friends, muay thai, sparring, thaiboxing, training

Baby steps

So tonight was my first night in Siam, in a very long time. Actually I think my last period of committed muay thai training is two months or more – so it was with a heavy heart and hesitating feet I went to what use to be my other home.

Time passes by so very fast, and since Liam broke his hand, it has been so easy to just do the Ross with him and forget about gloves, wraps, mouth guard and a fist full of love. But now, when I’m back in Copenhagen on my own, I really can’t sit around eating popcorn every night – even I tried. Plus yet another assignment for WMM – and my own curiosity and will to learn, takes me to Holland for a week with legendary Lucien Carbin. So I better get started.. and today was first day back.

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Could have been worse – the guys could have killed me. Easily! But fortunately everyone took it easy – also from orders from Abdul and Rasmus, who’ve been taking over for Tony. Man, I’m gonna miss him so much. For various reasons he was one of the best trainers, I ever had the pleasure of training under.

Was great to see some of the guys again, thou. Reys, Morten, Michael, Abdul and Rasmus – in heavy training periods, they all becomes a big part of the gym-life. In a way, I kind of missed it, but also, I have been content with a happy heart to do the Ross thing with Liam – and enjoying all the other stuff in life.

I noticed going home from training, I got myself a small headache. Nothing major or painful – just a little hint of having sparred again. I never noticed this before. Well gonna see how the days pans out.

On a ruin in Ireland

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Bustet up

This week has so far been he** on earth, and it’s just today I’ve started to feel a little normal again. Big thanks to Julie – my beautiful korean/ danish ‘sister’, whom I met for a short coffee before training. Always so lively and good to be around – and due to our similar circumstances with non-danish boyfriends, we have a lot in common. And it felt good to share some thoughts, none of my other girlfriends get.

Training wise – it hasn’t been that great of a week. I still need to do the Magic 50 (think it’ll be a saturday test) and th 800 m sprints (no plan yet). But lets sum it up:

Monday: Hanging out with Liam and enjoying our last day together. Muay thai class in the evening with Tony Pettas @ Siam. Very good class – did a lot of left/ right work.
Tuesday: Liam read about the 100 Burpees challenge on the Ross forum page and decided we should give it a go. I was not up for it – had one of those ‘female’ days and felt generally heavy and tired, but of course I stepped up to the challenge – and to support him – and hopefully give him the extra drive to give it a little extra.
I did 100 in 6.23 – as I stated before, I did have a ‘dump’ day, so I think I could do a little better on a day, where I felt good, light with lots of energy. But this Tuesday, I gave it my all! Liam – the boyfriend warrior did 100 in 6.17!

I also taught my first 30 min class in ABC. I’m really growing fond of my class – its women of all ages, shapes and sizes who are attending, and many of them are coming in very Tuesday. I would like to believe, that they like my way of teaching, and the fact, that we do different stuff, than what they usually do in this class.
Tuesdays program:
* Saxon sidebends w/ weight
* Deadlift sidecrunch
* Lunges w weight
* Screw driver push ups
* Supermans
* Turkish get ups
* Sideways push ups
* Wall squats
* Jump squats

Except for the words, the image match my Wednesday mood perfect

Wednesday: First whole day after Liam left. Was really down and just stayed in all day – eating crap and feeling sad.

Tuesday: Great walk in the spring sunshine. Love this time of the year. So beautiful, fresh air and the sun is starting to power it up. Teaching girls class in Siam. Was fun – only 4 girls, but great fun none the less.

Friday: Coffee with Julie and then off to evening class at Siam. Got a lot out of training with Abdul, who was great in showing me different counter moves. Spring is still dominant – had my first bike ride today without my jacket and only half gloves. Fantastic. Spoke with my boyfriend again today (+ got the sweetest mail), he had a good, but hard 1st training back in Legacy. 6 rounds of sparring –  but his hand is good, and that’s all that matters. Oh – and he got a fight the 9th. So good for him, I can’t wait.  Even we’re once again so far apart, I did feel close with him today. I know he felt the same, so guess you could say, our love is still in springtime.

Spring time - best time!

muay thai, strength training, thaiboxing, training

38th day – celebrating with the class

Today was strength training – and even I’m getting more used to the Ross-way, it was actually a hard day for me. For some reason I feel more at home with the burpees and GPP’s – but it was nice for a change, to focus on more detailing, as the strength day isn’t on time schedule – and yeah, it was fun along with the hardship.

