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This Is Hardly Ring Around The Rosy!

MMA boxing is keeping me young!

If you would have told me that at 54 years old, I would be in an MMA gym(Mixed Martial Arts) a few days a week, I would have thought you had Weight Watchers Association written down upside down! The truth of the matter is, this is the most fun/funny activity I've done in a long time! One does not fully understand pent up aggression until one goes up against a punching bag! You quickly learn your "other" right while sparring with Carlos! Brian is great, a little easier on my joints while Charles is definitely in charge!

I have played tennis my whole life, but as us mid-lifers know, or maybe it's just my crew, the aches and pains slowly start to rear their not so pretty heads. I finally had one too many cancellations for my tennis game and quickly needed something that I did not need a partner for and could get the same charge, calorie burn and fun while going at it alone, it was suggested to try MMA boxing. Mind you, it was suggested by a 22 year old, but what the heck, I'm only as old as I feel right? Right!

I went in one Sat. morning, and felt as if I had been coming here for years. They were welcoming, friendly, and probably wondering who I was there to pick up! I was given boxing gloves, and told to run for 3 minutes. Run? Is there a donut at the finish line? Is this where boxers get their name of Sugar? Will I become Sugar Ray Beth? I walked! Pick a bag I was told, oh you have Lay's here? Cross, jab, kick, punch for 3 minutes, do a pyramid, a what? Yes, 10 jumping jacks, 10 push ups, 10 squats, 9,9,9 all the way down to one! I quickly discovered I have short arms, I could never box with G-d! Get water, he screamed. Yay, we're finished. No, that was the warm up! Are you joking, because I'm the stand up comic here, I'm the only one who is funny, remember that I told him. Why is everyone but me sweating? Oh, you're not sweating Beth? Well, no, I take medicine to block sweat, pretty women don't sweat, we sparkle! So, he turned it up! By the time I was finished with this hour class, it looked like I had been swimming, and crawled out of there! Oh how wrong I was thinking I was in good shape, I was in shape, every artery in my body was hard!

Anyway, I just finished my 5th week and I have to tell you, I have not felt this great in a long time! They are a great bunch at the Bowie MMA, the owners all have bent over backwards for me as they will do for you. Go online for their internet special, try 3 sessions, Arnold came back and so will you! For you mid-lifers, their hours are like the old Citizens bank commercials, Daytime, nighttime, Saturday's too! So, there is no excuse not to throw your back out, learn how to crawl again or get up in the morning downing some Advil with your coffee!

I'll see you there! I'm the one in the swim suit!

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Linda DeBoard February 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
You're making me realize I need to get off my Duff and back to WorkOuts!
Beth February 24, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Linda, do it! I feel great! Well, after an Advil or 3! ;)
Hannah Tran February 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Hi Beth, you have chosen the right sport to stay young longer.
Beth February 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Hannah, while my mind agrees with you, my body is laughing! Thank you for taking time to comment, my body will blog in a month and let everyone know how young I'm feeling! ;)
Robin Eckwerth February 25, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Oh how awesome, you are so encouraging to me, but I would need someone to come pull me out of the house to do all that. You are much younger and don't have near as much to carry around as i do..(good excuse)..So proud of you..wish you lived next door to get me going for a short walk..lol
Beth February 25, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Robin, I love that I am encouraging to you. Start slow, walk for a few minutes then work up to a boxing work out with me! I will not lie, I'm a tired lady half way thru! ;) Thank you for taking a minute to comment. Much appreciated! Beth
David Park February 25, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Way to go Beth, you're a inspiration to us all.
Beth February 25, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I don't know about an inspiration, but, I'm having fun! Thank you taking a minute to read my blog and comment. Much appreciated!
Ruthie Browning February 26, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Sounds like fun, but my knees are hurting just reading this. And, thank you for a wonderfully, hilarious start to my morning.
Karan Farrell February 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Wow ,, Beth you never fail to Amaze me :) You are truly one of my Champion Pink Sisters <3 I have kinda always wanted to try kick boxing,, But that is like 60 lbs away with bad back and knees to hurdle.. :P Keep up the Awesome work and I will start doing more time on my treadmill :) Time for me to hit the shower I got all worked up just reading about :D
Sam Fatzinger February 26, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Wow, sounds like quit a workout...I will have to look into this!
Beth February 26, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Ruthie, you are welcome, laughter is my favorite trophy! Laughter is your best medicine! Thank you for reading, and commenting!
Beth February 26, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Karan, thank you! Baby steps, one pound at a time! Health is wealth my Pink sister!
Beth February 26, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Sam, go to ilovekickboxing.com/bowie! Come on out, it's a great work out! Thank you for reading my blog!

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