It’s come down to the last week of training at the Cleveland Boxing Club. Today marks the thirtieth day of extreme intensity old school boxing workouts. Looking back now, I never considered how much progress I would make in only a month and a half. Today was no exception to the pace at which we normally go.
The workout started off not with the usual Public Square run, but with strapping up. These days I’ve been going to the gym solo as the intensity has been picking up and the amount of excuses start piling up. Coach Mike had us punch mitts for about 5 minutes each, non-stop punching, sets of 100 “one-two” punches and 1-2-3 combinations and slips and blocks. Lactic Acid build up x10. We then went and paired off and worked the heavy bag at the same time. We weren’t allowed to slow down or stop punching, or we would all have to do push ups. Fortunately, no one quit. After a round of non-stop punching we did 100 shoulder circles forward, and 100 backward with the gloves on and our arms out to the side. We then did 25 jabs and 25 straights on the bag. Then 100 shoulder circles outward in front of us, clockwise and counter clockwise. Then we did 25 1-2-3 combos and 25 1-2-3-4s (jab cross cross straight) on the bag. Then we did 100 above the head shoulder circles clockwise and then counter clockwise. Finished off with jumping jacks and then a Public Square run.
I ran that Public Square run full blast, I managed to finished before the group of ladies that ran the Charter One run, which is roughly half the distance. The group we’d been working out in was three women and three men. The ladies finished off and then the gentlemen had to stay for additional work.
It was 100 push ups, then 100 mountain climbers. Not bad. Then it was decline push ups off the ring, our chest had to hit a stack of four 10 lb plates, we had to do 10 on each plate. Each set of 10, Coach removed a plate, down until the floor. Coach wasn’t satisfied with our form, so we had to do 25 more decline push ups with perfect form. Then another ten. Then we had to do decline push ups, hold at the bottom and shift our weight to the right and to the left and back center for one, we had to do 10 total. At this point, all our arms were blasted. We then had to do as many decline push ups with a 3 second hold at the bottom as we could, I managed to get 15, which was awful. I thought that would be the end of it, but then we had to do medicine ball push ups, which for the life of me, I couldn’t do so well. Managed to rep out five or so before dropping violently off to the side. Lactic acid build up x100. We then finished up with a round (three straight minutes) of incline push ups.
This molecule here makes Coach Mike’s workouts hurt a lot.
At the end of every work out at this magnitude, when you make eye contact with your brother who just did it with you, all you get is the knowing head shake. It is painful. There was no breaks, unless you consider a verbal “one-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand” a sufficient break. A month ago, this workout didn’t seem possible, now, it’s just another Monday.