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02 February 2007 @ 12:34 pm
That’s twice this week I’ve decided not to go to kickboxing and then forced myself to go anyway.

Wednesday was the worst, I think. I got home from work and did a round of chores (chopping and bringing in wood, cleaning litter boxes, laundry) after which I decided to take a catnap. I was utterly exhausted, could barely keep my eyes open, and thought a half hour of dozing would recharge my system. A half hour passed far, far too quickly, and as I lay snug and warm beneath the blankets, I knew there was no way I could possibly find the energy to go to class. “But you have to! You didn’t go on Tuesday,” said my inner Perky, Fit and Annoyingly Optimistic self.

“I’ll go tomorrow. Absolutely, without question,” replied my outer Weary, Pudgy and Rather Pathetic self.

“Ah, but that’s what you said yesterday!” chirped PFaAO. “And today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and here you are, curled up beneath the covers as your entire body transforms into a doughy blob when you should be bouncing about, burning calories and working up a sweat. C’mon, sunshine! You can do it! You can be a rainbow, not..”

“All right!” I threw the covers off and shambled over to the dresser to get into workout clothes. Anything to get the inner self to just shut up. And of course I was glad that I went. It was a fun class. When the instructor (Angela) called for people to partner up, I screwed my courage to the sticking place and approached the girl at the bag opposite me. She was very nice, and we both laughed quite a bit during the exercise (one person squats, the other does alternating crescent kicks over the partner’s head - then switch, repeat, and run two laps before coming back to start all over again).

Today wasn’t as bad. The whinge/I don’t wanna go- factor stemmed from residual soreness. All those squats and crescent kicks, I suppose. It didn’t help that the instructor, Trish, decided we’d do a whole series of balancing moves, first on the right leg and then the left. After about seven hours of that, we went into a series of push-ups (at which I suck, and as yet see no sign of improvement). Bag work was alternated with jumping rope, mountain climbers and high-knees jogging. We did an ass-load of kicks (only front and roundhouse, though) and some really fun attack combinations. I’m sore and a little wobbly, but I’m terribly glad I went.

After class, I chatted with the woman who’d been at the bag next to mine. “You’ve been doing this for a long time,” she noted.

“Erm, two weeks,” said I, and she was surprised. I think it’s a combination of having had stage combat (easy to learn the combinations, good focus) and my own determination to learn how to do this properly and as quickly as possible. But surely my flabbiness and rather wimpy kicks should have given away my newbie status? In any event, it made me feel good.

And speaking of stage combat, it is sort of weird to throw a punch and actually hit something. Also, I’m so used to making noise when I fight, I find that I do it at the heavy bag. I’m sure folks think I’m completely insane, but I huff and grunt through the punches, especially when we’re just beating the snot out of the bag. Ah, well. Old habits.
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Goddessavhi on February 2nd, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Good for you! That's terrific!
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on February 2nd, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
cresecent kicks...my favorite- opens up the hip flexors...for practice try holding one hand out ( say left hand ) and hold the right hand like you're holding a phone...then do an inside right leg crexcent kick, you should be able to slap your hand.

breathing/noise is good- you don't want to trap air/energy...not good for the chi...

I found when I was doing kung fu and wasn't in the mood, forcing myself to go yielded some of the best workouts.
Kel: Robin wildladyjoust on February 2nd, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
re: the kicks, I don't think I'm that flexible.
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on February 2nd, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
kmcclure on February 3rd, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
My crescent kicks are not good at all. Can you recommend a good stretch prior to kicking? (Anyone, actually) Even in tai chi we have our fair share and I'm sick of embarrassing myself in Fan and Buddha Fist.

Seriously, never good at splits or anything hip-related.

young_will: superstaryoung_will on February 2nd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
GO YOU! Dude, I'm so jazzed for you for going! Good good good for you! Woo! Dontcha just feel awesome!

Are we still on for Monday morning? I mean, I understand if you need a day off, no big, but, um, I need to go again. And hit things.
Kel: kickin' some assladyjoust on February 2nd, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, we're on. I'm going to go either tomorrow (if I'm not utterly sore, which is a possiblity) or Sunday, but whatever happens I will be there Monday morning. With bells on.

Or not, 'cause that would be distractiong.
Katevegryffindor on February 2nd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
You make me want to work out. :)
Christian: Opera Ghostsirchristian on February 3rd, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
It didn’t help that the instructor, Trish, decided we’d do a whole series of balancing moves, first on the right leg and then the left.

My sensei had a fun balancing exercise. Each student would get a cinder block from the breaking corner... and we would set it upright, and stand on it. Then go through lifting one knee slowly up to chest level then back down, then the other. It got really tricky when we would do front, side, round, adn back kicks in slooooooow motion while standing on the cinder block. You get good balance fast when you have a little way to fall when you lose it.