Before going into details, a little update on our Ross adventure the earlier days:
* 8 x 200 meter sprints
* 5 x 50 meter sprints
MONDAY – Density Day
* 2 DB Snatches pr arm (I did clean and press, due to wrist problems)
* 6 Burpees
– 10 minutes-
* Sledgehammer Swings (No sledgehammer, so did woodchopper & medicine ball slams)
– 10 minutes-
* Heavy work on sandbag
– 5 minute-

Liam training in Siam

MONDAY Evening:
Muay thai class with Tony Pettas at Siam Muay Thai (No sparring, but good padwork. Liam took me for a trip to hell in 3 x 3minute – very good pace and combos.And ofcourse, you always give a little extra, when its your superman of a boyfriend who’s holding the pads. Only not so fancy thing: he held the pads awkwardly for my kicks, and I never got around to find the right position to get the kicks in.)

Tony Pettas - bagwork

* 3 DB Clean & Press (4 sets, 3 reps)
* Sandbag Shouldering (4 sets, 8 reps)
* DB Step Ups/ RDL’s (4 sets, 6 Step Up/ 8 RDL)
* Weighted Pull ups/ Dips (4 sets, pull-ups 5/ Dips 10)
Finisher: Sandbag carry (did 6 rounds in Falkoner,

Core 5 together with my afternoon classes in, ABC:
* 5 Leg raises with count of 10 sec, legs horizontal to the floor
* Deadlift twist x 6 pr side (Done with KB)
* Supermans x 15
* DB Twists x 8 pr side (KB)
3 sets for 1st class – then finished off with:
* 3 x Wall squats (1 minute hold)
* 3 x 10 Jump Squats
2 minute Plank
Second class:
* 5 Leg raises with count of 10 sec, legs horizontal to the floor
* Deadlift twist x 6 pr side (Done with KB)
* Supermans x 15
* DB Twists x 8 pr side (KB)
2 sets – including lots of work on the ball – Finished off by:
2 minute plank, 2 x 1 minute side plank
Third Class – Boxing Fitness
For the warm up:
* GPP 3 – Just 3 sets

A very productive training day, now I just need finish off my article from the Tiger Temple, then it has been a very productive day all together. Strength workout 7 was hard – but on my palms and the muscles along the spine – specially the area between the shoulder blades, which are normally hard to hit. The Romanian deadlift ( 16 kg each hand) and the dips took well care of that. My other weights for today: Step Ups (14 kg each hand), Clean & Press (10 & 12 kg), Sandbag (not sure – 25/ 35 kg). No extra weight for pull-ups and dips. Unfortunately my pull ups aren’t really good yet – but for the past 3 sessions, where pull ups are included, I’ve been able to do them, without support weight – just hanging in free air. When I get it right, I’ll see to give Liam the camera.

Liam and Steffan on the pads in Siam

Liam did excellent on the strength day. I suspect he soon runs out of DB’s in In their eager to get the bodybuilders out, and the families into the gyms, they removed all dumbbells weighing over 36 kg. (Stupid! Stupid!) And Liam’s already throwing around 36 kg on this heavy strength day.

PS. I was really happy they had 3 sizes of sandbags at Falkoner. Liam was throwing around a 50/ 60 kg bag.

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Happy birthday on a monday?

Not really, but then again – it doesn’t really matter. I’m over the days, where birthday meant wake-up call with chocolate and fresh-baked buns, and nicely wrapped gifts. In fact – I don’t think I ever had a birthday like that. So today I just celebrated with a session of muay thai with Tony Pettas in charge. (Yes, it is him – Nicholas big brother) and a strawberry cake.

Nicholas Pettas

Tony Pettas and Abdul Albarazi at Danish Muay Thai Championship

Had a brilliant class on top of a not so brilliant day. It’s awfull how my mood has been on the downhill, since I realized, I wont be going to Thailand to train, with one of the best trainers I ever met – and who – actually believe I can learn and do good. (And who would put in the time and effort – and not just treat me like a tourist or a Girl) And on top of course going to be separated from my bf. Life just much more fun around him.

But! Yeah! Girls aren’t still that hot on a fight card, so therefor don’t get the same attention from the trainers as guys who are fighting. It’s a bitch, but its real. It’s hard to come across someone, who will actually put in the Time – Effort- and Trust, as Master Toddy has for me (and my friend Hanna). Hanna is now in Vegas training with him, and leaving for Thailand with him, to train and fight. I so wish, I could go and join them. Just to see, how far I could actually get. And Hanna is so much fun to hang with. My all time favorite hardhitting girl!

Better put in a birthday cake too

Thank G for muay thai and Liam. That 1½ hour of muay thai kept my spirit alive.

Oh – and my article got out – still I haven’t got paid! Let’s hope there’ll be a delayed birthday present tomorrow.