Left hook to the body. Why do I find it so difficult? Well, I find it all difficult, but that punch particularly. more of that in a bit.
Was feeling a little stiff after running on Monday, particularly in the quads and calves, but didn’t think much of it, unfortunately I absolutely sucked at the monthly challenge because of it.
Did some running up and down the Dojo rather than running around it, I found it really good as we had to increase effort over 10 lengths. I’m really trying to concentrate on this for tri training as a lot of the sessions I will be doing rely on the notion of Percieved rate of exertion (RPE) so getting an idea of these levels is really helpful.
Monthly Challenge – 8 down:
Step ups + burpees. 8 step ups, 8 burpees, 7 step ups, 7 burpees, 6,6,5,5,4,4,3,3,2,2,1,1 – Sounds pretty simple? Ha! It’s horrible! It could have been worse apparently. Hazel wanted to make it 10 down!
I managed an appaling time of 2.17 which I am going to say was down to being really sore from running, I realise now I’ve said this that I have to do it again and get a better time, but I think I can do it. Also, I think this is a challenge where weight really matters. And because of that I’ve done some calcualtions and worked out that with a time of 1.45 I will have a faster time than Stu. Bear with me, I am right.
For a man who weighs 65kg (I think that’s right) it takes 76 seconds. I am not 65kg, I am 90kg so I’m never going to get the same time as a lighter man, therefore by my calculations, each kg of bodyweight means 1.1s more over the course of the exercise, so with my 25kg overweightness, to get the same time as Stu I get an extra 28.4 seconds in which to complete it. So, if i get a time of 104.4 seconds, or 1 minute 45 (rounded up a little bit) I will be the best.
I did try other calculations, but they didn’t give me the result I wanted so I haven’t used them. 🙂 ha ha
Anyway, back to the session. I think some of the totally basic stuff that Stu has had to drum into my stupid head is sinking in, I don’t drop my hands as much as I did. my punches are getting a little better and my flexibility is improving – my side kicks are a world apart from 4 or 5 months ago.
Left Hook Body
By the end of the session there was some improvement in the left hook, but it is taking so long to get right. I really struggled with a combo:
Left Hook body, right hook body, left hook head and right cross (I think) I woke up about 3 this morning finally understading how the movement worked. It must have taken an utterly frustrating 10 minutes for Stu to work out that I had no clue about what he was trying to tell me.
I don’t know why I can understand logical concepts no problem, but physical takes me forever!
I found this after a google so I’m going to research:
A perfect example of a power left hook is one thrown by MikeTyson or Arturo Gatti. Notice how they move their entire body.
A perfect example of a digging left hook is one thrown by Marco Antonio Barrera or Mickey Ward or Ricky Hatton. Notice how he leaves his head there to the side when he throws it.
A perfect example of a pivoting left hook can be seen by Miguel Cotto (he’s actually good at throwing all 3 types of left hooks) or Wladimir Klitschko or Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A perfect example of a lunging left hook is one thrown by Ricky Hatton (against carlos maussa) or Roy Jones Jr.or Prince Naseem.
We ended the session with a push up circuit which I’ve totally forgotten the details of, and a sit up circuit for me which was:
15 sit ups, elbows to knees, then slowly up over 5 seconds, quickly back down x 5 then up quickly and down slowly over 5. Some dorsal raises to finish.
Why did I bother? Should have stayed for 7.15 instead. Had absolutely no energy for swimming, managed about 100m, went for a Steam and went home.