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Days with Ross and new tricks

Not often I get a chance to blog update, now we’re in Clonakilty. But today is one of the days, where its possible 🙂
Just finished of a circuit with Liam and two of his friends, Ian and Danny at the Clonakilty Leisure Center. Started of with a nice, fast paced run (3.4K)
Circuit consisted of:
* Abs
* Pull Ups/ Renegade rows (12kg)
* Skipping
* Box jump
* Rope flips
* Burpees
* Shadow box with 2kg db
* KB 16kg (anything: Swings, Snatch, C&J)
* Sandbag
3 rounds app. 30-40 sec each station

Finisher:
2x16kg TGU (each side)
4x16kg C&J (each side)
2x 20 Dips
2x 20 Abs (v-ups/ cross)
Stretch

Tuesday:
Ross day 17: Strength 4
3 KB split snatch (12kg)
3 KB Push press
5 sets: 45/ 60 sec rest

5 pr side One arm push up
5 DB Shot put (No DB or MB, so used two garden stones)
4 sets: 60 sec rest-

5 pr leg KB lunges
10 Lunge jumps
4 sets: 60 sec rest

Finisher: One arm KB Swings 3 x 15 each arm
Evening: K2C – Great girls working really hard. Finished with a set of 3x 5 Pull Ups.

Earlier yesterday we went for a long walk on the seaside. Unfortunately for my newly required hay fever, we walked for a while in the grass – which made my legs itch and nose run. But finally we went out on the cliffs and walked out to the most fantastic site: Two big nature made caves. Amazing!

Beautiful caves at the Irish coast

Monday
As usual great stuff with the ladies at Womens Fitness. Both KB class and boxercise class was full, and everyone worked super!

Got a lot of snatch and Push Press in with the KB class and my Pts.

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11 day with Ross & a fantastic box night at Womens Fitness

Ladies from Womens Fitness and K2C, please add me on Facebook, so I can add you to the ‘Taninja Fightergirls Cork’ group. In the group you can get news on seminars, events, post pics, questions (about training, diet, fighting etc.), funny stories etc. and share it with other women, who are into the boxing craze 😉

So we finally got around to it:

Ross challenge day 11:
8 x 200 meter sprints
5x 50m sprints

Unfortunately the track was wet, and sky still pouring rain, so my run wasn’t so fluid and ‘all out’ as I imagined and wanted it to be. Subconsciously I held myself back, even I tried to tell myself it was ok. It might have been from a fear of sliding in the wet.
Did consider to sprint barefoot, but wasn’t sure if the wet track surface would tear up my skin.

Anyway, ran as fast as I could during the circumstances. Liam told me, my last round was 41 sec. I think, I had one or two faster than this, but the first three, wasn’t that fast.

The Ross challenge was to be followed by a Core, which I took care of during my evening hours at Womens Fitness. And then I had a splendid evening with the girls in my Boxercise class at Womens Fitness. They rocked the house!!
Some new faces put a lot of effort into class and ended up, getting a great work out. And my ‘old’ familiar faces, well – they just getting better and better. Starting to look like boxers, when throwing punches. Now we just need to work on the guard! 😉
One of the best moments this evening, was the noticeable progress and one of the new faces, whom I’ve done lots of PT sessions with. She told me she really didn’t like classes that much, but decided to try the class anyway. Her and her two friends had a blast! Seeing all the ladies working hard and making progress – that’s what makes it all worth to me!!

(I forgot to take a picture. Have to do it next week!)

So here’s an old picture of me training in Thailand, 2010 😉

Core:
30 sit ups with Box class
4x 10 Sidebends (12/ 10 Kg)
2x 10 Side plank twist with 2kg db
20 Sit ups with Medicine ball
3x 20 Leg ext. over medicine ball
20 Russians (12kg)
3 Pelvic Tilts
+ Swings, Squats to OH press, Mountain climbers, push ups, split jumps, Lunges & 3 Long Cycle 12kg. Actually wanted to do more long cycles, but forgot about it. Next week when I’m back in Ireland, it’s time to build strength.

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Magic 50 and Penny the Cat

After Liam maxing out and getting a new PR (85kg snatch), we packed up and left for Clonakilty. As stated earlier we’re planning to do a third run on Ross Emanait’s ‘Infinete intensity 50 Day Challenge’ and since we started on day two yesterday, today was ‘day 1: Magic 50’.

