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Day 71 – The first time

Two days ago, I took 4 of my regular and one of my new girls to a ‘real gym’, and let them sparre each other (not the new girl). I’ve been super excited for this event, since we started to plan it, but on the other hand, I was also quite nervous.

I known the girls for a long time now. One of them almost a year. So I know they’re tough and often gives everything they got during training – but how they react, when they tried to hit one another? I had no idea.  Well, I did have an idea – cause we’re all girls. And most girls, unlike guys – perceive sparring with a great amount of caution and respect – and a bit hesitation. Where as guys sees sparring as just another very physical state of competing with each other, and often throws down, without any hesitation. Girls seem to take a small step at the time and offering a lot of apologies the first many times they hit someone.

My girls were great! They jumped in, and even they were holding back, you could tell, that they wanted to try it. Yet – ofcourse feeling a little insecure and new at it – but everyone loved it. No one cried, no one got scared. Of course I had 2 first rounds, with limited action: First round f.ex. only punch with left hand, right hand serve as guard.
So I think, it was a good way to introduce them to contact. A bit more controlled, with a keen focus on protection at the same time.

I still remember my first sparring. I finally was allowed to sparre, but got send in, with an experienced girl, who – as far as I recall, just wanted to kill me. lol. And it was all out. Legs and hands – kicks and punches – everything, with the trainer enthusiastic coaching the other girl. I remember, we ‘ran around a lot’ and finally I hit her hard on the nose, and she started crying. And that was it. No more sparring. The trainer never said anything to me. I switched gym shortly after that!

Own training:
Too many days without blogging 😦
Past three weeks, I’ve 2-3 weight sessions pr. week. (Legs only)
2 Swim sessions pr week (skipped  a week)
2 x FighterGirl classes a week
..And a run today, in the sun!

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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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Day 82 – Do you train when you’re injured?

A simple question – do you train, when you’re injured?

Depending on the injury and the sport – it’s sometimes possible to go training with minor injuries. For my sport – thaiboxing, I’ve occasionally come to the gym, and not been able to train 100%. In those cases, I’ve always told the instructor, and when I had my first wrist problems, I just went on the bag instead of partnering up. (Holding pads for someone else was in most cases impossible if my wrist was to get better).

I don’t think, I ever encountered any problems coming to class on those occasions. Getting small injuries is a part of the game when you’re training hard and often – and for me, the answer have often been to keep training, but smarter and lighter. That way I’ve been able to keep my fitness, polish technique and same time nurture my injury.

This would not be suitable for all injuries or all sports – but for me this has worked in the past. My reason for this blog however, was a situation that occurred in the gym last night (where I was supposed to write this blog). My trainer got fed up with a guy, who constantly come to training with injuries, and always go: ‘I can’t do this and that’. I think they had a few exchanges of words, which I didn’t hear. But suddenly, I hear my kru basically asking the guy not to come back unless he could do the full class. As he (my kru) thinks, its unfair for the injured guys partner, that he would skip f.ex. holding pads or doing other work.

 

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Can’t get online on my laptop tonight so sitting with a tiny nokia screen and pressing small buttons.

As much as I love technology, it can have Its bad days as well.

Training this morning: Getting some what killed by Brian Tallerik in Mikenta.
Knees, elbows, rubberbands and Lots of sprints. Loved it.

Day 92 – Technical issues

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Reasons to keep training: ‘Are you happy enough’?

So a few of my FighterGirls read the ‘Are you sexy enough’ blog and suggested I wrote a blog about how training makes you (them) feel: More happy and more energetic.
And I a more than happy to pick up the challenge, cause I know exactly what they are talking about – and there is too, a perfectly scientific explanation to this. (Apart from the girls obviously are feeling sexy enough 😉  haha).

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Endorphins!! Endorphins is a chemical response in the brain, that releases on physical activity, on pain and stress situations. In relation to exercise, endorphins is not only, what makes your mood feel better after the class. It’s also responsible for you getting through with some of the harder parts of the class. Parts where you normally would feel too much pain to get through: Burpees could be an example.
Instead Endorphins and Willpower is seeing you through this. And you come out in the other end, feeling stronger and with a sense of accomplishment.

But what about the energy levels? Training and working out makes you spend a lot of energy (at least in my class). And yet, you still feel you have more energy when you leave – and often in the days to follow.  Endorphins can give you a feeling of release, that can translate into feeling more energetic – and then there is of course the physiological aspect of training and working out:
You train to become stronger and fitter. The stronger your body are, the more it will be capable to handle: And the stronger and better you’ll feel in all areas of your life, simply because your increasing strength help makes everyday tasks easier. Stair climbing – no problem. Carrying stuff – no problem. Running for the bus – no problem (well.. depending on the bus driver). Shopping at a big sale, and have to make room for yourself: All of a sudden you feel those push ups (making your arms and upper body stronger) come into a whole new sense of use!!

So yes: You can think of training as an energy investment: You pay with a certain amount of energy – and get even more back! And the endorphins will make you happier in the process. (There is a reason why some Danish doctors is prescribing exercise as a treatment against depression!!)

