Owner says there's a lot of focus on conditioning, and that all workouts are tailored to the individual. It'd be a different experience from the more traditional martial arts (TKD and karate) classes I've gone to, but I've not gotten to fight hard in a long time... And I think I'd get to do that.
Now to figure out how to balance that with running and the Taekwondo that I'm not interested in stopping just now...
Roads were made for journeys...
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I had dropped by last week and talked with the owner. He asked me to give him a call and arrange an appointment for a trial workout. I did: 8am on Tuesday.
So, I get there at 7:50. Place is closed. Ok. No big deal. I wait.
I leave at 8:10. The doors are still locked and lights are still out. Very unprofessional. Someone being there when they say they will, especially when I'm arranging my schedule to meet them, is important to me. My interest in training in that gym went from 7/10 to 2/10 over the span of 20 minutes. And he didn't even have to lift a finger!
I'm currently investigating one of his competitors...
That stinks! When I had my own schools, I made sure to be open on time everyday.
If he keeps that up he wont be around long at all. p.s. nice to see you working on being a well rounded Martial Artist!
Tonight I walked in and observed some classes at Evolution Mixed Martial Arts.
I then watched the Brazilian Jujutsu class. Different instructor. I've never seen anything like it. The warm-up was some jogging, followed by rolls and agility drills. Very minimal stretching followed. Then, they paired up and most of the remainder of the class was partner work practicing particular wrestling moves. Submission holds. Ways to escape that hold. What to do if the other person tries that. The students worked well together - one on top for a few times, switch sides for a few times, and then the other on top for a few times. It was a skill class more than a workout class, for the most part.
I am unsure of how I would fit in to that group. It was about 15 men aged mid-20's to mid 30's. Their class involved spending a LOT of time pressed body-to-body with your training partner. My initial feeling is that I would not be comfortable being so *ahem* close like that. I also wish I could do it. The business owner and the one other woman in the place said that another gal had just signed up for the class. Maybe. I dunno.
But while they were having class, the other woman I mentioned was working out on her own. She's a boxing student. And DAMN, she's good! The regular boxing coach is out of town this week because he's gone with one of his students to some national-level competition in Colorado. So I know he's got at least 2 really good students, one of them female. She said that he was very good with working with women, and that she wasn't the only one. She said a normal workout for them includes some time with drills and exercises, punching the air, punching a bag, running 3 miles, and jumping rope. (Not in that order, I just forgot the order.) Um - a normal workout involves running 3 miles? Cool! This gal was really buff. I think she probably weighs more than me, but there wasn't an inch of fat on her! All muscle!
So, my plan is to come back Monday, when the boxing coach is to be back in town, and to try out some workouts with him. I can get day-passes to the gym for $15 a piece, which works out to about what their regular membership dues are anyway (with unlimited access) if I were to only go twice a week. And I'd want to start with just once or twice a week anyway, just to give my body some time to adjust... So... we'll see.
1) Run as a warm-up. 2 or 3 miles.
2) Abs work.
3) 3 minute intervals of jumping rope interspersed with push-ups. (normally 6 or more intervals. I was pretty wiped out at 3.)
4) technical training, bag work, shadow-boxing. 1 on 1 training with the coach.
5) more abs work.
He trains boxers on a competitive level (a number at the national level! ), though he does take students who aren't interested in competing. At this point I'm not... but I don't rule it out for me. I'm just a little intimidated. We'll see. Give it a few more months. He tailored the workout to my level - it was challenging and yet it was not more than I could do. I saw him training another boxer right before me, and that person was working hard too. And they looked like they were in very good shape. So it's not just him being easy - it's that he knows how hard to push.
I enjoyed the workout and feel I could learn a lot from this guy. He would definitely be worth what he charges. He wants $20 per session. Which I think is quite reasonable for personal training from an experienced professional. But if I go often, that'll add up. Quickly. So I need to ask not only what does my time schedule allow, but what does my budget allow? And how much can I and will I do on my own? It won't be worth it if I only work out like that when the trainer's looking over my shoulder.
If theres no contract, give it a shot and see how well and how many times is right for you.