Liam brought down the barbell and two 10kg plates and I was lucky enough to borrow a 12kg KB. The Magic 50 is a simple, heart pumping drill:
* 5 Swings pr arm
* 5 Snatches pr arm
* 10 Burpees
– 60 sec rest between rounds, 5 rounds total –

Training outside was lovely. Sun in the back, ocean view – but the lawn is slightly leaning and I was jumping upwards, when retracting my legs. Grass, barefoot and uneven soil made the burpees a small bit tougher than indoors, but it was definitely worth it.
I did 6 sets first, three of them with 6 reps instead of 5. Liam was doing Cleans and Snatches (Oly style) with the 40kg, for 10 reps, so he was toast after 5 rounds.
I went in the house to get a glass of water and decided to do 4 more rounds, since 10 is such an even number.

As you can see from my picture, Penny – the neighbours cat decided to keep me company, so I did all the stand up work first: 4x Swings & Snatches. Again with a 6 reps for the two sets.
Then Penny finally left and I had the blanket for myself: 40 Burpees – here you go!! I did 2x 20.

It’s with shame I have to write, we forgot to do both finisher and Core I. I guess we won’t be bored this weekend.

Magic 50 with Penny on the blanket

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50 day challenge – round 3!

Liam and I decided to go for the 50 day challenge again. We started yesterday with the 800m sprints, and today will be ‘Magic 50’ day:

* 5 Swings (db/kb)
* 5 Snatches
* 10 Burpees
5 rounds
Finisher: Farmers walk

We missed the Core I yesterday, so will do it today as well. We’re going to Clonakilty today, so will have to figure out, how we can do the work at home. Will probably be ending up doing burpees on the lawn. Just really hope the neighbours dog haven’t taken a dump in the garden recently.

Boxercise at Womens Fitness yesterday was brilliant. Ladies getting tougher and helping each other get a great work out! Also, two of the girls who haven’t been to class for a while was back and it radiated from them, how much they missed it – and how happy they were getting a change to litteraly ‘punch of some steam’.
Great night and made it all worth for me to go to work, even a bad surprise sprung on me earlier on the day. I’d found out recently, I’m getting paid even less than I thought (and I knew, I was being paid very little), and yesterday I then discovered, that despite getting told by the boss on several occassions: we don’t get paid the same after all.
Now, I’m not teaching because, I want to get rich. I teach, because I love the buzz of a good class. Love making people feel the same way about training, as I do. BUT! It’s always nice to feel appriciated and appriciated employees always go a little extra. Un-appriciated… well.. it’s something to think about anyway. Just have to state, I’m very dissapointed.

Post sprints yesterday, I got a few more Long Cycles and Renegade rows in:
2x 6 Long Cycle (12)
2x 3 Renegade Row (12)
2x 6 Long Cycle (12)
+
80 Swings
60 Saxon (got a little core work done!!)
60 Squats (ATG) – 20 to OH press (12)

Weekend challenge coming up tomorrow! Will be going to town and find a spot to post it! Will be fun and something you can challenge your friends and family with.

Ross, we meet again!

 

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Motivation

After three succesfull days with classes at Womens Fitness, CIT and K2C, my own midweek summary of training pretty much amounts to zero! Thou with Kettlebell classes, PT sessions and the ‘usual one out’ in boxercise, I’ve probably been doing more squats, push ups, sit ups and KB work, than your average Joe.
-But who want’s to be average?! Not me – and not my ladies!!

Boxercise at Womens Fitness monday and wednesday were full, lots of high spirits and happy faces. Wednesday I’d gave a short speech before we started, about the importance of giving that ‘little extra’ in training, to get the extra benefit showing in the results.
I’d senses a few being hesistant to the speech: ‘We didn’t come here to listen to ya.., we came to work’ . But overall, I think it was well recieved and whether it was due to the girls in class, or my little reminder, fact is, I think the class worked harder: punched with a little more determination than usual. And as the instructor, it was a thrill to experience the ladies going for it, rather than being hesitant and afraid to ‘hurt their pad-holding’ partner.
I think, I talk for all girls, when I say this: The first time you hit a pad (not to speak of a person), you’re kind of scared, if you’ll hurt her/ him. Guys are much more prone for just letting go! I’m not sure, but I hope my little speech found it’s way and helped encouraged those in doubt: You can hit a little harder – it’s not gonna hurt the pads or your partner.

