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I think I’ve finally found the perfect gym! After I moved to Berlin and started to grasp the vast amount of different gyms to choose among, I, after nearly turning insane because of all the general thinking and planning and decision making after moving here, thought why not make this my opportunity to try out several gyms and pick the very best one for me and just relax the choice race? \begin{digression} I often feel life is about making decisions fast ’cause you’re supposed to be so damn efficient in anything you do. Even if the daily life as we know it in the modern western world brings a certain pressure on success expectations, it is up to us individuals to try not let it get to us and bring us down, which can be hard. In either way it will affect us and as we all know some pressure is good and we should use it for what it’s worth, but not let it turn into stress.

At the same time I know I am perfectly capable of putting an additional amount of pressure on myself without any help from others (the inner pressure; one aims to be great in the things that one is doing, right?). But I am aware of it and I know that one of the most important life lessons we learn is the art of–how should I put this–not giving a single F**K. Practicing this makes unnecessary thoughts evaporate and meaningful thoughts stay. Think of it as a fresh crispy breeze from the north taking aaaall the bad stuff away. It’s not about to stop caring or thinking or feeling. It’s about not dwelling on what makes us feel bad, or down, and rather get on with it and indulge ourselves in whatever makes us feel strong and happy. \end{digression}

Anyway, that aside, last week I went to try out a new gym. It’s called Ringside Gym and is located in east Berlin, which isn’t exactly the most convenient place for me, but since Berlin is all about 30 min transport time or more, I have come to the terms with spending a little extra time in the train. It isn’t too bad once you get used to studying papers or going though your German notes on the rails. Besides, Ringside Gym is going to open up a new gym located in west Berlin. That’s super since it’s closer to the university.

I had some criteria for choosing a gym. It needs to have:

  1. Good atmosphere and open-minded people
  2. Serious, hard and FUN training
  3. Additional weight room
  4. Showers!
  5. Well-equipped with boxing bags etc.
  6. Trainers who have deep knowledge in the sport regarding technique, movement, balance etc. + who are not afraid to push people
  7. Not more than €50 a month
  8. A rich workout schedule to pick from

Of course it’s not possible to know all of this for sure after the first time, but I did get a pretty good picture of all the gyms I tried out and I have a good feeling that Ringside Gym is right for me.

I haven’t trained kickboxing or thaiboxing on a regular basis for quite some time. Even though I have stayed in shape either doing climbing, running, yoga or strength training, it is a huge difference to thaiboxing. There you need strength, speed, suppleness, explosiveness, endurance, balance, technique, strategy… all at once! I could really feel the pain from being in bad boxing shape and starting to work out that intense again. I even had two weak moments were I was so dead tired that I considered to weep a bit. And puke. Luckily I managed to keep the tears inside and I swallowed whatever came up my throat. I’m happy about that. I wanna keep my pride a little longer. This reminds me of the good times back at Trondheim Kickboxingklubb (the gym where I started doing kickboxing in Norway and stayed many years until I moved out of the country) where it always happened that one of the newbies went for a puke in the sink in the middle of the “sadism workout” we used to have in the end. It’s probably not changed since then. Great stuff.

Kickboxing (and thaiboxing) has thought me a lot. I really think it is an incredibly awesome sport and I am happy that I early found a sport I want to train all my life. At least that is how I feel about it. It builds strength and confidence and encourages to push ones limits. I recommend it to anyone! It doesn’t hurt to try it out. (Well, perhaps a little, but it’s no biggie. I promise.)

Besides getting in ridiculously great shape it is also usually a great environment for getting to know new people. Boxers might look dangerous, but they’re all soft on the inside.

Soreja mata!

 

 

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