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, training

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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Blogging, Sport, training

At the country side

Life is often good – mostly quiet, but always far away from everything (or so it feels like).

Like – Tuesday my boss from Womens Fitness asked if I could come in Wednesday for two classes and some PT sessions. I actually would have liked to do the classes, but being 1 hour drive away, gas alone would have cost what I get paid for two hours= Not the best argument to get Liam to start the car (or just starting the car all together).
Now this was just one instance of which – had I been closer, it would have been easier to say yes. But just in general – it’s hard to plan job interviews, to look for galleries or nice cafe for my photo exhibition.

However, one thing I’m pretty close to is nature: Yesterday we were out at the beach, body boarding and swimming. (Had about 20 minutes of fun in the water, and after about 2 hours of fun de-frosting). Later that evening, I witness a slug devour a bit of orange and a flock of happy dolphins swimming and jumping by our house. (I assume they were happy… looked happy while jumping and flipping in the water).

Besides swim and body boarding, week offered a bit of everything:

Monday: Kettlebell & Boxercise classes at Womens Fitness
Tuesday: Skipping and Tyrkish Get Ups (16kg). Tried with the bar, but only got ½ up. Next week baby!!
Wednesday: Barefoot beach sprints (10x 100, 10x 50 + 2500m warm up/ normal runs) + Beach style Kettlebell. For some reason I run faster barefoot (on the beach), that I do on the track. Even it rips the skin on my toes, it’s just such a wonderful feeling. Just like being a kid again.. invincible and full of energy. (I actually hurt something in my left leg – so much for being an adult! 😦 )
Thursday: Swim & body boarding
Friday: House cleaning & Internet poetry (blogging 😉 )
Saturday: Tomorrow I have a date with Caitling and a Kettlebell + hopefully, pads at Brucies!!

Sometimes I miss living in Copenhagen: Close to everything – gym, thaiboxing, beach, friends – and I guess opportunities!! But then again, neighbourhood wasn’t that good (no nice spots except for the graveyard!!), apartment boring (ground floor = no view) and my love across the ocean.
On the country side – far away from everything: View is amazing, I live with the Love – and did I mention, we’re far away from everything!!

Life on the countryside can be a pretty one!

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Sport, training

Beachsprints and muay thai

It’s been a good week for training so far! Very happy and very soar!

Tuesday:
Morning: Skipping etc. (logged earlier)
Evening :Kickboxing with the legendary Ian Kingston

Wednesday:
Morning: Beach sprints 25’s, 50’s, 100’s, 200’s and a 300 in the end (Think totally amounted to around 4-5K). Sprints were great and it feel so good to run barefoot on the beach. (Like I was ‘Born to run‘). However the skin of my big toe, didn’t like me making lines in the sand. Felt like I’ve scrubbed it with sandpaper in the evening class. Haha.
Evening: Muay thai at Brucies gym (pad work and bag/ knees)

Thursday:
Morning: Thaibox/ bagwork at Cork Thaibox
Evening: If my legs hold up, it’ll be a run in the hills

Wrecked is how I feel thou… so not sure at all. But, I’ determined to have a great training week, so something have to give!
This saturday two of the finest female fighters are facing off in US: Julie Kitchen (UK) vs Miriam Nakamoto (US). Would really love to see the fight, but am stuck on the country side with no internet or nothing. So have to guess a result. Still really battling with myself. There was a time, when I thought Julie would take it hands down. She’s so good, technical and experienced. I’m not so sure anymore, Nakamoto was fierce in her last fight and she’s known to be ‘In your face’ in the ring. I’m on a tie here…

Two of muay thai finest are facing off this saturday! Who’ll take the W?

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Sport, training

Training stuff and spiders

Since my last blog visit, I’ve had the pleasure of winning the Maize Maze race against Liam and Alex, holding a tarantula, running 5K under 20 and get a handful of blisters from playing with the 16Kg KB.
Oh Joy!