And this doesn’t even cover the best of it (in my opinion)!! Besides endorphins and the effect of those – training – especially when it comes to Martial Arts – will give you a deep satisfaction of getting to know your body once more. You’ll learn how to control it by mastering kicks, punches and movements. With time and perseverance you’ll find, that the boundaries you set for yourself (I can’t do it!!), shatters and is overcome. You’ll feel strong in the process, as you go from barely touching the pads to actually trying to ‘kill’ them. In short: You’ll feel sexier! 😉

Ok! Enough of the sexy part! Just get in the gym! Get training and experience the endorphin release first hand: Feel alive, more happy and ready to take on the world! I wish you a good trip!!

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Reasons to train: Are you sexy enough?

Amongst the reasons to train: ‘I want to be sexy’! – Thou no-one spoke the exact words to me yet, phrases like: ‘I like to tone up’, ‘can you help me get toned’, ‘Does it tone me up’, ‘I want to look fit’, could just as well be translated into: ‘Will it make me  look sexy’? Sexy understood as: ‘Delicious fit body’.

And yes, training can make you look sexy. That’s why all the ‘Bikini fit’ challenges are so popular. Cause we know training and diet can sculpt our bodies into the latest fashionably sexy frame. (And if we can’t master it this way, there is always the choice of buying parts).  And – it is important to look sexy – Life is, some will argue, about re-production and re-production is about attracting the best partner. In a more cultural frame, looking good and feeling attractive is a big part of being happy for a lot of people. Whether this is shallow or not, the way we feel about ourselves, does have a huge impact on our moods and happiness.

So besides get to look sexy and attractive, training might also help improve our self-esteem and confidence – which will make us, not only LOOK sexy, but also FEEL sexy.

And this would be my main reason to tell someone to begin training and other to KEEP UP training! To get that ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ feeling. Right in your bones. Not the ‘sexy and I look it’ feeling you get from putting on a wall of make up, do your hair & nails, 12 inch shoes and tight miniskirt. That stuff is gonna make you look sexy ala hiphop videos and ‘working girl’ sexy, but is it there, when you lose the outfit?
Getting the ‘sexy’ feeling from confidence obtained by sweat and hard work in the gym, because you strived for it and kept at it and developed your skills – is a feeling that gonna stay with you, long after the false eyelashes and the disco light is turned off.

This is one of the things, I’ve noticed with ‘my girls’: They start off – often a bit shy and very delicate. Hardly able to punch a bit harder, than one would pet a dog – but then after coming to class regular, the shyness dissolve and a more determined woman appears. And when her body learned how to box a combination where it feels natural or a kick, where she feels her own power – the confidence appears – and the ‘sexiness’ is there.

So besides the ‘burning calories’, ‘getting toned/ fit/ whatever’ – proper training with progression and discipline teaches us how to look our best: When we are our best.

So Be your best version of you and keep growing! It will make you sexy!

Sexy and I know it!

Sexy and I know it!

 

 

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Fighting talk – proud to fight like a girl

This past week one of the two big free weekly newspapers in Cork, wrote a little article about ‘The FighterGirls Club’ (Article can be found here: Fighting Talk ). Despite the journalist didn’t use the photo of the girls and didn’t mention some of what we talked about (No contact fighter drills f.ex.), I’m really happy about the article. Not because it might help attract new women to the club, but mostly because she put in a few things, that I really believe in:

1) Fighting like a girl is nothing to be shamed of: Girls are tough and strong!

2) Being fit/ training has nothing to do with being a size zero

3) Martial Arts is awesome! (and a great way to get fit, stay fit and develop yourself physically, mentally and spiritually

I hope the words of the article reach girls, teens and women of all ages and sizes, and I hope that despite the medias constant focus on commercialized beauty and skinny models – that the words of the article will hit home: Training is about feeling good in your skin (in and out of your clothes), training is getting to know your body again and find that you are capable!

And of course – get more females into the world which have given me so much: Fight Sport! (Now I could say Muay Thai! But the truth is I love all the fight sports I’ve been involved in – from Taekwondo to MMA. Muay Thai just happens to have the biggest piece of my fightergirl heart)

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Me posing with a knee for the photo

Training update since last blog:

Thursday: 6.5K 70% run + 3 classes (CIT, The FighterGirls Club & Mayfield). Also got a little weight session in:
10x 20kg Squat
2x 5x 30kg Squat
2x 5x 40kg squat

2x 5x 20kg Goodmornings
2x 5x 30kg Goodmornings
5x 40kg Goodmornings

2x 5 Pull ups (strict – NO kipping)
-Note: I’m taking it slowly on the squats as it’s been probably more than 6-8 months since I’ve done any serious weights. I’m not looking to get back into Powerlifting, just preparing for thaiboxing. Wrist and elbow slowly getting better – hopefully in a week or two it’s all good!

Friday: 5.7K 70% run
Saturday: Rest day
Sunday: 5.7K 70% run
 
 

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