Starting again



  • Well, all the career stuff is trotting along nicely now after 5 years fucking hard slog, so with my newfound wealth I've decided to kick my own ass and take up boxing training again.
     
    First session with the smiling assassin yesterday, 13 mins cycle warm up, then sets of crosses and jab/crosses, heavy rope tosses, medicine ball throw downs, squats, crunches, leg extensions, tricep/bicep curls and adductors.
     
    Trainer said I would probably spew, but managed to restrict myself to woozy head, gasping and pitiful whimpering. Today everything hurts, even my fucking eyebrows, so I am REALLY looking forward to 2nd session tomorrow (and measurement taking. Shudder.)
     
    But I've committed to two torture sessions a week, so we'll see what happens.



  • Nice work Mokey, congrats on things going well with your writing too! Here's to many more letters from Amazon  :i_am_so_happy:
     
    Having someone kick your ass is great way to get back into it - reckon you can often do more than you think.
     
    Ugh, but I know a smidgen about that post-boxing soreness. Upper back feels filleted!



  • Haha yep, I was pleasantly surprised that I still had some decent power behind my punch. Just bugger all endurance right now. That's why I've signed up for one on one rather than a class, I need the drill sergeant to stay high intensity.
     
    And upper back is ouchy, plus elbow to wrists. I do a fair amount of walking, so legs and abs twingey but bearable.



  • Are you at the same gym as I? Who is your trainer?
     
    The boxing classes on Tues and Thurs are awesome! I've got so much fitter, stronger and flexible for them



  • Good to see someone other than JK and Paeks boast about what units they are 🙂



  • Are you at the same gym as I? Who is your trainer?
     
    The boxing classes on Tues and Thurs are awesome! I've got so much fitter, stronger and flexible for them

    Evolve of course! The evil owner. I go for a one on one Wed and Fri.



  • Good to see someone other than JK and Paeks boast about what units they are 🙂

    Trainer: Your upper body fat measurements are not that bad. We just won't go below your waist, mmm kay?
     
    So today was all about the ass. After 4km cycle, started with crosses, then cross jab kicks, then hooks. That was fine. Then in a row, pushing metal cage with weights in, then towing it. Then quickfire 1min cross sprints. Then leg presses. Then curtsey squats. Then glute clenches with bloody big sand weight bag thing resting on lower abs.
     
    To say I have jelly legs right now is an understatement.



  • Evolve of course! The evil owner. I go for a one on one Wed and Fri.

    I hope you are getting family rates!!!



  • Good to see someone other than JK and Paeks boast about what units they are 🙂

    sheesh, at least Mokey joining up might help extend our audience to more than just MN5!!  :whistle:



  • ps Irene Van Dyke was doing boxing training in les mills the other night. She was taking some hits and dealing some out too - had a line of girls from various boxing classes lined up to jump in the ring. I think she'll do ok in the fight for life. The reach on her is crazy!! plus she is heavier than she looks (being super tall but trim) so I think her opponent might be surprised by how hard she hits.



  • ps Irene Van Dyke was doing boxing training in les mills the other night. She was taking some hits and dealing some out too - had a line of girls from various boxing classes lined up to jump in the ring. I think she'll do ok in the fight for life. The reach on her is crazy!! plus she is heavier than she looks (being super tall but trim) so I think her opponent might be surprised by how hard she hits.

    Sounds like you'd be keen to do a few rounds with her Paeks.....
    Then maybe do some boxing afterwards.



  • Waaay too tall for me bro. But buy me a few drinks and who knows!!
     
    Either way I don't think it's anything that'd make the cut for Mokey's novels!



  • Waaay too tall for me bro. But buy me a few drinks and who knows!!
     
    Either way I don't think it's anything that'd make the cut for Mokey's novels!

    Depends if you are aiming to be the hero or comic relief sidekick. Or maybe the villain?
     
    Or Irene could be the villain, an Amazonian warrior who jab/cross/kicked poor innocent PKB unconscious and dragged him away to her jungle lair.



  • IVD is my height.
    But Paeks should know we're all the same height in bed.



  • Good to see someone other than JK and Paeks boast about what units they are 🙂
    Lol. I'm hardly a unit!
    Just OCD



  • Lol. I'm hardly a unit!
    Just OCD

    You do some big numbers especially for a comparatively svelte bloke.



  • Torture session 3: trainer kindly referred to my ass as the sleeping giant.
     
    Today: 4km cycle warmup, jab crosses, jab cross kicks, jabs, crosses. Rope squats, pushing giant metal fucker, rope squats, glute press, 1 min cycle (off seat) glute press, 1min cycle (off seat) leg lifts, alternate glute squeeze/pulse while balancing weight bag on abs.
     
    Not sure I will be able to walk tomorrow.



  • Heh heh!  The giant metal push thing is tough on the way back. Seems almost uphill



  • Especially after doing squats, and your glutes and hamstrings have gone on strike. I had to keep adjusting because my quads/lower back were taking over.



  • Gotta stay low on the sled... if that is what 'Giant metal fucker' is describing! 
     
    Those things get real evil when you are knackered - keeping any kind of form going when fatigued is super tough.
     
    Sleeping giant aye? will avoid any BFG comments  :whistle:



  • Could possibly be a sled, but I think giant metal fucker describes it better.
     
