Week 9 Wow I’m so close, only a week and a half to go! I remember when I had finished week one, this challenge seemed insurmountable. It looks a lot different now from week nine and I’m very proud of how far I’ve come and how successful I’ve been throughout my challenge. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that there are three main things we need to maintain a successful kickboxing workout: frequency, precision and intensity. Successful workout just means that the body changes and health improves but I may not have seen the same results I came for without these three components.
Just think what would happen if you left out even one of these things?
Precision and intensity without frequency – That would mean that you do a great job when you manage to get to class, but you never really go to class. Maybe you go every day for a week, then give yourself two months off. That’s not going to work!
Frequency and intensity without precision – You are going to class all the time, and you’re trying really hard, but you’re still not using the proper technique. You’re working harder, not smarter. You’re just doing whatever you feel like doing, instead of following the directions. You think that you’re getting some really great exercise but you will not be getting the most you can from your workouts unless the exercises are done properly. So this isn’t going to work!
Frequency and precision without intensity – You’re coming all the time, (maybe even every day like a crazy 50 day challenger would) and you’re doing everything correctly, but you’re never really pushing yourself, never putting any serious oomph into it. You’re coasting. And that’s not going to work either!
So instead if we put all three together…
Frequency – This doesn’t mean you have to come to class every day, it means that you’ve committed yourself to coming to class every week for a certain amount of classes, and so you come regularly. Frequency is all about consistency.
Precision – Fall in love with precision. Get interested in it. Try to be precise with every kick, every punch, and every combo. All the good stuff is in the details. Never assume that something is right just because you did it that way yesterday. Keep listening to instruction. Even if you’ve done 5 classes in a row, or 50 classes in a row, go into every class hoping to refine your technique in some little way.
Intensity – Change doesn’t just happen on its own; you have to make it happen. Really push yourself through those drills; you might be surprised at what your body is actually capable of if you turned you’re brain off. Yes sometimes it’s very hard to get through, sometimes we want to puke, but isn’t that why we come to class? Of course it’s not to puke, but to be pushed and to find our limits so we can exceed them? Do every class like it’s your first class in weeks and you’ve been missing it or like it’s your last class for months, and you want to squeeze every drop out of it! Most drills are only a few minutes long, don’t let that intensity fade, we can do anything for 2 minutes.
Easier said than done, believe me I know, but that’s the idea… frequency, precision, and intensity!