Out of all of the fitness activities that I do from nike running / training club, soul cycle, working out at the gym, lulu lemon yoga, pilates, boxing, pole dancing / pole fitness, tennis, etc., boxing's my most favorite form of exercise, & it's a great stress reliever. I enjoy it a lot because like a true Type A personality & girl raised to be competitive & superior, boxing is considered to be the hardest sport because it's so physically demanding, so naturally, I'm drawn to it because it's something that not everyone can do.
Here's my typical day / work-out at the boxing gym:
I usually arrive in my work-out clothes already, & I show up with a high pony-tail & a low tolerance for bullshit. I find one of the many boxing trainers, & I ask them to wrap my hands with my boxing wraps.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but I'll do various stretches before any activity.
There's a light in my boxing gym that acts as a sort of street-light, & it's mainly used for the ring, but everyone else follows it. The green light means that it's the start of a new round, which is three minutes long, just like in an actual boxing match, & if you're in the ring, you spend the entire time boxing, also just like as if you were in an actual boxing match. If you're not in the ring, the green light means that you should still be active the whole entire time that it's green, whether you're stretching, shadow-boxing, conditioning, at the punching bags, etc. The yellow light means that the round in the ring is almost over, & it's almost time for a break, so throw in your best punches before the round ends. If you're not in the ring, the yellow light's just telling you that it's almost time for a break, & when the light's red, it's time for a break. You can continue being active, but everyone usually follows the light.
My boxing gym has full-sized mirrors that occupy the entire walls. For a warm-up, I usually just pick a spot in front of a mirror, & I shadow-box by myself towards & away from the mirror for a few rounds following the light. During warm-up, you usually only have your boxing wraps on. Shadow-boxing alone is already tiring, & it's a good shoulder & core work-out.
After warming up, it's time to put my actual gloves on now & move on towards the punching bags where everything that I practiced in front of the mirror by myself through shadow-boxing, I apply to the actual punching bags like as if it's an actual person. I do bag work for a few rounds.
Following the punching bags, I do some conditioning or working out in general like as if I'm at a regular gym. During this time, I'll do various exercises like tire flipping, ladder drills, squats, lunges, jump roping, feet-elevated crunches, etc. During crunches, my boxing trainer hits my abs / my stomach hella hard with a medicine ball while I do them so as to mimic getting hit when I'm open in the ring during an actual boxing match, & that shit hella hurts, & it always gets me sore as fuck the next day, but better sore than sorry! Out of the many boxing trainers that are there, I usually train with the owner of the boxing gym. He's an old Mexican man who used to box back in the days, & he always calls me, "Mija". I'm grown as fuck, & I still love being called that, & not just by my own family. He's very sweet, & he always tells me, "All of the girls wanna be you, mija."
SPARRING / IN THE RING:
After conditioning, I'll either hit the speed bags, or I'll practice a round of mitts in the ring with my boxing trainer. Sometimes, I'll train with my boxing trainer blind-folded (muscle memory's insane). Then, I'll go home afterwards. Once in a while when I'm feeling ready & when I feel like I've trained enough, I'll see my boxing trainer & ask for a match-up with someone to get in the ring, & it's treated like a mini boxing match. The longest three minutes that I've ever experienced was in the ring at boxing.
There once was a girl with long locks who wanted to tone, so she boxed. She jumped from the grab, she shuffled & jabbed, & now, she knocks men out of their socks.
I highly encourage participating in local races & / or just running in general. Races are so much fun! Everyone in the running community, both locally & not, get together, run together, & sweat together, & it gives you happy endorphins. I love it when the route comes with a good view like the ocean, & I love it most especially when it comes with a big medal at the finish line. Almost all races come with a medal, but the big ones are obviously where it's at. Right when I got to the finish line for this race, I jumped up in the air for the photographer that was taking my picture, lol ☆(๑＞◡╹๑)v The lactic acid in my ass & legs was so real after this race!
Physical education with Camille: Some races are on trails & running trails or outdoors in general are a little bit more challenging, & you may expend more calories because the speed & incline are both inconsistent. I suggest cross-training, especially for long races. Strength conditioning will reduce your chance of injury, & it'll increase your speed. I also suggest investing in shoes that are just right for your feet, something light-weight with an appropriate amount of support. Break them in months before your race. You don't want to run in anything new or in something that you're not used to. Lastly, don't go too hard, especially if you don't run that often, & most especially if you don't run long distances that often either. The number one mistake that some people make is over-achieve, especially when they're not used to it. Start slow, & build your strength over time. Don't put too much pressure on your performance, & allow your body to run at a pace that's best suitable for your fitness level. Don't forget to give yourself adequate rest & time to recover afterwards.
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home, take a shower, & then that's it. Dry shampoo's good to carry around if you're not going home right away, but that's rarely the case for me personally because I don't like to sit in my sweat. It causes break-outs on the face & / or even your back, & sitting in your sweat's just overall dirty, unsanitary, & not hygienic to me, & it should be for everyone else, too.
In the photo above, you can also see that I have my own towel that I bring with me to the gym. I don't really like to use the gym towels, even if they're "clean", & I'm just taking pre-cautions because a lot of other people use those, & I don't know what the fuck other people got going on. Plus, I'm very careful with my skin. I've spent thousands of dollars on my skin through facials, treatments, luxury skin care products, etc. to maintain its' current state.
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