Boxercise and Bruises

Didn’t know if I was going to make tonight, as not only was my Hubby poorly today my Blue One also got poorly! He was with his nanny and grandad, along with the Pink One, as it was my study day but my Mother-in-Law let me know that the Blue One wasn’t himself and when it was time to come home he was crying and felt very hot, though he had made an effort to eat his dinner.

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Such a poorly Blue One and the Pink One trying to be cheerful for us!

When he got in I took his temperature and it was 39.4, poor little boy – I wondered if I was being a bad wife and mummy to still attend my Boxercise class, but the Hubby said he was happy getting them to bed and the consensus on my Facebook status was to go… so I dosed the boy up with same Calpol, checked the Hubby was really ok and – I did!!!

Excitingly I had a new sports top to wear tonight, a bargain bought from Sainsburys – £6 reduced to £3.60 in their sale and then an additional 25% off this week, so a fabulous £2.70! Can’t argue with that can you! Plus it’s added a nice splash of colour to my kit!

New Top!
New Top!

Warm up tonight, running around with high knees and then Michelle randomly called out numbers;
1 – 10 jabs on the spot
2 – 10 knees up to chest on the spot
3 – 10 jabs on the spot
4 – 10 punches down to the floor, squatting your legs on the spot
We then changed to running in the other direction and this time it was feet to bum – whilst Michelle called out the numbers again.

Next we got into spaces, there were punches to the ground, legs kicks and then we were all warmed up!

Time to pair up and into pads and gloves.  The person in the gloves had to do 20 jabs, whilst they were recovering the one wearing the pads had to go down flat on the floor and then jump back up, and then another 20 jabs – all in all repeated five times.  Then the same sequence repeated, but for hooks, again five times – then swap over! I did got an extra 10 hooks to do!

Next up was an obstacle course, jump squats on the ladder. Small hurdles so single jump overs, double foot landing, and no intermittent bounce. Next the large hurdles, which we obviously jump over elegantly like gazelles (haha) – then we had to go down the line up of pads, with hooks, jabs, uppers and lower uppers, five on each person – then repeat the whole routine five times! That was tough!

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We then had the whole routine again – but instead of us in pads the pads were on the floor, and we had to do five punches with alternate arms to each pad (punching the shit out of it obviously), so on our knees the entire time – blooming painful! This we did three times!

Punching the shit out of it - photo courtesy of Michelle Fox
Punching the shit out of it – photo courtesy of Michelle Fox

For the last part of the evening was some floor work, lying on our backs alternate hands to legs straight up in the air, then legs together up into the air, then bringing them down but not quite touching then back up again, elbows to knees and finally crunches – legs straight in the air and reaching up to them – each interval to the count of ten and then repeat three times! Could feel the burn in my abdomen!

Then it was stretch and cool down! If you want to come along – details here! You know you want to – it makes you feel so good!

It was an awesome session, absolutely loved it, but my knees did not! I have bruises on my knees – that doesn’t look dodgy! Good thing it’s not summer!!! haha!!! 😛

Bruised Knees
Bruised Knees

What exercise class do you just have to go to no matter what!? 🙂 xxx

Birthdays and Boxercise!

Today was the Blue One’s fourth birthday therefore I was feeling rather emotional, my baby is growing up – so really needed my Boxercise tonight, so will write about that first!

Had a good warm up, jogging, some fast jabbing, side running, fast hooks – getting our heart rates up.

Then with three ropes placed across the hall we had to go across, under the rope flat on our fronts, get up run to the next rope, again flat on your front back up and the same with the third rope – get to your partner who has the pads, do ten jabs and then go back and repeat until you’ve done four lot of ten jabs – swap with your partner.
Once in the pads, whilst the other person was negotiating the ropes, we were doing cross jacks!

I must confess though I didn’t go flat on my front under the ropes – the floor is hard and it hurts my knees, and I just didn’t need questionable bruises on my knees! haha! So I did go low, but not completely flat.

Swapped again, repeated the process but this time with ten hooks, again repeated four times. The person on the pads had to do high leg jogging whilst waiting.

Next up was weaving under the ropes, touching with your shoulder each side, bending the knees not the back – repeating on each of the three ropes, then jog back to the beginning to then weave under and swing yourself round and put your back to the rope, working your way along and to be done on each of the three ropes.  Then alternate between shoulder touch and back to the rope on each of the ropes.
This was harder than you realised, and it was only once I’d stopped I realised how much I was sweating, but really enjoyed this section!
WeavingWe then paired up, initial set was four jabs and then the person with the pads had to strike. Starting in orthodox stance and therefore the right hand, repeated ten times.  Then swap and do the same starting with the left hand – then swap.

In between another interval, we did some deep squats – my left thigh is still not happy from last week and could really feel it! Maybe I need a massage!?

Then it was back to pads and gloves work, this time just strikes by the person in the pads, 20 to the right and 20 to the left meaning the person in the gloves had to duck. Swap and repeat – then swap back and do 30 strikes and again swap!

