Conditioning Day 14…Two Sessions 18 rounds, Day 14 of 22

2.5 hours of training today across two sessions. I was only able to get 1 hour in at around 6:30 am this morning. I forgot my headphones and had to go home to get them.

I ended up doing my mile run, then 6 rounds on the heavy bag, with 30 second burn out knees and two kicks.

The second session I went in at around 12:30 pm and got another 12 rounds in.

Day 14 of 22, means I have 8 more days to get ready! *Boggle* I hope I will be ready. =) Both Kru Kristen, and Kru Krysta say I will be ready, just take it easy the first day and don’t burn out the first day.

Here is more detailed information of my training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  3. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  5. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  7. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  8. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  9. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  10. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  11. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  12. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  13. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Breakfast, and then I was called into work for a few hours. One of my coworkers was sick.

Lunch

  1. 1 x 3 minutes of Jumping rope ( note did not count this as a round its a warm up)
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the shadowboxing
  2. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  3. 1 x 3 minute round shadowboxing shields, and doing balance exercises across the pads
  4. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  6. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  8. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  9. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  10. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  11. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  12. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  13. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  14. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  15. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  16. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks
  17. 1 x 3 minute round on the heavy bag, elbows to knees, punches to knees, to kicks
  18. 1 x 30 second burn out of knees and two kicks

Have a fantastic day, and keep working to be the best you can be. I have to go get husband from the metro, feed family, and go to work for my night shift.

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Conditioning Day 13… Rest and Relaxation

Today is a day of rest and relaxation. Got some stretching in, and some quality family time. Tomorrow I will hit the training hard, and possibly do a second session of training at around noon time.

D.O.M.S. has set in, and I am feeling it in my back and my arms. This is good. This means I worked those areas well. Muay Thai, elbows, and Knees will work those muscles, and those areas.

Rest and Recovery are an important part of your workout routine. I can say that normally I feel bad taking a rest. I feel like I could be doing something, but with as hard as I am training right now. I am happy to have a day off. My body is happy to have a day off.

” Building recovery time into any training program is important because this is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place. Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Exercise or any other physical work causes changes in the body such as muscle tissue breakdown and the depletion of energy stores (muscle glycogen) as well as fluid loss.

Recovery time allows these stores to be replenished and allows tissue repair to occur. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise. “

https://www.verywellfit.com/the-benefits-of-rest-and-recovery-after-exercise-3120575

Read the above website if you want more information about rest and recovery. There are both short term and long term recovery. I need to build a long term one into my year soon.

Recovery, however, refers to techniques and actions taken to maximize your body’s repair.These include hydration, nutrition, posture, heat, ice, stretching, self-myofascial release, stress management, compression, and time spent standing versus sitting versus lying down. Recovery is multifaceted and encompasses more than just muscle repair. Recovery involves chemical and hormonal balance, nervous system repair, mental state, and more. “

https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/7-essential-elements-of-rest-and-recovery

The site above breaks it down further for you.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you are all having a great weekend. Keep working to be the best you that you can be.

Conditioning Day 12… Pad Work In the Park

2.5 hour Conditioning training today. There was a BJJ seminar in our gym today so all of the classes were canceled, and we decided to do our training out in the park. It was a beautiful day. Sunny, breezy and not terribly hot. We stayed in the shade of a big tree. The kiddos got to play in a play ground right next to us. There was a graduation party going on next to us as well. The people setting up wound up watching us. I guess it is not normal to see people drilling boxing, elbows, and knees at the park.

H had me working on 4 minute rounds. No burn outs today, just constant work. We worked on my boxing stance, since I tend to square up when I shift weight on my cross and jab.

We worked on my slip, knees and elbows. We also worked on knees to elbows, punches to elbows, punches to knees.

He can tell the difference in my downward diagonal elbow now that I have been to a Arjan Chai seminar. It is more powerful, and I throw it much better. He has started using that technique as well.

