Decided To Get Fit ...and by "fit," I mean "hot!" :-)
Posted 18 November 2008 - 11:18 AM
Anyway, I have decided that next summer I WILL wear a real bikini and not the mommy tankinis I have been sporting of late. After some thought and encouragement from friends and husband, I decided to pursue some sort of martial art. So, I googled "quiz what martial art to take" and "martial arts quiz" and eventually found some fairly helpful ones. My top two results were Aikido and Kung Fu – whatever they are, right? I thought to myself, "What are the chances that there is an Aikido studio within 100 miles of this house?" Well, it turns out that the chances are pretty good, because Itten Dojo, an Aikido school, is 2.5 miles from my front door. I took this as a sign and after MORE encouragement from friends (one of whom takes Kung Fu), I took the plunge and decided to call.
Turns out, you don't just "get in" to this dojo. It's not like signing up to join the "Y." There is a phone interview, an invitation (and requirement) to observe a class, and then, a post-observation interview. So, I had a phone conversation with the owner/lead trainer and scheduled my observation. The class was, I am reluctant to say it, but it was beautiful! The movements are so powerful, but so very graceful; it looks like liquid steel.
I thought just sitting and watching the hour-and-a-half class would be boring, but the time flew! I asked some questions and the instructors were very helpful and welcoming. There were two other women in the class, so I spoke to them afterwards. They both were very encouraging and when I emerged from the changing room and the instructor asked, “Well, what do you think?” I replied, “I think I’d like to give it a try!”
As of this writing, I have four classes under my white belt and already I notice a difference in my body. The scale hasn’t changed more than one pound, but my jeans are falling off and I think I need to go down one bra size! (I am OK with this…)
I thought that I would be scared to be one of only a few women in my class – I’m not! I thought that I would be uncomfortable with the amount of close-contact required in performing Aidido – I’m not! I thought that I would be nervous about not “getting” any of the moves – I’m not! While my ineptitude is glaring and I am not nearly as graceful as my classmates, everyone has been very supportive and quick to remind me that they all started where I am now. One other noteworthy observation is while the men clearly outnumber the women, I have not sensed one iota of patronizing behavior, which is surprising considering the amount of testosterone flowing around.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my new venture with my SG family and totally recommend martial arts as part of a fitness plan! (Not only does the class itself provide an amazingly strenuous workout, but the fact that I have to “perform” in front of very fit individuals motivates me to do some sort of physical activity on my non-class days!)
So, here’s to getting fit (or hot!) -- whichever your motivation!!
Posted 18 November 2008 - 12:00 PM
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 11:56 PM
Have fun - you'll be amazed at the things you'll learn, and how fast your body can adapt.
Posted 20 November 2008 - 01:55 AM
For those of us women who were raised during the time "girls didn't sweat," feeling at home in our bodies and finally enjoying how we feel when we're in shape can really be a big breakthrough.
Doesn't it feel great?