Once upon a time… many years ago… in a far off land called Oklahoma… I began my fitness journey. And for me, it actually began with boxing. It’s something I always wanted to try. And so, at 19, I went to the Lawton Boxing and Kickboxing Center, talked with the folks, saw what they were teaching and knew immediately – I wanted to learn to box!
So I started training. Despite the fact that I was starting from ABSOLUTE scratch, I loved every second of it. Learning how to put power through a jab, stay light on my feet… I ate it all up. I had never sweat like that before! But I found out, even though I wasn’t as strong, I could move all over the ring with more ease than some of my fellow trainees. It led to a bit of a nickname - “Twinkle Toes.” Pretty scary, right? I was not great at sparring. It always took a few shots to the head before I’d really start hitting my partner. (Mom told me not to hit! Old habits die hard…) I never had an official fight. But I loved every moment of my training.
I haven’t really kept up with it. But a few Christmas’ ago, Santa brought me the standing bag I asked for. So sometimes I’ll go out in the garage and wail on it – especially after a bad day. (A girl’s gotta get her aggression out somehow!) But it’s just not the same as working out in a real boxing gym. I don’t have a speed bag or a heavy bag or a ring.
That’s why I’m going to go back to my roots. I’m going to check out one of the boxing gyms here in Colorado Springs. I decided on BFS Boxing, after checking out the different websites. I met with Coach Ali last week and told him about my long ago training. He trains actual fighters. He trains regular folks like me who just want to learn! And he’s willing to see if I’ve still got any skills left.
I’m not sure I’ll officially take up boxing again. But it will be fun to revisit one of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done. I expect to be SORE the next day… especially in my back and my abs. (That’s probably what I remember most, from the beginning of my training.) And I’ll burn some serious calories too! In fact, a woman of my age can expect to burn about 471 calories for an hour of boxing, according to fitday.com.
So bring on the wraps! Bring on the gloves! Old “Twinkle Toes” is getting back in the ring. We’ll see how it goes… but I’ve gotta be honest. I’m super pumped.