It's Time for Recess!

Today’s blog post is inspired by one of my long time Knockouts, Natalie, who’s been with us for over 2 years. She posted this on our “It’s Your Fight Club” online community after her workout this past Saturday while Matt was in the gym filming for our promo video coming soon. It got me thinking about the importance of playing and simply having fun moving your body.

“While Matt was walking around this morning I was thinking about all the reasons I love Knockout Women’s Boxing Club. I realized that right now, it's like my adult equivalent to recess. I get excited about going there. It's where I go to run around and jump and yell and have a great time with great people. I get to exert all the pent up energy from my day and play with others. It's that awesome break where I get out of my head and my body can do its thing and I can sweat it all out and leave feeling great inside and out, no matter how tired I get. Just one of the many reasons I love this place.” ~Natalie M

We get too caught up in the esthetic end result of our workouts or training. We train to lose weight, look a certain way, and to meet society’s expectations of what health and beauty look like. We forget that the real benefit of working out, exercising or training is mental. We forget that having fun is good for our body, mind and soul. We have forgotten the importance of play.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

I’m with Natalie…Knockout Women’s Boxing Club is like recess for adults. It’s a place to move your body freely without judgments. It’s a place to have fun, laugh, learn, grow, lose yourself, playfully compete and cooperate. It’s a place to release stress and refresh your mind.

Yes at Knockout I want you to become a better boxer. I want you to experience the joy and satisfaction of seeing progress from your hard work, but I also want you to value the process. As Dr. Stuart B1780135_10152137102553473_9166696639093070595_orown of National Institute of Play said, “And the act itself is more important than the outcome." Whether you ever lose a pound, pass KO Level 1, add another rep or pound to your squat, or run faster remember the importance of the act itself. Simply relish in the ability to move your body. 

When we get attached to the outcome our playtime becomes more like work. We get caught up in only goal achievement and may stop an activity that we previously found as an enjoyable outlet. Our girl Natalie’s ability to have so much fun at Knockout and just play and enjoy moving her body is what has allowed her to stay with us for over two years. So we have to find a balance. Yes pay attention to your coach, practice, learn, stay focused during your training, but above all else please get lost in the moment and have fun!

If you know me, you know I love to play. I’m basically a child in an adult body. I can’t resist a playground. I love to laugh, joke around, do silly things, go down slides, climb, jump, and just let loose.  Life as an adult is full of seriousness and stress. We all have families, bills, jobs, and obligations. It’s important that we find our recess. Everyone needs a little playtime so when it’s time to be serious we have the energy, clarity and creativity to be our best when it counts.

Jessica Storch, MA is a boxing coach, personal trainer, health coach and owner of Knockout Women's Boxing Club in Westmont, IL. Her mission is to empower women to be their best through the sport of boxing. She promotes a health focused mentality and encourages women to let go of the diet mentality. Jessica believes weight loss doesn't equal health and works with women to support them in building healthy lifestyles and happy lives.