“Right here is where you start paying in sweat.” Never has a Fame quote seemed so appropriate. (Although if Fame quotes aren’t regularly applicable in your life, I need to wonder what you are up to…)
This past week was my last week of prep before my ballet class begins. Younger me would have pushed myself to hour long barres every day- regardless of what my muscles were telling me. There is working through the pain, and then there is being an idiot. I fell into the latter category when I was younger more than I would like to admit. I’ve been trying to maintain that balance of continuing to improve turnout/balance/length/muscality but not pushing myself to the point of injury. And here’s how I’m doing that:
Saturday, June 18-I was at the lake, and did nothing other than read, play boardgames, and hang out with my nephew. Not great for my ballet, but nice and relaxing.
Sunday, June 19- I was going to do yoga in the evening after we got home from the lake. Annnnnnd then our power was out from 6pm to 2am. So I couldn’t access any of my yoga videos. It was “great”. I did some very basic stretches but nothing more, as I was trying to make sure I had absolutely everything ready to go for the morning, as I had to get up 45 minutes earlier to shower because of the no power thing.
Monday, June 20- AND I’M BACK!!! I ran for 20 minutes at the gym- I really pushed myself. Now that I’m not running three days a week, running has become a bit of a challenge again. I’m really appreciating that! I stretched my quads, hip flexors, and hamstrings, as well.
After volunteering at the Humane Society, I did one of my old favourite yoga videos, Jedi Yoga! I really enjoy Erica’s style- it’s a good challenging work out. I’m going to start alternating between Erica and Adriene. Erica is fantastic for weight loss and toning, while Adriene is perfect for calming and specific ailments/feelings. Jedi Yoga is a lot of the basics, but sometimes a good Warrior sequence is what you need.
Tuesday, June 21- I took a long walk all around campus at lunch. While I don’t count this as exercise for the purpose of preparing for ballet, it was perfect for getting out, enjoying the weather and soaking in some vitamin D, and just generally moving. I’m thankful we have a classic campus, and that there is tons of space to walk around. When I got home after dinner, I did the same Easy Ballet Barre that I’ve been doing from Kathryn. Not as easy as other days, but to be honest, those three days in a row of doing nothing really bit me in the behind. I’ve learned my lesson, one day off at most!!
All of my old corrections are coming back to me- it’s actually nice to know that I can internalise those and apply them without anyone else ever mentioning them to me. I don’t know if people realise just how mental ballet really is. It is exhausting, and you will be as mentally tired as physically at the end of a class. But brain twister is my thing!
Wednesday, June 22- Today’s yoga class was a moon salutation! I have never done one, so it was really interesting and a good challenge. It is a huge core workout; ditto for your quads! Apparently it channels your feminine energy (while sun salutations summon your male energy). Honestly, it just felt like yoga to me! My legs were tiiiiiired by the end. I will probably take more away from it once I do the sequence again.
Of course, I was doing ballet tonight. And you’re like, “ENOUGH WITH THE EASY BARRE”. Okay, maybe you didn’t, but I was thinking it a little bit. So, I decided to try one of Kathryn’s centre workouts! And I was surprised at how well I handled it. Sure, I’m still working on my balance and whatnot, but I remembered the names of everything and all of my old corrections are still coming back to me! This centre is excellent for anyone returning to ballet- it covers all of the basics without being insanely draining. I think I will try this again later this week!
Thursday, June 22- Today was zumba at lunch again! The instructor worked in two new songs, but she didn’t really know the choreography for each, so they were kind of a mess. I was disappointed in that, as I love that you are always moving in zumba. I’m not sure if I should say something, or just leave it… Any suggestions on that front? I had a massage in the evening, so I didn’t do anything after that- don’t want to have to go back because I pulled my relaxed muscles.
Friday, June 23- I was going to do a ballet barre, but then I decided to do a yoga sequence instead. I don’t normally make up my own sequences, but I just gently stretched anything and everything I felt like stretching. It didn’t really flow, but that’s alright! I was super tired, it’s been a long week, and this was what I needed. At this point, I’m just trying to stay loose and relaxed for Monday’s ballet class!
For those people who take group fitness classes, would you say something about an out-of-it instructor?