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Nobody told me there would be burpees involved... 
15th-Aug-2011 02:29 pm
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So, today I went and checked out the "Mitts and Gloves" class at the gym at work. I'm kind of looking for a way to scratch my martial arts itch without actually taking up a martial art again. (If the pursuit of physical fitness is not going to eat my life, I have to draw the line somewhere. Right now, I'm drawing it at, "No, I do not need to learn Brazilian jiujitsu.")

I wish I could say I was surprised that I was the only woman in the class. Still, I told myself, it wasn't like the gender ratio was any worse than in Ordinary Differential Equations back in college. The difference being that I can hold my own with any man when it comes to the Runge-Kutta method, but the same can't be said for my roundhouse kick.

Actually, though, it was the warmup that was the most brutal. A good 10 to 15 minutes of jumping jacks, squats, pushups, situps, planks, mountain-climbers, burpees, and a few other things I don't even know the name of, done in rapid-fire intervals. Thanks to my recent strength training efforts, I got through it without disgracing myself. Plus, I now have a bruise on my right knee from screwing up a burpee to match the bruise on my left knee where I clonked myself with a dumbell while doing rows last week. Getting fit is so glamorous.

Warmup complete, we basically went through a set of drills. One partner would hold a shield or mitts, the other would kick or punch. When the timer went off, everybody would drop to the floor and do a burpee (have I mentioned how much I suck at burpees?) and then you'd switch. My partner made some encouraging noises about how fast I caught on - he may have just been being nice.

So, will it scratch my martial arts itch? I dunno - when it comes to martial arts, my first love (and my comparative advantage) is in grappling. On the other hand, it's a great workout and a good complement to my other fitness activities. I'm going to give it a few more classes and see whether I'm still having fun once the novelty has worn off.
16th-Aug-2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
sounds like fun.

I've not done martial arts since grad school, but yeah... the warm ups.
I once visited a friend and was doing the warm up just to sorta get warm and loose and she looked at me with big eyes and said, if THAT is the warm up, what do you DO in that class?

Shotokan was fun. But I like my knees.

16th-Aug-2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
When I studied judo, I don't remember the warm ups being that intense, but judo's also not as much of an intense aerobic workout as some martial arts.
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