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.