I worked up a sweat, we got about 20 x 4 minute rounds in. It was a great Saturday workout, and a great conditioning day 12 workout. I have 10 days left to train up for camp.

I recorded some video of two of the drills we did.

Here is the Cross, Jab, Slip, Jab, Cross, Slip drill we did.

And this is the Jab, Cross, Upper Cut, Upper Cut, Body Hook drill we did.

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for reading.

Conditioning Day 10… Rained out, 8 rounds, Sparring is a mental thing as much as physical

3.5 hours of training today. If I include the rounds in class too, I think I did about 25 rounds. I tried to do my mile run but got rained out. I got 8 x 3 rounds straight in today before classes started. This picture is of me looking like some soaked marsupial. I got half a mile in, and the thunder and lightening were over head. The rain came down harder and I threw in the towel as it were and cut my losses. Came back to the gym soaked with soggy, sloshy shoes.

We went in, and I asked H to hold pads for me. He asked me what I wanted to work on. He knows I am conditioning. I told him I wanted to do cardio, and flow. I wanted to work on getting my flow from hands to feet, and feet to hands better.

He is a really great pad holder, and a really great pad holder will make you look awesome. I got some compliments from the gym manager, who was teaching a BJJ class while we were working the rounds.

Training:

  1. Rained out run, only 1/2 mile, but that half was done in 6 minutes woot! So if I did my full mile and kept that pace I would have had a 12 minute mile.
  1. 1 x 3 minute round – 4 counts left to right, and right to left combos for the first round
  2. 30 seconds – burn out kick pyramid. (1 kick, 2 kicks, 3 kicks, 4 kicks, 5 kicks, 4 kicks, 3 kicks, 2 kicks, 2 kick all on one side.)
  3. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, right/rear knee, right kick – Jab, cross, left/front knee, left kick – jab, cross, right/rear knee, left kick – jab, cross, left/front knee, right kick
  4. 30 seconds – burn out kick pyramid. (1 kick, 2 kicks, 3 kicks, 4 kicks, 5 kicks, 4 kicks, 3 kicks, 2 kicks, 2 kick all on one side.)
  5. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, right kick, right kick – Jab, cross, left kick, left kick
  6. 30 seconds – burn out 3 kicks with right/rear leg, 3 kicks with left/front leg, lather rinse and repeat for 30 seconds
  7. 1 x 3 minute round – double kicks, to slide in to knee
  8. 30 seconds – burn out 3 kicks with right/rear leg, 3 kicks with left/front leg, lather rinse and repeat for 30 seconds
  1. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, body hook, striking knee
  2. 30 seconds – burn out elbow blitz
  3. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, body hook, striking knee, striking knee, striking knee… doing both left and right knees
  4. 30 seconds – burn out elbow blitz
  5. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, upper cut, upper cut, body hook x 3 each side.
  6. 30 second – burn out body hooks
  7. 1 x 3 minute round – Jab, cross, body hook, striking knees x 3
  8. 30 second – 4 elbows, to 3 knees

I tried to not make to much noise when hitting the pads. I don’t like disturbing the other classes when I am using the gym. However, apparently I made an impression about how hard I was working. =)

Muay Thai Class:

We worked on clenching again, and flowing in clenching. Going from 1/2 clench, to 50/50 clench with bicep control, to off balance, to then breaking your opponents posture, to knee, to elbow.

The Thai Clenches

  1. Both hands on the neck/crown of head = Full Plumb
  2. Neck and Arm control, or Neck and Bicep control (great to give you inside control)
  3. Under hooks ( really good for when you have a taller opponent )
  4. Full Fence (great for off the line/off to the side)
  5. Half- Single Wing (good for control of upper body, done well shuts down their upper body)
  6. Waist and Arm control ( really good for when you have a taller opponent)
  7. 50/50 (is where most people end up, because full plumb is untenable)
  8. Quarter

I was working with a new guy, he is a big dude. I am a short girl and have this clench and tie up, that I like, and a leg bump that we do. I do it all the time, and did it to him. He was surprised at how much I threw him and his mass around with out trouble. He easily has 100 lbs on me. I explained what I was doing and did it again, showing him. He looked surprised again, and Kru Kristen laughed and said, “that’s her favorite clench and dump. And it goes to show you that size does not have anything to do with it. You can do it to anyone if you have the right technique.”

