Fitness Regimen


So, Rich is right when he says that we need to get in the best shape we can between now and when we throw ourselves upon the earth’s mercy. I know this, Rhys knows this, you know this. I’ve been a member of a gym for a while, and I have even been making passing attempts at going – but the gym is booooo-ring to me, even with my own workouts and music. So, I figured I needed something more. But what? I can’t afford a personal trainer, even at my gym’s low cost. Obviously though, I need something like that, something where there is accountability to another person(s) if I choose not to do my exer-duty that day.

As happy happenstance would have it (heh), my mom wanted to get back into karate, as she shares my longing for the days when we were kickboxing, doing karate, doing jiu jitsu, and in fantabulous shape (i.e. not round) – the merry-old-days of a decade ago. She found this neat place (it’s a bit of a drive) in south Tulsa headed up by someone who used to go to the same studio we did (Apollo’s). There are six classes a week that are ladies only and more pointed at fitness, but still very heavily kickboxing and with an actual sensei. Yes!! It’s $60 for 6 weeks – boo. Mom said she would go ahead and buy it for me as an early stocking stuffer! YES!! As long as I promised to go with her many times per week – boo…wait, YES, that is exactly what I need.

So, I’ve been to two classes so far (Thurs at 8pm and this morning at 9am – the fact that I made it out of bed and out to sweat shocked even me). I do not ever remember sweating this hard – even with Marisa (my old personal trainer). This is great!

Hopefully with four months of this (plus some weight training at the gym), I will be in good enough shape to avoid dying on a hillside somewhere. Death avoidance is one skill at which I would like to become very adept.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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3 Responses to Fitness Regimen

  1. Lanna says:

    Neat! Where is this place? OSU-Tulsa doesn’t offer classes in the wellness center and I’ve been interested in taking some.

  2. Indi says:

    It’s at 81st and Sheridan, it’s called “Trinity.” The instructor is Lance, and he’s REALLY nice. You’ll sweat…a lot. I’d love to have another workout buddy!

  3. Rich says:

    Hi Guys,I just happened by and became an official follower. I was born to follow. Thank you, by the way, for your kind words a few posts back. (blush) Indi, I am sooooo proud of you for quitting smoking, and your dedicated gym work. It says everything about your commitment. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you both!–Rich

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