Fitness

Let the challenge begin

Today starts the beginning of my 16-week challenge.  For the next 16 weeks I will be working out 6 days a week, 3 days running the other 3 cross training.  My goal at the end of the 16 weeks is to be able to run a 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours, hold a forearm plank for 5 minutes and do 25 push-ups with no breaks.

Part of this challenge is also for me to break out of my usual box.  I pretty much let fear dictate my life, always have.  As I’ve recently started to do some self-reflection, I believe that my fear is really just that I’m afraid at not being good at something.  I don’t want to look foolish if I try something new and I’m not good at it.  No more!  Who cares if I look stupid and can’t do something very well, at least I’m trying.

My friend, Callie, invited me to go to 9 Rounds 30 minute Kickbox Fitness in Huntington Beach.  The gym workout is 30 minutes of circuit training with a focus on kickboxing style moves.  There are 9 stations and each station is 3 minutes followed by a 30-second active recovery.  For instance tonight I had to punch a speed bag for 3 minutes followed by 30 seconds of cross-legged crunches. Here’s Mike taking on the speed bag.  It takes some coordination but it’s pretty fun.

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Other moves included side kicks, rear kicks, lunges, jump rope, etc.  The workout changes everyday so it’s a new experience each time you come.  There is a trainer there to help you understand all of the moves and bell rings letting you know when it’s time to move to the next station.  Before I knew it the 30 minutes was over and I was dripping with sweat.  Plus it was super fun wearing pink boxing gloves (it’s ok guys you get black). I will definitely be adding this workout once a week or every other week.  You can get monthly memberships but they also offer drops in classes where you simply pay $10.00 per class with no commitment.  That works perfect for me because I have so many other fitness gyms I’m dying to try.  We said a big thank you to our trainer Mario and took a photo to capture our awesome experience. Super fun and great for any fitness level.

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