one hell of a workout

6 May

I have discovered KICKBOXING!!



A few weeks ago, I was scared to try kickboxing. I was only going to take boxing classes at LA Boxing. After a few boxing classes, I actually felt confident enough to try other classes. I gave kettlebells a try and whoa! Kettlebells kicked my ass. I was sore for days but I liked that class and I will go to another class.  [Just a note, I have not gone back yet because my podiatrist has recommended no barefoot workouts right now.]

I was very nervous about kickboxing.  ya see…I am a total klutz! I trip over pieces of nothing on the floor. I trip over my own feet, and I have small feet. I am constantly tripping over teenage feet at school…they do it on purpose. My sophomore class is full of boys, only boys, and they amuse themselves by torturing me and they think it is “cute” that I am klutzy.  All my ramblings lead you to one conclusion – I am pretty damn klutzy and nervous about kickboxing.

I went to a class on Tuesday. I really went because I wanted to get my workout done a little bit earlier. I am super busy at work this week and I have been bringing work home. The 4 o’clock kickboxing class just fit in my schedule better on Tuesday.  I decided to just go for it!! I LOVED IT!

That first kickboxing experience hooked me! I sweat in ways I am only just now learning to love. I was never a big sweater until LA Boxing came into my life. I am getting stronger. I can do pushups easier this week. I still do girl pushups but they are starting to look like real pushups. I even feel less awkward during a lot of the exercises. I really liked the boxing classes but I LOVE kickboxing. I think I like kickboxing more because it is a nice mix-up and the class just flies.

Last night, I went to a 7:45pm class. I was going to run or go to another kickboxing class.  I went on twitter and asked my peeps what I should do. My peeps spoke and they unanimously voted for kickboxing. So I went to a late-for-me class. I am so very glad that I went to this class.

Kevin was the instructor (see picture above), there were only 2 other ladies in class and me. Kevin worked us good!! I moved the entire class and worked up one hell of a sweat. I kicked and punched and kicked some more. The class was small and that was perfect. There was no escaping Kevin’s watchful eye and he made sure I was doing the kicks in good form.  And then, Kevin ended class with the hardest, most intense ab workout of my life.

I am strong and I am getting stronger.

I was shaky, sweaty, and I can’t wait to go back!!

Disclosure: As a participant of #Fitbloggin’, I was offered (by LA Boxing) three months free membership, free personal training, and merchandise – all in exchange for blogging my *honest* opinions once a week.


19 Responses to “one hell of a workout”

  1. workout mommy May 6, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    YOU and kickboxing and LABoxing are fantastic! 🙂

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      If only you and Mandy could be closer and we could all workout together!

  2. lastminutemandy May 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    He-haw!!! I'm so glad you are loving it! (I knew you would rock kickboxing!)I only wish we were closer so we could do it together. 😉 Man, I can't wait for the end of these 3 months so we can show off our hot bods.Way to go, lady, great job!

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 7:22 am #

      If in the course of the next 2.5 months you ever find yourself in south Jersey….

  3. Jen, a priorfatgirl May 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    aaahhh….you look so cute in your little boxin' outfit! LOVE IT! Can't wait to hear about your experience over the next 3 months!

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks girlfriend!! This week I will be sure to get a pic wearing my gloves!

  4. Dr. Mo May 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    Im so very proud of you!!! You turned last weeks lemons into this weeks LEMONADE!!! Keep up the Grrrrreat work!!!!!Love ya Lots@FitInMyHeart

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 7:19 am #

      Thanks Mo!! I feel like a different person this week! Don't go away anymore! 😉

  5. South Beach Steve May 7, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    This sounds pretty awesome! I don't know that I would like kickboxing, but I have often thought I would like to try boxing.

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 7:23 am #

      You should totally try boxing. There is something so amazing about pushing your body outside of its limits ~ this is a new one for me and I am loving it!

  6. Lissa_ShrinkingJeans May 7, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Good for you, girl!! I really think I would love it, too, unfortunately I live in the boonies. ;pYou're hardcore!

    • jeninRL May 7, 2010 at 9:08 am #

      Come to NJ and you can come to my gym!

  7. Jogger (Elisabeth) May 7, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I LOVE KICKBOXING!! I go to a private martial arts studio, and their class is a little bit of kickboxing, a little bit of hip-hop kung-fu, and a lot of sweat. They call it “combat fitness”. It is very empowering, and it makes me feel more confident that I could defend myself if someone tried to attack me while I was out running. I haven't tried the LA Boxing classes, but I hear that they are a lot of fun. Isn't it great when we find things that fit us perfectly?! =) I felt that way about kickboxing when I first started too.

  8. Jeremy Logsdon May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    I love small classes! I got to take a yoga class recently that had three people in it; that made it so much more fun and nonthreatening. Good for you for discovering kickboxing. I find it a good way to get rid of aggression, too. 🙂

  9. Kerri--katdoesdiets May 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    That's awesome! I think I would enjoy kickboxing too. Sounds fun.

  10. Trish @IamSucceeding May 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Look at you!!!! You make me wanna go…and that says a lot!!! A Balboa in the making!! Kicking style! =)

  11. Lance May 8, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Jen!!!Very cool!! I've never tried kickboxing…and you are reminding me that adding some new things to my workouts is a great way to mix it up (and find something new that's a whole lot of fun!!)!!

  12. Lance May 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Jen!!!Very cool!! I've never tried kickboxing…and you are reminding me that adding some new things to my workouts is a great way to mix it up (and find something new that's a whole lot of fun!!)!!


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