Anyway huge succes for the class, and tuesday class at K2C also rose to new standards. For the past two weeks, we’ve been doing ‘The Wat’ test on half speed. That means 30 seconds: Burpees, push ups and squats: How many can you do – and then: do one (or 4) more.
Again ladies are tougher than they think, and it’s a genuine good feeling to witness the surprise, when someone surpasses her expectations. I hope they keep this feeling of succes and store it with the other inner motivationals, we all carry around. Those sentences that makes up get up from the couch, put on the gear and go train!

My own week so far – as mentioned first: Not much!
It might be myself, who needs motivation – and to get over ‘this time of the month’, anyway small drips have formed a collective input for the past 3 days:

KB, 12KG:
80 Swings
50 Top Swings
40 Pull back swings
40 One hand
2×10 One hand pull back
20 8-figures
2×20 ½8-figures to catch
30 Tricep ext – standing
2×10 BoR
20 BoR
20 Presses from floor
2x 20 ½TGU
2x 5 Amazon Get Ups
2×5 Long Cycle (out of class)
2x 10 Halo (top)
2x 5 Windmills
2x 10 Snatch
2x 6 Cleans
2x 6 One arm press
2x 6 C&J

Approx:
200 sit ups
150 push ups
3x 6 Pull Ups (oh grip)
500 Squats (ATG style @BW)
50 Split jumps
and loads of jumping jacks, cross etc.

Now it’s time to get motivated for the rest of the week and spend some thoughts on the next weekend challenge!

Motivational – keep this thought with you!

 
 

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So you think you’re fit

This could be the headline of todays WO, which I found at the CultfitHQ blog. This could also be the headline on my state of physique right now, except – I would never state, that I’m fit. At least not fit enough. There is always room for improvement!

And todays WO really proved that beyond doubt. I immediately fell in love with it, cause it reminded me of summer joys in Copenhagen, when Liam and I did the 50 day challenge (find Liam’s blog here on Ross training.com).
Introducing the KB into the mix was a welcoming addition, which I thought was a fun twist, despite my elbow has been making trouble for over a week now. (after getting overextended during sandbag work).

Todays WO:
8 rds of Swings followed by 400m sprint (or as fast as I could)
Swings were 50 for start, for warming up, but due to elbow and a desire to box soon, I reduced all following rds to 25.
Rd 3 and 5 was probably the fastest. I felt like crying afterwards and am still not sure, whether I did or not. It’s raining again today – of course!
Last three rounds, I remembered what I’ve read in Callaghan’s book for running, and tried to take smaller steps, but faster. I think, it made me able to finish and keep a reasonable pace. No doubt first 200m was faster than the last, but instead of sprinting like I would normally do, the smaller but faster steps made me complete the track, without reducing too much speed.

Gymwork:
Goodmornings:
2x 10x 20kg
2x 10x 30kg
2x 10x 35kg
Superset with 5 dips btw sets
2x 3 OH press with 30kg

5 LC with 12.5kg db (unfortunately no KB available)
2x 25 abs
2x back bridge/ Yoga style backbridge
-the yoga style was much harder than the ‘sambo’ style, when I first tried it out. But after having done it a few times and made the body comfortable in the position, I have to say, hands down – ‘sambo’ style is way harder!

Thanks to CultFit HQ for reminding me of the beauty of sprints!

motivational

 

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Ireland likes me after all

At least enough to make the sun shine today and give my spirit a helping hand. And it was much appreciated, since I had my back and forth day to Womens Fitness, so could need a little extra boost to enjoy my day. I decided to run to work too, so I could enjoy the nice weather a little extra.

Also my classes at Womens Fitness was a big boost today. Both classes was full – and that means, I actually succeeded in getting a full booked morning class for the boxercise as well (evening class books out 99% of the time). So happy little asian dane in Ireland today.

Training today:
Morning:
12kg KB:
20 Swings
20 Squat to OH press
20 ½TGU
20 waist swings
2x 10 Side bends

Afternoon/ evening:
6.6K run to work

KB:
40 Swings
40 Top swings
10 Pull back swings
20 Squat to OH press
20 Tricep ext
20 Lunges – sweap ups

A fun fact about running in Cork: The more overweight the person coming towards you (or standing still) on the sidewalk is, the less chance of the person moving an inch, so you can pass by, when you’re running.
And since sidewalks aren’t big enough for two, if one decides to keep walking in the middle of it, it means that you – the runner – has to run out on the road to pass by.
Not judging – just observing. I bet in a few years, with an increase of the fitness wave in Ireland, Cork too, will have developed a better culture on outdoor training (running, biking etc.), as Copenhagen has.

Dronning Louises bro separating two of the five lakes in Copenhagen. This was close to my old home in Nørrebro.