Friday
Saturday: 20 min Skipping
5K: 18.27
4x 5 Pull Ups (different grips)

Sunday: Won the Maize Maze race & got close with a tarantula

Monday: Kettlebell class at Womens Fitness (Excellent small group: Made them start of with a heavier KB than usual and switch down, when they got tired. Seem to work the purpose: They got more confident, and got a better work out!)
More than full Boxercise class to end the night! Katie Taylor has indeed inspired the Irish women to put on the gloves and give it out!

Tuesday: 30 min Skipping, followed by a circuit (x3):
10 Evil Wheel roll Out
20 Russians w/ 12kg kb
100 Skips
5 Pull ups

Liam says we’re going Kickboxing tonight, with his old trainer. Looking forward to that!! He should be one of the best for boxing!

New best friend?

 

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50 day challenge, ross training, Sport, training

Old plans and new plans

One of the things, I really enjoy about living in Ireland is the amount and variety of training I’m getting down. It’s also – on the other hand, one of the things, that cause my muay thai to tread water.
Since I’m no longer able to jump on my bike and get to training on my own (gym being about 40k away), and the amount of sparring partners are zero, I’m not getting nearly as many hours with gloves on, as I would like to.

On the other hand, I’m re-acquainting myself with Ross 50 days challenge and getting a lot of Kettlebell, Running, Powerlifting and a little Olympic Lifting in on my training schedule.

On the Ross, I’m on day 18th: GPP 4
* 100 Rope turns
*10 burpees
* 10 push ups
* 10 squats
-10 circuits as fast as possible –
My time was 15 minutes for 8 rounds. I forgot to time it from the start, and am still not sure if I did two or three rounds before I looked at the watch. Lost a bit of time on the skipping, got my toes smashed by the wire rope a couple of times (about 2 or 3 times pr set)and had to stop and curse a few times, before continuing.

Yesterday boasted of a vicious circuit with Liam and two of his fitness crazed friends in the morning and thaiboxing in the evening. Oh, and Muay thai at Brucies was cool, and there was another female! Yay!
Today Liam and I did the 8K in the rainy hills, followed by a short core session. I feel almost entitled to eat all my liquorice from Denmark.

On work department it seems like I get the chance to meet one of my big heroes, will keep you posted. But for me – it’s way up there with meeting Fedor Emelianenko, Georges St. Pierre and Saengchai (former Sor Kingstar) Kotmuay Saenchai MuaythaiGym.

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40 day Lent challenge, Sport, Teaching, training

38 – 41th day of Lent Challenge

Quick recap on the past three days of one day of training:

Friday – day 38th of Lent Challenge:
* 3K running
* 45 min of skipping
*  – something else, I forgot. No real challenge – did three-quarters of skipping, but can hardly call it a challenge.
Got my period this morning, so was cramping up and just felt terrible.

Saturday – No training
Went with Liam to Irish Intervarsities at DCU, Dublin. He got a nice second place in his weight group and did overall a good job. Still tormented by the joys of being female.

Sunday – No training, thou walked for about an hour in the hills of West Cork

Monday – day 41th of Lent Challenge
* 10K, 1min break btw 8 and 9K, but ended up with a good sprint
* Bench Press – lent challenge
2x 5x 40kg
2x 5x 35kg – The fast upwards
2x 5x 45kg
1x 50 kg – failed. Almost there… but no cigar 😦

Then evening:
45 min of KB and toning class
Boxercise – I’d let them try ‘The Wat’ test on half: 30 sec of each drill. To my big delight, most of the ladies actually performed at least one more rep in the final test (conducted about 10 min after the initial test.). However a gruesome sight of ‘push ups’ (see drawing below), only one lady (Rae) did perform the knee version, as I shown them. Rest was ATH (as* to heaven)

I know, what I’ll be spending a little more time teaching as well as boxing the next couple of weeks. That sight might have made my old kickboxing coach cry.
+ Rest of my time at Womens Fitness, was spent with a diverse range of Pt stuff.

Note on tuesday 42th day of Lent:
Don’t feel very entusiastic about training today. No real energy or joy. I know that going and getting started sometimes provide that endorfine buzz, but am not in a very happy place these days and with my body raging, it all seems a bit fruitless atm. However, I have a few scores to settle within my Lent challenge, so I guess, I will be doing something this week, whether I like it or not.

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