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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Practice Yoga, Save Puppies 🐶 Join this FREE #yogachallenge for Charity. Link in bio. _ Join the FREE May Yoga Challenge #ArmUpForAnimals with @kinoyoga on @omstarsofficial and help support @animalhopeandwellness _ This powerful charity is committed to ending the dog and cat meat slaughterhouses of the world and making dog and cat meat consumption and production illegal in the U.S. (can you believe it isn’t illegal yet?!). If you want to see how important this mission is go over to @animalhopeandwellness and watch their videos. Our sponsor our @cannapet will donate one supply of supplements per person for everyone who signs up to help rescued dogs recover from severe abuse. _ And you get to practice with me for FREE in my all new Arm Balance Basics course! This 5-class course is available for FREE for everyone who joins the 10-day challenge. Each class in this course will correspond with 2 poses in the challenge, and by the end, each class should be completed twice. After each practice, snap and pic and share. ______ _ 💥Prizes include: One brand new Tiger Lily OmStars x Liquido outfit One sixth month membership to OmStars One signed copy of Kino’s new Yogi Assignment book One OmStars tank top _ ______ 💥Here’s how to join: 1. Click the link in our bio to sign up or go here: https://bit.ly/2H9kYXu _ 2. Follow our sponsors and hosts @kinoyoga @omstarsofficial @cannapet @animalhopeandwellness _ 3. Repost this challenge graphic and help spread the word. _ 4. Tag three friends to join you in this challenge!! _ 5. Practice with us every day for 10 days and share your journey here on IG and be sure to use our challenge hashtag #armupforanimals and tag all our hosts and sponsors daily. _ 6. Like and comment on each other’s posts to stay active and present in our community of yogis here on IG. _ #practiceyogachangeyourworld #onebreathatatime 🙏
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