Fitness

Muay Thai Comedy

Yes, I’m Having Fun

I’m now four sessions into my month of Muay Thai — I’ll be going to #5 today — and here are a few things I’ve learned.

  1. muay-thai-posterI have a surprisingly hard time reconciling “this is a good, full-body workout” with “oh, this is actual fighting.” There’s a poster in the locker room (right) with the feel-good saying: “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t!” And there’s something almost Pinterest-y about it, with the sunsets and the silhouettes, until you look a little closer and realize that the person on the left is delivering a flying knee to someone else’s skull. And I have no idea why, but this makes me giggle every time I see it. I appreciate that there’s some serious absurdity in the fact that I’m there at all.
  2. My left leg has no idea what we’re doing. I can get my left arm, right arm and right leg to do their respective jabs, punches and kicks, though perhaps less than gracefully. My left leg, though? Mind of its own. For lack of a better explanation, my brain simply can’t work through the choreography of right step/left kick/left arm drop/right hand protects face. It’s comical. I’m hoping that my body gets the hang of this soon.
  3. I’m tired. Not obviously tired, like needing to go to bed at 8:00. More like I think everything is fine, and then I do a Pilates session with Gini and realize that whereas I used to be able to do eight reps fairly easily, now my muscles are burning by the third rep.
  4. hair-problemsMy hair remains a mystery. The Bondi Band manages to catch some of the sweat and keep the hair back a bit, but the problem is that when I tuck my chin down as I’m supposed to (“Don’t give ’em a target!”) my sweaty, floppy layers all shift forward. I’ve tried pulling the hair back into the World’s Shortest Ponytail, but that lasts through about half of the jump rope warm-up before the elastic falls to the canvas.
  5. Glasses. See the problem with glasses? When I tuck my chin down, I find myself looking over my glasses, which is handy if you’re into blurry workouts.
  6. Hydration. I never used to sweat. But ever since 40 or 41, I’ve made up for that. And Muay Thai? I sweat buckets. I realize that I’m drinking a ton to compensate for it, even on my off days. I’m really amazed to discover that I’m needing more hydration with Muay Thai than I ever did with running.

Overall? Still interesting and entertaining. The hour goes quickly, once we finish with the jump rope. I don’t dread going in the same way that I dreaded the 4:45 AM wakeup for spin class. And while I was concerned that a lunchtime workout was going to be too disruptive, I actually find that it’s a decent midday break, particularly on days where I start before sunrise with European conference calls.

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