Boxing committed, boxing crazy!

Boxing committed, boxing crazy!

Working out in the heat, Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

Given that I boxed in the heat on Wednesday, I had zero intention of finding my way to Gleason’s Gym this afternoon — in 104 degree heat!  In fact, I was all set for a 9:00 AM training session with Lennox Blackmore (with a temp  around 90), when we got to texting and his 4:30 PM Saturday became my 4:30 PM on Friday!

Amy Scheer, "wait for it" blogger

Meanwhile, I’d already met up with Girlboxing pal Amy Scheer visiting NY from Grand Rapids, Michigan who had a fabulous morning training session with Len @ Gleason’s.

We hooked up near Gleason’s at the edge of Cadman Plaza Park (when the temperature was a cool 98 degrees) — and gab, gab, gabbed over lunch at Taza’s about boxing, training and how to get to the next level.  (BTW, check out Amy’s terrific blog, wait for it.)

Amy has been boxing for a while, but is looking to step up her game with sparring, improved technique and maybe even a go at some amateur boxing at the masters level.

After lunch — when the temp reached 100, my plan was to get back to the cool of the office, and figured my exercise of the day would be the sprint home to husband and AC!

Double-ended bag, Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

Rock, Trainer, Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

Well, the best laid plans … at Gleason’s, however, having missed my connection with Len — I figured what the “hay” and started in on the double-ended bag.

Call me crazy, but I had a blast as did the handful of other boxers and trainers working out!  And really, it wasn’t that bad.

Sandra from Switzerland, enjoying her visit to NY! Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

The funky gym smell seemed to have dissipated and I just felt plain old tickled by how good it felt to whale away.

John "Superman" Douglas, Trainer, Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

And yes, it was hot, and even hotter on the way home, but I also felt kind of special for hanging in and sweating my way through 12 dripping-wet rounds on the hottest day of the year.

Shadow Boxing, Gleason's Gym, July 22, 2011

10 thoughts on “Boxing committed, boxing crazy!

    1. Girlboxing Post author

      Tell you the truth it wasn’t that hot inside. Those big industrial fans were really doing well — though I have to say, I couldn’t sustain more than 12 rounds and even then I was literally soaking wet!

  1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey

    The reason the funky gym smell dissipated is because you became the funky gym smell. 😉 Does that qualify as a zen moment?

    I’ve been out exercising the past couple of nights, too. I wait till about 10:30 PM when it’s only in the mid-nineties and then go do my thing without the sun beating on me. The raccoons run in terror if they’re downwind. 🙂

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe

    Just got back from a week of camping in a tent in the NC mountains. All three boys back from summer camp too. I had to burn incense in the laundry room it was so funky. Pew.

    Yay Yay Yay!!! You connected with Amy! *jealous*

    I so wish the four of us chicks — wait, include Niamh (over in Ireland) too — could meet up IRL. You ladies would increase my cool points significantly. Plus I’ve showered recently!

    1. Girlboxing Post author

      ‘Kind of like opening my daughters two week old aikido bag! P-eeeewwww is right! Glad your trip was great — and Amy is a sweetheart!!!

      And yep, it would be cool to have a boxing gal fest! Welcome back!

      1. Amy

        I can’t believe you ended up boxing later that day! But you’re right–it was surprisingly, uh, not *cool* but not as bad as one would think on a 104 degree day. It was great to be at Gleason’s and to meet you. You neglected to mention to your readers that you spent most of the lunch on your feet demonstrating punch combos!

  3. sandra

    hi there… just 1 comment: i am from switzerland not from sweden :)… and 1 question: would you mind sending me the picture(s) you made of me in the gleason’s? my email is, i would appreciate it very much!

    all the best

    sandra (back in switzerland)


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