I recently marked my one year anniversary of taking boxing classes. I can’t believe I’ve been taking these incredible classes for a year. Sure, I used to take spin classes and took them for more than a year, but there was nothing earth-shattering for me about taking them. My classes at Title Boxing Club have been life-changing.
I remember my first class like it was yesterday. You can read my early thoughts here. I recall struggling to keep up but not being discouraged. I remember the pungent smell of the borrowed gloves I used. I wasn’t a fan of the warm-up. Let me tell you a little secret—I’m still not!
Over time, the punch combinations got easier. When I first started, I preferred certain classes where three and four punch combinations were used more than the classes where the instructor went for six punch combos. Now I prefer the six punch combinations. I’ve done some personal training (PT) to work on my technique and it’s made a big difference in how I execute my punches. PT is primarily done in the ring with the trainer wearing padding to protect himself and it’s really badass to be throwing punches without stopping, even if he’s calling them out and I don’t intuitively punch like Rocky Balboa.
One of the things I become almost giddy about is my ability to handle the last 15 minutes of class, the core workout. I could barely handle a 6 lb. medicine ball in the beginning. I was afraid I was going to injure my tailbone again. Those last 15 minutes were just hard and I’d count down until the class was over. Now, I love it. I love that my back is finally strong and that I can handle these crazy exercises. I’ve been using a 12 lb. med ball and just increased to 15. My favorite core exercise includes balancing on my tailbone while holding a med ball and lifting it overhead. Did I mention I’m balancing on my tailbone? You know, the one that was misaligned and required physical therapy three years ago? And planks? I’m a crazy person who actually enjoys them, despite the fact that every muscle in my body used to shake when I first did them.
In addition to all the great benefits of this incredible workout—I’ve lost 20 lbs. (30 total in 2017), gotten a hell of a lot stronger and went down something crazy like three sizes in about six months—I’ve met some great people. When you consistently show up to the 5 a.m. classes, you become part of a special breed of Title members! The trainers who’ve pushed me and encouraged me to be better may drive me nuts when they are screaming at me in a class, but I do really love that they push and encourage.
Do you know how freeing it is to be able to punch something on a regular basis? I’ve noticed a pattern with my Friday night kickboxing classes—lately, I’ve been burning the most calories in those classes. I also take a kickboxing class on Sundays at 8 a.m. with the same instructor, yet there’s a pattern I’m seeing on Fridays. I think I’m taking out the week’s aggression on the bag and working harder and burning more without even realizing it. The stress relief from boxing has been a game changer for me. It’s very satisfying to be able to take all your frustrations out by punching something and reduce my stress level one punch at a time.
And let’s not forget the confidence boost. Getting older has helped me over the years with my confidence, but I know it has grown even more over the last year. I’ve also realized that my “I don’t give a shit meter”, as I like to put it, has gotten higher, too. I don’t sweat the small stuff and I feel more confident in many things I do and decisions I make. And that’s pretty fabulous! 🙂
So what are you doing for exercise? Are you going to try something that could be life-changing for you? Have you tried something that’s been a game changer? Let me know!
(This blog post represents my own thoughts and I have not been compensated by Title Boxing Club at all for this. The image accompanying this post is my own and is a photo of my favorite bag at my club.)