Gaining “umph” in “limp” mode
Well I didn’t exactly have the greatest workout ever yesterday as my head throbbed from a pretty intense headache, but I did manage to eek out 10 rounds. The point was to “punch” through it as best I could — and with Lennox’s help who slowed down to my level of crawl by the forth round of focus pads, I got through that part of my circuit and still managed to hit with some “umph” as we worked on right-left hook-right and left-right-left hook combinations.
The great thing about getting to Gleason’s yesterday in “limp” mode was feeling the energy of everyone else’s work. It is the true contagion of the gym and when one is feeling less than stellar getting there anyway is one way of pushing oneself to get over whatever ails — not to urge anyone to go to the gym with a 103 degree fever or anything that overwhelming, but when it’s fairly minor stuff, call it the “walking wounded” feeling, working out, even a truly modified one can help put a little extra something in your step on the way out the door. In my case, all that sweat and effort helped ease the throbbing, and by the time I got home, my headache was pretty much gone.
One more thing, if your aren’t feeling all that well during your gym time, the double-ended bag can be a nice way of easing into your workout. It is my preferred warm-up method after some gentle shadow boxing because it is a whole body work-out that can be paced.