See? Babies are already better at this than I am.
Make a dress out of a pillowcase? Cinderella’s mice ain’t got nothing on me! Entertain a room full of preschoolers for an hour with nothing but shadow puppets and the contents of my purse? Won’t like it but I can sure do it. (True story: I once had to keep my two toddlers and my newborn happy for 30 minutes during a pelvic exam. Rocked the baby in his carseat with one arm dangling over the edge, held son #2 in my other arm and chucked fruit snacks over my head to son #1 every few seconds. All while reading Green Eggs and Ham from memory.) But cage fight with the Gym Buddies, or heaven help me, some random dude at a MMA training facility? I haven’t got a clue, you guys.
There are some Experiments I do having at least a working knowledge of what’s going to happen like how my gymnastics training helped out with the Circus Experiment. But then there are Experiments where I haven’t got the faintest idea what this is all about. Sure a Mixed Martial Arts Experiment sounded awesome. In theory. But then so did watching Dance Moms and I’m already regretting that one.
When Scott Aksamit of MMA13.com contacted me a few months ago about trying out his program of workouts based around mixed martial arts principles, I think I surprised him with my enthusiastic “heck yes!” (Yes “heck” qualifies as a superlative around here.) Watching MMA matches, no one can deny it’s an amazing full-body workout and while I don’t seek out opportunities to punch people sometimes it feels good to take out some aggression on some pads.
And yet, my only experience with anything MMA being our, ahem, ill-fated jiu-jitsiu experiment which (as many of you noted in the comments) did not look legit. Long story I can’t really tell on my blog but I wish I could: It wasn’t. It was embarrassing. Bad things happened. Everything’s fine now. Moving on. The point being that until I can find a reputable expert to help teach us, it’s going to be me teaching the Gym Buddies awesome moves like “the monkey boy cross” and “inside low kick with possible sidestep.” You know, just the basics. Upshot: sometimes I get a better workout when I don’t know what I’m doing! (That’s my whole theory behind my hip hop class anyhow.)
If you want to get a taste for what MMA13’s workouts are like, check out his MMA challenge video. We’re doing this challenge in the gym tomorrow and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be brutal. I’ve done those one-minute punching intervals with Sensei Don before and they were the hardest intervals I’ve ever done, including Tabata sprints on the treadmill. So I’m totally excited! I love getting my butt kicked!
Speaking of my hip hop class, here’s our latest vid, taped tonight! It’s part one of a 3-part Lady Gaga flashmob! I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting to be part of a flashmob!! (Really you need to watch it just to see the guy on the back row – how he danced in that I have no idea but he rocked it!)
Have any of you tried MMA – any workout suggestions for me? Any of you going to try one of MMA13’s workouts with us? Have you tried anything lately that is totally out of your field of expertise?