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Day 79 – Joy!

Well – I’m actually a few days late. I know!! (last entry is from Saturday and today is Tuesday). Once again I ran out of internet and didn’t get around to it, until today. So I’m just gonna pick up the puck from where I left it – even I know, I’m probably about 5 days behind at this point! (My appologies, if you’re following the 100days challenge).

Lot’s of joy this morning! First time in 2 weeks, I made it to Mikenta’s morning class. It was really good, with headcoach and owner Brian Tallerik as the captain. Lot’s of padwork, followed by 4 rounds of bagwork. Worked with a very young girl (Anna) and had a good time. I’ve really come to love Brian’s classes, as I always seem to be learning a bit new and get inspired to better myself, and ofcourse, as always in the back of my mind: I’m thinking of what and how to bring it back to my girls in Ireland.

Also joyous: I got more internet pay time!

And last joy but not least: I got a Cross training class tonight in Fresh Fitness
I really look forward to teach a class again and I’m pretty sure, it’ll be a good class. Have planned 3 rounds with various exercises of different difficulties and challenges. But!! The best plans can easily change when it comes to classes; more people need more stations – less people might benefit from following each other. We’ll see!

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland - you're lacking behind!!!)

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland – you’re lacking behind!!!)

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Day 84 – The male beauty

This afternoon we visited Christiania for a short time, and I actually saw my first ever ‘Synthol’ guy. I also saw a guy in a small sequined dress, but that’s a common affair. Synthol injections in the muscles – I actually thought guys were too smart for stuff like that, at least since Gregg Valentino appeared in ‘The man who’s arms exploded’.
At least I didn’t expect to ever see a pair of synthol arms in nice, quiet, educated Copenhagen. But there they were – coming towards me. Sitting on the shoulders of an angry-looking man. The kind with neck tattoos and a look that tells you, if you look at him a half a minute too long, you won’t be looking at anything but dirt for the next 15 minutes – while getting beat to shit. (However – there is that question on whether he would be able to use his synthol arms or not!!)

I was very surprised to see him, but then I came home and saw this (see photo below) posted on Facebook, and I realized that men are under a lot of pressure from the media – the fashion – the rich and famous to look their best. Just as women have been for decades.
To be honest from all my years of training stuff, I guess, I’ve been used to being around fit guys, and I never really thought about how some men must struggle to live up to todays beauty ideal of the male body. At most I’ve heard guys complaining about weight loss when they were getting ready for fights – but never actually heard anyone talk about the hard work on putting on muscles. (except for the guys already lifting tons, who are suffering from bigorexia ( muscle dysmorphia)).

Now, I don’t think the synthol guy injected his arms just to look sexy for us (the opposite sex). I think he just as much, wanted to look big and strong to scare – or demand respect from his peers. And in a way, I guess it’s the home (male) version of silicone and botox – just for men.
The beauty of men have changed as well as for women – and even it’s nice too look at abs and big strong legs, I’m not sure our ideals of beauty is for the better. Too much emphasis on the outside and not enough caring on what goes on inside.

The male equivelant of the wonder bra

The male equivelant of the wonder bra

Days training: 8K
We’ve visited my parents this weekend, so instead of the lakes in Cph, we went for a run in the nearby forest. We had pretty good run – at least I think so. Pace was doable and half way in, we increased a bit, but I could still toggle along.
-As a fun surprise we caught a glimpse of the ‘Post Danmark rundt’ bicycle race, on the way back. It was a last-minute excuse to add a little extra to our run, that made it possible for us to cheer for a few seconds, while the riders stormed by. Hereafter it was back on the road for the last app. 1k back.

On the last 100m, I signaled to Liam to sprint back.. and he just took off. Usually I feel I can keep a distance to him, but today he just kept pulling away. Absolutely blown away!

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Day 91 – The positive weekend

Liam and I agreed yesterday evening to have a weekend, where we couldn’t say anything negative. About anything or anyone. Only positive things was to leave our lips this weekend.

The idea grew from a thought of how words create our reality and enhance our emotions – and our experience of life. If by choosing only to pronounce positive words, could we have a happier weekend?
I think we did have a good Saturday, but we did encounter a few ‘on edge’ situations during the day. And of course it was in the traffic. Where else does ‘on edge’ situations occur?