    You COULD start up with BFG comments, but then you'd have to sleep with one eye open for like the rest of your life, soooooooo...



  • Trainer away today, so took myself through a workout. 4.8km cycle, lots of jabs to the punching bag, leg press, glute squeeze/pulse, sit ups, planks.
     
    Really need to strengthen my core and improve posture.



  • Google waiters carries - the Kettle bell version. Magic for shoulders, posture and a bit of core too. Try the variation where you balance the KB upside down on it's handle rather than in a clean grip, with the KB against your wrist/forearm.
     
    I promise once you get the hang of them you will love em. I've got shitty office monkey shoulders and doing these 1-2 a week has made a huge difference to my posture.
     
    The trash heap has spoken!



  • Hey that's brilliant, thanks. My posture has never been great, but now I have a chronic case of writer's hunch, and sometimes I get the carpal tunnel/forearm pain. This looks like it will help with both. :good:



  • Going to start doing them myself



  • deadlifts, planks and plyometrics are great for posture I reckon. Walking along and checking your mobile every five seconds is not.



  • Ugh, I am one sexy pink blowfish right now.
     
    Today started with 4.5km cycle then moved to boxing sans gloves, just those wrist/knuckle wraps. Jab/cross sets, fast crosses, jab/cross kicks. Then moved into rope squats and lunges. This was followed by a crazy game where trainer and I both batted balloons into the air and had to dash from side to side stopping either from hitting the ground. Then deadlifts and lunges using the elastic plus pole thing that you slip around your feet as resistance. So my arms are starting to cry then trainer gets all smiley and says we have to open up my shitarse weak shoulder blades, so four sets of 10 pullbacks. After this I got handed an 8kg kettlebell and learned the basic front back swing (because I am totally unco trainer said we would work our way up to waiter lift). Finished with chest stretch.



  • ah, yeah probably a good idea to get more familiar with KB's before doing waiters carries.
     
    Can't stress enough how work on your mobility will pay off, and sooner than you think! It opens up a whole range of cool (read painful) exercises for fun times! 
     
    With the KB swing it's all in the hips and glutes, fire those bad boys and you shouldn't need to use your arms at all to get the KB moving.



  • Haha yep, I got reminded to pendulum! squeeze butt! rock hips! not from your arm! a LOT.
     
    I think for a period of 10 seconds I even managed to coordinate upper and lower body correctly.



  • Thrust the hips!!! channel your inner Elvis or just pretend you're doing the timewarp!!



  • Today was all about the butt, bout the butt, no wobble. And the chest.
     
    4.6km cycle, medicine ball throwdowns, lunges and squats with sandbag weight, glute squeezes with weight, stand up cycle for 2mins, chest press and crossover pullbacks.
     
    BUT - two week measure day and good news! I've lost 600g in weight, but more importantly fat gripper says 2ml from my waist, thigh and calf (also 5cm from my chest, fuck it). I'm glad those results came up, cos I'd noticed some definition returning to my stomach, and that maybe my legs looked a bit better, so not just wishful thinking.
     
    Yay progress!



  • Today I was introduced to the power plate. Holy shit. 40 mins doing a range of exercises, and my entire body felt like jelly, red cheeks, gasping. For the warmdown at the end, I actually had major trouble trying to move limbs.
     
    To add insult to injury, trainer made me have a green shake afterwards cos they are DELICIOUS. Well sure, if all you eat is dirt and liquified chunks of oasis, it probably does taste marginally better. But bacon is delicious. Icecream and fudge sauce is delicious. Green shakes are NOT FUCKING DELICIOUS.



  • Today I did the leg workout from hell.
     
    2km cycle, alternate squats on power plate and wall sits, walking lunges, hip flexes, leg lifts, crunches on power plate and floor. This was followed by a session of trigger point rollers on my calves and quads. Yes, I turned the air blue, a really dark navy blue.



  • I hate the rollers - they hurt too much! Are they any good?



  • Yeah, they are good. The calf one I had to flex by pointing my toes then pulling back and that hurt a lot, ditto for the quad one, but calves and quads feel ok today. Hamstrings, which didn't get the roller, are sore and tight, as are my poor triceps from the plank.



  • tried the dreaded roller today after some high intensity intervals on the bike. Did calves, hams, quads (quads killed me).
    Be interesting to see if there is any improvement in recovery tomorrow as going out for a long ride - normally I would expect to feel quite leggy after today's session.



  • tried the dreaded roller today after some high intensity intervals on the bike. Did calves, hams, quads (quads killed me).
    Be interesting to see if there is any improvement in recovery tomorrow as going out for a long ride - normally I would expect to feel quite leggy after today's session.

    After a once over I try and find any knots, then work them till they've loosened up. Hurts like a mofo but makes a big difference for my mobility. 
     
    Cookie, did you feel any difference immediately after you used the roller?



  • Not sure I could tell straight after, proof will be tomorrow. Fingers crossed as I think I sweated more doing the freakin rollers than anything else!



  • Well, well, the roller worked its magic - as if I hadn't done any leg work yesterday. Went on long ride today with no ill effects. Means I'll have to roller after every session now godammit!



  • I hate the rollers - they hurt too much! Are they any good?

    They are brilliant. Best thing I ever bought.
     
    Always use the one at the gym both before and after legs workouts but having one at home is a godsend as can always have an extra rollout to assist with the recovery


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