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Training 101: Heavy Hitting Boxing and Fitness


Owner Paul Sandalo and Maria

Owner Paul Sandalo and Maria

I learned the difference between training and workout when I first started working out with Paul, owner of Heavy Hitting Boxing and Fitness, almost ten years ago.

Do you know the difference? To be honest, it took me a few years to really get it.

Ropes…not just for arms anymore…Rock hard abs in the making

Training is something you do with a goal in mind. Training transforms your body.

For years I read numbers health/fitness magazines, like SELF, and followed their exercise routines. I also workout pretty regularly, at least three times a week. My favorite classes are step or circuit training.

My words to live by are, “You’re only one workout away from a good mood,” and I’m in the best mood of the week after my training session with Paul.

Every week Paul pushes me to the next level, the one I didn’t think I could reach. (If you are a FB or Instagram friend, you’ve seen some of my crazy photos and videos.)

This July I said, “Paul, I want to do 3 pull ups by Labor Day. Think we can make it happen?”   A man of few words, Paul simply looked at me and replied, “You can make anything happen if you dig deep enough and really want it.” With that, we began training my arms and upper body.

As I told friends about my goal, they all shot me down.

“Those are the hardest things to do.”

“Are you sure you want to put that on FB? Even I can’t do them, and I work out all the time.”

For the past two months, I have been training with Paul toward my pull ups. Since Paul believes in moving in every direction and dynamic ever changing workouts to confuse but build muscle, I never know what awaits me until I walk into his gym. One week we may focus on the ropes, the next kettle bells, or medicine balls. No matter what, it’s the fastest hour of my week. My only regret is I can’t make the amazing classes he has throughout the week: boxing boot camp, total body beat down, Latin Fire, Yoga, and Kettle bell Training. (He’s so confident you’ll enjoy yourself, the first class is on him! So what do you have to lose?)

If you work out to look good, that’s fine, I guess. Personally, I train to feel connected to my muscles.

Thanks Paul and see you on Wed for the pull up challenge check in!

Will I be able to do it?  Maybe...maybe not...but I'm training for my mind AND body.

Will I be able to do it? Maybe…maybe not…but I’m training for my mind AND body.

What do YOU do for your mind and body?

*You don’t have to flip tires to have a fit body…but it sure looks cool!

**Good things come to those who workout.


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5 Responses to Training 101: Heavy Hitting Boxing and Fitness

  1. Elysa August 25, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

    LOVE this Maria and love your attitude toward fitness. It’s harder to say “I’m too busy” when you have a specific goal to work toward. I too love the accomplishment of being able to do pull ups. When I train for it, I can, and when I don’t, I lose that skill! My training goals vary over the course of the year and years. Sometimes I am training for a race/event, other times I focus on functional training of being a mom, other times I am on a mission to have the best time, finding the most fun workouts around (fun is a good goal too 🙂

  2. Michelle
    Michelle August 25, 2014 at 7:11 PM #

    Wow Maria! You are amazing and so inspiring! Keep up the good work!

  3. Maria August 25, 2014 at 8:21 PM #

    Thanks ladies. Did you see my bench jumping skills today?

  4. Erica August 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM #

    This was very motivational to read! I have never been able to do a pull up and my goal to do one is by the end of the year. I can’t wait to hear your count on Wednesday. I may decrease my goal duration because of you!!!

  5. Maria August 26, 2014 at 6:34 AM #

    I went yesterday Erica so I will report next Wed.

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