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Ballet Training thus far has been a really interesting journey. It’s about 4 months (or a little more) and I’ve grown to take immense pleasure in Ballet Beautiful (and other Ballet Conditioning work I’ve come across). I always liked Ballet, but I can appreciate it more now that I perform Ballet-inspired movement (and some actual Ballet exercises).
Ballet has been very tricky in some areas like getting the form down. There’s a lot going on most of the time – movements come from all angles and are done simultaneously at the same time. For example: Picture yourself balancing on one leg while the other leg is in midair lifting up/down/sideways/bending or performing large circles while you swaying your arms up/down/side/waving. It’s challenging and the focus needed has to surpass 100%.
There’s a lot of balance and concentration involve, but it’s all good because I’m a special kind of woman who’s built for this with my work ethics. I have the capacity to push myself beyond my mind’s or body’s limitations especially since I have to deal with burning arches and aching cores throughout each exercise. Not to mention dealing with borderline cramping even if you’re simply bending or stretching to one side or backwards without arching the spine.
There’s also the act of practicing stability and working through a super intense muscle burn along with having super muscle control. What I enjoy the most is getting through the first exercise sequence of 4 sets in counts of 8’s at a rapid pace because the exercises are so difficult particularly Ballet Beautiful that for you to finish without pausing is a HUGE accomplishment. And although there’s a lot to learn I’m keeping my mind and body open as I carry on flexibility in every technique and exercise I approach.
I benefit from using different muscles than what I’m used to. The techniques and exercises I’m performing have further enlightened my sense of physical awareness for instance engaging the center. I currently pull in through the center even when I do dishes or take a shower. Back then the only time I engaged my core was during a weightlifting session since it’s very important to do when you’re Deadlifting, performing the Military Press and Barbell Squatting. Sometimes I think my core is lacking, but I think the only reason why I think this is because of the fat on top. There’s nothing wrong with my core – it’s much stronger than I give it credit for.
There’s also the ease of gaining lower back, hip inner/outer, glutes and ankle flexibility. As is, there are positions (including Yoga) where I couldn’t get the top of my foot flat and now I’ve made gains where I can flatten my foot another centimeter or a full inch – which is outstanding as FUCK! To get this foot and ankle where I want it to be has been a mission. I’ve been given the wrong information from stupid surgeons saying if I can’t make any gains in 6 months to a year from the accident then I won’t be able to make any improvements. However, since Ballet Beautiful I’m making tiny gains after a year and naturally this makes me very happy. Plus I’ll take any miniature gain I can get.
There’s the minimizing of cellulite behind the back of my upper thigh right under the glutes and no matter how many lunges I’ve done in the past that’s been something hard to knock off when you have extra weight on. I have extra weight but the cellulite is still minimized like some kind of magic trick. The best part is (although I don’t need it) I’ve received an even higher instantaneous butt lift at the same time my cellulite is disappearing. In the beginning I was scared of losing my curves with Ballet Beautiful, but I haven’t lost any – it’s all being enhanced.
As far as the flexibility is concerned, well I’m back to the flexibility and have even surpassed the flexibility in certain poses (including yoga). Holy crap! You don’t even understand how awesome this is for me as I used to stretch intensely for an hour, and sometimes overstretch to the point where I would actually hurt my muscles and couldn’t stretch for a week or more. I used to think I have to stretch at least 5 times a week in order to get to where I want to be (one of the goals is a front/middle split), but it’s not true. Ballet Beautiful is magical when it comes to simply just performing exercises and having you become flexible within the process where lengthening happens literally overnight. I will say – better flexibility also means better sex. (I apologize. I had to throw this in here.)
I love exercises that are different and difficult. So it intrigues me very much to perform exercises that have a lot of internal and external rotations. I’m carving out the larger muscles I’ve built over the years simply by building all the small muscles and vice versa. This creates an even better and more efficient foundation. I like having to create and work for better isometric contractions. I like that there are new rules I have to learn like rounding my back during exercises or going through a full extension through the knee as opposed to never locking out like weightlifting and bodybuilding.
