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Day 71 – The first time

Two days ago, I took 4 of my regular and one of my new girls to a ‘real gym’, and let them sparre each other (not the new girl). I’ve been super excited for this event, since we started to plan it, but on the other hand, I was also quite nervous.

I known the girls for a long time now. One of them almost a year. So I know they’re tough and often gives everything they got during training – but how they react, when they tried to hit one another? I had no idea.  Well, I did have an idea – cause we’re all girls. And most girls, unlike guys – perceive sparring with a great amount of caution and respect – and a bit hesitation. Where as guys sees sparring as just another very physical state of competing with each other, and often throws down, without any hesitation. Girls seem to take a small step at the time and offering a lot of apologies the first many times they hit someone.

My girls were great! They jumped in, and even they were holding back, you could tell, that they wanted to try it. Yet – ofcourse feeling a little insecure and new at it – but everyone loved it. No one cried, no one got scared. Of course I had 2 first rounds, with limited action: First round f.ex. only punch with left hand, right hand serve as guard.
So I think, it was a good way to introduce them to contact. A bit more controlled, with a keen focus on protection at the same time.

I still remember my first sparring. I finally was allowed to sparre, but got send in, with an experienced girl, who – as far as I recall, just wanted to kill me. lol. And it was all out. Legs and hands – kicks and punches – everything, with the trainer enthusiastic coaching the other girl. I remember, we ‘ran around a lot’ and finally I hit her hard on the nose, and she started crying. And that was it. No more sparring. The trainer never said anything to me. I switched gym shortly after that!

Own training:
Too many days without blogging 😦
Past three weeks, I’ve 2-3 weight sessions pr. week. (Legs only)
2 Swim sessions pr week (skipped  a week)
2 x FighterGirl classes a week
..And a run today, in the sun!

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Day 75 – To Tri or not to Tri (back Online)

Since we were at the KMD Copenhagen Ironman, Liam caught the Ironman bug, and is now talking Tri races. While I have no doubt, that he would be a perfect Ironman and do the various Tri races with gold and glory – I’m not sure, I would. Simply for that reason, I don’t LOVE running, biking or swimming, as I LOVE Muay Thai.

To do a good triathlon – whether it’s the sprint version, the Olympic, the 70.3 or the full Ironman, you need to train hard and consistent. Especially in the swim department. And while I like swimming, and even look forward to ‘learn’ to crawl again, I don’t know, if I would enjoy to do this every day.
I don’t mind going to the gym every day to lift weights for a time. I don’t mind running every day – for a period or as part as a warm up. But so far in my life with sports, there has been only one thing, I love to do day in, day out: Fight Sport (Muay thai, boxing, kickboxing). It’s that simple! This is what I love! (even with a fuc*** up arm!)

Anyway… I have a feeling our training is going to take a change, and I do think, I’m gonna follow Liam into the pool. Then we see, where we go from there.

Previous days of training:
Yesterday: 1 hour of Abs, Buns and Wheels (Mostly BW), 40 min of Cross training
Monday:
Sunday: 5K
Saturday: 8K
Friday: 5K
Thursday: 1hr Abs, Buns & Wheels, 8K

 

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Day 80 – Bad training/ Bad experience

There is usually not such a thing as bad training in my vocabulary. And I don’t recall ever walking out on one in all my years as active: From handball playing kid to Taekwondo, kickbox etc. But today I lost my cool and left the scene, before the fun even began.

Once again we were in Butchers Fight Gym- today for a sparring session. I’d actually looked forward for this, cause I have an interview coming up later, and I thought starting the day with a good training, would be just the right thing. Training muay thai and/ or sparring usually lift my spirit like nothing else, and it’s the biggest love of my life.

Under other circumstances it might have been the best decision ever – going for this morning class or in another gym like Mikenta or Siam it surely would have been fine. Unfortunately for me BFG is full of beginners and once again, I get paired up with a big guy, who had no control over his body. He just went beserk on me. I tried to answer back, but he was too big and too powerful – and I would probably have left with a black eye and loose teeth, had I stayed. Normally I would have biting my teeth and just get it over with, but I just had enough today – I threw down my gloves and left the gym. For the first time ever!!

