So one of the things they don’t tell you about boxing is the constant ache and pain – and I don’t necessarily mean an aching nose after you‘ve blocked a firm right with it, but the general all-over-ache the days after the work out.
I’d been doing pilates to make sure I was stretching correctly and building strength in my core – even though my trainer reckons I’m still weak and uncontrolled there, which compared to him I am – but also to stop the back problems getting worse and so far it has worked. However I now have constant aches in my back and tight left quad/calf/hamstrings as well as tight left glute. I’m in my 40s so its probably more pronounced even though I have a reasonable level of fitness/mobility. When I walk back from the gym on a Sunday morning I can feel my whole body pulling to the left due to the time spent in the same position whilst working the heavy bag. I have to stretch all the major muscles every day and get a regular massage.
I have considered stopping due to the aches and all round pain-in-the-ass (literally) nature of the body problems but… once you’re in full flow moving around, sparring or on the bag and “in the zone” everything else disappears and the mind refreshes. Plus its fun. I guess I’ll push on until it becomes unbearable.

Speaking of the heavy bag.. last week I was working with it and a large, built guy comes over asking how long I’ll be

“About 20 minutes”
“Ok, I’ll use the other one”

He goes up to the free-standing punch bag and puts his gloves on. Does some stretching. Moves around a bit then steps in and WHACKS it, knocking it over with one hard right. I’ve had it rocking but not knocked it down in one. Imagine taking a punch on the nose from that guy.


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