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Monday, 1 March 2010

February recap

February Recap

Just checking in to see how I'm progressing on my new years goals updates are in purple.

New Years Goals

Complete half marathon (current 4 miles) As of end of February longest run/jog 8 miles
One mile in >7.30 (current 7.55) 7.28 - New goal to get it under 7 minutes
Two miles in >15.30 minutes (current 16.23) Not tested
Three miles in >24.30 minutes (current 25.25) Not tested
Four miles in >35 minutes (current 35.47) Not tested

Hold a plank for 3.30 minutes (current 2.30) 2.47
3 pull-ups in a row (current 0) Not tested as not been working on pull ups this month, must remember them next month!
5 chin-ups in a row (current 1) As of end of January 4 but from 90 degree not dead hang, from dead hang can do 1.
30 push-ups in a row (current 10) Can now do 30! - new goal, 50!

Improve hooks and uppercuts – practice in sparring Have been attempting this, still not landing much
Improve stance so weight is spread more evenly Am definately improving but still room for more improvement..
Angle off – don't stand square Same as above...
Win my first fight! Not fought yet!

New Years Resolutions
Do core workouts twice a week Done at least one a week some weeks have not managed two.
Neck exercises once a week Done except for one week.
Wrist curls once a week Done except for one week.
Isometric punches once a week Done except for one week.
Boxing three times a week Had some time away from the boxing gym
Running three times a week (distance, sprints and intervals) Struggling with this one, my legs just aren't coping very well with the milage so I've downsized it to two runs a week, intervals and long run. (this is the plan but I'm having to modify it to allow for sensible increases in milage and skipping the tempo runs)
Follow pull-up/chin-up plan Done the chin-ups, pull-ups need work

Monthly Totals - February
Miles -27.87
Push-ups -771
Chin-ups -31
Pull-ups -0
Neck exercises -3
Isometric punches -3
Wrist curls -3
Core work -6

Just a quick note at the bottom to explain a few things people have asked me about which I thought other people might also like to know!

Tempo push-ups and chin-ups are called tempo cause they're done in a certain time frame, often very slow so you're muscles build more endurance from spending more time in the position. The way I'm currently doing them is called 4120, that refers to 4 seconds on the way down from the push-up or from the top of the chinning bar, 1 second at the bottom, 2 seconds to get back up to the top and 0 seconds rest before beginning the next rep.

The Magic 50 which I did yesterday is done for speed as although it uses weights it is a conditioning workout aimed at building both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Because the weight was not my maximum lift it builds power endurance which is useful for boxing.

Thanks for everyones kind comments on the picture :-)


  1. Wow, you are so focused! You've inspired me to think about my own fitness goals. In the past I have only had weight loss goals but now I need to up my game on the fitness front. xxx

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :) And... can I just say... you are crazy focused!

    I've been telling myself I'll get back to the gym for weeks now. I woke up this morning and said, enough is enough! and then voila... here you are being all successful. Ugh. I'll get to it.

  3. love your totals and how your keeping track of everything! you definitely have your eyes on the prize and are working so hard. great month!!

    and thanks for the definitions

  4. Nice determination lady!! Don't forget to balance it out with some relaxation goals too!

  5. you can hold a plank for 2.5 minutes? dang!
    nice fitness/workout goals for sure! let's see what happens for you and march..;-)