Well not quite but getting there. Had a good week this week doing cardio. Monday night, Big John held mitts for me after my 45 minutes of cardio. We did a couple of two minute speed rounds. That’s where he would rapid fire call out combos and I’d throw the punches he said. He’d occasionally swipe at me and I had to duck and weave to keep from getting tagged in the side of the head.
Once I got in the groove, it felt really good. I was in a good rhythm and my timing felt good as well. I was pretty spent after two rounds and my arms and shoulders were tired. But it was nice to get back at it. Best thing was, there was no pain in my rib at all. Only pain I’ve felt this past week has been when I lie on that side.
Last night I went and did cardio again for 45 minutes. After that the Muay Thai instructor let me join the class, but I did some different things. I can’t strain my upper body too much just yet. So he had me doing knee drills on the heavy bag for almost thirty minutes. That was basically just slamming each of my knees into the bag over and over.
From there, I held mitts for one of the new guys for three rounds while he did some different combinations. After that he held for me. This was the good part. I was doing right jabs and left cross combinations. After a couple times, he started shaking his hand and said
“Man, your left is powerful! That shit hurts!”
I’m telling you, I tried to keep my head from swelling up huge, but it was hard. After that I just punched harder and harder. I could see him cringe each time I hit too. The key to having power in your punches isn’t in the upper body. It’s in your legs and your core. It’s all in how you pivot. For a long time I had a hard time getting power in my punches or pivoting. The problem was I was too heavy and too fat. My upper body had too much flab on it and I was like a big tree trunk swatting at people with my arms.
I’m not “there” yet, but I’m starting to see the progress. I’ve lost enough weight, I can now pivot my hips and turn more and finally get some of the weight of my big ass behind those punches. One of my instructors said, once I get that down, no one will want to spar with me.
I’m looking forward to getting cleared in a little over a week so I can get back to training full speed. From there, I hope to hit it hard and hopefully tear some shit up.