Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I decided that since I was unable to commit to a monthly membership at my local Pure Barre studio, I would try out the On Demand feature so I could still enjoy this style of workout in my weekly fitness routine. I already have all the essential equipment necessary to make the On Demand classes work so I figured this was the best option for me. (Modern technology for the win! 💪🙌)
On Demand offers a free intro class that is a 52 minute video where the first 5 minutes is talking about the concept of the method followed by technique and their own specific language terms used during their workouts. The actual introductory workout starts at 5:00 on the video. I highly recommend viewing this video and giving it a try if you're curious about starting this style of workout in the studio or at home. This intro class is very similar to the classes I have taken at the studio. Sometimes the live classes can be quick and difficult to grasp essential form technique. After watching this video, I feel like I have a better understanding of some of the things I need to be doing better in each of the exercises I have done in my live classes.
My On Demand experience has been very positive so far. I have been using the On Demand classes for two weeks now. The majority of the classes utilize a wall for support, mat, and/or the double tube resistance band. I was hoping more classes used the mini ball as a prop since I really enjoy using mine in my workouts. (I love props when working out). Speaking of props, I have also used my Lebert Equilizer Bars in place of the wall when I need a little more stability. You can also use a chair as a support if you don't have a barre or suitable wall space.
With any type of workout, there are always pros and cons. Some of the pros for doing the On Demand classes are:
- being able to do a class at home at any time that is convenient for my schedule
- picking my workout focus and length of time
- pausing the video so I don't miss essential cues or rewinding when I need to see or hear something again
- going at my own pace
- having access to classes when traveling
- price - a single class at my local studio is $24 or $99/month unlimited. On Demand classes are unlimited $29.99/month.
- not having the live feedback of an instructor with proper form either when initially performing an exercise or during fatigue phases when I start to disengage my form
- accountability - this isn't really an issue for me but I have heard others comment on not being able to commit to doing workouts at home because they can't rely on getting themselves motivated
- not having the space or necessary equipment to adequately participate in the online classes (you really only need a wall or chair for support, band, and light weights- a solvable problem)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
My second session on the trapeze was more of me testing my aerial body awareness and transitioning some moves I already felt comfortable with on other apparatuses. Since I have a strong base for some movement that would translate well to the trapeze, I ended up putting together a short routine of moves that I could focus on cleaning up with more practice and piecing together into a performance for an upcoming student/instructor showcase at Cirque Indy. Unfortunately a few days after this intense and successful trapeze session, the weather drastically changed from warm to near freezing. My left trapezoid and neck area stiffened up and put me out of commission for the next week. I couldn't attribute the pain to anything physical and my husband was complaining of the same symptoms so I assumed I must have had a virus. Once my neck issue resolved, I was back at it in the air trying to make up for lost time. Lucky for me, by this time I had received my latest edition to my growing library of aerial material, Trapeze style flashcards.
In an effort to expand my training, I purchased the 60 Tricks on Static Trapeze Choreography and Instructional Cards from AerialDancing.com. Please take note that if you're a beginner then these cards are not intended to supplement the expertise and instructional aspects of a true aerial instructor. I have been training on multiple aerial apparatuses for nine years and have the ability to train in the presence of fellow qualified aerial instructors. I do not recommend anyone using any printed manuals or tools as a single means of learning aerial techniques or as their only informational training device. With that said, let's talk about the cards!
The cards arrived well packaged via USPS carrier. My initial reaction of the cards were that they are quite large, measuring 8 1/2" x 5 3/4". They come in a cardboard tuck box with an eight page well written instructional booklet. The tuck box was flimsy and the corners tore right away. I ended up reinforcing the corners of the box with tape. I may eventually have to move the cards to a large ziplock bag in place of the box as I anticipate the box not withstanding many trips to and from the gym. The booklet covers basic information about getting started and using the card color coded system. The book further talks about some tips to remember when working with Trapeze as well as three basic transitions that should be mastered prior to attempting any of the tricks displayed on the cards.
