newest obsession: kickboxing

So, I tried something new the other day.  First of all, I’m obsessed with Groupons and getting a good deal. I peruse the emails whenever they come in and thoroughly comb them for a bargain.  I saw one for a local kickboxing studio called CKO Kickboxing that was relatively inexpensive for 6 classes and a pair of gloves. I had done a couple cardio kickboxing classes when I lived at home and always really enjoyed them, so I thought, why not?


The class was different than I expected.  I consider it kind of a “choose you own adventure” workout.  The instructor had us run some laps around the gym and then made us do classic drills like jabbing, crossing, hooks, uppercuts etc. and occasionally would have rounds called “attacks” where you just do whatever you want for 30 seconds or so.  When I first took the class, I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t love it.  I didn’t feel like I was really doing anything and the instructor who was teaching made insanely long combinations that I couldn’t follow.  Luckily, I went back.

The instructor of a class makes a world of difference.  This class was everything I could have hoped for.  Instead of spending 10 minutes at the beginning stretching and 10 minutes at the end doing abs, we were working for the full 60 minutes and I was a puddle of sweat at the end.  I felt invigorated having really challenged myself.   The instructor was funny, energetic, and motivating; the true trifecta of a good coach in my book.  Her music selection was good and she was constantly pushing us to do crazy things like a burpee with a push-up into a squat.  My legs and arms were burning after her class.  So, I bit the bullet and signed up.  Honestly, if you had asked me after that first class if I would have signed up for a year long membership, I would have laughed in your face.  But the power that I’m feeling when I’m attacking that bag is a stress reliever that can’t be beat.  My heartbeat is racing and my head is pounding as I come up with my own combinations to dominate my 125 pound sandbag of an opponent.  I’m hooked.

Have any of you tried out kickboxing classes?


alright, alright, alright.

Another week down with some stellar workouts.  I am slowly but surely getting accustomed to my new house and taking  some workouts outside.  This week’s workouts looked like this:

-Sunday: BBG Week 15 Legs & 30 minutes of Elliptical

-Monday: 4 mile run, 10 minute HIIT on bike

-Tuesday: BBG Week 15 Arms & 30 minutes of Elliptical

-Wednesday: 4 mile run, 10 min HIIT run, 20 minutes of Elliptical

-Thursday: BBG Week 15 Abs & 30 minutes on Elliptical

-Friday: BBG Countdown Challenge (7.38 time), 3 mile run


I am starting to take my runs outside more on the trails and it’s eye opening.  I have been focusing less on speed and more on just getting it done.  On Wednesday, I decided to change things up a little bit.  I did a mile and a half loop around the trail and then I hit our drive way to do HIIT sprints.  30 second sprint, 30 second walk.

As you can see from my beautiful MapMyRun log, I ran up and down the driveway for a little over a mile.  It felt really freeing to just run with nothing holding me back.  Changing up your routine can really revitalize you and I highly recommend it.  Keeping your body guessing what it’s going to do next helps you to see more results more quickly.  I have already noticed changes in my running now that I have added in hills and rougher terrain.  Sure, it’s not the easiest when I’m out there running, but the reward is definitely worth it.  People have asked me many times how I run so fast or how I get the motivation to keep running.  One of the best answers I can provide is switch it up.  Make it interesting or you’ll never want to do it.  I don’t run every day anymore because I burnt out of it.  Sometimes taking a break is all you need.  Or maybe adding new music to a running playlist.  Or finding a good podcast or audiobook to listen to.  Or going to a new location like a beach or a trail or just a different part of your neighborhood to take it all in.  Get it done however you want and make it as fun as possible.