Blogging, Sport, training

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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Set backs

We all have them from time to time. Smaller or larger – short or longer. The set backs that reminds us, we are merely humans. Strong but fragile, iron-willed but weak. Progress is two-step forward and one step back.

Yesterday I posted a photo of a beginning mid-section, which wanted to come out to the world and today, I’ve been suffering the most brutal ‘I want a scone/ muffin/ cake/ cookie’ mood. Weather has been shi* over here in Ireland today (worse than usual), so have been miserable, cold and wet and on top of this, I realized I forgot my camera in Clonakilty, so have to go and get it tomorrow (after seeing Saenchai and Mr. Thakoon) = making Liam drive for 2 hours. A task he is not getting to happy about!!
Also I might have to cancel my seminar on saturday due to lack of interest.

So today has been shi*e! And I really wanted to cuddle up with a cup of warm tea or nice latte, a ‘something sweet, wheaty, chocolaty I-feel-sorry-for-me’ kind of treat. But so far I’ve made it without. A lunch time kettlebell class in CIT saved me from drowning my worries in scones (CIT’s is by far the best I’ve had in Ireland. Only they don’t come with cream 😉 ), so here I am… thinking about how set backs comes and goes.

I know a few of ‘my’ FighterGirls have set backs too. Or they’re not coming to training these days – so unless they’ve found another gym/ class, they’re feeling a bit of a set back in their training. As for me – I’ve had enough set backs in my training (injuries, no gym/ trainer, more injuries) to know, that I’m getting back up and back into the swing of things after a day or a week top. But for the girls – I don’t know. I know, that the longer you stay away, the harder it can become to return.
Your body is getting lazy and you’re becoming better making excuses. Soon staying home and do nothing becomes everyday life and we as humans, often grow content with this. Telling ourselves ‘It doesn’t matter anyway. I never get fit’, ‘I can always start next monday’ or ‘I never get good anyway, so what’s the point’.
We tell ourselves these things and believe them for a while, until one day, we realize our pants shrunk too much and we either have to buy new ones or get our as* off the couch.

I have my new game ON’ these days. Flying the clean diet banner high and feeling strong! But today… gosh, what I wouldn’t do for a scone, with cream & jam!

 

Scones with cream & jam. Just looking at it... sigh! ;)

Scones with cream & jam. Just looking at it… sigh! 😉

 

For anyone curious – My Strength & conditioning program week 3, day 1:

 

Snatch 4×4
Squat 4×4
Goodmornings 4×4
Push Ups 3x 10 (replacing pull ups with push ups due to broken finger)

 

 

 

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Delayed Happy 2013

Another blog-out! A period of not getting to sit down, write down my usual activities. I’ve missed blogging and making this kind of connection with the world, so I’m happy to find myself here again. Taking my time, choosing my words.

I hope we all get a fantastic 2013! I know, mine will be fab, since I’ve made a few plans and set a few goals for this new year. More of this later!

Mine started well with two FighterGirl sessions, before I went to Austria for a week. However my second class with the FighterGirls revealed how bad my form is these days. I’ve planned a Ross session for warm up – and originally scheduled it for 9 minutes. No breaks.
Girls fell apart after 1½ set, so we ended up on 6 minutes – and I have to admit, I was seeing sun, moon and stars as well.

Now the original Ross goes with 30 seconds break in between sets. 1 set = 3 min., but it’s my experience from Fitness.dk & pure fighter/ muay thai classes, that it’s often a tad to long. So a 9 minute set with no breaks is king of Ross, I’ve found.

So off I went to Austria, nearly defeated by a 6 minutes Ross. I couldn’t believe it and wouldn’t accept it. I therefor made it a goal to do a Ross every day – adding a set more. Before we left Austria I was up on 24 minutes total. Any idea how many burpees this is? Most my rounds was 10-11, a few 9 or 12. Which is a bit off my average burpees pr. 30 sec was 12-13 back in Copenhagen.

