Feeling sore after an intense workout? We know working out is a great way to get us in shape. But is that it?
Is that the main goal?
Well, let’s just say that, if hand-eye coordination is not at the top of your list at the moment, then it probably should be.
Firestation’s high-intensity boxing class – STRIKE packs up a series of punches that will not only help you work on your cardio conditioning and but really test and improve body coordination and focus.
Located in the heart of Mont Kiara, the first thing that came to mind when I entered the studio is that Firestation 2.0 is not your average fitness center. From striking red interiors to the rocking music blasting in the background, to the fiery passion in the adrenaline-induced studio, it definitely takes the tired concept of fitness training to a whole other level.
So, in pursuit of bringing out my inner tough-as-steel body, trainer Tanya Tolman took me through a quick warm-up routine ranging from squats, push-ups, jumping jacks to get the heart pumping, before putting on our gloves and heading over to the teardrop-shaped aqua bags.
With a dynamic mixture of old-school boxing and martial art movements, we quickly became familiar through the core moves – the jab, cross, hooks and the uppercut, where our mind was forced to work twice as hard as our muscles to keep up with the various numerical combinations and sequences.
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Let’s just say throughout the session, the only time I could actually take a breather was the few seconds I had in between learning the combinations. Tanya is a mean fighting machine and a great motivator in pushing you to go the extra mile and throw in that last, powerful jab before the time was up.
The fast and varied movements are very important in setting up for those perfect punches. If you aren’t familiar with the technique and vocabulary behind them, boxing will definitely overwhelm you, as bad form and technique can quite quickly lead to injury.
At the end of the class, I could actually feel that every muscle in my body had been used and activated, especially my core and glutes, as I engaged with my body’s reactivity, coordination and agility. Even with my lack of hand-eye coordination, I have finally found a way to stay focused and take control of my movements.
The key thing to remember is that your strength, coordination and mental resilience are the most important aspects as you alternate between periods of maximum effort and active recovery. Determining your own aptitudes and goals are definitely an important part of this workout and something you need to consider when preparing to raise both fists for the first time and give your body the ultimate workout it deserves.