You Know You’re Out of Shape When…

You know you’re out of shape when you arrive to a class at the gym and the instructor asks, “When’s the last time you did cardo?” and you pause, count to think back, and quote a year in the 90s.

I’m always down to try something new, and I’ve always been curious about MMA and other such martial arts classes.  A friend regularly takes Krav Maga (an Israeli form of fighting) and invited me to come.  I agreed and the next day he let me know to bring a HUGE bottle of water and a towel for all the sweat that will be pouring off of me.  He also said not to worry if I need to take breaks or can’t keep up, because that’s normal.

This set in the nerves since as previously mentioned, I’m not much of a gym-goer.  Regardless, I went to the class and aside from a small break (where I may have wanted to vomit), made it through.  It may have been all of the times I was in a headlock, forced to get out, and throw my 6′ 4″ partner on the floor; the series of punching exercises into a large pad, and/or the first 15 minutes of class that included non-stop running, mountain climbers, push ups, and other uncomfortable commands, that resulted in every muscle in my body being in pain today.  I didn’t even know some of these muscles existed.  I also didn’t know the lower portion of my face had the ability to be sore short of being punched in it (which I wasn’t…or at least as far as I recall…maybe I blacked out).

I’m not sure if the lesson here is to work out more so I don’t feel so sore again, or the opposite: work out less, thus not creating an opportunity to get sore in the first place.


  1. Not true, pretty sure Aj doesn’t these days, either. Regardless, how about you go try a Krav Maga class and let me know how you hold up.

  2. You are the only member of your family who doesn’t work out. Maybe the lesson is, get with the program and start working out on a regular basis.

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