Morning Workouts & More

Hi, everybody.

Got a jumpstart this morning. Woke up two hours before work started to get a workout in, spend some time with the dogs, and get the right nutrition into my body.

My fight for June 12 was called off by the other coach. Bit of a bummer, a bit difficult to work up the motivation right now to keep training as hard as I have been, but I gotta keep going.

To keep going, I had to make a change. Enter morning workouts. Hopefully putting this into my routine helps with two things:

  • Better/more sleep
  • Amplify my training/rejuvenate my mind

This morning I got weighted leg and hand shadow boxing in, a few good bag rounds, and some battle ropes in. Felt good. Real good.

Sometimes when things don’t go our way, we need to make a change. I hate waking up early to workout, but I know it enhances my day. And right now I need that. I can’t digress. Neither can you. Let’s keep pushing, everybody.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Training To Train

Hi, everyone.

Still weirded out by the change WordPress made. Hopefully I can stop talking about it at some point.

Training to train. Bold title, right? I’m really running out of ideas. I’m just throwing shit at the wall and hoping it sticks at this point. Appreciate you lot for continuing to show support to this blog. Means quite a bit.

Training to train. Let’s get into it. What do I mean?

Well, as you may know since I’ve mentioned in 1,000x on this blog, I coach boxing. I used to compete in the sport, still think about competing, but I’m most likely staying where I’m at: A coach and forever a student of the sport.

I brought a new boxer to a new gym today. A more… dirty, rough type of gym–one in the hood. My coach always told me if the gym we went to spar at had air conditioning or too many fans, we were going to whoop that ass. He was usually right. It was about time to bring this new boxer to a different, less… well-equipped space. However, with that comes much tougher opponents, tougher coaches around, and the sum of it all is the boxer comes out better. The less provided, it sounds odd, the more the boxer gets out of it. Pushing themselves is what a coach needs to see. We can push you while you’re with us, but the goal is to get you to push yourself when we aren’t watching. Training with integrity.

The boxer was thrown off at first. Very different space. But she had some of her best mitt rounds with me in quite some time. That lack of comfort pushed her to another level this morning. She leveled up today. It was really great to see, along with a few other boxers.

But I messaged her after I dropped her off back at her home, “I need to train to train you.”

She replied, “What does that mean? Explain.”

I replied, “In order for you to continue to progress, I need to make sure I’m progressing as your coach.”

Took me a while to realize that. Quite some time. Maybe I’ve always been working to become a better coach, but now it’s a focus of mine. I do want to compete still, but that’ll take the back burner for now. I still have a few years left in my “prime”.

Now it’s about training to train. Progressing to reach new levels. Coaching with integrity.

I guess this is the first time I haven’t really spoken much on mental health on this blog. It’s odd for me, but hey, this blog can really be anything. That’s the cool part of all this. It’s my brain just spewing out shit. It’s healthy for me. I hope it’s healthy for you.

Continue working on yourself, no matter the difficulty.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.

Standing Firm

It’s not easy to do. Each day you wake up you’re faced with what seems like a minimal impact decision: Do I get out of bed?

It’s important to get out of bed, especially if you struggle with mental health. If you don’t get out of bed, you’re compounding the misery. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. Giving yourself leeway, however, isn’t wrong to do. Sometimes it’s important, but whatever you decide on, stand firm on that decision.

This morning, for example, I woke up at a decent time. I don’t have a working shower so I’ve been using the gym till the plumber fixes the pipes at my house. I woke up & immediately thought, “There’s no way I get to the gym, shower, and back in time to get anything done for work.”

Now normally, at least over the past 6-7 months, I would’ve rolled over in bed & said fuck it. Today, however, I stood firm in what I planned to do today. I got out of bed, had one of the most lackluster gym sessions I’ve ever had, but guess what? I got out of bed. I did what I told myself I would do. I made the rest of my day less stressful due to that decision.

It doesn’t sound like much. And really, it isn’t much. But do what you can do to help yourself. Don’t let that little evil guy or girl inside your brain tell you no. Stand up to that fucker. Tell yourself I can do this. I will do this. And in turn, you’ll be able to say “I did it.”

Stand firm, people.

I wish you well. Try not to beat the shit out of yourself.