Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Pre-Christmas Workout

Today's training was decent.  I made it a priority to train in the morning and, although making the time for the workout took some extra organization and focus than usual, I'm very glad I did it.  I've decided to renew my commitment to fitness and boxing training throughout the holidays so that I can continue it uninterrupted into 2009.

Here's today's recap.
  • 35 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round on uppercut bag
  • 1 round on double-end bag
That makes 12 rounds in the gym plus the roadwork.  I'm varying the workouts a bit to keep them interesting.  The important thing is consistency.

The gym was pretty quiet today.  There were just 3 other members, but I got to meet another member I didn't know before, so that was good.

The gym will be closed tomorrow, but I expect to be back in action there on Friday.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today's Picture: December 18, 2008

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The Lawyer-boxer-blogger is Now Blogging at LawyerCasting

I'm happy to announce that I am now a guest blogger at the LawyerCasting blog. Published by eLawMarketing (and edited by attorney/Internet marketer Joshua Fruchter), LawyerCasting covers "'best practices' in online marketing for lawyers and law firms, including websites, blogs, podcasts, webcasts, email marketing and much more!"

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Thursday's Training

Did 1 hour of roadwork this evening. It was pretty cold outside, but happily, the snow and ice and "wintry mix" had not yet arrived. The sidewalks were shoveled pretty well after the snow earlier this week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Short Roadwork on Wednesday

Just 23 minutes today in the snow and ice.  Work was really hectic today, so even the short training break was helpful to clear my head (and my sinuses).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday's Training Update--Highlights

I haven't been updating the blog a lot lately due to work and other things going on. However, training continues. Here's the update for the last week or so. Everything isn't included, just the highlights.
Saturday, December 6

I went for another two-hour bike ride, this time with my good friend, Mark. Riding with a buddy made pedaling the two hours easier. Also, Mark's more familiar with the trail, so I followed him and didn't go off the trail twice like I had done the previous Sunday. Plus, he set a good pace--one that was a little slower than he and I would normally ride, but was manageable and provided enough of a workout. I am still getting used to those moderately longer rides, so Mark would probably bury me in a race. Even so, he's a great guy and it's fun riding with him.

Thursday, December 11
This was a gym training day. Here's today's recap:
  • 34 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 3 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 3 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
I like training on the weekday mornings. The gym is less crowded and it looks like mornings may be a good time to get some sparring practice, which is really the missing piece of my training puzzle.

Friday, December 12

30 minutes of roadwork today

Saturday, December 13

Another gym day. Saturday mornings are getting crowded at GoTime. I'm happy to see it, for the owners' benefit, but I like training when there are fewer people around. I might be able to get some sparring on Saturdays, too, but it would probably have to be prearranged since Ray, the head boxing coach, has a lot of individual sessions. Maybe I can work in a session with him and some sparring time with other gym members. I'll have to look into that.

As for the workout, here it is:
  • 90 minutes of roadwork (it felt really great to be outside on Saturday)
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds on the uppercut bag
  • 2 rounds on the double-end bag
Sunday, December 14

A rest day.
Monday, December 15

20 minutes of roadwork. It was short, due to very cold temperatures outside and intense sinus congestion that had been bugging me all day. In the past, I have often sucked it up and fought through that kind of pain and forced myself to do a full workout. However, I found that I almost always ended up losing training time because my sinuses would protest and stay clogged even longer. These days, I rest up and recover and then hit it hard the next time. The training plan calls for a good gym workout on Tuesday, so I want to be rested and ready for that.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday Roadwork [shiver]

Did only 22 minutes today. It's cold out there!

Wednesday's Workout

I had a good workout at the gym on Wednesday.

Here's the recap.
  • 1 hour of roadwork
  • 5 rounds on uppercut bag
  • 5 rounds on heavy bag
  • 5 rounds on double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of abs exercises
I am liking the morning training. I'm getting to know some of the morning guys and will probably get some sparring partners from the group. Good stuff.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Helpful Article about Shadowboxing at

Over at, Aaron Luhning offers a number of useful tips in his article "How to Shadowbox."

Although shadowboxing is a basic training technique, like any of the basics, I don't think a boxer can practice it too much or ever get so good at it that he doesn't need to practice it anymore.

While you're there, check out the rest of the How-to-box site. It contains many helpful pointers, videos, and discussions. Overall, it's a great site and I hope you'll find it beneficial.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Boxing As a Form of Self-defense

At TBO-TECH, Self Defense Blogger shares his thoughts about boxing as a self-defense style. It's an interesting, albeit brief, blog entry that necessarily boils down a lot of boxing technique into three major areas related to self-defense: punches, footwork, and strike points.

I agree with a lot of what he says, plus I now have another blog to read. :-)

Snow Roadwork

Monday and Tuesday, I just did some roadwork out in the snow.

Monday:  28 minutes
Tuesday:  22 minutes

Back to the gym tomorrow.