Jab – Cross – Hook!

Last Friday, I asked fellow Flower Mound and Highland Village Moms on a discussion board about a place called 9 Rounds. I have been intrigued about this place for over a year but never acted on it. Christy, the owner of the Flower Mound location chimed in on the discussion board and offered me her phone number.  We spoke for 30 minutes on the phone and when we hung up I was ready to go put my gloves on and give a try!  That evening, I was on a date with my husband and after a few fancy drinks at The Table, I began to tell him all about it and the investment to try it out. Tuesday morning, I got Cameron off to school, Cody’s therapy started, worked a few hours and off I went!


The exciting part that interested me is there is always a personal trainer, workouts are 30 minutes, no class schedule, you do anytime and you can burn more calories than walking an hour! AND its 2 minutes from my house!

I told the gal who guided me through my first rounds. I have never punched anyone or anything before.  She quickly said that is ok, I will show you how it’s done and the proper technique.

30 minutes later, I looked like this and loved every second of it!  There are 9 rounds, 3 minutes each and bell rings telling you have 30 seconds left.  You push harder and have to completely focus. I loved this because my mind never drifted off about how stressed my everyday can be at times.  I then was able to release it all with 3 minutes of freestyle.  Just me and a bag going at it!

Sometimes the bestway to release stress is some intense physical activity. Kickboxing offers a healthy way to get out some of the built up frustrations out of your system, which will also help me get a better night’s sleep and improve mental clarity to start all over the next day.  And did I mention its only 30 minutes?  I read that boxing also increases the release of endorphins, which can diminish with stress.

This morning was my second workout. I could barely walk this morning and totally understood when I read this is a total body workout but again once I walked in, music was pumping and so was my heart rate.  One thing I learned about myself already is I am much stronger than I even realized.

On another note, I am excited to learn some valuable self-defense moves. While kickboxing can be a great physical workout, the self-defense aspect is a perk too! Having the ability to protect yourself is a valuable asset and it’s empowering to know that if you were in a dangerous situation, you have the knowledge to help get yourself out of it safely.

My hopes is this will be a great solution for those of us that have an inconsistent schedule each week. I know if I were attending a fitness class and I had certain times I needed to attend, this would not be the best solution for me.  I need to be able to drop what I am doing a squeeze in a workout at anytime/ 7 days a week or I will easily turn one missed class into another and next thing you know a month will go by!  So when life gets tough, put on your boxing gloves.

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

2 thoughts on “Jab – Cross – Hook!

  1. You have been strong in every way your entire life. Kick Boxing sounds great for you and such a fun thing to do. Great way to meet all the challenges that face you everyday. Thanks for sharing. Love you dearly.

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