Boot camp :Week 8 Day 2

Today, we did kickboxing. I’d say I wasn’t at my best – but definitely a bit sore after the session. My partner was Danielle, and was very cheerful.
So, I did have fun 🙂

Round 1 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of straight punches and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 2 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of knee punches and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 3 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of alternate leg kicks and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Round 3 – 8 sets for each boxer and defender.
Each set – 20 seconds of whatever tony wishes ( either straight punch/ knee punch / leg kick)  and then push the defender a bit far, i.e. 50 meters away.

Cool down.

Tuesday is going to be fitness test. I just hope he brings a weighing machine – I’d love to see the weight drop off by atleast a kilo. The more, the merrier.

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!

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Boot camp: Week 8 Day 1

It was warm and sunny today, and I did enjoy the weather a lot. We did boxing, with a twist today.

The boxers and defendents were standing around  200 meters apart from each other. What we did was below:

Round 1 : Run 100m , reach the defender. 2 straight punches. Reverse paddle all the way to the beginning, touch the ground and come back. Increase punches by 2, and go back. Keep doing for 3 minutes.

The boxer  & defender exchange. Same process.

Round 2 – Same as round 1, but the boxer does a pushup when he goes to the start line, and the defender does a squat.

Round 3 – 2 lower cuts, 2 straight cuts and 2 upper cuts. The boxer does 2 pushups,and defender does 2 squats.

Round 4 – 10 straight cuts, 10 squats,. Increase straight  cuts by 10 each time, doing 10 squats in between.

Every round, we took the boxer and defender position in sequence. We had 1 minute of rest between the rounds. I was a bit sad that my boot camp will finish in another 2 sessions.

Did not feel tired at all when I was doing the boot camp, but it sure reflected in my post-lunch day. My pushups are still pathetic, time to train on them.

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!

Boot camp :Week 7 Day 2

This week was tough, and Day 2 was the toughest. When tony said Weight Vests in his email, I vividly remembered Jivi telling me that she hated this session because
it was so hard. My legs were still sore from tuesday’s kicking and I ran the most part from office to the park. The weights around my vest would be anywhere between
8 to 10 kg.We first ran 2 big rounds around the park, with the weights. I could not run even the first round, and had to stop really frequently. Was the last one
to come back to Tony after the round. third round was without weights, and I did feel much lighter. But, even then I couldn’t run completely. Walk and run.

When I was relieved running was over, Tony took us to the stairs. It’s a really big stair case with around 35-40 steps, with some distance in betweeen sets of 15 steps.
We stepped over the stairs for 5 minutes with weights. And then 1 minute rest, followed by 4 minutes of stair stepping without weight vests. Here too, I did
considerably average, while going up – I did just walk but coming down – I did the stepping.

The last part was hill climb. We had a realy uphill path, were Tony made us run to and fro with the weights for 5 minutes. Same as previous round, we ran
for 4 minutes without weights, after rest of 1 minute.

And then, we stretched. Today, I asked Tony if he can drop me back along with other guys sitting in his car. Had no patience of walking the 1.3 km back to work.
By last week, I was very happy that my body was adapting well and was really looking forward. This week has shaked all the confidence I’ve built in myself and
proved that I really have a long long way to go. Nevertheless, I am happy I am doing this – something I never dreamed I could do.

Next week is week 8 and the last week. As Tony skipped one of the sessions, there’s going to be a bonus session on 24th July and that would conclude my
boot camp. My boot camp friend was asking me, if I will continue coming to the next boot camp round. Will I?

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!

Boot camp :Week 7 Day 1

It’s frustrating if your post disappears after you have finished writing completely, for some stupid link you’ve clicked. Now that’s what exactly happened to me. Today, we did kick boxing and dumbell lifts, combined with running. 6 Rounds.

The format is :  Kick, defend, dumbell lift, run, kick, defend, dumbell lift and run – for each round.

Round 1 – Right leg kick side wards, and side lifts

Round 2 – Left leg kick side wards, and front lifts

Round 3 – Right leg kick upwards, upper cuts

Round 4 – Left leg kick upwards, boxing

Round 5 – both leg kicks upwards, side lifts

Round 6 – burpees, squat jumps, sit ups and run

Overall, fun. I learnt how to kick someone perfectly today. These are the arts we should possess..hahaha.