I like leveling up my fitness and I enjoy cross-training again. I like being introduced to a whole wide world of new muscles. I like feeling as if with less weightlifting – I’m allowing my body to become more symmetrical. I’m decreasing size (mass/bulk) and even bodyfat at a pace I didn’t think would be possible with my exceptionally low thyroid and such. And did I mention my posture? It’s also changed immediately!
Just like weightlifting – ballet exercises give me the feeling of constant motion in physical existence as well as completeness in the present moment within the body. To close this long entry I’m still learning everything I’m sensing from head to toe with Ballet Beautiful. This is one reason why trying to write about my Ballet Training has been different as I feel these entries don’t flow as well as I wanted to. I digress.. I believe I’ve exceeded the phase of novelty, so this isn’t a phase I’m going through and I’m into ballet-inspired workouts which is not to be confused with actual dance ballet and such.
Happy Training everyone!
This is kind of a semi-list of things that have differed since I’ve been in the world of fitness. This isn’t a complete list mind you and this isn’t in any order. I find it interesting to take up a lifestyle and see how many things altered then after. How have YOU changed since your lifestyle change?
1. I’ve tripled my confidence with broad shoulders and Popeye forearms. I probably no longer care about my large breasts being a spectacle anymore for some. I rely on mass.
2. On every social media site I’m on I make sure it involves and dominates a whole culture of fitness. I can tell those who are closest to me get annoyed by it.
3. I look for artists who draw worthy physiques. I watch cartoons of bravery, courage and more fit bodies. I find myself looking up to superheros.
4. It’s hard to find people the opposite of repulsive if they don’t workout or attempt to change some of the things they eat and drink. This includes my favorite aunt, it’s hard not to look upon her like a complete pig by the atrocious food she eats and by all the illnesses that’s caught up with her as a resort of it, not to mention zero exercise.
5. I don’t want sitting down work.
6. I stand more in the train; probably due to brainwashing and saying my glutes will flatten.
7. I used to date overweight men. Not anymore.
8. I now feel a man must take care of themselves by being physically active and as frequent as possible. There should be zero reason why a man has a gut; he isn’t a woman who carries additional fat and estrogen. A man has testosterone and should put it to use as much as possible, if he’s overweight than he’s lazy in probably every aspect of his life.
9. A man I date must have muscles now. If they don’t, I will assess their potential and along the line make them feel like complete shit about their bodies until they do something about it.
10. If a man has lack of conditioning, I don’t expect him to have sex with me properly. So, I guess, I consider this a deal-breaker.
11. I probably have become a bully in some ways. I have a brother and a few boy cousins who can attest to this firsthand wrath. Still, maybe I’ve always been (never to truly weak people) a bully and coupled with my feminist and Dom tendencies, it’s not a real wonder why. An example of a form of small bullying: When a guy (could also be a coworker) is smaller than me or has less muscle mass I grab him by the back of the neck and shake him up like a rag doll. Or I literally push smaller guys around so their heads jerks forward while the rest of their body flings back.
12. I only have 2 pairs of jeans since my journey and adventures with fitness. I have a hard time trying to get jeans past my calves than my quads. It’s much easier to get a cotton shirt, baggy shorts and comfortable sweat pants.
13. Since I started fitness, over time I realize I went from sanitary napkins to tampons, weak deodorant to heavy deodorant, to carrying hand sanitizer and additional locks in my book-bags for gym locker rooms.
14. I can’t bring anyone in my circle of life who doesn’t know their worth, who doesn’t move forward, who isn’t looking for personal growth, isn’t striving to live the life of being discipline, lacks passion or tolerate bullshitters. Thanks to fitness!
15. The more muscles I get, the more I’m able and actually desire to be more of a woman. Therefore I paint my nails often enough, wear spandex from time to time and wash my hair more than once a month.
16. I learned a thing or two about patience. Still learning.
17. I’ve achieved great orgasms by rubbing on my DOMS while masturbating. You should try it some time, delectable pain and pleasure.