Do you happen to watch any of the dance reality shows? In the summer I’m not a big t.v. watcher but I do DVR “So You Think You Can Dance” and now, the new “World of Dance” shows.
I am in awe of the talent, the energy, the intensity and the vulnerability of these young artists. It really is an extraordinary art form. Back in my day, all we could take was tap, jazz and ballet. There was no offerings of Lyrical, Hip Hop or Contemporary, let alone Krump, Ballroom, or Animation.
If I have completely lost you, go check it out. It’s inspiring to say the least. The dedication and passion within the souls of these dancer’s generates unbelievable performances where the athleticism continues to elevate.
Can you tell I love dance? Ha!
I do have a point here, I promise.
I am sitting here thinking about this blog and wanting to tie in the theme of moving with precision and the above images keep popping up in my mind. As a dancer precision coupled with fluidity is the movement goal.
Maybe that’s why my brain can’t half-ass a workout. Form to me, as a fitness pro, is paramount...well, you need to be having FUN while you are at it too but if your form is sucky then crappy things happen.
You risk injury.
Your mind starts to tell your body to move badly, even when you’re not exercising.
You won’t see the results you want.
I didn’t mean for this to get so serious but I just realized why I am so sore today and why...
Doing Less Can Be More
Two days ago, I took a new class. The instructor asked us to do 40 reps of 6 different exercises then repeat all 6 exercises for 30 reps, then 20 and then finally 10 reps. She encouraged us to work at our own pace and focus on full range-clean form. The catch, we only had 25 minutes to do the workout. As I glanced around the room I saw people whizzing through the reps, but I stayed steady in my rhythm, knowing I would be sacrificing my body position, the weight I knew I could handle and depth of movement, if I tried to keep up. And so glad I did.
I went into this class wanting to be challenged to work my muscles in ways I don’t normally move them. And even though I didn’t complete the workout in 25 minutes, I know I got the most out of my time.
Now the goal was not to get sore. But this is one of those sorenesses (is that a word?) that just triggers enough reaction in my body to wake me up.
It is making me sit taller.
It is making me appreciate the strengths I have.
It is making me aware of the things I need to work on.
It is making me think differently about the JBird workouts I create.
It is making me a better person.
By paying attention to the details, I found out new things about myself.
By not competing with anyone else, I rediscovered my ability to be committed to “me”.
By living in the moment, I found a new way to love myself.
Moving with precision whether in exercise or in your day to day biz can have a profound & positive effect on your everyday life.
Take advantage of your ability to hone in on your true being and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!
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