Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ode to Kickboxing

There is something oh-so-satisfying about kickboxing. Not the Tae Bo, "hi ya-ing around my living room" kind, but the "punching and kicking a heavy bag" kind.

When work is stressful and life feels like it is out of control, I can always go to my kickboxing class and take it out on the bag. I love coming home after class, no longer a Little Ball of Hate (LBOH), but a happy Little Ball of Sweat (LBOS). I had no idea that I would enjoy hitting and kicking something so much. I shouldn't have been surprised. I have been known to have a slight touch of the "angries" from time to time.

I love my boxing gloves, too. I have this pair in blue/white and I keep them in my car. I never know when I might need them! It makes me happy to look at them on the floor of my car. For some reason, they make me feel like an athlete. For someone who has been the antithesis of an athlete all her life, this is a big deal for me.

I have been going to my heavy bag kickboxing class for a little over a year and it is time to renew my membership. I haven't decided if I want to pay for another year because it is expensive and sometimes I kind of feel like my body is craving something new. It is hard to justify when I have access to a free gym at work that also offers free fitness classes of all kinds. Good classes too, taught by good instructors at various times during the day.

I could go to kickboxing over my lunch hour and get an extra hour of sleep. It has been nearly impossible to get out of bed in the morning to make it in time for my 6:15 class. I have only been to 1 class a week for the past 3 weeks. Not an impressive statistic. But, when I finally got by butt to class yesterday morning, I remembered how much I enjoy the class. I never push myself that hard when I am working out by myself and it feels so good to reach a "Level 10" in a workout. And I got to hit the heavy bag. A lot.

I think this post may have just answered my question about renewing my membership. The gym at work might be free, but there are no heavy bag classes.

Long live the heavy bag!

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