Training: woke up late today so rushed to training. Didn’t have the best of days - was labouring on the sprints and didn’t do great in sparring either. Really gotta dig deep the next few weeks to bring my A game - I HAVE IT IN ME RAWRRR.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- HANDS HIGH.
- STAY IN RANGE. SINGLE STEPS BACK - don’t run miles!!!
- BE AGGRESSIVE.
So 1.5 hours of boxing training, including running and sparring. 1.5 hours hot yoga - was DYINGGGG. my shoulders were so sore from boxing!!
Breakfast: 2 scoops whey, ~250-300ml almond milk, 2 apples.
Lunch: 1 pear, miso soup with purple cabbage, celery, 100g turkey and 100g mushrooms. half of the last muffin, Jasryn ate the other half.
Dinner: 30g of mee sua noodles, 150g of chicken, 1 egg, mushrooms, goji berries, spinach, clear chicken soup.
There is a movement growing strength and popularity. This movement is propagated by individuals, the media, women’s magazines, famous people, etc.
What is it that all of these people are hoping that you do? What is this movement about?
This movement is about loving your body. All of these…
keep moving, and stay light on your feet and as relaxed as possible. you’d think 11 years of ballet would help, but nooooo.
at any rate, all the sprinting i expect to do at rugby training should definitely help - i also plan to do some work on the tram lines when i find the time. footwork is so important, and is one of the best defenses you have in boxing.
PSA FOR ALL FIT FREAKS! Are you taking enough time OFF?
Recovery is just as important as what you do IN the gym. But no matter how much we ‘know’ this, many people consistently spend hours and hours in the gym because it “feels” right. It’s psychological. A dependence. Fitness CAN be addictive, but it’s important that we learn how to overcome these psychological barriers to live happier, healthier and injury free lives. Outside of the gym.
Recovery is THE reason we get fitter and stronger. It’s during this time that your muscles rebuild stronger, where your body puts your workout to use and where you’ll reap the benefits.
I like to think of it as making bread. You can knead the dough as much as you like, but unless you STOP and let it rise, your bread is gonna SUCK. The kneading is important, but the “rising” on it’s own is what makes the bread awesome. Rest is your ‘rising’ time.While SOME activity is better than NONE, TOO MUCH activity can be worse than none at all. Heart problems, insomnia, illness, weight gain, injury, depression: all symptoms and consequences of hitting it too hard and too often at the gym.SIGNS OF OVERTRAINING (and/or fitness addiction).
1. A decrease in performance. If you’re training hard and you notice that you just aren’t able to do what you know you CAN DO (having to reduce your weights, not being able to finish a set, needing to take more breaks etc), it might be a sign that your muscles have not gotten enough recovery time.
2. Problems sleeping, decrease in overall energy, mood swings etc. Workouts generally should BOOST your energy and mood. If the days seem ‘harder’ it might be a sign you need to take a step back. Depression can be a symptom of overtraining as well.
3. Feeling that unless your workout is 2 hours long, it doesn’t count. The truth is, there is ONLY so much you can push your body. After a certain amount of time, it releases chemicals and begins processes to minimize damage… NOT to help you get stronger, fitter or better. 2 hours a day in the gym is too much. Psychologically, this is a barrier a lot of people get stuck behind. Often, beginners are encouraged to workout for long periods of time, but at a VERY LOW intensity. The higher the intensity, the shorter your workout can be. Work to limit your workouts to an hour or less, take less breaks, and boost your intensity instead.
some very sound advice that I need to keep in mind, especially given my recent fixation with not giving my body a break when I was at Rawai, before finally remembering what I’d learned from my coaches at OUABC about taking care of and listening to my body.
am still dealing with some jetlag and fatigue from the crazy unpacking spree I went through, and also traveling immediately the day after and walking a helluva lot. will get back on track tomorrow, and possibly do two days’ worth instead of one. (possibly a questionable decision to make, but definitely going back to finishing the last 6 days tomorrow!)
If it’s true that our lives are a reflection of our message, what is your life saying vs. what do you want it to say?
especially for those days when you just feel off, but those are the days that you gain the most satisfaction from once you’ve pushed through.
When in a fight, the best things happen when you’re calm and collected in spite of the stress and pressure. This is something I am prone to forgetting in the hat of the moment, but I need to always keep myself in check. When I fuck up, I need to breathe and gather the grace to wipe that slate clean and suck it up and start over anew and afresh.
figured it’d be a good idea to take some notes and post them somewhere easy to find (as opposed to the little note books I keep losing) and to read over & add to this non-conclusive list from time to time to remind myself about the little details that count in boxing.
if you have any tips, please send them to me as well! :)
1. keep guard tight and high, minimal exposure. keep biceps close to the face when throwing punches. block punches close to the face, never parry with your hand too far away from your face. (DON’T SWING THE WHOLE ARM)
2. punch a bit higher.
3. stay light on your feet.
4. BRING HANDS/ARMS BACK FAST.
5. Punch straight! with elbows straight!
6. Bend wrists (but only a little bit)
7. be sharp! SHARP! SHARPPPPP!!!!