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.
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