As mentioned previously, picked up another hernia when I went to PA back in Oct/Nov. Was told to strengthen core muscles by my doc. And in telling that to a friend, I was threatened to be dragged along to a kickboxing class. Now this was a bit ago, before the new year, and before getting sick, etc, etc, and so on and so forth.
She said she goes to this class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I've got a membership to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI that gets me in to see a free movie every Tuesday, so obviously, that's out (yeah, yeah, the obviously is slightly sarcastically offered) (I did go and see The Post on Tuesday, a pretty good flick, with Tom Hanks doing Tom Hanks things and Meryl Streep being awesome as always). But I really couldn't come up with an excuse for tonight, so I went, quite voluntarily, mind you, to see what this kickboxing thing was all about.
Turned out to be something officially called "X-fusion", held at a martial arts gym. It's a one hour class, structured such that you're cycling between three stations, one where you do strength training (they tell you what moves to do, you can pick what weights to do them with), one where you get to pick and punch Wavemasters (think standing punching bags, if you're not familiar with that product. Or just click here www.amazon.com/W
), and a third where you do core exercises on the floor. 4 circuits during the hour, which means you're only at each place for 5 minutes.
Apparently the instructor tonight was kinder than others there, allowing short breaks between segments, rather than moving right from one to the next. Not having done it before, I was sweating very shortly into the hour, and glad of the chance to grab a sip of water nearly every switch. But it was kind of fun, especially the kicking and punching part. Might have annoyed an elbow punching, maybe tried to kick too high and tweaked a hip, was rather hopeless on the core mat (although I did hold planks for the entire period we were told to do those - not sure if I'm doing them entirely correctly). But I might have to return.
Nice that they allow three session guest passes, so I don't have to decide right away whether I need to pay them money.