Sport, strength training, Teaching, training

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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Sport, Teaching, training

Boxercise classes and long cycle

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.

 

On todays program at Womens Fitness:

5 PT sessions
2 Boxercise classes

Total amount of work (that has to be a guess thou) – and mostly work done by my PT clients and boxercise ladies (but as always, I’m doing it too…):
KB:
* 100 Swings
* 80 Squats w oh press
* 20 Lunges
* 40 Russian
* 10 triceps ext
* 20 Twist on knees
* 2x 5x 8kg Long cycle
* 2x 5x 10kg LC
* 10x 12kg LC
Had fun with trying out LC’s with real kettlebells and not dumbbells!

Other stuff:
20 Walking planks
20 Saxon w/ MB
50 Push ups

-All my clients also did 500m on the rower (100/300/100) and lots of various sit ups and three of them, finished the session with a plank.

Boxercise classes today was brilliant, consisting of a good about 10min warm up, then proceeding into combination work, bw drills, more combination, playtime, bw drills, combination etc.
Had a full class this evening and an almost full this morning – everybody leaving was happy and sweaty. So I think that’s all one can ask for.

Uh – I also managed to squeeze in a ‘quick’ 3K for recovery: 13:00.

One of my photographs from the serie: ‘From a different world’

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Recovery run, TGU and long cycle

Besides doing 2 Boxercise classes today – one at CIT and one at K2C, I also had time for a small session myself

3K recovery run (1.5k normal paced and 1.5 fast paced). I actually intended to do a normal to slow pace, but as I was in a hurry for time, there was only one option: faster (bigger, better, stronger).

3x 10x 15kg Long cycle with db’s – as gym doesn’t have KB’s. (edited 5 reps to 10. Apparently my memory flunked when I made the first entry)

3x 5x 12.5kg TGU (again DB’s)

Evening class with some hardworking ladies at K2C, inspired me to go for a little extra:
65 sit ups
85 Squats
40 push ups
-after class: 50 knees, 2x back bridge, 3x 6 pull ups (alt.grip) and a small bit of shadow box

Tomorrow it’s Boxfit craze at Womens Fitness!

I came to another training realization today: When I don’t have my thaibox, it’s hard for me to commit to a strict training plan. Like the program for improving my lifts for the powerlifting competitions or now: running programs to improve my time. I really suck at it.. cause I love go to the gym, and just do a bunch of crazy stuff, that I just feel like doing – not that I have to. Muay thai is different!! I’m always in the mood for that :p

Training with Master Toddy in Las Vegas – 2yrs ago.

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