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Sunday, April 14, 2013

In a club that is no frills. In a club that's been around far before the perky boxercise classes in a swank gym ever started up.
We're talking in a side door down a narrow, battle-scarred concrete staircase that opens into a worn-out, as-seen-in-movies large room, paint peeling off of concrete walls, a room that hasn't been changed since 1981. An old wooden bench near the stairs, muddy outdoor shoes nearby. Not a brand-name to be seen. A few posters on the walls of past fights, title gear in a corner by an old wooden desk, a bare scale out for those brave enough to need and want to weigh-in, near the ring that has weathered many a fight. 3 beaten-on heavy bags that are screwed into the ceiling hang down in one area, wooden slabs anchored into the walls hold well-worn speed bags in another. A bank of mirrors splash across another wall. The smell of well-worn boxing gloves, testosterone and determination hang in the air.

As in- I should take a picture; we're talking b!shes be serious here. This is the real deal.
And by b!shes I mean mostly guys.

And guys don't mess around. (not that girls do! Many don't. I should know. I'm a girl. I'm just painting a specific picture.)

Granted, out of the 3 women I've ever seen here before- 1 instructed two classes, and she kicked our @sses. And the other 2 were participants, and they were fit and had skillz.

Today's class was myself. And 9 guys.

Small groups, always. Some days there have been 6. This means there is a lot of individual attention. And a lot of work is spend on proper form. And combinations.

Every class leaves my hair and shirt drenched in sweat and my arms shaking.

The crazy thing about my boxing class? The 9 MINUTES of skipping rope in the beginning. 3 skip, 1 rest, 3 skip, 1 rest, 3 skip.


And when I started doing boxercize over a year ago I thought 1 minute of skipping was long and hard.
Try 9.
I even thought...this can't be. 9 is a lot. He's making this up. But the sections are on a timer and I watched the clock today. It's true.

And I can do it.

The 3 minutes of military-style pushups at the very end of class? I'm not there yet.

There is just something about this. It is not a relaxing yoga class. It is not a long run that builds you and breaks you with every kilometer you run, leaving you a new person by the end. It is not the comfort of my first bootcamp where 'you can adapt your moves based on your fitness level'....Have I ever told you about my bootcamp experience? It was awesome- I started with all the adaptations, and couldn't even do half of every 1 minute activity. I ended up many months later and many pounds lighter being able to keep up.

But this isn't any of that. This is old-school boxing. And here I'm just 'one of the guys'.

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    That is awesome. I have a good friend who is a professional female boxer. She is in incredible shape and training to be a personal trainer. I know it is an amazing sport and an incredible workout!

    Here is a video from my friends title fight a couple years ago in Germany
    1828 days ago
    Your progress is astounding, and the fact that you are there, in that bare, no-frills room KEEPING UP is freaking amazing. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this picture of you in this moment with us.
    1829 days ago
    That is awesome. I bet you feel like a real bada$$. That's a great feeling. Powerful. emoticon
    1829 days ago
    This made me get all teary eyed. A mixture of your poetic writing style, but also knowing this isn't fiction. You are the real deal. I admire you greatly.
    1831 days ago
  • SGRAY478
    That sounds so amazing! That has been what I am looking for but don't have anything like it in my area!
    1832 days ago
    That sounds AWESOME! Sort of like a Tae Kwon Do class but more manly. :)
    1833 days ago
    This is so cool. I think I would be completely intimidated to do it, but I've always wanted to try boxing!!
    1834 days ago
    You rock! That is so cool!

    You're writing style makes me want to put on a pair of old gray sweats and start beating the hell out of a side of beef with my bare fists!

    Good job all around....keep pushing with the rope jumps & push-ups....and remind me to never piss you off!
    1834 days ago
    You're a great writer--loved how you painted a picture with your words. Congrats on the 9 minutes of jump roping. That is awesome! Keep up the good work and you'll get those push ups, too.

    You rock!

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    1834 days ago
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