It’s hard to know where to start for my first blog post. I could start writing about how I decided to to get in shape (It means something different for about everyone, I know) just over a year ago following a period of inactivity. Alternatively, I could go on about the desire to do something out of the ordinary such as risking getting knocked out before getting too old. Both of the above reasons probably sum up the motivation for most of us white collar boxers; challenging the daily routine with something completely left field.
For the past year I have been working out 4 to 5 times a week doing CrossFit. I have gone from a 76 kg bloke with love handles to an 82kg CrossFit fanatic (with smaller love handles). With my new level of fitness it seemed appropriate to put it to some use so hence Boxing seemed like an awesome idea.
Having seen my weight plateauing for the past 4 months I have decided to put in some real effort in gaining weight (my target is 87kg). I am 31 years old and my height is 5’11. My current training schedule is CrossFit 5 times per week (mornings 07:00-08:00), Boxing training 3 evenings per week (Mon, Wed, Fri). In addition I am also doing Dragon boating on Sundays with my firms’ team. So in order to put on weight with the current training load my diet is also more than a bit extreme (1800 kcal liquid breakfasts for example).
I must admit though that after seeing the other Boxers yesterday during training I did question myself whether gaining weight would be a good idea, or if I should go on a lettuce diet and drop down to 76kg again Especially, since most people there seemed to have done boxing in the past. I have NEVER done boxing before, but I did not sign up for this thing because I wanted an easy ride!
The first training was definitely hard as we were pushing our lactacid levels. However, the exercises (Squats, Burpees & Pushups) is what I am doing at CrossFit every week so today I felt perfectly fine. Actually, during training this morning I did 3 rounds of the following in 23:40, which was comparably harder:
50 Double unders
30 10kg Med Ball Squat Cleans
10 Ring Dips
Tomorrow morning it’s Front Squats and Toes to Bar and then our second boxing training in the evening. I am really looking forward to putting on the boxing gloves as that is where my huge knowledge gap is, but it will probably take 2 weeks before we get to do that.