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And now â€” on to my latest a$$ whooping at LA Boxing! ðŸ™‚
I went in yesterday for my 3rd personal training session with Jerome, one of their awesome trainers!
I know it sounds weird, but Iâ€™m actually really loving these hard training sessions. Iâ€™m clearly dripping sweat and dying the whole time, but Jerome and the other staff make it fun ðŸ™‚
In case you missed the first two personal training session recaps:
- Week 1 was all about a kick-butt conditioning workout
- Week 2 focused on boxing and self defense moves
Jerome told me he wants to continue alternating conditioning sessions with self defense sessions, so this week was straight-up conditioning! And let me tell youâ€¦ it was HARD.
We started with wall-sits. Oh, wall sits. Why do you look so easy when you are SO hard?
Jerome had me alternate legs lifts while holding the wall sit. I felt the burn on this one!
Next up â€” the dreaded tire!
I had to squat down, flip the tire over and ahead of meâ€¦
â€¦and then jump down into a plank position, and back up.
Next up? Getting up close and personal with this bag:
My mission: squat down, wrap my arms around the bag, and stand back up while holding the bag, lifting with my legs/butt, NOT my lower back.
Me: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHâ€¦ maybe if I cheat a little he wonâ€™t noticeâ€¦ heheâ€¦ Iâ€™m so sneakyâ€¦
Jerome: ANNE! I saw that.
Then we moved on to weights!
While standing in a squat position, I had to pull the weights towards me, acting like I was performing a pull up. Moves like this always seem easy until you do them more thanâ€¦ ohâ€¦ once. ðŸ˜‰
Waitâ€¦ more? Seriously?! ðŸ™‚
Next up: holding the weights over my head while lifting my knees up, one at a time, to meet Jeromeâ€™s hands:
My face is getting progressively redder (but at least Jerome is still making me laugh):
Next up was a series of moves with a weighted (10 lb) ball!
We started with a move where I alternated jumping to put one foot, then the other, on the ball:
..Moved on to holding the ball while sitting down and standing back upâ€¦ over and over and over!â€¦
..And then to walking lunges while holding the ball to my chestâ€¦
â€¦and then walking lunges while holding the ball over my head.
We finished up with two final total body/core moves. These were hands down THE hardest things ever.
I had to lie down, holding hand weights above me, while slowly lowering and raising (without touching the ground) the exercise ball I was holding squeezed between my feet.
Gahhhhhhhhhhâ€¦ This happened a lot:
And just when I thought I was going to dieâ€¦ we moved on to holding my legs at an angle in the air while doing bench presses with the weights in my arms.
::loud thunk as my legs hit the floor::
me: But itâ€™s haaaaaaaaaaard!!! ðŸ™‚
Finishing strong ðŸ™‚
Now THAT was one hell of a workout!
You know how you really know a workout is great? When your trainer changes and starts doing the EXACT same routine himself!
Mwa ha haâ€¦ the tables are turned!!
While watching Jerome suffer, I finished off my workout with a quick 2 mile training run. (I canâ€™t believe my first half marathon is in less than 3 weeks?!?) It actually felt good to loosen my legs up after all those squats!
I ran 2 miles in 16:50. Done and done!
LA Boxing is letting me give away
ONE FREE MONTH MEMBERSHIP to a lucky reader!
Absolutely no strings attached (although I have a feeling you will want to join after a month with them)! The winner will also get a free pair of wraps, and free use of rental gloves.
**Sadly this contest is ONLY open to those living in the D.C. metropolitan area (or willing to travel to one of the following LA Boxing gyms: Arlington, Alexandria, Columbia, Rockville, or Georgetown).** Their gyms are franchised and it would be too complicated to do a nationwide giveaway, unfortunately.
Iâ€™ve created a separate page for the giveaway. Click here to enter â€” all you have to do is leave a comment!
Have a great day ðŸ™‚