My sister Rosalie lives in Amsterdam and she always does a lot of sport. I use to laugh about that, just did not understand why. In hindsight I guess that must have annoyed her. Sorry Rosalie!
Now I finally understand, and we even started train together, when I visit! This time we went to a spin-strength session at her gym, followed by a kick box lesson at a real box school.
Everything was ready when we came in
We got up really early and walked to the gym. The set-up was pretty straight-forward. Half of the group was spinning, the other half did planks, squats etc, in the middle of the room. This would have terrified me not so long ago! Now I am finally confident enough to do it and in a good shape to keep going. Where do all these people get their skills? They surely don’t all have a Holly?
Early morning spinning
The boxing was a whole different setting. In a backroom in an Amsterdam building is Sportcentrum Kops located. A real boxing place where professional boxers come and train. It felt like I was in a movie. Rosalie of course knew the place and helped me with my gloves and introduced me to Mitchell, a former pro kickboxer, a huge guy, wouldn’t want to fight him! Unfortunately that was what we had to do.
Ready to kick some boxes
Rosalie in the fight position
These guys are all pro’s
When I was kicking and hitting him, Rosalie had to do squats and planks etc. And vice versa. Again! I was already fearing the muscle aches that come a day later. The guy said I picked up the movements quickly and had a good punch. That would be all the box training with Holly! The leg kicking was a bit more complicated. It was intense, but so worth it! Will come again when in Amsterdam, thanks Mitchell!
And yes, the day after I had some trouble sitting down…
We did think of stretching, with Holly calling in from Spain…