Sport, Teaching, training

Don’t feel like sayin’ much!

Yet, I was thinking, I needed to write a few words. It’s not all gonna be bad, but some is.

First the good stuff. A really cool girl in one of my classes gave me a Christmas present yesterday. It was the last class in Mayfield, and I’m proud to say, Catriona (the class before me) and me pulled the highest numbers for the end of Tuesday classes before Christmas. Back to the gift, it came from Maria, who is also a staff at Mayfield. She’s taken the FighterGirl Boxercise approach to heart, and have been to all the classes she could do, since we started. I feel really blessed, that she liked the classes so much, as she thought of a Christmas present. It touches the heart!

For the bad stuff: I’ve been down and out since last monday, when I hurt my finger. It’s still not good and all my lifting and boxing is bye bye for now. Finger not swollen like a little fat, overcooked irish sausage anymore. (If any of my readers are Irish, and cooked a Clonakilty sausage in the oven – or on pan, and forgot to poke it, you know what I’m talking about). However it’s blue-ish some places and hurt by a slight touch on the top. Chances on I fractured the bone is – let’s just say it as it is: Pretty high!

Result: No training for more than a week. Just being depressed and did my classes. Went for the first run in 2 weeks today. Still not happy, but a run is a run.r

So after my freakin’ elbow incident, wrist injury – now I also got a stupid finger!! While this year in Ireland been great for weightlifting competitions, races and developement of my trainer persona, it’s been shi*!!! for injuries!!

However, I’m not going out on a bad note. Tomorrow is the last day of The FighterGirls Club before Christmas, and I’m looking so much forward for this. I got some small Christmassy stuff and a few surprises up my sleeve. I hope the girls will like the plan and have fun with it. I guess, I’ll be reporting back to the blog afterwards 🙂

Last: I re-discovered a cool little video clip with Saenchai and me. It’s a 1 minute session with the sports best P4p fighter, where I’m getting schooled! Makes me hope I see him again this March (hopefully with Kru Toy).

 

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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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Hill sprints – easier on a Wednesday

Finally got the dreaded sprints down today, on my way to Mayfield (apparently only 7.5K from my house). The big hill was 186m, but had smaller, steeper tableaux where I could sprint. Almost reached my max pulse today. Not a bad day for running!

Wednesday – 7.5K + a little core with Hilary in the end of her session. (She did great work and is much stronger than so! She has already got the technique down for squats and goodmornings! So proud!!)

Tuesday – 6.5K + 2 classes (FighterGirls Club + Mayfield)

Monday – About 1 mile sprints in Heathrow airport, complete with handlugage, danish butter cookies and huge Canada Goose. Huge Thank you to the about 30 other passengers who let me skip in line in Heathrow. Without you, I would have missed my flight. SAS was delayed from Copenhagen, which almost cost me the connecting flight to Cork, Ireland. The gate was closed when I arrived, but I got the flight! If you ever let someone pass you in the que, let me say on behalf of all of us: THANK YOU!!

Sunday – (Nothing) Copenhagen bound and seeing mum, dad and my dog! (te-birkes, falafel, mums duck and Christmas desert!)

Saturday – (Nothing)  Copenhagen bound. Went bananas in ‘All you can eat’ sushi, thai & chinese with two great friends (whom I miss daily over here)

Friday – Just landed in Copenhagen and went straight to my ‘old’ work place Fitness.dk Royal. 40 min. boxing with my old boss from Ekstra Bladet + 1 hour on the treadmill

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Is sprints harder on mondays?

Just home after 6x 400m sprints. And it was just not fun today. Well – it’s never really, really fun, but today seemed like a disaster. 10 bpm down from my max, only a few weeks ago, on the same track. Weird!
It felt just as hard, but heart rate monitor speaks the truth: It wasn’t.

I’m not sure if it’s due to monday – coming after a weekend with NO cardio (only strength training and muay thai). Or the fact, that I only ran 1.2K for warm up? In any case, I’ll have to do sprint test again next week and check my numbers. I did hill sprints two weekends ago, and I didn’t managed to get my heart rate up to max either. So next week – track and I, once again!

Flower photo from this summer… went by too fast (actually never really arrived here in Ireland)

Thursday:
6K 70% run
3x Boxercise classes (CIT, FighterGirls Club, Mayfield)

Friday:
6K 70% run

Saturday:
90 min Muay thai, bag work primarily, 95% kick and knees due to wrist. Right kick felt great, strong – good technique and landed 9 out 10 as I wanted it to. Left maybe 50/ 50 – definitely need to work more on this. Knees felt good. I miss boxing thou.. but was so liberating to kick again!
Strength training core x3:
20 Saxon ww/ 10kg
20 Evil wheels
2×20 sides (l&r)
2x 20 Back ext (upper and lower)

Sunday: Looking out on the rain

Monday:
6x 400m sprints
5.5 K total

Core session tonight

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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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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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