Sunday, November 16, 2008

Defend Yourself

So I am a very girly girl, shy type. If you cannot already tell from reading my blog, I thought I would share.

In any case, I did something totally out of my element yesterday. I went to a mixed martial arts gym and took a fighting class. Let me just say, that this class was amazing. The teaching methods and pads you wear allow you to kick as hard as you can and teach you to continue into the fight rather than to back off. The only challenging part for me was getting over touching sweaty people. Okay and perhaps coming home with sweaty clothes not being convinced that all the sweat was mine was a little off putting.

It feels great to step out of your element. This fighting class is more though. I feel today like I am slightly better prepared to handle a tough situation. I really want to continue these classes and really learn to fight. I am normally scared to be home alone and I do not enjoy crowds. I feel like joining this gym will help me emotionally.

Here is my issue. Right now I belong to a suburban gym where I workout almost everyday and I am a big class taker. I mean I go to yoga, spinning, lifting, as well as use all the cardio equipment on my own. I also run. Lastly I have a personal trainer who I work out with at a private gym 2 more times a week. Do I need another gym to join? Am I going to be over extended? I am not sure what to do here. I know I took a strong empowering class, but do I want to do this full time. Don't forget, I am trying to have a baby right now, which would limit the fighting classes and only allow me to take advantage of the amazing fitness classes there. Do I make decisions around if I might become pregnant?

See, looking to the blogsphere has always helped me with indecision! Give it to me bloggers. I want to here what you think!


Mrs. S. said...

I came across your blog from Misadventures and I really enjoyed it and wanted to chime in on your blog! I was curious as to whether your trainer that you go to for your personal training might be able to throw in some of the fighting methods since you will be one-on-one and you will be able to let your trainer know you are trying to get pregnant. Just a thought! Good luck! I know how it feels when you find that class that really sparks your interest, so if you really enjoy it go for it. Maybe drop one that you don't love as much.

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Wow, you go to a lot of gyms and classes! That is great but once you start going to several different gyms you can get so busy that you forget about other things in life. I envy you for taking one of those fighting classes! I have always wanted to but I am very shy as well! Good luck on your decision! Prayers are with you!

Mrs. Newlywed said...

I try to really limit myself when it comes to time at the gym. I work out less hours than most but I work out hard...really hard.

Sometimes people can become so involved with working out that they forget what else is important. I'm not saying that this is you, but if you join another gym you risk it happening.

My general rule is to never spend more than an hour at the actual gym...and then my running schedule. I also only go to the gym 5 days a week now which has been great.

Also I know you are trying to get pregnant, and my trainer has always told me that too much working out can make that you may actually think about cutting back a bit...especially on the cardio. That is what can make it harder.

Sorry that is long. I am just excited to see you back :)

X-Country2 said...

Good for you for really getting your money's worth at your gym. That fighting class sounds like a great time.

I'm in the same "trying for a baby" train, and I'm honestly not trying to schedule any events around whether it may or may not happen. It's taking a little longer than I anticipated, and had I passed up things when we started trying, I'd have missed out on them as time passes.

Good luck!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

Hi! I am new to blogging, and I already love your blog :) this fighting class sounds amazing! Maybe you can use it as your treat for getting back in shape after the baby?
Anyway, my prayers are with you for the baby, and I hope you'll stop by my blog! :) Take care!

Nicole said...

I am so impressed with how much you go to the gym and all the classes you are taking! I wish I could be that dedicated. I think a personal training class sounds fun, but it sounds like you have enough on your plate already. You may overdo it if you add something else. Good luck and let us know what you decide to do.

*~Dani~* said...

I say go for it because it explores an area you never have before - self-defense and defending yourself. If it gets to be too much, you can always stop or give up some time at one of the other gyms. Three gyms are a lot unless you are putting them all to good use.

You are my exercise idol.

Kitty Cat said...

You sound like me, into so many different things. From my point of view, you may overextend yourself, but if you really enjoyed it, then go for it. Maybe do it till you get pregnant, then stop, if you can? Or do you have to do a whole course?

Glorious Family said...

Thanks for the advice on my blog! :) I love yours as well, so I wanted to chime in. I think as long as your schedule and wallet can afford it, I say go for it. It may be a lot to some people, but it seems to me that working out is more that just for staying in shape for you, it truly is a hobby. And if that is the case, I say dont limit yourself!

Previous posters had some good points that you may become really busy, and it is limiting if youre trying to get preggo, but at the same time you can always try it and if its not working for you come back down to your normal routine with the gym and trainer.

Let us know what you decide!

(wow..sorry so long! :))