Gym Diary - Boxercise.

Dear Duders.

Today is the day that I start my time at my local gym, for those unaware I wrote all about this in a previous blog that you can find here. So yes today was the first class, that class was Boxercise.

So I got their about 10 minutes early, I thought it best to get their early so I had time to find the lockers, toilets and take a quick look around. Upon arrival I was greeted by a nice women behind the counter who marked me in then showed me where the lockers was. I came back to find a few other early goers, one of which was a rather large man. I felt very happy seeing this rather large man, as it meant that this wasn't going to be a room full of muscle men. Although that would have been good to look at it would have made me very nervous as they would all run rings around me.

That man even talked to me for a bit, I then got talking with his wife(?) and already I felt comfortable. As time went on people piled up and there was quite a few people here, mostly females but 2 other males, one old one large. The rest were all middle age women, a few younger ones but none as young as me, again this made me feel quite comfortable. Then the teacher walked in and we got straight into it.

I found it very hard at first, as we started off with cardio, now don't get me wrong its not the "Oh this is so much effort" part of this that I wasn't to into. It was the "Oh my god what did she say, ok so left here right, oh crap forward, wait how many punches did she say?" I eventually got into it but it defiantly was not the best part about the lesson. That was just a warm up, soon after that the real lesson started.

We were split into teams, 1 and 2. People in group 1 had to wear boxing gloves while the second group had to get pads. We then got split into pairs, the person i got paired with was very friendly, always smiling and we ended up having a good natter during the class. As I work with 100% females and have done so for 3 years I know how to talk to women. The next 10 minutes was a series is different punches in time with the music, oh yes I forgot to mention a whole mess of music was played during the course, I don't really remember to many but it was all your standard techno/pop music. So there was 8 numbers, each number had a punch attached to it, so the first one was in order (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) which had us punching from high to low to jumping punch. It was a good workout, when we switched I found it a nice break.

Next we did an obstacle course of skipping then punching then running then punching then push ups then punching then squats then punching. It was a very good workout, my right arm is killing me and I write this, but hey thats probably a good thing. It was very fun, I ended up booking for the next two following sessions because I enjoyed it so much. All of the people in the group were friendly and there was no pointing and laughing whenever mistakes were made.

Look forward to another one of these tomorrow, spinning.

17 Comments
18 Comments
Posted by Hizang

Dear Duders.

Today is the day that I start my time at my local gym, for those unaware I wrote all about this in a previous blog that you can find here. So yes today was the first class, that class was Boxercise.

So I got their about 10 minutes early, I thought it best to get their early so I had time to find the lockers, toilets and take a quick look around. Upon arrival I was greeted by a nice women behind the counter who marked me in then showed me where the lockers was. I came back to find a few other early goers, one of which was a rather large man. I felt very happy seeing this rather large man, as it meant that this wasn't going to be a room full of muscle men. Although that would have been good to look at it would have made me very nervous as they would all run rings around me.

That man even talked to me for a bit, I then got talking with his wife(?) and already I felt comfortable. As time went on people piled up and there was quite a few people here, mostly females but 2 other males, one old one large. The rest were all middle age women, a few younger ones but none as young as me, again this made me feel quite comfortable. Then the teacher walked in and we got straight into it.

I found it very hard at first, as we started off with cardio, now don't get me wrong its not the "Oh this is so much effort" part of this that I wasn't to into. It was the "Oh my god what did she say, ok so left here right, oh crap forward, wait how many punches did she say?" I eventually got into it but it defiantly was not the best part about the lesson. That was just a warm up, soon after that the real lesson started.

We were split into teams, 1 and 2. People in group 1 had to wear boxing gloves while the second group had to get pads. We then got split into pairs, the person i got paired with was very friendly, always smiling and we ended up having a good natter during the class. As I work with 100% females and have done so for 3 years I know how to talk to women. The next 10 minutes was a series is different punches in time with the music, oh yes I forgot to mention a whole mess of music was played during the course, I don't really remember to many but it was all your standard techno/pop music. So there was 8 numbers, each number had a punch attached to it, so the first one was in order (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) which had us punching from high to low to jumping punch. It was a good workout, when we switched I found it a nice break.

