Kickboxing? At 60?

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“Kickboxing? Are you crazy?”

At least I didn’t ask – Are you out of your ever-loving mind? Those words are closer to the actual ones that bolted through my brain when Mary asked me if I wanted to try out a new exercise activity with her.

“I found a free ten-day pass for a place in Keller. Ten days, all the sessions you want…for free!” She dangled the free part in front of me, knowing that I enjoy a chance to save money when I can.

What Mary didn’t understand was that I’m not so much into the physical exercise part of the equation. She’s spent most of the past year or so that we’ve worked together participating in several different exercise regimes. 5K walks – I can’t count how many she and her husband have finished. The numbers a lot larger than the two that I’ve done in my entire life. Camp Gladiator is another one that she’s done for some time – exercising in different parking lots with groups of people, using weights and balls, and all sorts of nefarious torture devices.

Nope. Not for me. I’m more of a yoga gal. Quiet. Serene. Slow movements. Soft, mellow music drifting through the background. Sweet and spicy incense wafting through the air. Peace and zen. That’s me. That’s my kind of physical exercise.

Not punching, kicking, aggressive fighting movements. Hard hitting rock and roll reverberating throughout the room. Sweat pouring down my face. Heart pounding. The smacks of gloves hitting punching bags echoing about the room.

Never in a million years did that image even tempt me. You probably couldn’t have even paid me to give kickboxing a try.

But, Mary dangled ‘free’ in front of me, and I grabbed for the bait. Besides, it was spending time with a friend. I decided to humor her. After all, what did I have to lose, besides a few hours of my time? And it was only 30-minute workouts each visit. That made it easy to schedule into a full week. I’d try it out. I’d go with her a few times and after the ten days were up, if I didn’t like it, I never had to try it again.

Imagine my surprise when I fell in love with kickboxing. On the first visit even.

Now to be honest, I didn’t embrace this new activity while I was there. We met at 9Round Keller, where there’s nine stations set up and we all rotate between the stations – only three minutes at each one.

Piece of cake.

Ha!

Some of those three minute segments were the longest and hardest three minutes I’d endured since…well, since I don’t know when. My heart pounded so hard on some of the stations I thought it would burst through my chest. Jump roping? For three minutes? I discovered it wasn’t possible. I made it about a minute before I had to stop and gather my breath. I found out that jump roping isn’t as easy when you’re not a ten-year old girl with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Things had changed in the past fifty years.

By the time we left, I barely dragged myself through the door. I probably would have tried to strangle poor Mary. Except I couldn’t muster up the energy or the gumption to move my arms towards her throat. Getting my feet out the door and moving in the direction of the car was the sole goal in my mind.

Mary offered to buy me something to drink at Starbucks. I think it was a consolation prize for going through with the horrendous torment of the past thirty minutes. I followed her down the street and enjoyed sitting – just sitting, no activity required, while enjoying an icy concoction with green tea and fresh berries. An hour later as we went to leave, I learned that it was even harder to move my legs. That three minute session with the squats involved? I would relive that painful experience in so many ways over the next three days. I found out later that night that bending to clean cat boxes has never caused such agony. I almost joked with Mary about having her carry me out to my car. But, I was having trouble being humorous about this whole kickboxing thing.

And then, on the drive home, about half way between the Starbucks and my house, I realized that I felt good. Tired, yes. Sore, exquisitely so. But despite the painful parts of the afternoon – I felt marvelous.

By the time I got home, I’d already decided. I’m continuing this.

Three days later I joined Mary and two of her other friends for another morning at my new favorite place. Thank goodness they switch up the activities of each station every day. I still had to struggle with the jump roping part, but at least the dreaded squats weren’t on the itinerary for the day. Again, by the time I got home I was marveling about how good I felt. I felt better than I had for months. Usually, getting home after a long day I have to sit and close my eyes for about thirty minutes. That night I was rocking around the house. I was in motion and getting things done. By bedtime I was still zooming around.

Another session the next morning kept me fired up.

I remember a while back, my sister and I were talking about exercise. I told her that I didn’t need to exercise. I’m on my feet all day at work. My work days, depending on what season we’re in run from five to ten hour days. All on my feet. All moving. Never still. “That’s not cardio,” my sister replied. “That doesn’t get your heart rate up.”

Well, darn. Don’t you hate it when you have to admit that your younger sister was right about something? Obviously she was and I was lacking in the cardio department. Even more obviously, it was something my body needs.

The free ten day pass is over. Now I’m in the wait-three-more-days-before-payday mode so I can go join. We’re past the free point. Now a little cash is involved for me to continue with my unexpected new obsession. But this one I can easily justify. Seeing how much better I felt after only a few sessions, I know that this is best for my health. I figure that I can either shell out a few dollars now, for kickboxing…or I can pay it out later – in much larger amounts, to doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. The choice is mine and I’ll pick paying now rather than supplementing a doctor’s Porsche payment later on down the road.

And the best part? It’s not an either or. I don’t have to lose being a Yoga gal to participate with this more active routine. I can do both. Two sessions of kickboxing a week, with a day of the peace and zen of yoga. Then my heart, circulation, and body is happy, and my emotions and spirit are blissful too. It’s the best of both worlds. I’ll be the healthiest, most zenful 60-year old bopping around this town.