The cards are in full color detail on both front and back. The front of the card shows a picture of the move in it's completed pose with the move name in the bottom left corner. Each card is color coded based on sliding scale of difficulty moving from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, to gold. Red is easy and gold are advanced. The back of the card
USING THE CARDS
Yes, they work! I love these cards. I have been working with them consistently to supplement my training. The color coded system that ranks moves on levels has been one of my favorite attributes as it allows me to set aside certain skills until I have completed the cards that precede it. My initial use of the cards is skills focused. I hope to progress and utilize these cards to create choreography in the near future as I plan to work towards performing in upcoming showcases.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
🌸 MAY COMBO CHALLENGE! 🌸 May combo challenge with @dredee1983 starts 5-1-18! This month's moves focus on SHOULDERS - flexibility and strength. For each trick listed, use the trick in a combo that is at least two moves in length. The combo can be anything of your choice. Do one combo every other day but combos do not have to be done in order listed - you can do combos on different days other than what’s listed. There will be three videos of yoga sequences and/or exercises to help improve your shoulder flexibility or strength prior to each group of pole tricks. To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play. 2. Tag me @dredee1983 in all your entries! Example videos will be posted 2-3 days before each combo day so check my profile before each day. 3. Post a video of your combos using the moves listed. Combos do not have to be done in order, but try to complete all the tricks for the month. If the moves are too advanced for you, do videos of prep work for each move - that still counts! Try to do your combo both sides! Optional - post 1 video of each of the 3 yoga sequence or exercises as well to help increase flexibility and strength for this month’s moves. Use the hashtag #maycombochallenge, and don't forget to tag @dredee1983 in all your entries! There are no prizes but I will still be choosing 3 winners! To win, all posts should be completed by June 3, 2018. Winners will be announced June 6, 2018. Winners must complete all combos as best they can for their level, shoulder exercises are optional. Modifications will be posted as much as possible. 🌸🌼🌸🌼
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
MOVEMENT THEORY INJURY PREVENTION VERSION 1
- WARM UP: 5-10 minutes head to toe dynamic movement
- CONDITIONING: Climb Drills
- STRETCH: Mix of dynamic and static based stretches specific to the body areas for skills section
- SKILLS (The following steps may be repeated for each newly taught skill)
- Learning: Skills are taught first by observing instructor
- WARM UP: 2 minute head to toe total body dynamic movement
- STRETCH: Additional for any areas of focus that cause excess strain particularly for the shoulders/splits skills
- Active: Students perform new skill set
- POST SKILLS CONDITIONING: Targets areas not within realm of previous skills focus
- COOL DOWN: Light mix of head to toe dynamic with heavy static stretches
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
After the warm up, the particular areas of focus each class works on are core, thighs, and seat. The class runs through a similar routine with slight changes based on who the instructor is that is running the class. The main equipment used during class are the weights for the warm up, resistance band, mini stability ball, mat, and the barre. It is also recommended to wear socks and Pure Barre offers sticky socks in their retail area of the lounge. I ended up purchasing a pair of small sticky socks and since I forgot to bring a hair tie, I got these really cool spiral hair ties that resemble key chain chords called teleties.
To get the most out of each exercise, the instructors prompt participants in form cues that engage particular areas of focus for that exercise. By engaging these areas, the participant will feel a huge difference in working the targeted muscle group. Pure Barre's slogan is "Lift. Tone. Burn." From my experience, I can vouch there is a lot of burn. And shaking. When you're doing the exercises correctly, you will experience muscle burning and shaking. THIS is good. This is what you want because it's working the muscles and conditioning them for the desired toning and strengthening effect. The whole reason you're doing the work out in the first place, right? Although it may not feel like what you signed up for and you're pretty certain the class is trying to kill you, just keep with it. It gets better. My second class felt a lot better than my first. I'm told it takes at least three classes for things to really click.
By the end of this week, I will have participated in four classes. I have decided to alternate my Pure Barre classes with some yoga classes at my local YMCA. After my first Pure Barre class, my hips and glutes were really tight and sore. I did a 47 minute DoYogawithMe.com Deep Release for the Hips, Hamstrings, and Lower Back online class and that helped A LOT and prepared my body for my second Pure Barre class. So this week's schedule for me looks like this:
✔Friday (1st Pure Barre class) 4:30p-5:20p
✔Saturday DoYogawithMe.com online class
✔Sunday (2nd Pure Barre class) 9a-9:50a
✔Monday Yoga 5:30p-6:30p
Tuesday Pure Barre 4:30p-5:20p
Thursday Yoga 7:15p-8:15p
Friday Pure Barre 4:30p-5:20p
Throughout the week, I will also be using my DeskCycle stationary bicycle to achieve my 10k+ steps. Next week, I plan on integrating some Cirque open gym time to work on the aerial silks. I need to go in to the aerial gym with a plan next week and as this week progresses, I will have a better idea of what my curriculum will look like. So stay tuned for my next week blog where I recap my progress and my plan moving forward as I get back in the air.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
On the fitness end of things, I have started to do some online yoga classes with www.DoYogaWithMe.com. I also successfully took a yoga class on Friday with my local YMCA. Saturday morning I did a quick at home circuit training routine that focused strongly on glutes and legs. I am also continuing to use my Desk Cycle throughout the work day while I sit at my desk. While my incisional healing has been a slow progress, I have been working towards increasing my endurance with around the house activities. I couldn't believe how wiped out the surgery left me. The first three weeks post-op were frustrating because mentally I was ready to get moving while physically I was not. I've been itching to get back in the air but have been cautious as to not jump back on any apparatuses while having drainage.
I think the most frustrating thing is that while most of the incisional area is well healed, there is one area that is being stubborn. The reason for this is because of a previous hernia repair that resulted in my surgeon having to make a cut in a secondary location. Obviously the secondary location is not a preferred area and after experiencing the slower recuperation, I completely understand the reasoning why.
While I have not gone into complete details about my surgery and why I had it, I can say that I am feeling so much better than I have in the last 12+ years. I'm able to tolerate eating certain things better than I was. I have noticed a difference so I would say my surgery was quite successful. I think the one thing I keep trying to remind myself is that I need to respect the fact that I just had a major surgery a month ago. In the big picture, a month is really not all that long ago. It may seem like an eternity at times but in reality, sometimes our bodies need time for recovery and pushing ourselves too much too soon can have the opposite effect of our intentions. So I'm hanging in there and continuing to work on my short term goals and hopefully I will be back at it before long.