I did it again. Saw a group coupon for a boxing gym and because I've always wanted to don gloves, I signed up.
Checked out the class schedule and decided to try kickboxing. Got to the gym, filled out the paperwork and the guy said that I needed hand wraps. Thought that should have been in the coupon information but whatever. What color did I want? Geez, don't give me a choice. I finally went with red over blue, lime green, hunter green etc. For some reason, red seems like a power color.
He wants to know if I've done a boxing class before. If you count 10 Minute Solution's cardio kickboxing segment, yes. So, um, no.
He wrapped my hands for me. Three times around the wrist, three times around the knuckles, one time around the thumb then he took up the rest of the slack.
He told me that there will be a warm-up, 30 minutes of boxing then ab work. He also advised me to take water breaks when I needed them. I take a lot of these classes and I see people try to make it straight through but take a break when you need it.
I see a woman practically pouncing around the room. It turns out that the woman is Tai and she was raring to go.
During the warm-up, Tai said It's only going to get worse.
More motivation from Tai (make sure you picture Tai with bulging eyes and a commanding voice):
(A comment that you got if you were punching light)
(Apparently, "him" is not a short person either)
(During the crazy ab portion of the program)
(During crazier ab work)
And my personal favorite as we squatted, punched as fast as possible and came to the end of the cardio part:
There's a picture of Muhammad Ali on the wall with his trademark quip: Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee.
I have a whole new respect for boxers. I never knew there were so many ways to get one's behind kicked in an hour. That was, hands down, one of the most intense workouts that I've ever done and I feel like I could drop a significant amount of weight this way too.
I don't know about you but after enduring an ultra-tough class, I feel stronger and able to take on whatever is coming my way.
Anyone else been to a boxing gym? I'm hooked. Get it? :)