Then it was cold down – it was a fab session, thoroughly enjoyed it! Boxercise photos courtesy of Michelle Fox our wonderful Boxercise instructor – check out Foxlee Fitness!
IMG_9019As I said at the beginning, it was the Blue One’s birthday and he had a fab day, we gave him an Iron Man figure as one of his presents and he had to come with us on the school run! As hubby had the day off, we then walked to the Café for a cooked brekkie – where Iron Man had to join us!
Iron ManWhen we collected the boy, we were able to sit with him whilst he sat on the nursery birthday throne to hand out his sweets. He loved it.
IMG_8993His birthday treat was a trip to soft play with two of his nursery friends and they had a phenomenal time! He loved his new Rescue Bots Blades toy.

Once home, both sets of grandparents came to visit – he got his first football goal (lots of fun in the garden to be had!), a Darth Vadar costume and an Optimus Prime figure. His uncles bought him a Captain American costume!
IMG_9025He has an Omnitrix birthday cake as made by mummy (a further post to follow on the making of this cake), but we’re saving that for the family birthday celebration on Sunday, so my wonderful sister of Caking it fame – made him a lightsaber cakelet, complete with lights and sound effects!
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Also, I recorded a little a video of the Blue One at his football session with AW Football Coaching on Tuesday – which I shared on Instagram and Tekkers TV asked that I load it to their website (all about showcasing grass roots players) and they’d tweet it out and they have 33k followers – and they did that today, so that was a bonus!

All in all a great day! :-)xxx

What do your small people like doing to keep active?

Janathon Day 28 – Boxercise is the Best!

Even though I’m still feeling a bit ropey with this cold/virus I really wanted to go to my Boxercise class in the evening! After a slight anxiety break this morning – a spilt bowl of cereal was the straw that broke the camel’s back – I also really NEEDED my Boxercise!!!

Tonight’s session was hard going – after warming up we had ropes going across the hall – we had to weave under and jab, then high knee run back – repeated three times!
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Then we had to weave and hook – moving back using lunges – repeated again three times!
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After these we did a leg session – there was leg lifts, leg kicks and then side leg lifts, slow then really fast – I found this section very hard going, after a few days of no exercise and my cold!

Next up was an arm session – two jabs with each hand, two hooks with each hand, two uppers with each hand and two lower uppers with each hand, followed by a one with each had and this was repeated five times! Then a boxers bounce and do it again – so four lots of five!!! Swap – repeat! Woo!!!
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Then paired up again for ten fast jabs – sprint to the end of the hall, kneel down, and then punch the punch pad on the floor or, and I quote “punch the shit out of it!” – repeat three times and then do again with ten hooks!

Finally some upper work, roll down into a push up position and lower for a count of eight (I managed to four), they repeated for five times, but I managed two as when getting back up it hurt my knees!

Roll down to a push up position and then twist to the side and up to the count of ten, roll back up, and then repeated three times!

Time for a cool down! It’s was a good session – much needed and did improve my mood – just hope this virus buggers off!!! Hate feeling so achy!

Yay for Boxercise!!! 🙂 xxx

Photos courtesy of Michelle Fox – our fab fitness instructor!

Janathon Day 7 – Boxercise!

Today was one of those annoyingly frustrating days, for a number of reasons:

  • You realise you forgot that you had a 30 day free trial and it had finished and suddenly you’ve spent £16
  • The part of the module you’re doing, the book you’ve been supplied with has numerous errors and you have to cross check it with the errata list.
  • Your phone bill, for some reason unknown to man, is double what it usually is! (Did managed to get some credit back from Three, so not all bad)
  • You hear a clunking at your front door, so run to see a ‘You weren’t home’ thingy had been posted through, so opened the door and say to the delivery person, who’s walking back to their van ‘did you ring the doorbell?’ to which he replies ‘I tried’ – apparently! He’d thrown my parcel over the gate – ‘It’ll be fine, it’s completely sealed’- but still, it was torrential rain, so not overly impressed! (It’s a Joe Browns parcel, yay! – I have a new top, which I am not trying on until tomorrow, because the day I’ve had, it probably won’t fit!)
  • Plus I was studying all day… Acronyms were doing my head in!
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    Study Evidence

So I was extremely happy my Boxercise class was back on this evening so that I could vent some of this frustration!

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All the details if you’d like to come and join in and you are in the Sidcup/Bexley area!

More information can be found on Foxlee Fitness Facebook page all run by the lovely Michelle Fox! Come on, you know you want to!

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Me and Michelle – after Boxerise!
Tonight’s session was brutal! There was:

  • Glove and pads work – jabs followed by squat jumps – intervals of 5, 10, 15 and 20
    Then hooks followed by jumping jacks – intervals of 5, 10, 15 and 20
    Then medium height uppers followed by jumps into a squat and touch the floor – 20 of each
    Finally for this part lower height uppers followed by squats with a double jump
  • Then we had a set of skipping, squats into a lift with 1kg weights and step ups onto a bench – first time each interval was 30 seconds and then repeated for 1 minute each
  • A new one for this evening, some floor work with a chair, lifting legs above, below and to the side (there’s some rather unflattering videos of me at the end of this post…)
  • Then some additional floor work – push ups, push up position and twist and push up to plank position (I struggled on this one!)
  • Then time to cool down and stretch.
  • All done in the Buff! haha!

That was one intense work out but so what I needed, awesome class and a good end to week one of Janathon!

Week One Round Up
Kilometres Run: 16.48
Kilometres Walked: 26.27
Steps Taken: 71,166
Leg Lifts: 20
Boxercise Class: 1

Seriously very unflattering videos – what I do to myself for Janathon!!! You have been warned!!!