As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Asia February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. Years later and I’m still here. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada with Flipside Fitness on my brain, Hulk's in my heart, boxing in my bag, and my four-legged friend Balboa Button by my side. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I'm at now, living in the land of the happy people.

The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love.

Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Mapping Out My Training... Monday, March 6

I still have yet to figure out how to make my shower water hot and I've yet to figure out this wifi.  So until then, I'll continue to count to ten when I shower and bank on typing out all my stuff and then throwing it online when I get a whiff of wifi.

I start up boxing in the Philippines this week so today I checked out a couple of clubs.   I've yet to set up a membership at a weight training gym too so today I visited another gym.

Elorde Boxing Club
Gerry Penalosa Boxing Gym

Fitness First
Anytime Fitness
Gold's Gym

Originally I was suppose to go to a different boxing club, one located in a different city, but I scored a sweet condo in Eastwood and all else had to change accordingly.  Today's plan was to pick an alternative boxing club to train at so I headed out to do exactly that.

First club to visit was Elorde Boxing Club.

I'm not too keen on the fact that it's a chain boxing club, that plus it's impossible-to-walk-to location are the only two downers, but as soon as I stepped foot into their club I knew I liked it.  It was located on the second floor and with no air conditioner, the windows all open, and the heat of not only the sun but those training heating up the club, I was sold.  But I had agreed to visit another boxing club so I couldn't exactly slap down a commitment just then and there.  I'll have to take an Uber here because despite it being only about 2kms away from my condo, it's located right off the highway and neither the Jeepneys nor the tricycle service can take me.  It worked out to a $2 Uber ride so it won't break the bank but then again, tight budget.  If I could walk I would.

The next club I visited was Gerry Penalosa Boxing Club.  It's about 1.2kms from my condo, super easy to get to, but it's more expensive than Elorde and beyond the super sweet coach, I didn't get a good vibe from the place.  It was missing what I felt was the real feel of boxing in the Philippines and it lacked in equipment and proper club setup.

I'm set on Elorde.

No sooner had I decided upon Elorde, while in Penalosa, but then I walked out and what should be posted on the outside wall but a flyer advertising a fight tournament coming up that features many of Elorde's fighters.

I was sold.

Next is to decide on a gym membership.

The plan is to train hard jugglin boxing, swimming, running, and weight training for the three months that I'll be here.  I sketched out a simple weekly training plan for myself as follows:

Boxing -- personal training session with coach
Weights -- full body

Cardio -- either swimming or running
Weights -- upper body

Boxing -- personal training session with coach
Weights -- lower body

Cardio -- either swimming or running
Weights -- full body

Boxing -- personal training session with coach
Weights -- upper body

Boxing -- bag work by myself
Cardio -- either swimming or running
Weights -- lower body

Day off training

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