It’s not about being cute, it’s about training hard!

I have heard so many times after training someone says: ‘‘that was really easy, I didn’t even break a sweat’’.  There are some aspect of Martial Arts that are very technical and you should and can take it slow and easy.  In most part, Martial Art is as physically demanding as you want it to be, especially during fitness challenges and classes.  It is impossible not to break a sweat or to be physically exhausted after a class like CageFitness.  If you are not huffing and puffing, guess what……..you didn’t train hard enough.  It doesn’t matter if you are the best in the class or just starting, your personal physical outcome should be the same.  Remember, it is always a competition against yourself and not others.

Fitness classes should not become easier; you should only become better. If it is easy, you owe it to yourself to turn up the intensity and/or the difficulty.  It is all about the right attitude and motivation, train as hard as you can and you will see how incredible you will feel about yourself.

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Breaking all barriers

Breaking all barriers

As some/most of you have heard or witnessed, there was history in the making this weekend by having the first UFC fight featuring women.  Even more groundbreaking, it was featured as the main event! Coming in as the favorite, Ronda Rousey did not disappoint with a first round finish with her signature move; arm bar from the mount.  No one will dispute it: Rousey is one mean fighting machine.  She has all the qualities, and heart and soul to be a fighting legend, both genders combined.  Also, let’s not forget Liz Carmouche, who was absolutely amazing.  She is relentless and fearless, a fighter who went for the kill (which she almost succeeded).  Both these fighters represented women’s MMA on the centre stage, they went in for the fight, and showed the world that women can and DO belong in the ring.

Barriers are broken every day; just look at Danica Patrick, the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500.  Don’t ever let someone tell you it isn’t possible.  UFC president Dana White said there would NEVER be any women fighting in the UFC and now? 10 Bantamweight women have signed contracts with the UFC.

UFC is ultimately an entertainment business, and Rousey and Carmouche’s fight showed that women’s MMA is as entertaining as men’s.  One thing: I hope that women’s UFC doesn’t live and die with Rousey’s career.  Carmouche proved that there is talent beyond Rousey and I am very excited to see her fight again and hopefully these two fighters will go at it again: Rousey vs Carmouche II.

Ladies, always follow your dreams. Barriers are meant to be broken: Let’s break them and show every girl with a dream that anything is possible.

Ronda Rousey, you looked super cute with your sports bra, but Lululemon makes more supportive and appropriate sports bras for our sport, aka fighting. Instead of a breathe-easy bra, why not go with an energy or all sports bra. You can still double them up and that way, you won’t have to keep pulling it up.

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