I have bumped-up the intensity level of my classes lately but that always happens when I gain a new certification. If the class don’t flow then what’s the point? Just like in a movie or a song the class must flow…it must have a through line of intent and action that drives to the exciting conclusion followed by the cool down. Exercises connect to provide the muscles with heat so stretching will occur. Every time you stretch a muscle you strengthen it. I really have trouble sometimes finding the words to describe how amazing and life affirming a flowing class can be…it is more of a feeling. A feeling of total release and total body conditioning. All things come together and the soul is elevated.
I miss my Wednesday night Spinning class 🙁 In Spinning the music is loud, fast and sleazy. I can also yell a lot.
Song of the Day: Stand and Deliver by Adam Ant
Made a new Pilates mix last night and this song is included. The whole mix is pretty aggressive and bold and this song tops the list. Loud, brash, sleazy, and unpredictable. Class must follow a similar pattern but veer off from time-to-time to keep the muscles confused. Keep the mind guessing. This song joins other songs by The Kinks, Tori Amos, REM, The Animals and Beck. I tell ya folks you will always wonder what the hell you are listening to!
I ran out of apples tonight. Pity.
I am planning on attending several new classes this week during my former Disney times. Taking a class is a real treat as you can always learn some new things. You can also learn what you definitely DON’T want to do. Everyone wins. I am taking my first RPM Cycle class tomorrow with my good friend Chris and am looking forward to being beaten to a pulp. A pulp with curly, blond hair that is…
Louis Armstrong is blasting his trumpet in my ear so I must go to bed. Rest. Rest. MST3K. Rest.
“Instructor to thousands, and thousands, and thousands…”
Maya: You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles?
Miles Raymond: Sure.
Maya: Why are you so in to Pinot?
Miles Raymond: [laughs softly]
Maya: I mean, it’s like a thing with you.
Miles Raymond: [continues laughing softly]
Miles Raymond: Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Um, it’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.
From the movie Sideways