100 Days Blogging challenge, Blogging, muay thai, Sport, Teaching, thaiboxing, training

Day 79 – Joy!

Well – I’m actually a few days late. I know!! (last entry is from Saturday and today is Tuesday). Once again I ran out of internet and didn’t get around to it, until today. So I’m just gonna pick up the puck from where I left it – even I know, I’m probably about 5 days behind at this point! (My appologies, if you’re following the 100days challenge).

Lot’s of joy this morning! First time in 2 weeks, I made it to Mikenta’s morning class. It was really good, with headcoach and owner Brian Tallerik as the captain. Lot’s of padwork, followed by 4 rounds of bagwork. Worked with a very young girl (Anna) and had a good time. I’ve really come to love Brian’s classes, as I always seem to be learning a bit new and get inspired to better myself, and ofcourse, as always in the back of my mind: I’m thinking of what and how to bring it back to my girls in Ireland.

Also joyous: I got more internet pay time!

And last joy but not least: I got a Cross training class tonight in Fresh Fitness
I really look forward to teach a class again and I’m pretty sure, it’ll be a good class. Have planned 3 rounds with various exercises of different difficulties and challenges. But!! The best plans can easily change when it comes to classes; more people need more stations – less people might benefit from following each other. We’ll see!

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland - you're lacking behind!!!)

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland – you’re lacking behind!!!)

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Reflections

I previous mentioned that Ninna was visiting from Denmark this week. (She just left this morning…. way early!) What I didn’t mention was, that she is a retired fighter with fights in Boxing and thaiboxing – and now is active as a judge and trainer in boxing.
I also didn’t mention, that she came to my FighterGirls classes and took over the teaching process (for about half an hour).

Before she came, ‘d send her my working schedule (which left too little time for us, to hit out on the irish roads and see the country side), and I asked her, if she wanted to come and train with the girls. (I actually offered her to come and train in all my classes/ or gym training, so she wouldn’t get too bored). She said yes to train my girls.

Without realizing it (until now), it was the first test of The FighterGirls Club concept. Since the birth of my ‘FighterGirl baby’ three months ago, the only person who’s been training these girls have been me. The only eyes who spotted errors, mistakes, techniques – was mine. Only voice who asked them to work more and work harder – mine too.

And before even thinking about it, I brought perhaps Denmark’s best female boxing coach to my classes – to see my ‘students’, who are not ‘real’ FighterGirls. (We don’t sparre or have physical contact). Didn’t realize it would open myself and ‘my girls’ up to critique -> but of course it did. Ninna is a strong minded and strong opinionated woman.

So she told me – she actually liked the girls. Could even see potentials in them! I was a very proud ‘mum’ right then and there!

Despite some hard times atm., her remark made my heart warm, and it makes all the effort I put into this worth it. My girls are going to be top class FighterGirls!

Glamour Victoria girl ;)

Glamour Victoria girl 😉

 

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New Year, New You – New job

Ok – I’m a little late. We’ve just entered Febuary, none the less we’re still in the beginning of a new year (sort of) and even I’m not the in ‘New You’ category, I did however start a new job.
It’s actually the same as my old job – just better! It turned out Cork had another Womens Only gym – and this time a real gym, with real equipment and really good people – and NO sales schemes. My duties are sort of the same as well: teaching classes, gym inductions and maybe PT’s, so am feeling right at home and happy. Brenda and Conor who runs the gym is on the same page as me, on training, fitness and supplements – and it’s a big relief to be able to focus on training and clients, and not about being stressed about, because I refused to push supplement sale. So the future looks exciting!

Training wise my january haven’t been super busy. I beat my Ross earlier in January (in Austria), and have after return to Ireland taken on 1-10 kicks & 300 knees challenge twice in Brucies Gym. Other than that, a big part of my training have been teaching my 6 new classes at MiFitness. Besides boxercise and The FighterGirls Club, I’m also doing 20:20:20, Circuit, Burn & tone and Abs Blast classes. It’s good with some new challenges and I’ll be picking up Kettlebells again to, so it looks like a strong spring. (Unfortunately I’m a little ‘blow-fishy’ these days, so ain’t got nothing to show for it).

Next few weeks is about building back strength and power to complete a strength seminar and enjoy my new job – and build a bad as* KB class!

You're Awesome!

You’re Awesome!

 

 

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Laying the foundation for happines

These days, I’ve yet again ‘broke the rules of conformity’ and decided to try it out on my own. First time I did this, was when I quit my very well paid PR job in Copenhagen, to pursue a career as freelance journalist and photographer. (Still working with this: I just turned in a short article on Tivoli, Copenhagen to The Irish Time).
This time around in Ireland – I didn’t quit (was asked to not come back, because of my ethics as a fitness professional), but I once again jumped out and trying to create something on my own  – this time for and with others.

The FighterGirls Club is my new baby. It’s all the best from my years with Martial Arts: Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing and Taekwondo. It’s all about having a great time – celebrating life. Getting stronger, fitter, better and faster – and getting the girls in my classes to do more, than they thought they could.