Have a great day, and keep rocking!!

Boot camp: Week 6 Day 2

Today’s session was the hardest. Tony called it the KENNETH.

Here’s what we did:

20 shoulder press
20 squats with load
200 meters run
20 burpees
20 medicine ball thrust

This round went on for 5 minutes.

Every round, the shoulder presses increased by 10, and run increased by 100 meter, and tony gave us extra 2 minutes to complete.

Took 5kg weight bar for shoulder presses and squats with load. I never did shoulder presses before, and struggled to get my form right. Even more struggle to do the shoulder press. Tony was kind enough, and told me how to ease the press a bit. The squats, medicine ball thrust and burpees were tolerable. Run was not so bad, but the presses just killed me.

Couldn’t complete any set, but this is the most rigorous workout i have ever had in my life. After a while, something magical happened. The cool breeze was going on, and I started doing my workout with eyes closed. It felt like heaven, and I could feel the specific body parts moving to cater for the overall workout step. I was slow, did not finish the reps – but I enjoyed every bit of today’s workout. Usually, I hate to walk the 1.3 km back to work, but today I thought the walk was a bit better.

Finally, my lunch box today – stir fried veggies, some dal and chapati.

Boot camp: Week 6 Day 1

Today, we did circuit training. That means, all these :

1. medicine ball thrusts ( up and down)
2. burpees
3. lunge jumps
4. dumbell lifts ( side ways)
5. turkish get ups
6. pushups
7. jumping on the obstacle / hurdles
8. stepping on ladder
9.medicine ball thrusts ( side ways)
10. rope lifts
11. bicep curls
12. duck walk
13. sand bags
14. kettle bells swings
15. shoulder front raise with dumbells

All the excercise instruments ( kettlebells, dumbells and other stuff) were arranged in a big circle. We did 3 rounds, 2nd round with one lap around the instruments between each item.

Each round – Spend 35 seconds at each instrument, and do as many as you can. Move on to the next one.

Lotss of fun. It’s amazing my body can adapt to so much of circuit training. Looking forward for thursday.

Have a great day, and keep rocking!!

Boot camp : Week 5 Day 2

Today was sunny, and I went out wearing my thermals. My bad, was drenched in sweat by the time I came back. Back to boot camp – Boxing!! Yay, I was happy because my past sessions were going on well and this is something not very heavy on your legs. And I always assume that my upper body is kind of ..in shape.. but not so much that it can sustain a boot camp boxing session.

This session was very gruelling for my shoulders and entire upper body. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

Round 1 – 2 lower cuts, 2 straight kicks, 2 upper cuts. Increase to 20, and decrease back to 2. Keep doing for 2 1/2 minutes

1 minute rest

Round 2 – 2 Jabs, 1 cross, 2 straight kicks. Keeping jabs & cross numbers intact, increase kicks to 20 and decrease back to 2. Keep doing for 2 1/2 minutes

1 minute rest

Round 3 – 20 lower cuts, 20 straight punches, 20 upper cuts, 20 knee punches, 1 pushup. Keep increasing pushups, while the 20’s remain constant. Keep doing for 2 1/2 minutes

1 minute rest

Round 4 – 20 lower cuts, 20 straight punches, 20 upper cuts, 20 knee punches, 1 squat. Keep increasing pushups, while the 20’s remain constant. Keep doing for 2 1/2 minutes

1 minute rest

Round 5 – 10 lower cuts, 10 straight punches, 10 upper cuts, 10 squats. Keep repeating the  cycle. Keep doing for 3 minutes

1 minute rest

Round 6 – Boxers lie down, defenders keep boots on boxer’s toe. Tony to announce number of straight punches every 20 seconds. It goes like this: If Tony shouts 2, we do a sit up, do straight punches, do a sit up and then 2 punches. Keep doing until he shouts another number. Keep doing for 4 minutes

Cool down.

I can see that my boxing is improving. today, the punches came out effortlessly and was able to time well with my partner. If all goes well, it’s fun to buy a pair of gloves and defences, and practise at home 🙂

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!