Hooray – I’ve made it through 3 weeks of Fight Yourself Fit – only 5 and a half weeks left of this madness – well until I start round 2 anyway 🙂
Above you will find quite a remarkable picture of me doing a burpee jump – the expert camera lady (my wife) had me do about 50 burpee jumps in a row because she “couldn’t time the picture correctly”. It seems there is nothing funnier (for her) than to see me in physical pain doing an exercise I hate (although I am getting used to it now – the burpee jumps that is, not my wives humour).
Comments like “can you jump slower” and “you must be like a super hero, the camera can’t catch you” really didn’t help me at all – so before I passed out from all the burpee jumps we called it a day and the only nearly usable resulting snaps are above. 🙂
I always say I hate burpee jumps, but they are a fantastic exercise that use your whole body – so on a plus point hopefully I would have burnt some extra calories during the photo hell.
So today was the first introduction on the schedule of
Technique 4 “Close Up”
This has quickly taken over as my favourite workout so far.
As the workout title might suggest, you spend most of the time close up to the bag executing techniques that you would use if you were close up and fighting an opponent in the ring. There is a lot to concentrate on in this workout, stepping to the side and around your opponent, ducking under the punches all the while throwing in multiple body and head hooks.
This is a great workout to practice your visualisation of your opponent and your distance from the bag. I practiced the techniques by going in as close as possible and also stepping out slightly giving myself a little more room.
You can get a real gauge of what punches work for you by doing this. For instance if you’re in too close it can be hard to get the most power out of your cross. So you want to be able to position yourself correctly. Whether that means you stay in close for the hooks then step back slightly to cross or vice versa.
Overall I feel a lot fitter this week and my punches are definitely harder and I’m punching faster I can feel a real difference in my technique, just goes to show practice makes perfect.
Looking forward to my weekend off and starting a fresh next week.
Have a good weekend 🙂