Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fitness Update

Well, as promised, I started beginner TRX training! We did some more traditional stuff, too, but I began with pushups, pullups, tricep pulls, and one legged squats using the TRX cables. Jonna is certified and was excited when she heard about the types of skills I need for my various martial arts endeavors because she thought that I'd be a good candidate for that type of training. It turns out that my body hasn't forgotten its alignment and balance so we got to it a lot faster than I expected. It was a lot of fun and I could tell it's going to be good for me. I certainly felt it on Thursday...even the muscles over my clavicle hurt! I didn't even know I had muscles there!

Backing up a little, I got to go to a seminar with the guys from Innovative Martial Arts in Michigan on Sunday. They come down periodically and this is the third time I've had the opportunity to train with them. We did a session on knife combatives as well as gun disarms...I can't remember what that section was officially called because my paper is in my bag in the car. I was just looking at it in aikido today. I had a fantastic time...I worked with one of their students who came with them and he was very patient and worked with me as I moved pretty steadily, not as slowly as I might have thought. I always enjoy working with Chuck, Don, and anyone they bring. I'm glad my friend Chuck Sullivan brought me along back in September of last year! Going on Sunday really reminded me what I am working towards in getting back into shape--other than fitting into my clothes, of course. Even Jonna commented that the seminar had obviously boosted my confidence!

(No kittens were harmed in the course of our studies.)

Last big thing is that next Thursday is the last preschool class for this session. When the next session begins in November, I'll be doing the preschoolers and the k-13 class. I'm pretty excited. So, if you know anyone interested, let me know! I'll post more information later on. I have some pictures but I haven't asked parents if I can post their kids online so I just have the one of Autumn above. I use ribbon twirlers to get them to do the correct motion for the circular blocks, but they also get to have some fun with the twirlers before class. The photo below is of Autumn carrying my suitcase of Aiki goodness to the car. :) She's so helpful.

Oh: My weight is still 116 pounds. Monday I weighed in at 115 but I popped back up to 116 Thursday until today, so sad. But, other than that, it's been a great week for fitness!

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