Though I was smashed from the last few days of intense training, I decided to try out Team Training after my Zumba class at Retro Fitness Rego Park yesterday. I didn’t really know what to expect and I just walked in blind. Everyone was surprised to see me, even the instructor was like, “You joining us? Really?” Yeah man, lets do this.
The class I took is called Strength and Strike, but there are a few others available as well. During this particular class we spent some time in the beginning alternating between the different striking stations and calisthenics. There were about 12 of us, so 6 on the pads, and 6 doing the burpees, jacks, etc. This was done for several 30 second rounds and I felt right at home. Took me back to the days when I used to train MMA, except that no one was trying to take my head off or choke me out. Oh how I miss those days!
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My first and only #mma fight. I promptly got my ass whooped on this evening. But hey, I had the guts to go in, stay in and didn't quit. I learned that I don't have the level of aggression that is necessary to do well this sport. But it was a great experience, and it's good to know I can hold my own, even though I got whooped. #nyctalking #kickboxing #bjj #ucl #martialarts
After this we shifted into a more strength based regiment. The rest of the time was spent with kettle bells, barbells, and resistance cables. In this portion, I made a strategic mistake. I asked the instructor is this was a repetition based drill or more power based? He stated power, so I assumed low reps and went heavy weights, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this was a mistake. Though it is a strength/power circuit, the drills run for a full minute. I don’t know about you, but for me tossing around weight that I chose for 8-12 reps max for double or triple that number was rather challenging. Add to that the fact I was still smoked from my hiit classes, that I had just taught Zumba, and that I’m cutting! Mama mia!
The class kicked my ass, but I never gave up, and I didn’t lower most of the weight. The instructor did ask me to do a drop set on shoulders as he could I wasn’t moving the weight as much towards the end. If there was ever a time I used up my creatine phosphate stores, this was it! It’s explosive, nonstop movement with heavier weight.
I felt challenged in a good way. I didn’t think I was going to be able to wake up today, but of course, I did. I feel a little sore in the back of my shoulders from doing some movements that are alien to me, but I feel much better overall than I did yesterday during the day. I was really tired after teaching a very high intensity class on tuesday. If you know me, you know I don’t just coach, I do the entire class with you guys, and my hiit is brutal!
I strongly recommend looking into this program, it’s very cool. I am confident that doing these classes will help me take my conditioning and strength to another level, and I’m hoping that it will help me break pass yet another 5 pound plateau! Check it out, just don’t skip my classes to go, LOL, go at a different time! Hahaha.
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