Today is one of those days, where it just felt ‘Right’. Like things are starting to come together. The girls (of all ages and sizes) who came in tonight (and day in CIT) just did amazing – and had fun at the same time. The glow on someone’s face who just had a brilliant time is worth gold. Eyes shinning, mouth a big smile, red cheeks and hair wet with sweat.
This is how I love seeing ‘my girls’ – and it makes all the extra trouble of starting ‘my own thing’ worth it.

I’ve come across several sites and stories lately, about how we are afraid to ‘be who we are’. How many people live like zombies to support themselves and their families. It reminds me how I could easily have stayed in my well paid job in Copenhagen and been unhappy, or told the bosses in Womens Fitness what they wanted to hear, instead of my genuine opinion. These realizations made me feel really blessed, that I can do what I love – even I’m living on a stone, and don’t have money for shoes or hairdresser.

Maybe this is my path – sharing what makes me happy (be it muay thai, stories, photos, research). Maybe I’m laying foundation to happiness. I think I’m on some path anyway.. we’ll see in the future, if this is mine!

After my first muay thai fight (with Liam in my corner) – a very happy moment

 

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Test bunny (me! CLA)

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.

I am gonna be a test bunny the next month, trying out Kineticas CLA. I’m doing this to try it out, so I can better explain what it is and what it does to people at the gym.

A long time ago, I’ve decided never to ‘push’ anything, I couldn’t put my name and face behind – things I haven’t read up on and studied – or tried myself. After being asked to do more for the Kinetica products at the gym, I had to decline. I couldn’t recommend anything, I didn’t know about or tried on my own body. And so it came to play! Tania – the test bunny!  So if I am to recommend CLA, I needed to try it first – and well – we’ll see in a months time, if I’ll recommend it.

After reading up on it and asking around, I’ve decided it’s not gonna mess with my health and it would be fun to try. Worst case scenario, I’m just gonna stay me, which is not that bad 🙂

It’s been a while since my last blog update – and to be honest, I can’t really remember all what we’ve been up to. But!! I did go running sunday. A little happy 7K in the hills of Clonakilty! (dreadful actually), also Kettlebells & Boxercise at Womens Fitness yesterday, kayaking (and I caught a fish), swimming and thai boxing.

My next blog post will feature my start numbers taken yesterday: Weight, bodyfat percentage (as ‘accurate’ as the Tanita weight can be – which is not that accurate), body meassurements (as accuarate as I could meassure myself).
Every week from the rest of the month, there will be a follow up + details of diets from various days.

I won’t be changing much of my diet, but due to the fact, that we’ll be back in Cork, my training amount is expected to go up, so regardless of the CLA, I do expect to loose a few kg and build a bit more muscles.

Anyway, it’s gonna be fun to try, and you’re welcome to follow my journey over the next month. If you have any questions, comments or own experience with CLA, please feel free to post them.

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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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Powerlifting and Boxercise in Ireland

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.

 

Tuesday!

AM:
5.2K in about 23 min  (Felt fast this morning, so after first 2 min warm up, I was between 4.48-3.50 for the rest of the time)

3 x 5 Pull Ups (5 chin ups)

2x 20 Full Contact Twists (30 kg)

Ab work: 100 on floor, 80 on ball
20 back on ball
Stretch

Monday!
AM:
5K on average 4.48mpk, speeded up last k

DL
4x 40
4x 60
2x 4x 80
4x 85
1x 90
1x 90

Squat
4x 20
4x 40
4x 45

Bench
4x 20
4x 30
4x 40
1x 40
Followed by ab work – app. 100 of various kinds + stretching.
In the end, it got so cold in the gym, so I couldn’t continue benching. Went to the shower as a human popsicle.

PM:

Two classes at Womens Only Fitness gym:
1. Kettlebell class. I got a new program together for this monday (my third KB class), which I really liked. Only have a few repetitions of drills and goes on by 20 or 10 reps pr. drill. Class is 45 min. and we spend around 5 min in total for warm up and cool down. Ladies were very good at the drills and a few went all 45 with a 8kg. (I’m very proud of them!)

KB program:
Swings
Squats
Mid Halo
Push Up (touch chest)
Sit Ups
Pelvic Tilt
Swings (both hands to top)
Lunges
Top Halo
Twists on knees
Push Up (touch chest)
½ TGU
Russians
Pelvic Tilt
Swings (one hand)
Windmill

2nd Class: BOXERCISE
This class is really taking off! Fully booked and was booked a week in advance – new record according to the owners. (And yes, I am very proud of that!) Boxercise was one of my favorite classes to teach back in Copenhagen, and it seems like its gonna be the same here in Ireland. (To be honest – I like teaching all my classes! Boxing however – you just can’t help falling in love with it)

To my big delight a lot of the ladies who came last monday for our Boxercise premier, returned this monday (yesterday) and did a great job.
I can’t wait till we get longer into the season – when the basics are down, a new world is going to open up for us. And as with the real deal boxing – boxercise only gets better with time!

When I moved to Ireland in november last year, I re-stated an old goal on my deadlift: 100 kg. My previous attempt was a bet with Jacob Søndergaard – an old good friend of mine. He was supposed to do 200 kg and I was supposed to reach 100kg. For reasons not recalled we decided to skip the bet and I stopped at 86 kg.

