When you come to my boxing fitness classes there are a few things you can be sure of: you’re going to get a great workout, you’re going to have a hard time using your arms the next day and you will definitely see me at some point wearing the focus mitts. I have some classes where not everyone gets to have a go with me; I have other classes where everyone gets to see me multiple times.
Doing mitts with a trainer is stressful anyway, even if you’re good at it. If you’re new, however, it’s even worse. The urge to push yourself past your comfortable limits is everpresent and sometimes you just miss.
I was running focus mitts on a new member on Tuesday night who was struggling to get through the rounds. I thought that giving him focus mitts with a one or two-punch combo would be a good way to give him a great workout that wouldn’t badly wind him. So I approached him, told him what I wanted — just a jab — and I flashed him my left mitt, silently saying “hit me here.” So he did. I continued to call it out — Jab! Jab! Jab! Jab! — and he was doing great…
…until I changed it and said, “Alright, now, give me jab, jab, cross!” He threw the jab, I caught it. He threw the second jab, I caught it. He threw the cross and I caught it…On the jaw. I threw up my right hand to catch his cross but a combination of his nerves and me being ill-prepared resulted in me taking a 300+ pound man’s fist to the face. He tried punching the mitt I had just brought down; I laughed.
Part of the job, I guess.
Anyway, I have a pretty good list to share this week. Stay on your guard and check them out.
A-Side Meal Prepping pt. 1 by me
A bit of shameless self promotion here. I started my 6-part series on meal prepping last week with a long post about the importance of identifying an eating philosophy to follow instead of a diet and the stigma that comes along with the D word. I’ve received a lot of great feedback about the post and I hope you can take the time to read it before this Sunday’s post about calories and macros.
Your Summer Grilling Secret: Using Wood Planks for Delicious Grilled Eats from The Art of Manliness
I’m a firm believer that you should be cooking with fire every chance you get. Charcoal, gas or smoke, meat and vegetables deserve to hit the grill and it’s up to you to help them fulfill their destiny. The Art of Manliness does a great job here priming folks for using wooden planks for grilling salmon, burgers, veges and other goodies.
10 Quick and Speedy Skillet Dinners by DamnDelicious
DamnDelicious is back again with an awesome recipe collection. A lot of these recipes are carb-heavy so if you’re training hard and they fit your macros, these would be great meal prep recipes. I’ve got my eye on the shrimp & broccoli stir-fry and hope to make the Shrimp and Gnocchi with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce the next time I want something comforting.
Meditation for People with Absolutely No Patience by Abi Carver via Roman Fitness Systems
If you’ve been following along at all lately you’ll know that mindfulness is something I’ve been paying more attention to (or trying to, at least). Abi does a pretty good job here of explaining the importance of meditation for everyone and how to fit it into your “super busy” schedule.
Fats vs. Carbs — What do the Elites Know that We Don’t? by David Grech via Low Carb Down Under
The fact that this comes from a site called Low Carb Down Under is enough to tell me this may be more than just a biased story but David provides several links to elite runners that fuel primarily on fats as opposed to carbs while providing the studies behind their decision to do so. Everything I’ve seen seems to make sense but that’s not saying I’m going to try to do it any time soon. I’m certainly not an elite runner and don’t really want to be, but this information is certainly interesting if you geek out over such things.
Music to Lift Heavy To
I’ve got a double-shot to share this week as I’ve heard two absolute bangers.
Song one is from Los Angeles-based thrashers Warbinger. This track entitled Silhouettes is from their most-recent Napalm Records effort Woe to the Vanquished. The review I saw this in says it’s a Thrashterpiece and they’re right.
Song two is from an extreme metal band that just celebrated their 20th year — the New Orleans-based Goatwhore. This track, Chaos Arcane is from their upcoming Metal Blade release Vengeful Ascension due for release June 23.
Go pick up something heavy and try to not get knocked out in the process.