Taking on the Edge Challenge, Week 4

I want to start out this post mentioning a few struggles I’ve had with various exercises or classes, only because I’ve had some improvement. By the way, the photo below is of a token that attendants pick up at the front desk and are handed in to the trainer at the beginning of Edge Strong classes.

Doing a plank has been difficult for me and in my foundation class last night, one workout station included that. While in a plank
position, the exercise involved pulling a soft disc-shaped bean bag under from the opposite arm. I had the most trouble with this as I
held myself up with one arm, pulling the bean bag one side to the other. Part of the problem was that the bean bag kept catching on the
floor mat and the arm I held myself up with would get weak. But I pushed myself to get through, keeping myself up off the ground for at least three times each way. For each exercise, my classmates and I had 40-45 seconds to do them, before a quick rest as we transition to
another move.

There was another station that included a plank-jack exercise with a push-up while in the plank position. However, we were allowed to do push-ups on our knees if we felt more comfortable that way. Our trainer said we could mix push-ups with some plank-jacks, which I would dread. I think there’s always one exercise nobody likes. Anyway, last night, it turned out that the plank-jacks weren’t so bad. I don’t know if I could do 40-45 seconds worth, but I managed to get in five of them between push-ups that I did resting on my knees.

Sometimes, certain exercises that require balance are hard for me to do without wobbling out of my stance. I think I’ve become a little bit more steady in the past few weeks.

I love Zumba, but my one struggle with it at times is the coordination element. This also goes for when I’ve taken kickboxing; when I do a punch, I feel as though I’m doing the move awkwardly instead of in a way that looks tough. But I’m still new at kickboxing and I’ve taken Zumba classes more often. I’ve been able to keep up with the moves for the most part, yet I’ll have a moment or two when I get out sync or I’m doing Salsa dance steps wrong. I can’t help but picture Jennifer Grey as Baby in “Dirty Dancing,” when she is practicing how and where to place her place, how to pose them. Or when she is dancing on her
own to the song “Wipe Out,” messes up and gets annoyed with herself.

Despite the coordination issue, I found myself wondering something interesting. Has any Zumba instructor ever once bumbled through dance moves, yet over time became coordinated? If so, maybe I could get past
those uncoordinated moments completely. What if I could be a Zumba instructor? It’s totally out of nowhere for me. However, another element that I improved with quicker than I expected was just being able to get through a Zumba class. The first time I took one, I was intimidated about what it would involve, how intense it might be and I
needed to catch my breath more often. Now, I’m keeping up with the overall pace much better. Well, I don’t know about the Zumba
instructor possibility, but I want to at least be nearly as good at the dance moves.

So, that’s all for the moment. More to come once week 4 wraps up and I get closer to healthy goals.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at http://cdwyerfilminspired.wordpress.com - and my literary blog at http://cdwyerbookishgrad.wordpress.com
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