Fitness Class: Cardio Kickboxing

My wife and I took a cardio kickboxing class at a local boxing gym last night. A good thing, since I forgot to bring my workout clothes to work with me so I didn’t do my regular arm day workout.

It was actually incredibly difficult. I’m not sure how the other people in the class are able to keep up the 3-minute intervals of kicks and punches so well but I was toast. Even my wife, who has been taking private self-defense classes for the last several months, had a hard time keeping up.

It was a great workout, for sure. Lots of cardio and arm stuff. Even threw in a bunch of push-ups and squats and burpees for good measure, making it similar to a HIIT workout.

My hands, though, are stingy and raw. I forgot to take my rings off before putting the gloves on and my knuckles are a bit crunchy.

Overall, it was a great, different way to get a workout in. I like practical exercise and full-body dynamic motion. I’m definitely interested in martial arts as a fitness routine in the future.

Muscular legs on astroturf

Workout Summary: 9.21.18

Pretty standard walk funny day except that I went up in weight with almost all of my reps. Progress!

I figure I’ll keep this routine up for a couple of weeks, then switch it up a bit. I really liked the push/pull/leg format from trainers past. Also, playing with the weight limits for bulking up vs. strength building.

I just feel really solid in going back to the gym by myself. It’s been really nice.

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Man doing pectoral fly exercises

Workout Summary: 9.18.18

I was way too exhausted Monday to make it to the gym so I made up for it with a nice little arm day workout today.

I didn’t smash anything, per se, but I feel like I got a great workout in, did everything I set out to do, and will keep building on my progress from there. The pectoral fly machine was taken so instead of just not doing them, I switched to barbells. Nice!

Overall, I noticed a bit of progress from last week. The lifts were a bit easier and I felt more solid doing them.

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Man doing child's pose stretch in a gym

Workout Summary: 9.14.18

I completely CRUSHED my leg day workout today. I feel so fucking good!

Wow, I really outdid myself. I mean, this is my first self-guided workout where I “felt it.” You know, that feeling that everyone says they feel at the gym: like healthy and alive and full of energy? I’ve only ever had that after a training session.

Today, I came up with a routine that was good and tough and forced myself to do things I don’t usually like to do. The only thing I didn’t get to was the leg press. The machine was taken all day and I think I got enough quad stuff with the rest of the workout.

I feel really accomplished and ready for the next one!

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Workout Summary: 9.10.18

I overdid things after my last workout. I tried to sprint with my friends, even though I was too sore to walk up stairs. I was wasted. So I took a little time off and vowed that arm day would always come after sprint day 🙂

I managed to have a sort of short, really nice arm workout today, completely refreshed. Sprints are tomorrow (instead of Wednesday) and I should be good to go.

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A man doing dead lifts

Workout Summary: 8.27.18

Damn, it feels really good to be writing one of these again. Where have I been? I’m sure the answer to that question will be dealt with in a proper entry. Until then, suffice it to say that I’m trying to get back in the gym.

I went on my own, no trainer, and manged to power through a damn fine total body workout. I wrote down things I’d like to do and before I knew it, an hour went by. Nice! I also surprised myself with the weights I could handle (though I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow).

I’ve been trying to run on the weekends and two of my best friends and I get together every Wednesday to do sprints. My wife and I will start yoga and dancing (and maybe even self defense classes).

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A turtle on the sand

Workout Summary: 11.1.17

Well, the super slow leg day was a bit of a bust. It’s really tough (and I would argue ineffective) to do some of the leg exercises that slow. The emphasis (for uncoordinated guys like me) becomes more about fixing my shitty balance than doing the exercises properly.

There was some good stuff, though. The hip ab- and adductor exercises were killer; my legs were legit shaking!

Trainer Lana said she’d work out a few other exercises to do instead of some of the more balance-heavy ones for the next session.

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