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An Exhausting Day At The Gym..

Had my 3rd session of Muay Thai training at the Elorde Gym in Mandaluyong last Tuesday and I would say I am already getting the hang of it somehow. Well, I’m getting used to the pain, I’ll say! Or so I thought!

As usual, I went there right after my shift – I arrived around 7AM. For the last 2 sessions, my trainer Loy was already awake and having his cup of coffee by the stairs. But that time, Kuya Bong said he was still asleep! So I told him to just let Loy sleep a little bit more since it was still early and I’d just run a few laps and do some jump ropes.

After a few moments, I saw him coming out from his dungeon (Hehehe.. As if he’s a dragon?), looking tired and too sleepy and as if he was just dragging himself to wake up. I pretended not to see him since I don’t like messing up with people who just woke up. Yah know, here in the Philippines, we have a saying – “Magbiro ka na sa lasing, wag lang sa bagong gising!” (Throw a joke to a drunk person but never to a person who just woke up!).

Well, he acknowledged my presence and told me he’ll just have a cup of coffee and some crackers for breakfast. I thought he was just lacking sleep looking at his grumpy face but he mentioned he had a few bottles of beer the night before. Talking about being health conscious and all! (Hahaha!)

Anyway, I thought he’ll be a little bit lenient with me that day since he wasn’t feeling okay but it seemed I was too wrong! He knew what he was doing and intensified my routines which made me really exhausted and really want to take a rest and sleep. But me – being a fighter and all – doesn’t want to show defeat, and tried my best not to faint. Bwahahaha! (I don’t like others see me weak!). I felt okay all throughout the session though I drank 3 ½ litres of water for a two-hour workout. Hehehe. And never had a bathroom break! I guess, all of my excess fluid came out as sweat!

Anyway, still enjoyed the session and the people there at Elorde Gym are easy to get along with. I had conversations with the other trainers after my session and had a few laughs here and there while my trainer Loy was having his catnap somewhere (I didn’t bother to chat with him after since he looks so tired. Poor boy! Bwahaha!).

Before I left, I had a short chat with him when I saw him already up and torturing another poor guy. He even had the guts to tease me that I’ll experience the same thing the guy was doing then! Hahaha. I just laughed it off though I was looking intently at the poor guy’s condition as he was sweating profusely – obvious small lakes of sweat on the floor. Aaaaahhh! Panic mode!

Anyway, if you see him, he may look like an innocent young guy who just decided to have a tattoo out of peer pressure, but beware – he can definitely break your bones! Hahaha! Unless you’re a homosexual and will try to harass him, he’ll definitely run away immediately!

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My First Muay Thai Training Day

It has been years since the last time I had my real workout session. Hmmm.. Around 12 or 13 years ago, I guess. Way back college when I was playing Taekwondo for our school. Hahaha. Talking about throwbacks!

Anyway, I was really expecting intense and a one-hell-of-a-training it would be — and I was correct. I went to Elorde Gym in Mandaluyong right after my work, I arrived around 7am. I met my trainer Loy and told me to warm up by jogging a few laps. I finished 10 laps and I was still feeling fine, or I thought so.

We did some stretching to make sure my body is prepared for the upcoming training. And my nightmare started when he had me do jump rope for 5 minutes! Whuahh!! I couldn’t even remember when was the last time I did that and now I was asked to do it for 5 minutes!

I was really exhausted when I finished the jump rope, but I guess my trainer had just started the drills. We went up the boxing ring then taught me the basics when it comes to stances and positions in muay thai. A few rounds of shadow punching and kicking really drained me but he wasn’t done still! He took the kicking pads and started to command me to either punch or kick them and not stopping until I get the right stance.

My breathing was really at its thinnest, I thought I’d faint anytime — good thing I didn’t. I was hyperventilating then but I got the hang of it eventually and was able to rest a little. My trainer didn’t want me to rest while sitting, he said I should walk around or do some light jogs.

At last! After other gruesome rounds with the punching bag and inside the ring — we’re almost done! The very last thing we did was to do some core exercises which I hated the most since lying made me feel too sleepy and my body is aching that lifting it was really difficult. I felt like I was mobbed by a dozen people! Anyway, finally, that was the last of it.

I went home aching but I did feel refreshed and though I was really exhausted, I woke up on time and was still able to go to work. Exercise and workouts really make a difference, huh?