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Prehab

Prehab.  I love the idea, and part of my ‘workout routine’ so far has been keeping my chubby, newbie self from getting injured in class.  Reading a Runner’s World magazine, I saw an article on prehab and loved the new word! Yoga and pilates are tops on my list for cross-training prehab. Many of the joints that get injured are the least stable ones–knees and shoulders.  Working out a totally…

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Martial Arts

Ups and downs, and challenging my comfort zone

Taekwondo has had ups and downs for me these six months.  The last two weeks have been a down-cycle, with a cold and horrible cough keeping me from being in class and not being able to give 100% when I am there. I’m in this phase of feeling like an awkward 8th-grader.  I’ve started something new, something with strict rules and customs and expectations, and it feels like junior high…

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Reflections on the eve of the yellow belt test

A milestone: tomorrow is the yellow belt test for me, and the four-month mark of my taekwondo journey. I tend to overthink.  And I’m letting this yellow belt test freak me out a little. My last experience with a physical fitness test was in elementary school, and does anyone else remember how that went?  I do. We’d do months of seemingly random game playing in gym–kickball, simple games that did…

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Martial Arts

I’m stuck! Adventures in sparring gear

It was halfway up over my torso and would go no further.  The straps on the back had no give, and the one strap that was supposed to unclip and loosen was broken and tied shut  Only two people were still taking off gear in the back, finishing up to run back to class, looking away from me. All those experienced upper belts were already lined up in front of…

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Next up: Sparring. Wait, sparring? you mean, fighting?!?

Sparring for the first time last night was so far out of my comfort zone, so far outside my bubble of life as usual.  It was unlike any situation I’ve ever been in.  Mr. Ninja gave some basic instructions, but being out of my comfort zone and my brain and ears covered in the puffy vinyl head gear, I’m not sure it went in. Okay…brain trying to wrap around this…I’m…

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Getting jiggly with it

Only a Mr. Ninja would tell me to look at myself in the mirror as I do jumping jacks to see if I’m symmetrical.  I mean, I get it the theory.  Mr. Ninja wants both my legs the same strength and flexibility, and if that is true then my jumping jacks should be symmetrical.  And I am clearly not doing that–after about 150 jumping jacks, my legs stop moving so…

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