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Tai Chi, Taekwondo, and Gym Days

Filed under: Cass' training blog - martial arts, weights, running — feyMorgaina @ 08:57


I went to tai chi class on Tuesday night. We got to learn more of the forms, and we got a few more tips on some of the basics. I’m happy because I remember a bit more of the forms now. I suspect it shouldn’t take me long to learn the forms, but it’s just a matter of how often I go. I’m doing tai chi as a complement, so I don’t expect to go very often. Nathan’s promised to show me the new stuff.

Tai chi is great for warming up the body, but there is not enough cardio. Consequently, I feel a need to go to taekwondo. I’ve been away again for about two weeks from the do jang, so I went on Wednesday. I got there in time to help out with the poomse class. I kind of missed teaching. I wish I could it more often, but I suppose it’s good enough for now. After the poomse, I took the regular class and then the half hour afterwards. During the half hour class, we get to work on stuff we want to work on which is good for me. I get to work on stuff we don’t normally do in class, although I am limited by the fact that we have to work in pairs. I find I get annoyed having to work in pairs all the time at taekwondo. I miss the old do jang for the teaching style only, but I very much like the atmosphere and the Master at this one more. I guess that’s why I like tai chi, they teach the same way as my old do jang, but still not overly formal. It’s just good to work on my stuff without worrying about my partner as tends to happen when training in pairs. I just don’t want to do taekwondo all the time when I have to work in pairs all the time. Sometimes you just want to focus on yourself and no one else.

After the do jang, I went to the gym and did some light weight training. I did most of my exercises, but I was a little tired already so I skipped some that worked muscles other exercises already worked. The list below shows what I did.

Leg lifts
Pull-ups (aka chin-ups, military and parallel)
Leg press
Hamstring flexor (called seated leg curls)
Hip adductors
Hip abductors
Seated row
Seated chest press
Shoulder fly
Shoulder lift (this is called the shoulder press)
Back extensor

Free weights:
Situps (on a incline bench; worked out the obliques as well by doing double punches during the situp)
Bicep curls

I spent about ten minutes stretching out. With the weather getting colder, my muscles are tensing up a bit. I was pretty sore from tai chi class already, taekwondo warmed me up, and the weight training made some muscles feel tight again. Some good stretches were needed. I’m a little tight on some of my stretches again – splits, butterfly, hamstrings, calves – but I felt better after stretching. My back cracked too while I was stretching out. Hehe… feels good when it does that sometimes.

I’ve been up since around 4:30 a.m. today, so I need a nap before I go out later. Not sure if I can get a run in today. 🙁 I’ll try, but I’ll see what time I actually wake up. I’m feeling pretty worn out. Too much to do, so little time. I sometimes wish I could make a clone or a robot of myself, but that could be disastrous.

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