Mel Monaco

  • Success
  • Planning & Logistics Manager / Office Manager for Mining Company
  • 30
  • May 2011
Mel

My Goals

Like most women to lose the pregnancy baby weight (although that was 3 years ago) so may have to come up with a new excuse, but in all seriousness my training now at round 1 is just part of my everyday life. I don’t really need a reason to train, when you love doing something that’s your motivation and reason behind wanting to do it. Obviously I want to loose weight, tone up and be the best and strongest version of myself but not only physically mentally as well. That feeling after a workout can’t be matched by anything. <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"></em>

Training

I train at 5am or 6am Monday to Friday and most Sunday morning’s. And some crazy days I even find myself back there at night.

First Class

I’m going to be honest and say I felt confident almost a bit cocky… “I’ve always trained every day, how hard can this whole boxing circuit stuff be”  Let’s just say I quickly worked out that I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was.   I remember my first class being a total blur. One minute your punching, the next doing push ups, then on the bikes, now I’m down on the floor doing abs, then up punching again, to the barbells, on the rower, back punching…The class finished and I remember thinking Jesus did that just happen… I did all that in 45 mins. And then I woke up the next day and quickly remembered throwing every punch, doing every sit up, lifting that barbell every time. My body was dead. But I’ve never looked back.

Most memorable class

I use to love Jason’s Saturday’s classes. Although that relationship died one day - IT’S CALLED ONE LEGGED BURPEES. I could have literally killed him at the end of the class. IT WAS HORRIBLE.  That class was the end of my love for Saturday classes.   But I just couldn’t stay away so now I’m sparking up a new love and trying Tanks on a Saturday morning and loving it….. so far anyway.

Favourite exercise

PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING PUNCHING   (It’s really quite worrying for me when I think about what and how I used to use to get rid of my anger and frustration before I started at Round 1.)

Most hated exercise

Bridge.  Bridge.  Bridge. In case you aren't sure what I mean - I mean Front Bridge.  I also mean Left Side Bridge, Right Side Bridge, Bridge done on the medicine Balls,   Bridge on the blocks, Bridge on the Barbells, Reverse Back Bridge, One-arm Bridge, One Leg Bridge.  I mean BRIDGE. There isn't really a way to 'cheat' as such - once you are in position it is pretty hard to hide - however there is a way to greatly reduce the time you have to spend doing this most stupid of exercises.  You start by getting your towel - and who knows where you might have left that?  Once you have got it, you need to 'fix it' - after all, no-one wants to get carpet burn on their elbows.  When you are fixing it, you might find it takes a bit of time to fold it 'just so' to make sure it is as comfortable as possible - be sure to test it and re-adjust a couple of times before you REALLY get started.

Advice to share

Never let the trainers know what exercise you dislike, cause its guaranteed every time that exercise comes up they are there watching you the whole time. Never let anyone know it’s your Birthday (celebrate it at home with your friends and family) “birthday Burpees” When moving stations do it fast. Because it’s guaranteed that one time you stuff around with your gloves or something they will be watching and you could find yourself stuck on that station for another round. Forget the excuses on the bikes. “It jumped gears”, “this bikes broken” trust me they don’t work and you will find yourself so much worse off than just doing it right from the start. Learn to swear and whinge under your breath. Train Hard, but smile while you’re doing it. Enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore.