punch + kick = ahhhhhh…..

March 5, 2013 at 3:52 am 10 comments

 
The scent of sweat and leather
filters through the room
while
the rhythm of thunderous music –
resonates in my ears……….
 
With hands wrapped tight,
and gloves secure,
I find myself
standing –
in front of my
opponent.
 
Or is it my friend?
 
I do not know for certain
but
will soon find out
for sure.
 
I’ve stretched out a bit,
gulped down some water
and
anxiously…..await……..
with all of the others………
 
“LETS DO IT”
 
The warm up is very basic;
to get the blood flowing –
fifteen minutes of
running,
lunging,
push ups
and
squatting.
 
When the bouncing has commenced
it’s time to get serious –
in front of the bag
we stand –
hands up,
face blocked,
on the hop……………….
 
“LET’S GO”
 
There is nothing more
liberating
than throwing a punch –
into a bag
of sand 
weighing 75 lbs –
covered in black leather
hanging
from a chain.
 
The impact begins when the glove
hits the bag –
then
the fist
the arm,
the shoulder,
and neck –
until the whole body is
contracting,
heart racing
faster than  fast!
 
The bag is unrelenting –
it’s firm
with just a little bit of  ‘give’ –
not a pillow –
but it does allow
for a darn good punch
and
a give-it-all-you-got power kick.
 
After 30 minutes of throwing
punches
and
kicking hard against the bag,
it’s time to move on to
the core,
stretch,
clean the leather
&
then
collapse.
 
“GOOD CLASS  EVERYONE”
 
The arms feel like
noodles,
the legs turn into
rubber,
the mind becomes
crystal clear
and the spirit feels
light as a
feather!
 
What I like the most
about this class
is the bag I get to punch.
For me it is not
an object,
it becomes
so, so
much
more –
 
It’s the conflict
deep within me,
all of the chaos that exists –
the darkness,
fears,
the uncertainties,
and struggles
of everyday life –
wrapped in a 75 lb package
for me
to punch
&
kick!
 
 
 

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WB  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Very inspirational. Motivating. Like it.

    Reply
    • 2. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Thanks – after a few months of blah – I am back into boxing. I am sore as all hell:)
      But, I am happy to be channeling the inner Ali!

      Reply
      • 3. WB  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

        That’s great, boxing is a good channel of venting, not to
        mention it helps with any repression us humans may have. Stay preoccupied, build yourself up, be yourself, and be strong.

  • 4. Tucson Blonde  |  March 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Love this!

    I have moderate envy, too, cause there are certainly days I wish I had a 75 lbs bag that I could punch with the chaos of all my darkness, fears, uncertainties and struggles! 😉

    Reply
    • 5. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Believe me it is awesome. I used to think – no, me? ex-ballet dancer – no, I would look like a totally idiot – BUT – the opportunity arose to try a class + i was bored with the usual routine and needed to change it up a bit. OMG (sorry to sound like a texting teen) it was awesome, just incredible. I was so busy beating the ‘you know what’ out of the bag, I did not have time to think about what a geek I looked like. I walked out of there with the biggest sigh – i was blown away!

      Reply
  • 6. unlovingyou  |  March 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    wow what a great way to get rid of your stress and frustration!

    Reply
    • 7. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      you have no idea – I just started this past week after having done nothing since thxgiving. i am in pain, but it is good. great pain!

      Reply
  • 8. justgs  |  March 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I Love This Write! Really a treat to read Kim 😀

    Reply
    • 9. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks – in a few months I may be ready to seriously kick butt!

      Reply
  • 10. Lunch Sketch  |  March 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Wow! Envious. That sounds awesome. We had a guy rent a flat attached to our house when I was around 13. He taught boxing and gave us some lessons on the bag. It was kinda fun then, but I think I have a lot more need for it now that I am older.
    Oh … the things I would punish with a boxing bag now if I could! 🙂

    Reply

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