Fitness Rule Number One?

Amazon princess tried her first barre class last night. The morale of the story? Don’t push yourself too hard too fast, and don’t forget that you have to do something you love.

First of all, let me say this: I’m okay! They worked me to a nubbin, and I poured sweat and had shaky muscles. However, they stretched me out very well, so I don’t have any residual ouches this morning.

That said, important lesson of fitness learned last night. I was in a class that was out of my league. Waaaayyy out of my league. I asked the teacher about this, explaining about my fitness level with an honest eye. 65 pounds overweight. 50. Should I do this?

I expect that she was thinking that you can’t get there without doing this. So I took the class and had to make several stops in the action because I didn’t have it. So much of the class was not fun. Lots of calisthenics and some weight lifting. A little bar work, but again, more calisthenics. So, a little of the class felt like dancing, but very little.

Part of me wants to stay and do it. If I can do this class, I would have gotten into shape. I think it might be wiser to return in 20-30 pounds. This body I have right now is hard to move around physically. Perhaps the newer body wouldn’t be.

So, I made the decision this morning not to do it again. The reason is two-fold. I didn’t like it enough to be enthusiastic about it, and I would be doing it to prove to myself that I could. I don’t think that this is the way to go–deciding to pursue fitness because you are stubborn. I also need to work my way up to this. The second reason? I didn’t have much fun. And that’s gotta be what I’m looking for, to stick with it.

Today, I discovered an adult ed class I can take for free. Adult Ballet. Probably more of what I’m looking for as a dancer, and a good way to move in the right direction. It doesn’t avoid strength training entirely, as dancers get some good strength training. So I will do that, and the college will pay for it. I will watch my diet and lose weight, and some day, some day I may return to the barre class and do better.

Or I just might stay with the dancers and do resistance training on the Wii. That’s for the future to know.

Anyway, I feel good about this decision.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

One thought on “Fitness Rule Number One?”

  1. There seems to be some barre fitness program some places buy that is really regimented and strange. I went to one once where the instructor came in and immediately got in an argument with some students about when the class was supposed to start. Then she asked if there were any beginners, and told us that the class was pre-choreographed and she wasn’t allowed to change the music, so we had to just try to keep up. That didn’t go well, and for most of the things we just did one side of our bodies, while she yelled at us to look at her and follow along. I didn’t go back.

    Find a class you like, otherwise, it’s hard to make yourself go. The adult ballet sounds awesome!

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