National’s Here I Come!

National’s has been my goal since the beginning. May 9th and 10th was the 2014 BC Provincial Championships.

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Making weight was a challenge, but I’ve been told that it will be much smoother the second time around. I was over weight by one pound in the morning of weigh-ins, but between the sauna, sweat suit and my jump rope the last bit of water weight was squeezed out of me to make 48kg.

Nationals will be held October 28th in Ontario and I will be representing British Columbia at 48Kg.  Between that time and now I will be very busy with tournaments across North America to rack up the experience to take home the gold.

In two weeks I’ll be competing in the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer Alberta.

The Importance of Strength Training

These past few months I have learned a great deal about training and in particular the importance of strength training.  Strength is key. Without proper strength development, you will not reach your full potential and will be more susceptible to injuries.

Safety is of the utmost importance. Before you can lift heavy objects you must first have proper movement competency.  If you can’t do a proper squat or lunge with a straight spine, you won’t be able to perform a loaded squat.

We must first establish spine stabilization prior to strengthening the body. (Cook, Grey 2010)

Once these movement patterns have been corrected, load can then be added. Without muscular strength there will be limited gains in muscular endurance, explosive power and speed. Weak muscles cannot repeat an action several times or be able to sustain it.  In order to have muscular endurance, you must have muscular strength.

Improving overall muscular strength leads to increased muscle endurance, power, muscle tone, and tendon and ligament strength – all of which help to improve and maintain everyday functional physical capacity. (Hoeger & Hoeger, 2010, p. 232)

Don’t overlook the importance of strength training in your workout routine.

I am very excited for January 2013!  I will be starting to work with my first strength and conditioning coach.  I know that this will bring my conditioning and strength to the next level for competeting.

Danced under the lights on July 25th -Charity Bout

A lot has happened in the past couple of months. The gym that I used to train out of was shut down, and in doing so left lots of athletes and kids without a place to train.

A charity event was created to help raise money for our new club.

This was a service industry based charity, where anyone who works in the service industry was able to try out for the opportunity to train as a boxer to have a potential fight. Meanwhile raising a certain amount of funds to be eligible to compete on fight night.

I helped with coaching on Friday mornings and after my training in the evenings when I could. It was great to see the contenders transform, loose weight and start to look and move like boxers.

Contenders trained for over 3 months, and the public voted on who they wanted to see fight.

One of the contenders whose opponent was unable to compete, was very committed to not only raising funds for the club, but to her training.  Because of her dedication and drive to compete, my coach put her as a potential match up with myself.

…and low and behold the public wanted to see it happen.

We were the first bout of a scheduled 14, and the venue was absolutely incredible.

It felt fantastic to dance under those lights, since my last fight was over a year ago. I boxed nicely and controlled the fight with fast, well-timed combinations.

Now I can’t wait to get a real fight!

The charity event was a huge success and in September our club will be finding a new location to start anew. I also plan on racking up those long needed fights.

Sometimes You’ve Just Got to “Go with the fLoW”

For the past month I have been getting my health back and slowly building up strength to get into fighting shape.

Like anything in life there will always be minor hiccups and things that slow you down from  reaching your goals.

An obstacle is what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

I’m trying to look at all the so-called “setbacks” that I have experienced in boxing not so much as something that has slowed me down from achieving my goals, but rather as  lessons learned (some much harder than others) that have made my grow stronger and wiser.

I don’t particularly like the saying “go with the flow” but sometimes if you’re forcing something to happen, and are continually pushing deeper and deeper, it will just fire right back at you with even more force.

A result of over training and essentially having a “manic” mentality as my coach put it last week, is not always best.

It’s okay to have goals and aspirations and be passionate about something, but you can not let it consume you.

I’ve always been one to give things 110% if I am truly passionate about it. And boxing is definitely one of those things. But at what point does it become too much?

I will not stop boxing anytime soon, but I am now taking a new approach to my training that will help my overall health and mentality.

The 3 C’s

This really hit home for me today:

What are you doing now in your life? Can you be the greatest at it? And if you can’t or if you’re not willing to, then why would you do it?” -Johnny N

I have what seems like hundreds of favorite quotes and sayings that inspire me and influence me.  A majority of them are posted on stickies and on my vision board in my room, so they are always in sight.

This above quote really pertains to my current job.

Another one of my favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go
do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Well, boxing makes me come alive.  And many people will and do disagree with my decision and think that I am “crazy”.  But this is what I am doing and I will continue to do it.

Unfortunately it the real world and everyone needs a way to sustain themselves. Many people have their day job and then do what they are passionate about on their time off, until they can make their passion into a full-time reality. And for a majority of people this will never happen.

I’ve decided to follow the 3 C’s of life.

You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or your life will never CHANGE.

Until next time – peace, love and happiness

The Devastating Left Hook

The main focus in the gym this week has been Left hooks. Now all of us know how to throw a left hook, but it is always good to go back to the basics.

Last week we were perfecting our left hooks to the head by breaking them down into components. All starting with the rotation of the hips and the pivot of your left foot. We did this by having our arms tied up inside our shirts to focus on only the movement of the lower body.  We then moved onto the heavy bag where we added only using our elbows to strike the bag. We finally finished with normal left hooks, this time bringing the arm across with maximum power. I definitely noticed a significant increase in power after breaking it down like that (and some nice bruises on my forearm when I got home).

So much of boxing has to do with the mechanics of the body. To achieve the greatest amount of power you need to provide that torque with your hips. Most people think that when you throw the punch you’re just wailing your arms. But all power starts from the ground up. Having good contact with the floor and having your body in perfect balance throughout the motion of the punch is how it’s done. The last thing you want to do is be off-balance in any sport,…but particularly in boxing.

Friday and yesterday the focus has been left hooks to the body. This devastating punch has dropped so many boxers. Our coach wants this punch perfected, so for an entire hour we were throwing left hooks to the body. Throwing this punch requires great precision.  It’s not just the right spot, but the angle that you need to throw the punch at to be able to drop someone.

I’d rather feel SORE tomorrow, than SORRY tomorrow.

This really hit home for me.  So often we set exercise and fitness at the bottom of our priorities because we are….too busy.

I am really good when I have some sort of organized class/group workout, but on my own…not so much. I am very committed to my boxing training on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. As well as my cross fit on Saturday mornings,  but I have recently been coming up with excuses to not be training on my off days.

Some of my excuses are:

  • I’m too tired
  • My body is physically sore
  • It’s cold outside
  • Fear of over training

My New Years resolution this year is going to be fitness based. I want to wake up early every morning and ideally train twice a day.

My goal is to reach a new level of physical fitness. It will not be easy at first, but once I mentally overcome the initial fatigue in the first few weeks, I am positive that the rewards and results will be worth all the sweat and tears!

Quote of the day:  I’d rather feel SORE tomorrow, than SORRY tomorrow.

Great things are coming in 2012.  What are your fitness Goals?

Live, Love, Laugh and Play!