or backwards.

Now I know, some of you don’t have access to a medicine ball or a weight plate. Don’t despair! You can use, whatever you have at home: A gallon of milk, a six pack of drinks, 5kg potato bag, a chair, a bottle of wine, a duck or a garden rock. Only your imagination sets the limits. For best result, choose something that is a bit hard for you to make sidebends with.

The 2x 30 you can split up as to 3x 10 during each day. It’s 5 to each side if you’re not use to working the core. If you are do 10 to each side.

A few ideas for your Saxon Sidebends. And remember: You have to sweat, to look good 😉

Thursday recap:
8k in Edited (17th may) – Not sure about time. Might have been fast, but prob not 14min!! (Hahaha)
3 x 6 pull ups (alternate grip)
3x 20 Hamstrings – superset with
3x 20 Saxon Sidebends with 9kg MB

Friday Light session:
2x 10x 9kg MB Windmills
2x 20 Squat to OH press (9kg MB)
2x 10 Saxon Sidebends
Goodmornings session:
2x 5x 20kg
2x 5x 30kg
2x 5x 35kg
2x 5x 40kg

6 Pulls ups
4x 5x 22.5kg BoR (total 20 each side. Left is a bit weaker than right)
4x 20 Decrease sit ups (obliques)
2x 10 OH tricep ext (12.5kg/ 15kg db)
2x 20 Back extension
2x 20 back extension w/Swissball
2.5min plank

Stretch & foam roller

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