 

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It’s bloody november again?? (1st of may)

I’m on the verge of getting a slight depression. Going from one minor injury to another, with a constant dripping nose and the outside looks and feels like bloody november again.
Some days, I truly feel like Ireland don’t like me… at all!!

Due to a constant feeling of almost getting sick (flu), being cold and miserable and having first knee problem, now elbow – my training rate has dropped dramatically and so have the enthusiasm.
But I’ve decided it might be time for me to ‘supp’ it up, so I’ve ordered Glucosamine to make my joints happier and I’m gonna shop for multivitamins, so I can battle this stupid ‘almost flu’.
The weather – I guess, I can’t do much about it, unless I’m going travelling (which I might, if november continues).

So training update from the past 4 days or so:
Saturday:  8K run in the hills of Clonakilty (Cold but lovely run. I can run up the hill now, without stopping so am improving a bit)

Sunday: Nothing 

Monday: Nothing just for me, but a 45 min. KB class with the awesome girls and ladies in Womens Fitness. Swings (alternations), Squats, Lunges, Presses, C&J, Snatch, Amazone Get Ups, ½ TGU, Halos, 8 figures, BoR, Tricep Ext etc.
Also a 45 min. Boxercise class with my super, duber boxercise ladies! Did the last routine with them, so got lots of squats and situps in.
+ diverse  drills from PT’s.

Tuesday (today!): Boxercise class with CIT this morning
5.5K alternating in speed and incline
Squats
Hamstrings
Push Ups
Strecthing
Boxercise and ‘Fightergirl’ classes at K2C tonight!

And a hopefully more optimistic Tania tomorrow…

 

 

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Boxercise and Kettlebell day

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.

 

Two happy boxercise classes at Womens Fitness this Wednesday. One full booked and seven new fun kb drills for me to try, in my PT sessions. Very happy indeed, even I didn’t sleep super nice.
I actually woke up with a big loud, ‘shi*’, thinking I’d turned the alarm off and overslept. I didn’t – just slept badly. In fact I woke up 3 minutes before the alarm went off!

Anyway – as usual got a little business done in the PT’s (all 12kg):

Swings double hand: 3x 20
Swings to pull backs: 3x 15
Swings to top: 2x 10
Squats to OH press: 3x 20
Lunges pass over: 2x 20
Side dips: 3x 20
½ TGU: 3x 20
Russians: 3x 20
Tricep etx: 2x 20
Single leg deadlift: 2x 20
Amazone: 2x 5 (last hold for 10 sec)
+ lot’s of situps and squats with Boxercise class

Liam got a new bar today! It’s so much better, cause it’s olympic sized and grip is better. Looking forward to train with it! (and learn to snatch with more than 20kg)

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Kettlebells is good for you!!

Last night (sunday), I was sitting with a dripping nose, feeling very low and on the verge of a cold. Being on the country side is great, but it’s a bit more cold and windy than I thought, so it snook up on me.
Result: Stayed home from training today, to keep warm and not over-work the system. Including today, I have three days of classes (and training) ahead of me. And no time for being sick.

Left for work at the Womens Fitness Cork – and after a funky ride, with an irish taxi driver, which fifth first sentence to me was: ‘You don’t look, like you need excercise’ followed by: ‘I love asian women’, I survived the drive and got to work.
After the first PT session, I had my first class. The notorious Kettlebell class – tons of different swings, the beautiful amazon get up, presses, windmills, halo’s – you name it. We did it. It was great! Ladies loved it, I loved it – and I felt great afterwards. Still do – which let me to the conclusion, Kettlebells are in fact good for you.

Had a PT in between and then my usual boxercise class, which was just a good as the kettlebell. For some reason, I think the girls worked a little harder today. I think or hope – they took it to heart, when I told them, they could hit a little harder. The pads aren’t made of glass, and it might also have been me hurrying them along the last 10 minutes 😉 Some of them were toast after class, and that’s the way we like it!

I have a 12kg in Copenhagen (with my medicine ball and my dog – see photo). I’m thinking of getting a 16kg over here.

12kg KB, 5kg MB and Nanna (app. 7kg Shi Tzu) - I miss her!

Oh yeah, and my friend Rhassan Muhareb won the I-1 World title in Hong Kong. 3 Fights – 3 Ko’s! Guy is a beast or a pitbull, as his fighter nick says. Congrats Rhassan, you’re a true champ! Well done!

Rhassan Muhareb
I-1 World Champion 2012

 

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