Community Journal Entry: Who knew I could start kicking and punching at my age?

ENTRY #17 — Caroline Romero, Canada
January 31, 2020

Here we are on another Monday afternoon and I am gearing up to go to another striking class at Genius Fitness & MMA. I bounce down the stairs into a hidden treasure in the basement of the Blue Star Restaurant. A chill fills the air, but I know in a few minutes I will be working up a sweat and begging to put the fan on. I am writing this article because I feel very fortunate today that I can attend this class and improve my health.

I have been training for a few months now and I feel like I am starting to get a handle on my fitness routine. I have a unique opportunity to improve my fitness. My son runs the classes, but don’t think that I get any special treatment. I get pushed as hard as everyone else (maybe harder).

My son, Anthony “The Genius” Romero is a professional MMA fighter. He is totally invested in the game running his gym and working two other side jobs to make ends meet. At the young age of 22, Anthony has a wealth of fitness knowledge. He has been constantly training in Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, etc. for the past 18 years.

I have never been one to work out on a regular basis but seeing him constantly training himself inspired me to attend his classes. Who knew at my age you really can learn to kick and punch? Striking class has really improved my balance and core stability, and punching and kicking things just generally improves your mood.

The fitness circuit on Wednesdays is great too. I am right in there working the battle ropes and throwing the slam ball with everyone else. The class ranges in age and fitness levels, but the camaraderie among the members is wonderful. A word of encouragement can often be heard echoing between the gym walls as we move on to our next circuit.

I have to say the workouts are challenging, but I feel so much better after knowing that I accomplished my goal. I hope writing this article might inspire others to improve their health by starting any type of fitness routine. The first step is the most difficult, but once you are in a routine you become totally motivated and the benefits are endless.

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