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Life Challenge Week 7: Paola Pani

Paola packs a punch with kickboxing, and shares a video of her training session

Aquarius magazine
23 Apr 2012 | 02:15 pm
  • Paola kickboxing

    Paola with personal trainer Charles Reid.


Week seven, day four

Eye of the tiger

Christina told me that I had to push more in the gym and I’ve noticed that I haven’t spoken much about my workouts and the benefits of it.

Once a week I am practicing power yoga, which gives me balance and lengthens my spine and muscles. Twice a week I work out with my personal trainer, Charles Reid, who is teaching me boxing and kickboxing. The remaining days of the week, I take walks around my community, or go swimming. But what I’m becoming passionate about is kickboxing, and I will definitely continue practicing it after the Life Challenge ends. So I thought what better way than making a video of me working out to show you what happens during a training session.

I would also like to share some important facts about this amazing sport, which is helping me to be a better me...

  • Kick boxing works out the entire body and not just target areas. If you're hunched over a computer all day, kickboxing workouts will balance this out by challenging many muscle groups that don't get enough attention throughout the day, and you'll start to build up your core. Core muscles in and around your abdominal wall are targeted by kick boxing routines because you need to use your waist and abs for balance and to execute each carefully coordinated move. 
  • It reduces stress hormones in the body, which are released by the body in situations that are interpreted as being potentially dangerous. (One of them, norepinephrine, is believed to play a role in ADHD as well as depression and hypertension.)
  • It builds confidence as it helps you release endorphins, which give your mood a boost
  • It improves motor skills and it’s one of the three most efficient ways of burning fat , (the second one being running up stairs and the third being running a six-minute mile)
  • It works all global muscles
  • It can be choreographed with music to improve co-ordination and the speedy routines help you to focus your energy to execute the movements successfully
  • It improves your agility 

I had a chat with my personal trainer Charles Reid after our last workout because I wanted to know more about my newly acquired. I discovered that he has won many medals in his career, all of which he gave away. He said, “I don’t need to show medals to know who I am.” I was flabbergasted by his composure and humbleness. These are definitely the words of a champion! 

Charles continued by telling me how you learn about self preservation, and about how learning to fight helps you avoiding fighting with people in your life because you get rid of you anger by kicking and punching your way to a stress-free-zone and acquire a sense of inner peace. It gives you a sense of wellbeing, boosts your confidence and builds inner strength, while identifying areas of weakness. For example, I was scared to kick when Charles asked me to, so I now want to find out more about it, and I want to improve. 

I can confirm all of the above because just after six weeks of training, I feel much happier, more energetic and focused and I definitely have more confidence.

But I also needed feedback, so what does the expert think about my performance? He says that he noticed more lean muscle mass, that I’m stronger, that I have longer endurance, that my cardiovascular fitness has improved, that my listening skills have improved (which is very important to me) and that my co-ordination has improved, which is shown through speed, technique and reaction time. I want to add that, of course, I could have never reached these targets if I hadn't had a balanced diet to supplement this training, so the two clearly go hand in hand... 

Here’s a piece of inspiration from my personal trainer and kick boxing mentor, Charles: “There is a tiger in each one us. So, no matter what size, or shape, you are, or the negative encounters in your life, going deep in oneself and searching will allow you to be born again. You will find a new ME.” 

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