Admit it, it does. If you disagree, you're a) not an adult dance beginner, b) very lucky or c) both. For the record, I'm talking about stretching for the splits here. The light stretching you do to ease up DOMS or limber up is perfectly lovely. Training your body to bend in ways it doesn't … Continue reading Stretching Sucks And I’ve Been Doing It Wrong
Last week's ballet class proved to be rather educational and, for a change, uplifting. I was still feeling in top form and keeping up well both stregnth- and technique-wise. This inspired me to finally ask Birdie for advice about my weird foot sickling problem. Sickled feet are the devil in ballet, as all of you … Continue reading Actual Improvements!
I've returned to the gym successfully and now have quite a bit of DOMS to show for it. Otherwise, that's just about it for now: both my modern schools have two weeks of winter holidays. One down, one to go. The Wednesday school offers free-for-all adult classes every evening, but the Intermediate/Advanced classes are always … Continue reading Quiet Times For Setting Goals
I tend to go a bit overboard on pretty much anything I enjoy. This explains why I have four dance classes and two gym sessions a week. Last year, missing a class would've caused me acute bad conscience. I'd drag myself to class when injured «to see how it goes» and feel terrible if the … Continue reading Chilling Out
'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions and changing one's life radically right now – at least for another few days. I mostly set goals whenever they occur to me (if I'm not feeling too lazy) and my resolution depends on the device I'm using – right now it is 1920×1200 and 1920×1080 respectively, because … Continue reading Strength Training Update
Beans has decided to drill us on handstands. We've been doing various little drills for a couple of weeks now. At the very end of last Friday's class, she marched us up to the huge mirror wall and insisted we do wall handstands. «This'll probably be the last thing I ever do», I thought before … Continue reading Cloudy With A Chance Of Handstands
On Saturday, my mom and I went to a two-hour stretching workshop with Jay. More than just a long stretching class, the workshop is designed to teach people to stretch better at home. As such, there's quite a bit that you learn and I wanted to share some of the insights with you. 1. Roll … Continue reading Takeaways From The Stretching Workshop