19 April, 2011

A Sweet Science

5 min warm up
4x 150 jump ropes
4x 25 meter sprints
4x 100 meter sprints
25 min strenuous cardiovascular movement
4x 60 sec. planks
5 min cool down

Today's work out is designed with something other than just running in mind. I was thinking more cycling, swimming, climbing, or my personal favorite. boxing. Before you jump to the conclusion that I am only a savage encouraging the quenching of our own blood thirst(which I am a little), consider what boxing has to offer. I promise that this is the most intense cardio workout you will have tried in quite some time, not to mention an incredible stress reliever should you feel the need to hit something. Beyond these reasons though, my appreciation for this sport is far more romantic. They call boxing a sweet science because there is as much art involved as technique. Boxers, good ones, move about with grace, light on their feet, as though they are partaking in some brutal ballet. This is not unlike roller derby in many ways. Take for instance two opponents that are relatively evenly matched trading blows, circling, timing each others movements, studying each others style. and constantly, if only subtly, trying to force their own will upon the other. This is a close sport, a personal sport. This is a sport where your opponent can be face to face with the crazy that you offer in your glare, where you are held by a code of rules as to what is considered fair fighting and what is not. This is a sport where, like fencing or knife fighting, honor and pride, giving your best for your comrades in arms, and handling things very directly is at it's finest. There is no sniping, no low blows, no hitting from behind. Boxing is very similar in all these ways to life on the track. If you want to get to know someone fast, skate with them. If you want to know them faster, fight with them. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Have a great day!!!


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