Now, I won’t be able to make 100kg saturday. But I hope to make 87.5 or 90kg.

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First dance is for the ladies

Did my first dance in front of the dance class tonight. Went somewhat ok… considered I usually teach without a microfone, am a fighter – not a dancer and just learning the choreography and beat count – I guess it wasn’t that bad. But there’s definitely room for improvement 😉
But got some nice feedback, which made me happy and a little optimistic

Uh – nice music from the dance class btw:

This morning was spend boxing at Johnny De Lima – my great boxing coach! Felt wonderful to hit something again, just a little disappointed on the no sparring – but on the other hand, haven’t done any sparring in a month or more, so am a little rusty.

Spoke to an old friend today, it’s so funny – friends are a weird concept. We all have at least a couple of hundreds on Facebook and Myspace – but how many friends do you really have? When it comes down to it, when the shit hits the fan – how many people, do actually have your back?

I got fewer, than I thought – but my friend, whom I spoke to today, he’s one of those few ones, whom I would actually put my trust in. Feel very blessed to have a man like that in my life, and to be honest, I rather have just me few – but real friends, instead of all the people, who tell you, what you wanna hear, but then do the opposite (or not caring) in their actions. Actions speak louder than words, and it’s so easy just to say ‘Im sorry’, ‘Im your friend’, ‘you can trust me’ or ‘yes that person treated you bad’  – it’s much harder to put action behind those words.
– That what defines true friends for me… the people who will actually put actions behind their words. I know, I failed myself in the past – my college friend, I blew her off way to many times – and that’s why, I really try my best now.

Anyway – tomorrow is double up on Eurosport: SportsAccord Combat Games and Fight Club!

Can’t ask for a better thursday than this!

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Fast and Furious & a teaching tuesday

Today:
Fast & Furious (after 1½ hours of a ‘good’ night sleep)

* 5 Pull ups (Ross says 10, but my puny arms says 5)
* 10 Swings pr arm (12 kg KB)
* 10 Plyometric push ups (jump with whole body)
* 10 Knee tucks

As many rounds in 20 minutes. I managed 10 on 17.01 minutes
Stopped after 10, as I was just happy to be alive!

Yesterday:
Teaching 4 Classes! Got to do a little myself too 🙂

Toning class:
* 30 Ski-thing with weights
* 20 Saxon sidebends (5 kg)
* 25 Squats with weight plate (5 kg)/ 25 (pr leg) Lunges w 5 kg
* 20 Push ups w/ weight
* 30 Russian side twists (5 kg)
* 25 Supermans
3 Sets
* 3 x 1 min. Wall Squats
Superset with
* 3 x 10 Jump squats
Finisher:
* 20 Push ups w/ weight
* 2 min plank
* 2 x 1 min side plank

Abs ‘n Back class:
Ball warm up: 25 front, sides and back (w/ 5 kg weight plate)
* 3 sets of ‘GSP’ Calve/core ball
* 3 x 15 V- ups
* 50 Split back on ball
* 3 sets of diff. Ball drills
* 1 min. intensive back
* 1 min. intensive abs

Boxing class:
Warm up:
* 50 KB Swings
* Circle routine (incl. frog leaps, MB Slamms, boxing etc)
* 2 x 2 min drills (time pr partner)
* Squats, Push up – time drills
* 3 min challenge

Muay Thai Beginners class:
Warm up:
2 GPP rounds:
* 30 sec burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Split Jumps
* 30 sec Burpees
* 30 sec Jumping Jacks
* 30 sec Push Ups/ Squats
2 sets

Normally goes 4 sets, but they looked smashed after 2, and so was I + it was beginners, not conditioning class. So let them off the hook after two sets. One of the guys actually remarked, that he knew why it was called burpess. Said he could taste it. Tasted like iron. Haha… If you don’t taste your burpees, you don’t do enough 😉
Technique:
Diff combinations
Games (tags, one arm boxer, foot squash)

End:
Time drills (punches, knees, push ups)
Knees/ abs

All three classes seemed pretty happy afterwards – so was I to be able to go home, take a shower and relax. However in the muay thai beginners class, I might should have said more. From some of the guys and gals, I could see, they did the opposite of what I said. F.ex. ‘Shoulders down, elbows in’ when punching – or ‘turn foot’ when kicking. Looking back, I probably should have said a little more, than just given the rules. But had taken time to explain why.
I guess it’s from my classes at Fitness.dk – and as a student myself, I really dislike a trainer, that just goes on and on. You don’t want to get cold in the gym, while someone polishing of their ego and passing out endless amounts of ‘gold’ – however – you do also sometimes want to know why you should do things a certain way (or get examples of why its a good idea). I think however, some of the drills created an explanation in itself.

Hm.. I will give this some more thought, so I’m prepared if I have to take that class again.

Unfortunately I opted out of the Fast and Furious day (yesterday), because I suddenly had 3½ hours in the gym, so that was left for me to do, today.
And so I did – in record time.
Dang!!

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