2013 will bring more challenges than burpees. I’m starting a new job tomorrow in another Womens only gym, and one of my new challenges will be to tame the real ryderz bike. (the next step up from your usual spinning bike). I look really forward to this and to start working with Brenda and Connor who runs the gym. I think we’re on the same page – and not just in it for the money: But actually want to make a positive difference!

Austria was great with Liam and his lovely family! The third day snow fell heavily, so we got a lot of snow walks, tobogganing and snow fights. Unfortunately skiing is expensive and not that nearby, so we couldn’t go. Not even sure I’d remember how to – but would love to try again…if nothing else, then just to be terrified going down and crash into a pile of snow.

Here’s to 2013! Image

If you feel up for it – This Ross is:
30 sec Burpees
30 sec Jumping Jacks
30 sec Lunges/ squats (alternating every other time)
30 sec Burpees
30 sec Jumping Jacks
30 sec Push ups
– 30 sec break or none –

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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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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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Heart rate monitor training part II

Today I ran yet another 70% run, or I tried to. I felt most of the time, I could just have walked at a brisk pace. It was really not that enjoyable, I had to slow down every time I felt comfortable. And I’m really talking of slowing down. Almost to a ridicules pace where power walkers would have over-taken me. All because my heart rate was 10-15 bpm up from the 70% pace. So today was a bit of a struggle – even without traffic lights, hills and road crossings – things that normally spike my heart rate when running here.

But it was still a good 35min trip around the track, had sunshine half the time and could feel the warm sun beams on my back. Lovely and enjoyable to run outside and being kissed by the wind and the sun.

Training journal from past week:

Monday: Olympic weightlift training. Lot’s of broomstick action and a bit of C&J with the bar.
Tuesday: Boxercise class at Mayfield. Really cool class and we get to kick, since they have decent equipment! Lovely!
Wednesday: Olympic weightlifting. Less broomstick action than monday, and I could snatch with the bar!
App.: 5x 5 C&J @20kg bar, 3x 5 snatch @20kg bar.
Thursday: 5K at 70%, 2x Boxercise classes: CIT and Mayfield

Another week in Ireland almost done… wonder what the next brings!

Liams toy – I get to play with it sometimes 😉

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Heart rate monitor training

For the past two weeks (I think), I’ve been practising the ‘Heart rate monitor’ training on my runs. That means instead of going ‘As fast as you can pace’ for x-k, I’ve tried to do my runs at the recommended 70% pace.

It’s harder than it sounds! First of, it’s so easy to get into a nice rhythm (runners will know, what I’m talking about), where you enjoying yourself, the pace and the run – only to find, you’re running to fast. Secondly it’s almost impossible to run at 70% pace in Ireland = there’s too many hills!! + I found that crossing a street with or without light signals, spike my heart rate to go through the roof.

However it also made my runs more enjoyable. Partly because of the extra challenge (of keeping track of the heart rate), and partly because running this slow doesn’t wear me out! Legs feel fresh even with 5-6 days a week run.

Program also include 1 day a week with max effort: Preferably sprints. I ran with Liam Tuesday. That must be my effort run for the week.

The program is designed to increase your pace over distance runs (short and longer). I’m intrigued to see results in the weeks ahead.

CLA TEST Updates:

3 week into the CLA test:
Fat percentage (CLA’s biggest claim = help burns fat):
1 week: 22%
2 week: 22.9%
3 week: 22%

Bodyweight is up with 0.2kg

Measures are down for waist, tummy and hip (see slips for more details), but that’s expected output from the running.

Measurements

Tanita slips

 

Will continue my CLA test the last week and post updates on this as well on my Heart rate monitor training.

Training this week so far:
Monday: Run 6.2k to work (slow mo run) (in Asics Rush 33)
45min Kettlebell (teach and participate)
Boxercise class (teach)

Tuesday: Around 8K with Liam (tempo run) (Puma minimalistic)

Wednesday: 6.2K to work (trying to run slow, but failed. Another tempo run) (Asics Rush 33)
Boxercise (teach)
PT (teach and participate)

 

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