Saturday, February 21, 2009

You want me to do that backwards?

I've talked about boxing before, but I'm not sure if I've explained how my boxing training works.

A typical class starts with stretches and a warmup. After that, you rotate around the stations (2 or 3 minutes at each one, depending on the week). The stations for level 3 and up are: heavy bag, heavy bag, speed bag, skipping, skipping, shadow boxing, heavy bag, heavy bag, reflex bag, skipping, skipping, and speed bag. (For level 1 & 2, the reflex bag is replaced with another shadow boxing station.) There is some variation from week to week, but that's the basic routine.

One other thing that I don't think I've mentioned is that I'm (naturally) the world's worst skipper. My class is on the observation deck around a pool. I hit myself in the face. I hit my arms. I get the rope wrapped around my neck. I get the rope caught on the railing of balcony.

I hate shadow boxing after skipping because I look like someone whipped me.

Starting in level 1, we learned crossovers. (In the video below, she starts doing crossovers at around 1:37. Note that I wear considerably more clothes while skipping than she does.) It took me 2 or 3 sessions to get one crossover. The most I've ever done in a row is 18, and that was once - usually I can only get 2 or 3.

Starting in level 2, we learned some backward skipping. I'm just as good at it as I am at forward skipping. :) In level 3, we started backwards crossovers. Friday I successfully did a backwards crossover. In fact, I did two in a row (although the second one was pretty shaky).

Since last week I didn't come close to doing even one, I was pretty happy.


  1. I'm actually quite good @ skipping...I think it's the rest of the stuff I would have problems with! I still haven't been to a boxing class yet, although it's on my list of things to do when I get a job. I do box on the Wii though!

  2. There's a lot to remember - especially when you first start, but even now I sometimes forget the "easy" stuff because I'm concentrating on the new stuff.

    I've only boxed on the Wii once, but I loved it. It makes me want to buy a Wii (but that's not in the budget for a while).