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Barre Sculpting

Friday, March 22, 2013

I made it to my first class at the studio I fell in love with the instant I found it. I was the biggest person there by probably 80 pounds. That...wasn't so fun. I kept reminding myself that I have to start somewhere, though. I will never have the body I want if I let my size determine my attitude. So I did my best.

Barre sculpting kicked my butt. It kicked it HARD.

This was expected, of course - I haven't done any strength training since September, and had only just started then. Ballet dancers also have wicked awesome muscles, so I had no expectation that it would be easy in any way. In fact, I wanted to have my butt kicked.

I didn't expect the near-miss at passing out. Or the serious headache from skyrocketing blood pressure. These two things, I think, are linked to the same cause. In order to work a muscle on the outer hip, it was necessary to tuck the pelvis under. I have a mild case of "lordosis" which isn't really a medical condition...more a curvature of the spine caused by bad/overdeveloped posture. That muscle happens to be one that causes me serious problems, so I was working really hard to work it. Apparently, I didn't keep breathing very well at the same time. Oops! Because of my c-section (and likely some lifelong lower back weakness), I can't feel my lowest abs. They're a key part of tipping the pelvis under, so it took a lot of WORK, real work, just to keep it tucked under. Discovering that was worth the money I spent for the whole month. Because not only did that show me how much of an effect the c-section had on my back, it also showed me the muscle in my hip I need to work, and made me realize just how horribly weak all of my hip-related muscles are. A person can walk all they like, but there are so many muscles there that don't get used while walking!

I'm going to work on tipping my pelvis throughout the day for a while. I think that alone will help my brain reconnect the nerves in my lowest abs. I need more exercises for that spasmy muscle in my right hip, too, so I can ease it into working shape. Then *maybe* my right hip will work the way it's supposed to. Here's to doing the work with hope!

I gotta say, though - I'm excited to be starting a new outlook, new program, new goals! If I only get my one month out of this, so be it. I'm gonna see just how much I can kick my butt for a month! I need to take a before picture on this, the first day.

Also? OWWIE.
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