After that we did rounds of sparring. Sparring is a mental thing as much as physical. If you are stressed, scared, or worried it shows. I need to relax. I do far better when I am relaxed. I can respond faster as well. I am standing flat footed, and to heavy on my lead leg. Thai fighters usually do 40 lead leg, 60 back leg. But when I am sparring I am trying so hard to remember everything, keep my shoulders up and hunched at the same time, covering my face, movement, getting hands to feet and feet to hands combos in, and blocking. I forget to be on the balls of my feet. Sigh! I have so much to learn, and get better at.

I however, was able to get 4 good kick blocks in. My friend A. helped me afterward for about 20 minutes working on not being heavy on my lead leg. I just need to keep practicing. I need to work on my hip flexors. I am a little tight there so I can lean back a little.

Anyway I am tired, and have to get up early in the morning. Thanks for reading. I have 12 more days of conditioning to get in before camp. Rest tomorrow, and then Saturday hit it hard.

Keep working on being the best you that you can be. I will try to do the same.

Conditioning Day 9… 9 of 22 A mile and 12 rounds alone

Knees in the morning!

1 hours and 30 minutes Conditioning day 9. I ran 1 mile this morning, and then worked 12 x 3 minute rounds. I intended this blog to write about the good and the bad on my fitness journey. I am doing so, even though I worry it will bother some. I hope it will help others who feel the same.

Reflection on Yesterday’s Feelings

Now that I have slept, gotten up, done a workout, and eaten breakfast. I can contemplate yesterday, and how I was feeling. When I am having a lack luster day, not wanting to do my workout. Tired and annoyed. I get into my head. I worry that I am just a joke to almost everyone. That when I am practicing, I see all my faults, and how ridiculous I look. I think everyone else can see that. I start thinking. Why did I decide to go to this camp. I am going to fail and look stupid.

I have been regularly waffling from so much excitement and anticipation, to oh my God what have I done. I am crazy for trying to get ready in such a short time.

Days like yesterday, a third feeling is added to the mix. I am just a joke and ridiculous. What am I even doing here? I don’t look like everyone else. I make so many mistakes. Am I even improving?

I know I am getting into my own head, and worrying about things. I know some of these feelings are fleeting, but it is hard to get out of your own head and keep pushing on. I have done, and will do just that.

Anyway… onward to better things, and my training that I did today.

Conditioning Training Today

I had a great day of training. I even ignored my run time. I just did the mile run. I was able to get 12 rounds of 3 minutes in today before the gym closed for the morning.

Training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  3. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  5. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  7. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  8. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  9. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  1. Shadow Box for 1 x 3 minute round
  2. Shadow Box for 1 x 3 minute round
  3. Shadow Box for 1 x 3 minute round
  4. Shadow Box for 1 x 3 minute round
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  2. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  4. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  6. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  8. 30 seconds burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and knees till time runs out, double kick.

Today was a great day. Its always more fun to train with others. But today as I was training in solitude I was able to reflect on my last day. I was able to think about my day and week to come.

I filmed two of my bag rounds to see how I was doing and to review in the future.

If you are still reading, thanks for reading. I hope you have a fantastic day. Keep being awesome!

Conditioning Day 8…4 hours, First Low Energy Day Since Starting

4 hours of training today. My mile run time sucked, it was hot outside, and I did not want to do it. But I did it anyway.  I was/am really tired.

I ran the mile for warm up. It was by far my worst mile. 14 minute mile, and it was hot. 85 degrees F out is not fun to run in.