Next we did an obstacle course of skipping then punching then running then punching then push ups then punching then squats then punching. It was a very good workout, my right arm is killing me and I write this, but hey thats probably a good thing. It was very fun, I ended up booking for the next two following sessions because I enjoyed it so much. All of the people in the group were friendly and there was no pointing and laughing whenever mistakes were made.

Look forward to another one of these tomorrow, spinning.

Posted by SexyToad

This man knows how to talk to the ladies. But seriously good job. I need to go to a gym on of these days.

Posted by Ravenlight

This has nothing to do with undergarments :(

Posted by RenMcKormack

Boxing is a tough workout mang. keep up the good work.

Posted by Mushir

I know you may not be comfortable with this, but I'd love to see a before and after picture after a few months. If you decide not to show it to us atleast do it for yourself. Since loosing weight or building muscle is a gradual thing, you don't really notice the change when looking at yourself in the mirror everyday. But taking pictures of yourself each month can be really motivating. Was for me atleast when I started working me.

Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

Posted by Levio

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

that's not supposed to happen... you should look into this

@Hizang: good work. be sure to eat plenty of protein and carbs before and after if you want to maximize your health benefits. And of course the same with drinking water

Posted by falserelic

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

When I usually workout hard my arms is just sore, but not sore to the point I can't move my arms. There might be something wrong if that keeps happening you should go to the hospital.

Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER

@Levio said:

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

that's not supposed to happen... you should look into this

@Hizang: good work. be sure to eat plenty of protein and carbs before and after if you want to maximize your health benefits. And of course the same with drinking water

Wait... so the only way to fix this is with steroid injection???!!!

Maybe it's just extremely sore? My arms are hotter than normal and they have been twitching lately, but this happens to me every time I lift weights.

Posted by Levio

@NlGHTCRAWLER: are you unable to relax the muscles? or are your joints unable to rotate fully? either would be a pretty serious problem

muscle soreness after workout is supposed to feel like it hurts to move the muscle, like the muscle is bruised. it should still be possible to move the muscle through its full range of motion post workout

Posted by Hizang

@Mushir: Thats a good idea, I'll probably take it and not release it. I'll wait until a year and then release them both.

Posted by Icemael
@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

That exact thing happened to me once (could move my arms again on the third day), but that was after a particularly strenuous karate graduation that took over 3 hours. How intense was your workout?
Posted by LikeaSsur

Well, congrats. I hope you're able to stick with it as time goes on.

Posted by foggel

Keep it up! I've been working out for about a year now. I've gained over 10kg, mostly muscles. The trick is to eat right.

Posted by Sploder

Good to hear you're enjoying it after that last blog. And already chatting up a dude's wife? What a player.

Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER

@Icemael said:

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

That exact thing happened to me once (could move my arms again on the third day), but that was after a particularly strenuous karate graduation that took over 3 hours. How intense was your workout?

Super intense. About an hour and a half, all of it weight lifting. Which is dumb, I know.

Posted by Hizang

@foggel said:

Keep it up! I've been working out for about a year now. I've gained over 10kg, mostly muscles. The trick is to eat right.

I started eating Porridge and Strawberries for Breakfast, beans and egg on toast for lunch and undecided on dinner.

Posted by Vigil

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

@Icemael said:

@NlGHTCRAWLER said:

I don't know if it's just me, but after I workout for the first time in a really long time, my arms stiffen up. They get stuck in in "L Form" and I can't straighten them out. My arms have been stuck like this for two days now... not sure if this is an emergency or not....

That exact thing happened to me once (could move my arms again on the third day), but that was after a particularly strenuous karate graduation that took over 3 hours. How intense was your workout?

Super intense. About an hour and a half, all of it weight lifting. Which is dumb, I know.

I'm sure you now realize nearly two hour hours of just weight lifting is way to much, t-rex arms are pretty common when just getting into weight lifting after not doing it for a while, I wouldn't worry.