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THE ART OF PUGILISM

by Oct 20, 2019Workouts

The definition of Pugilism is the practice and skill of fighting with fists, also known as boxing.

I’ve tried many types of exercises over the years. Pilates, Insanity, Running, Weightlifting, Lagree, Zumba, Yoga, Obstacle Course Training, Boxing, Kickboxing. You get the idea. I think sporadically and sometimes my workout regimen is no different. I need change or I become unmotivated.

I’ve been trying to focus on consistency with my weight training to no avail. All I could think about was adding something else to my regimen, whether it be yoga, kickboxing or going back to old colleagues for a ruthless workout. Then the heavens opened and the light spilled through, so to speak. Of course, it was nighttime and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t raining.

Anyways, I was working out and I just happened to see the new trainer at my gym working on boxing skills with some clients. Instantly, I was sold. I was so excited to have someone knowledgeable in boxing at my gym, instead of driving 15 minute across town whenever I wanted to train.

Fun Fact: The ancient god Apollo was believed to be the creator and guardian of boxing.

It’s been a while since I’ve boxed so I was nervous, but he put me through a trial session anyways. I have to say the jabs came back easily. 1,2,3,4, duck, block. I was on a roll.

When I got home that night I immediately started looking for my Pink Everlast wraps and threw them in my gym bag. I felt like I had done a full workout. A few of my muscles were sore for the first time since I began getting back in shape. I love the feeling of muscle soreness, especially while laughing. It lets you know that the abs are coming back. It’s so motivating!

I definitely have a passion for boxing and that first session brought back so many memories. My grandfather was a boxer. He would teach me the basics when I was little. If we were ever out together and there was a boxing match we’d sit there and watch with intensity.

Fun Fact: In 1949, an official boxing match between a bear and a man was held. The bear won. 

It always feels so good to do something you love. It’s easier to make a commitment. So often, it’s easy to get started on a health goal only to quit a few weeks later. This could be because it’s too difficult, too intense on the body, non motivating, or something you just down right hate. Well finding something you enjoy is definitely going to help you in your fit journey long term. I can’t wait to get started on this commitment!

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