I then did 12 rounds training. 8 rounds bag work, and 4 rounds of distance management and teeping.

Conditioning Training

Training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  3. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  5. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  7. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  8. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  9. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  1. 1 x 3 minute round , cross, jab, teep
  2. 15 second rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round , cross, jab, teep
  4. 15 second rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round , cross, jab, teep
  6. 15 second rest
  7. 1 x 3 minute round , cross, jab, teep
  8. 15 second rest
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  2. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  4. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  6. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.
  7. 1 x 3 minute round on bag
  8. 30 second burn out Makatune, #6 elbow, and then knees till time out, then double kick.

Muay Thai Class

We worked on elbows today. We did a line drill where we all line up and split up working on technique. I love doing line drills and it was perfect when we were first starting to learn new things. We have a number of new students and it is great review for us.

The drill we worked on was:

  1. L horizontal elbow
  2. R Downward Diagonal elbow
  3. Lead spinning backward upward elbow
  4. Upward elbow
  5. Spearing elbow

These were great and I felt good doing them. Kru Kristen gave me a compliment saying you have been working on these in Ajarn Chai’s seminar right? I said yes. She said, your elbows look good. Yay!

Then the newer students paired off for clench work, and we green arm bands and up, went to sparr with J. He is training for fight coming up, and I am training for Muay Thai camp.

I dropped my hands a few times, and got punched cause of it. But over all I would say kept my hands up, blocking the punches coming at my face. I was able to get some torso shots in, and some kicks in. I was even able to knock his glove down and put one right in his kisser. What I did not do is shield very many kicks. I sucked at that today.

So yeah today was a… I don’t really want to do this today but I did it… kind of training day. Sparring at the end was fun and worth it. First day in the 8 so far that has been lack luster for me.

I have a early morning training day tomorrow. 6 am… weeeeee… so I am going to get to bed.

Thanks for reading. I know that not all days are going to be great, and not all days are going to be the ones that are looked forward to, and that some days are going to be meh. But I just gotta keep working at it. Have a great night/day/morning where ever you are, and keep working to be the best you that you can be.

Conditioning Day 7…Muay Thai camp, Solo Training

1.5 hours of Conditioning training. I got there at 6 am, went for a run, and then did my training. I ran a mile and then did 12 rounds. I had to stop because the gym was closing in the morning.

Listening to the advice of my trainer/teacher, Kru Krysta, I am going to be going with two different styles/pairs of running shoes to Muay Thai camp. So I went out to the outlets and got a new pair. I usually use the Nike Free Run shoes, but I got a different model as well.

She recommends having two different types of shoes so if you get blisters from one set, you have a different pair that wear differently so that you don’t have your foot rubbed the same way. So I tried the Nike Run Swift style. I must say I like them. They are light weight has great support and seems to help propel me. Different from my Nike Free Runs, that feel like almost nothing on my foot. And of course on their maiden voyage, it was raining today. So I am breaking them in for the next few weeks.

Today I did a 1 mile run. It was 13 minutes so not great but not terrible I guess. I then worked on rounds on the bag.

Training:

  1. 1 mile run
  2. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  3. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  4. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  5. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  6. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  7. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  1. Shadow boxing round 3 minutes
  2. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  3. Shadow boxing round 3 minutes
  4. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  5. Shadow boxing round 3 minutes
  6. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick , 30 second rest
  1. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  2. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  3. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  4. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  5. 1 x 3 minute round on the bag
  6. 30 second burn out, Makatune, #6 elbow, knees till time runs out, double kick, 30 second rest
  1. Body builder 8 counts x 10

Some people wonder what I do for my supplements. I take a pre workout that has BCAA’s and enough caffeine to that of a cup of coffee. I take a post workout recovery drink that replaces the glycogen levels.

But that is day 7, and I am steadily moving along. I hope to be ready come Muay Thai camp.

Thank you for reading, keep being awesome, and keep working to be the best you that you can be.