On the other end of the scale, we had a great massage in Natha Yoga house after training. Was just pure brilliant!!

I look forward for tomorrow too – I think it’s gonna be a happy sunday

Training today:
Thaiboxing in Butchers Fight Gym w/ Kru Toy. Teamed up with Liam, so the poor guy had to restraint his powers. Kru Toy made a good finisher with knees, and Liam let me clinch a little with him afterwards.
Weightlifting in Butchers Lab – Snatch, Jerks & cleans cross fit style. Was nice to try something different + I got a really excellent tip for my wrists!

 

 

 

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The influence of diet or how to gain two inches in a night

It would be my guess, that most women can relate to what I’m about to show now. Cause, I don’t think myself to be all that special as in ‘freak of nature’ special – but who knows. I’ve actually never really discussed this in details with my fellow ladies – only like a silent, un-spoken agreement, that we all be nodding ‘uhmm’ to, when the subject arises every now and again.

Cause, it might not be true for men – but for us women, a gain of 2-3kg in a night is possible. I know Liam and other men will easily drop 2-3kg (or even more) in a night. And in a brief period (in the duration of a month), I too, will be loosing weight at night, instead of gaining. However – monthly weight gains from out of nowhere, is something us women have to live with, unless we’re athletes who fucked up the system. Then we’re pretty much the same all the time.

Anyway – I discovered another way of gaining – not weight, but inches. All in just 24 hours.
I’ve been on glutenfree diet for about 6 weeks now, I think – expect for my trip to Denmark, where I ate Danish pastry (wienerbrød) every day – and often 2 or three times a day. And I enjoyed every shameful bit of it!! Te-birkes, chokolade wienerdrøm, høj snegl, træstammer!! Yums!!!  I came back from Denmark last sunday ( a week ago), body shocked to pieces by all the pastry, so I had a week of basically no sweet or wheat.  (The funny thing was however, I didn’t notice a huge change in my body. Maybe because of the continuous overload?)

This weekend however, I got my hands on a piece of chocolate, pecan, caramel tort from Deasys. And it’s absolutely just as gorgeous as it sounds – and taste it too! But besides being loaded with sugar, its also made with a small amount of flour.
And I could tell!! All sunday morning stomach was in bits – and I’ve grown a clip or two in my belt!!
All for a piece of tort!

Crazy huh!! Goes to show how much food influence our bodies in both feel and look!
I might do another wheat day again – as it really is nice to eat cakes and the like. (and I have my eyes on a nice pizza too), but I also have to say, that even the results of my changed diet aren’t that overwhelming (body fat percentage down 2%, bodyweight about 1.5kg), I think, I do feel better in my body.

If you're thinking of doing it - I'd say 'Go for it'!! You can always go back, if it doesn't suit you!!

If you’re thinking of doing it – I’d say ‘Go for it’!! You can always go back, if it doesn’t suit you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past week’s training:
Today: Nothing – zip, zerro!
Saturday: 6.4k with Liam (Hurt and didn’t feel nice)
Friday: Sprints with Liam (7x 400m + 8x 100’s + 2 miles jog)
Thursday: Circuit class & FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: Abs Blast, FighterGirls & Burn/Tone classes
Tuesday: 20min running, 20:20:20 & Kettlebells
Monday: Boxercise
Sunday: 16K with Liam (slow pace)
– Muay thai was unfortunately cancelled this saturday! :((

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Reasons to keep training: ‘Are you happy enough’?

So a few of my FighterGirls read the ‘Are you sexy enough’ blog and suggested I wrote a blog about how training makes you (them) feel: More happy and more energetic.
And I a more than happy to pick up the challenge, cause I know exactly what they are talking about – and there is too, a perfectly scientific explanation to this. (Apart from the girls obviously are feeling sexy enough 😉  haha).

Endorphins1

Endorphins!! Endorphins is a chemical response in the brain, that releases on physical activity, on pain and stress situations. In relation to exercise, endorphins is not only, what makes your mood feel better after the class. It’s also responsible for you getting through with some of the harder parts of the class. Parts where you normally would feel too much pain to get through: Burpees could be an example.
Instead Endorphins and Willpower is seeing you through this. And you come out in the other end, feeling stronger and with a sense of accomplishment.

