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!

Obstacle Course
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

Benefits of Boxercise

Even though Janathon is over I’ve still got my weekly Boxercise class, so thought I do a weekly round up of the class anyway! It’s such a good mood booster it deserves sharing!

I really wasn’t sure if I’d go tonight as my tummy was feeling a bit sore (stupid IBS), but Thursday is my OU study day so getting out for my exercise class is much needed after a whole day in front of my computer and not really talking with anyone!
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So to warm up tonight we played a game of catch – whilst wearing pads or gloves, running around and avoiding the cones on the floor! If you dropped what was thrown to you or trod on a cone, then you had to do high leg jogging on the spot until someone freed you!

Next warm up exercise was a game of ‘Oi, you!’
Those in pads line up on one side and those in gloves on the other – the one in the pads had to point at someone wearing gloves and say, you guessed it, ‘Oi, you!’.  To which you had to run over and do 20 jabs run back and wait till you’re yelled at again!

Next was an interesting exercise set, you had to walk in the squat position – which basically made you look like you’d crapped yourself, you then had to do five high leg overs the person holding the pad out, using the right leg, and go along the line – then repeat the squat walk and do the high leg overs with the left leg!

Next up was the pyramid of pain as I like to affectionately refer to it which entailed:
10 Alternative Jabs – 10 Push Ups
20 Uppercuts – 20 Squats
30 Alternative Jabs – 30 Push Ups
40 Uppercuts – 40 Squats
30 Alternative Jabs – 30 Push Ups
20 Uppercut – 20 squats
10 Alternative Jabs – 10 Push Ups
The squats seriously burned!!!  The person in the pads had to do squats or jumping jacks when the one in the gloves was doing their push ups or squats.

Final exercise session for the evening was those in pads lining up again, those in gloves having to run up and five kicks with your right leg, then five knee kicks and continue down the line then run back round and repeat with the left leg! My arms ached a lot when wearing the pads – holding them up for the knee kick!
ActivityThen it was cool down time – phew!!! Think my arms and thighs are going to be feeling it tomorrow!

If you’re in the Sidcup/Blackfen/Bexley area come along! It’s an awesome session, details – here – and below…
12523121_10154142194903352_4730529488048025759_nWhat’s your favourite exercise class? Share with me in the comments below! :-)xxx

Janathon Day 14 – Boxercise, feeling the burn!!!

So today started rather earlier as I needed to have bloods taken and it was a fasting one – so got to the hospital nice and early, and was back in time to walk the small people to school and nursery.

Starving by the time I got home, after fasting for 18 hours – hubby had got my cereal and cup ready for when I got back.

Then down to some studying – before heading back out to collect the Blue One from nursery, lots of brisk walking as it was chilly out there!

Two little friends over to play for the Boy and a chat for me with their lovely mummy, then more walking to collect the Pink One, and this was the long way round as she had gymnastics tonight! Love that my kids love being active, I hope that it lasts! The sky looked lovely – so took some piccies!
Skies 1Skies 2Once home, got the kids fed, and I got ready for this week’s Boxercise class but then I needed to wait for the hubby to get home – normally it’s my study day and I am usually child free so I can get out easily, but had to do a switch this week. So typically Southeastern were running S…L…O…W… so the poor hubby got in about 10 mins before my class started, so I literally flew out the door.

Got to my Boxercise class and it was straight into the warm up – there was lots of squats.

Into the gloves and pads, intensive 20 seconds of jabs, then 10 seconds of the person in the pads doing squat jumps while the one in gloves recovered – repeated eight times. Swapping with you partner and repeat. Feel the burn – and the minor punch to my face because my partner and I were chatting a little too much! Haha! Oops!

Shocking selfie between jab intervals and hook intervals!
Shocking selfie between jab intervals and hook intervals!
Next set with the pads and gloves, 20 seconds of hooks and 10 seconds of squats with pulses for the one in the pads during recovery, again eight times. In between swapping we did some intervals to get our heart rates back up, which it did, 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 30 seconds of knees ups, 30 seconds of pulsing squats and 30 seconds of sprinting on the spot, repeated three times. Then back to the pads and gloves work.

Then there was the boxer’s stance running backwards, swap legs, then jumping the line and repeat. There was jumping the line and squatting – repeated three times.

Then there was sprinting.

Finally, the cool down… phew… lots of lovely stretching! A good session for Janathon Day 14! 🙂 xxx

Blossom Hill - White Zinfandel - much needed after a hectic day! Cheers! :-)
Blossom Hill – White Zinfandel – much needed after a hectic day! Cheers! 🙂

Janathon Day 8 -Taking it Easy!

After putting a lot of effort into all my activities for Janathon Week 1, I thought it best to have a slight rest day and let my muscles have some respite and after my fab Boxercise class yesterday I was very aware of my muscles, even ones I didn’t know I had!!!

So there was a gentle walk with the hubby to collect the Blue One from nursery, then with the Blue One and hubby we walked to the Oval so I could collect my watches from the repair shop and then a meander back home, all at Blue One pace.
ActivityExcept for the one bit of weight lifting where I had to carry the Blue One – oh how my arm muscles protested!!! haha!!!
WeightliftingBack home I did 5 squats with a Blue One lift and then 5 straight squats.

I also did 10 tricep dips – which we’d covered in the Boxercise class, but I forgot to mention in my post, I really could feel all the muscles I worked yesterday! Ouch! But well worth the pain!

Super cute, my Blue One wanted to try some tricep dips too! Awww!

Finally, there was the Morrisons big shop, which with two kids in tow is definitely a work out in itself! My brain has been worked today too doing some Open University maths work! But I did get to eat some chips – hopefully deserved after the weeks activities!
MorrisonsTired now and could do with a full body massage… 😛 xxx

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!!!