I’m sick and tired of function as a freaking punching bag for guys who are +20kg bigger than me. Who have no control and no experience and are basically just out to kill you. And this is not the first time, this has happened to me in that gym. Not the same guy – but same story.
Some in-experienced guy who thinks he’s Bruce Lee, who have no control over his power or his limbs.

Sure enough he comes out afterwards with some lame comment, that he only went 30-40%, which made me even angrier, cause it was so clear he didn’t take any responsibilty and just trying to pretend it was me being to ‘fragile’ or too ‘female’. I watched him sparre with two other guys and the exact same thing happend: He went all crazy on them, so they had to retaliate. At least he got some huge blows from someone – but f*** it. Karma or no Karma – He just ruined my whole saturday!

I’m really fed up sparring with these guys!

 

 

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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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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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Muay thai at Fightworld

Yesterday I finally got to train with Kru Toy in Fightworld, Copenhagen. It was very good to see Nick and Kru Toy again and a pleasure to train with Kru Toy. Got my elbow game sharpenend and updated my defense.

Weather in Copenhagen reminds me of Ireland, so not missing that! 😉

Staying with Sana in Copenhagen has been wonderful, most lovin friend annonce could be so lucky to have. So am feelings blessed. I only have one night left, so am up for training and diner today, with another good friend. Oh Well, training is on my own, nothing changed there. Will be a good session in Fitness.dk I think. Ross style, that way I won’t get to far behind.

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Boxercising ladies

NB. I am no longer doing this class or am a part of Womensfitnessplus in Cork. Big differences in our professional ethics (or lack of same) put an end to our collaboration. I will miss all the wonderful women I’ve met in my classes and PT sessions, but I will not miss being treated with condesenting arrogance for my professional knowledge and/ or as a fellow human being.
Since Womensfitnessplus made it mandatory for their trainers to sell at least 3 Kinetica products on each shift, I had to say I wouldn’t do it. I’d give information about the products, but under no circumstances would I push the products to women, who didn’t need them. I don’t believe in selling useless stuff, or even worse telling lies to make a profit like.
I’m a fitness professional with ethics and beliefs on what’s right and whats wrong – I work for results, not for greed.
As a result our ways departed – and despite I miss the happy women – I would choose to stand by my ethics again.

 

Just got fed after my ‘busy Wednesday’ – sharwarma and fries – dinner of a champion 😉

Had two boxercise classes at Womens Fitness Cork today, and actually enjoyed both, even the morning class only had three attendance. I’ll tell you why!

For the better part of my life, martial art/ Fight Sport has had a huge piece of my heart. From I started to learn about kicking in Taekwondo, to now using all 8 limps (muay thai), I’ve found a joy and heart in these sports, I’ve never found anywhere else. Not in art, poetry, music, dance (thou it come close) or walking on the beach with the perfect sunset as a backdrop.

There’s nothing like throwing the perfect punch, a fast combination. The feeling of power, when hands, feet, legs, knees or elbows connect to pads, bags or sparring partner/ fight opponent. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe, cause it’s like a well conducted symphony, everything fits together: years of training movements, technique, patterns. And when you hit that perfect punch, nail the combination or get that massive power in your kick, you know ‘you’re home’. It’s a culmination of hard work, trial and errors, tears and sweat.

And while I thought for a long time, that there is nothing better in the world for me – I actually discovered, that making other people fall in love with ‘my sports’ actually makes me equally happy.
– And yes, boxercise is not boxing – but it’s as close as it gets for some of the ladies and girls in my classes. And it’s fine by me! Remember some of them are in their 50’s and they are loving it!
I think it’s hard to find a more motivating argument as a trainer. Making people from all walks of life fall in love with your sport. It’s definitely a good day. Maybe Ireland likes me after all?

Training 43th day of Lent challenge:

200 KB Swings, 12kg: Alternate swings
80 KB Squats, 12kg
80 KB Lunges, 12kg

And a little of this and that. No real training for me today, as its ‘busy wednesday’. Tomorrow will be pressed for time as well. But friday and saturday should be good for muay thai, running and the dreaded Burpees!

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