But what about the energy levels? Training and working out makes you spend a lot of energy (at least in my class). And yet, you still feel you have more energy when you leave – and often in the days to follow.  Endorphins can give you a feeling of release, that can translate into feeling more energetic – and then there is of course the physiological aspect of training and working out:
You train to become stronger and fitter. The stronger your body are, the more it will be capable to handle: And the stronger and better you’ll feel in all areas of your life, simply because your increasing strength help makes everyday tasks easier. Stair climbing – no problem. Carrying stuff – no problem. Running for the bus – no problem (well.. depending on the bus driver). Shopping at a big sale, and have to make room for yourself: All of a sudden you feel those push ups (making your arms and upper body stronger) come into a whole new sense of use!!

So yes: You can think of training as an energy investment: You pay with a certain amount of energy – and get even more back! And the endorphins will make you happier in the process. (There is a reason why some Danish doctors is prescribing exercise as a treatment against depression!!)

And this doesn’t even cover the best of it (in my opinion)!! Besides endorphins and the effect of those – training – especially when it comes to Martial Arts – will give you a deep satisfaction of getting to know your body once more. You’ll learn how to control it by mastering kicks, punches and movements. With time and perseverance you’ll find, that the boundaries you set for yourself (I can’t do it!!), shatters and is overcome. You’ll feel strong in the process, as you go from barely touching the pads to actually trying to ‘kill’ them. In short: You’ll feel sexier! 😉

Ok! Enough of the sexy part! Just get in the gym! Get training and experience the endorphin release first hand: Feel alive, more happy and ready to take on the world! I wish you a good trip!!

chickenendorphin endorfins endorphins2

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

This one is easy! I just ‘shot’ my girls last night and I’m both proud and thankful.
Physical training – especially for women – can be much more than just getting in shape: Growing confidence, better self-esteem, empowerment. So not only getting in physical shape – also mentally training helps you.

I’m thankful for all these ladies coming to my classes week after week, spending time and energy with me and each other – and I’m sure every one of them are thankful for the classes, their partners and their newfound sense of ability!

Thank you girls!

The FighterGirls in my RB class (a few of the regular missing, but you know, who you are 🙂

From TFGC afiliation class at Mayfield 🙂

 

 

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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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Laying the foundation for happines

These days, I’ve yet again ‘broke the rules of conformity’ and decided to try it out on my own. First time I did this, was when I quit my very well paid PR job in Copenhagen, to pursue a career as freelance journalist and photographer. (Still working with this: I just turned in a short article on Tivoli, Copenhagen to The Irish Time).
This time around in Ireland – I didn’t quit (was asked to not come back, because of my ethics as a fitness professional), but I once again jumped out and trying to create something on my own  – this time for and with others.

The FighterGirls Club is my new baby. It’s all the best from my years with Martial Arts: Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing and Taekwondo. It’s all about having a great time – celebrating life. Getting stronger, fitter, better and faster – and getting the girls in my classes to do more, than they thought they could.

Today is one of those days, where it just felt ‘Right’. Like things are starting to come together. The girls (of all ages and sizes) who came in tonight (and day in CIT) just did amazing – and had fun at the same time. The glow on someone’s face who just had a brilliant time is worth gold. Eyes shinning, mouth a big smile, red cheeks and hair wet with sweat.
This is how I love seeing ‘my girls’ – and it makes all the extra trouble of starting ‘my own thing’ worth it.

I’ve come across several sites and stories lately, about how we are afraid to ‘be who we are’. How many people live like zombies to support themselves and their families. It reminds me how I could easily have stayed in my well paid job in Copenhagen and been unhappy, or told the bosses in Womens Fitness what they wanted to hear, instead of my genuine opinion. These realizations made me feel really blessed, that I can do what I love – even I’m living on a stone, and don’t have money for shoes or hairdresser.

Maybe this is my path – sharing what makes me happy (be it muay thai, stories, photos, research). Maybe I’m laying foundation to happiness. I think I’m on some path anyway.. we’ll see in the future, if this is mine!

After my first muay thai fight (with Liam in my corner) – a very happy moment

 

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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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