Last week, I was at the gym for two hours. The first hour was a typical Krav Maga level 2 class. I learned double leg take downs for the first time. It was brutal, but mostly because I need to spend a little more time opening up my hips and warming up my knees before doing take downs over and over again.
It was also a great opportunity to practice my fall breaks. A few months ago, I took a lesson with four other ladies to focus on fall breaks. It was a great hour, but I don’t use fall breaks enough regularly for it to be committed to muscle memory yet. Every time I attempt one I feel like I’m starting over. Luckily, it’s one of those things that I can work into nearly every practice. I just have to get over the fear of throwing myself backwards.
After the level 2 class, I went right into a Krav Fit class, a Krav Maga and Crossfit hybrid. We did two circuits. The second circuit lasted 20 minutes and consisted of five pull ups, 10 push ups, and 15 squats.
Over the course of the hour, I probably did 150-200 squats and 100-150 push ups. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to push myself to keep going like that.
I’ve been reading Ronda Rousey’s book My Fight / Your Fight (official review coming soon) and I found myself thinking about her as I ran out of steam doing push ups. They were the hardest. I had to dig deep to keep going.
Down, up, pause. What would Ronda do? She’d do another push up! Do it!
Down, up, pause. Oh god. Ronda wouldn’t give up. Another!
Down, up, pause.
Near the end of the hour, I lost ability to think coherent thoughts. It was just a steady stream of “Okay, one more squat. Good. Okay, one more squat…”
That was three days ago. My quads still hurt today. It’s one of those pains that let me know I did good work. I’m building muscle. I’m getting stronger.