Day 13: First go at Kenpo X (Fun!)

So, Saturday dawned, and I wasn’t completely wiped out from the Legs & Back workout yesterday. I did start to feel a bit achy, but I took my son to the park and played around walking lots and using his Fliker a bit (when he needed a rest), which seemed to help avert the stiffness and aches.

All of which meant… I was in a fit state to do Kenpo X this week! Hurray!

I really liked it. I haven’t done any kick-and-punch type workouts before, although I know there are a lot out there, so it had novelty value. Plus, if I really put my heart into it and imagined kicking and punching someone standing right in front of me … well, not only did it make the workout tougher, but I don’t think I’ll ever need therapy now. I’ll just keep this workout to hand!

I did find that because it was my first time doing it, I had to stop the DVD a lot and look at exactly how to do the moves. That obviously meant it wasn’t as good a cardio workout this time as it will be when I can keep going straight through. That’s fine though – I still managed to work up a good sweat. I also rather suspect I’m doing some of the moves wrong – they still work as cardio, but I really doubt I’d manage to hurt someone if I tried to actually hit them. 🙂

By the end, my shoulders and upper arms were burning. Legs, surprisingly, not – I think that’s probably either because I didn’t have very good form on the kicks to work my quads properly, or because I was so busy concentrating on how to do the punches and blocks that I forgot to squat low enough. Next week will probably be tougher on my legs (that’s how it’s gone in previous workouts).

Anyway, the other good news is that I managed to start my workout earlier than usual, so I’m all done for the day by 10:30 – hurray! A nice early night.

Tomorrow – stretching. Ugh. I HATE static stretches, they always hurt. Never mind. After that – week 3, then recovery week, then part 2 – excited again!


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