I grew up as a rather girly girl. I did ballet, played the violin and sang. I did not enjoy sports that would involve getting hit with a ball, a stick or another person. In fact throughout secondary school I made a lot of excuses to get out of various physical activities that may include the previously mentioned possibilities.
So it came as a bit of a surprise to me that I agreed to take part in a White Collar Boxing competition!
Now truthfully through my work I have come to love a lot of less "girly" physical work over the last 3 years. I really enjoy lifting weights, and love what it does for my shape! I get a great buzz from a tough boot camp class, turning tyres, slamming balls and swinging hammers and bells. And I celebrate the fact that I can do full press ups and even a chin up or 3 on a really good day. But boxing? Maybe they will let me wear my tutu??
Well it had been awhile since my last personal physical challenge so I thought why not? What is the worst that could happen, apart from black eyes, broken jaw, possible head injury.... no really!
The truth is when you spend your days motivating other people through their classes and training you loose focus on motivating yourself. This is entirely out of my comfort zone and that is the best part of it.
We are 6 weeks into the training and I am loving it! The extra strength and conditioning work is hard, especially on top of my classes each week, but my fitness levels are better than ever. The core work is excruciating some days, I mean really who "warms up" with 100 sit ups, 50 side crunches each side and 50 leg lifts??? Boxers do.
And the sparring? Well there is something really liberating( and terrifying ) about being encouraged to hit another person, and knowing they are going to hit you back. It changes they way you breath , the way you move and the way you react and it is tough!
The fight is now 2 weeks away, and I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't very nervous. But whatever happens on the night I am very proud of myself for stepping away from what I am used to and pushing my boundaries. I say to clients and my kids all the time "If you don't try you don't know" and I am happy to say I put my money where my mouth is! I think this is my time to push all the boundaries.....
Fight night is June 12th in the Ardilaun Hotel, in aid of Blood Bike West. Tickets are available if you want to watch me get hit in person!!
Looking forward to moving on to my next challenge afterwards......any suggestions???
Jessica Keniston is a mother of 4, former dancer and lover of fitness who has turned her passion into a career. Read favourite tips, recipes and workout advice here, and sympathise with the daily motherhood struggles!