Now, just to remember which hand is jab and which hand is cross.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy McCabe
    Sep 18, 2018 @ 22:10:19

    Oh, Trisha… this was written so beautifully. I admire you for getting involved in this and you made me laugh throughout the article. Good for you! Bravo!

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  2. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    Sep 18, 2018 @ 23:28:11

    Hi Trisha this is my type of session and good for you for giving it a go! I’m so pleased that once your body got over the shock you actually felt good and wanted to go back for more! I feel great after a workout and love a good boxing session but I never forget about my yoga! Don’t forget to link up at #MLSTL and share your post with us all. Have a great week! xx

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:15:21

      It’s nice seeing how many people here combine yoga with another more strenuous workout. And you with your marathons! You’re an inspiration in this too.

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  3. BoomingOn
    Sep 18, 2018 @ 23:33:01

    I think I would have been in just on the basis of ‘free’!! It’s great to have a mix up of exercise though, as an addition to the zen. Your bones will love you for it!

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:13:55

      Yes, the free part was just an extra bonus!
      And by the vast improvement I’ve already felt, it only confirms that I’ve needed the cardio part these workouts give me.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Jennifer Jones
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 00:38:21

    Your title had me hooked Trisha, followed by a rollicking good read. I’m so pleased you’ve experienced those exercise endorphins. They can be addictive! I love boxing and kickboxing. You’ve reminded me I need to add them into my exercise program again as I had to give it up for a while as I broke my arm.
    Look forward to hearing more about your kickboxing experiences #MLSTL Shared on SM

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:12:34

      Sorry to hear about your broken arm, Jennifer. I hope all is healed and you’re back at 100%.
      Having never experienced exercise endorphins before, I have to say that they’re amazing!

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  5. Natalie
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 00:44:27

    Way to go Trisha! Mixing kickboxing and yoga, and do day on day off approach is a great idea. I have kickboxing as part of my current fitness routine, and yoga too. They make me feel great and sleep well.#MLSTL

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:11:13

      Yay! So glad to see someone else that mixes up that combination! They’re so opposite, yet the ying and yang of the two compliment each other so well.

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  6. Michele @liferedesign101
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 00:44:45

    This just goes to show you that if you are willing to try something new you can have a good adventure and find something that you love! Good for you for giving it a go.

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  7. Debbie Harris
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 08:16:54

    I really enjoyed this Trisha and could feel your enjoyment oozing through your words and I’m so happy for you. Good on you!! #mlstl

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  8. leannelc
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 08:56:22

    Well that was certainly inspiring Trisha and good on you for falling in love with something so strenuous – and what a great topic of ongoing conversation! I laughed at your screaming pain cleaning the kitty litter and realized it’s been a loooonng time since I did anything that made me hurt like that (now I’m feeling a tad gullty!) And BTW that photo of you at the beginning of the post is very flattering 😉
    #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:08:54

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Leanne!
      I WISH that were me in the photo! Add a few years, a little more gray hair and lots more wrinkles LOL Alas, it’s good ole Pixabay to the rescue for the image.

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  9. Deb
    Sep 19, 2018 @ 12:28:06

    I love it! 👏😄 you go girl! That picture of a zen full 60 year old bobbing around town instead of being in a Doc waiting room,is way more to my liking!

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  10. Mother & Daughter
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 01:31:01

    It is awesome that you found something you love doing that gets your heart rate up. I am still looking for something I will enjoy doing. I did spin class for years but kind of burnt out.

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:06:00

      That’s what the friend that coaxed me into kickboxing says. She gets bored with doing the same thing. That’s why she’s always looking for different work outs to try.

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  11. Christie Hawkes
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:47:24

    I love this Trisha! Both hearing that you found a new workout that you enjoy and also the entertaining way that you told it. I can relate. For the past year I have done a high intensity interval workout twice a week (sometimes three), interspersed with a slow, easy yoga session, and a run. It’s a perfect combination for me. I admit I have been curious about boxing though. I was too intimidated to try it, but you’ve inspired me with your story. Next time I’m ready to mix things up, I may give boxing a go. #MLSTL

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 21, 2018 @ 03:04:27

      I like hearing how you’ve mixed up the workout modalities, interspersed with yoga!
      I think what I liked with this place is that it wasn’t all boxing. It was a mix of 9 mini-work outs, including jump rope, squats, sits ups, lots of different things – with about 3-4 of the stations using either bags or sparring with one of the coaches. It’s a national chain called 9Round. Not sure if there’s any around you, but I really enjoyed it. And the mix up the sessions each day, so every time you go you get a different work out. I like that.

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  12. Retirement Reflections
    Sep 20, 2018 @ 23:20:01

    Hi, Trisha – Sounds like we are kindred ‘zen yoga gals’. I’m so glad that your kickboxing experience has turned out so well. It almost makes me want to give it a try. Almost…..

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  13. Molly Totoro
    Sep 22, 2018 @ 21:46:27

    My daughter loves kickboxing … and my attitude is very much like you describe before going to your first class. You have intrigued me on this concept, however. Will I ever follow through? I’m not sure… but I do think I will try to develop my walking routine to include a weekly 5K. And perhaps I will stop procrastinating on giving yoga a try 🙂

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    • trishafaye
      Sep 23, 2018 @ 01:26:01

      Go for it Molly! Any and all of it! I love your idea of including a weekly 5k in your walking routine. And I definitely recommend some yoga! I love it.

      Reply

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