On Teaching

The other night, one of my students, Vivienne, (who is also a fellow instructor) complimented me on my teaching ability. You see, we were in our spin class and I try to encourage all students to search the internet and if they see something that they like or want to learn, bring it to class (or show me ahead of time) and if I can figure it out and I feel that it’s safe for the class, then we’ll try it. This was the case this past week. Fortunately, due to the move being accessible to those of us who aren’t pros, I was able to decipher the movement after a couple times of trying it myself. Afterwards, I gave an explanation and the majority of the class was able to get the move or at the very least, understand the concept. I’m not one to stand still…or right-side up, and so I do a lot of explaining whilst in motion..or upside-down. I guess this isn’t the norm. But then again, what do I do that IS in the norm? ūüôā

Until Vivienne mentioned it, I really never thought about teaching and being good at it. I just do what I do. When I actually did start thinking about it, though, I’ve been “teaching” for quite some time. Let’s get in the way back machine, shall we?¬†

A couple of full-time jobs back, I trained my replacement. Office stuff.  Snooze.

Summertimes for the last couple of years – let’s teach people the flying trapeze!

Zumba, yo! (Ok, I’m certified to teach it, but I don’t currently.)

Oh, the Club Med years….taught some folks how to bartend, how to rollerblade, do all kinds of circus stuff. Even trained a fellow GO to be a circus GO. (I’m pretty proud of that one and you’ll really only get it if I either tell you the whole story or you understand the inner workings of Club Med.) Pretty sure I taught some chicks how to get loose too, lol. (PLUS PLUS, a Francais)

Restaurant work – I was a corporate trainer for a restaurant once. Taught my girls how to sling those drinks and make that money.

In my free time, back then, I tried to teach a person or two how to go out safely with $5 in your pocket, have the drinks that you want, and still come home with that $5 in your pocket.

Without even realizing it, I’ve been “teaching” in one way or another for quite some time now. I would have to say that teaching pole is up there in intensity with teaching circus stuff. I would also say that teaching circus really helps me in my pole teaching. They share that body awareness factor that allows me to say, “Move your <insert body part> in this way,” and most of the time, it works.

I think what I’m noticing is that teaching could very well be my life force. I feel empty when I don’t get to boss people around do a little teaching. Every life-sucking moment that I am sitting in an office, I am thinking about how I should be teaching. Gotta make that happen.

Also realizing that I don’t have an ending for this post……

Things on Tuesday – Bringing It Back

Sometimes, I know that I should write even if it’s only a little bit. Luckily, when I thought that today, I remembered Things on Tuesday. A blog – in bulletpoints.

Lowlights

  • I am really sore. My glutes are screaming in pain and the foam roller is probably just aggravating them. But of course, I won’t stop rolling. I’m running this show, muscles. You’re going to do what I want.
  • That’s it.

Highlights

  • I’m into week 2 of the Foundation section of P90X2. I’m feeling good about it. I still hate Plyocide.
  • My body seems to remember actually being in shape and I’m toning up fairly quickly. I’m getting that wide shoulder, small waist triangle. Didn’t love it before, more okay with it now since the boobs balance it out.
  • Absolutely LOVED my mixed levels class last night. So many of the fun folks that I see all the time but don’t always get to take class with, let alone teach. Good times!
  • Crazy busy fun weekend! Brewfest, photo shoot, showcase, afterparty, please don’t do anything but rest your body on Sunday!
  • Choreography for said showcase is moving right along. Should be since I have a mere five days until performing with many things between now and then.

That’s it.

Short one today. Much to do with little time to do it! Have a kickass day!

Anonymous Letter

Dear Hip:

Our relationship is rapidly deteriorating. I want to like you, but you are making it very difficult. Maybe it isn’t you specifically, but it’s in your house. I stretch you on a very regular basis and how do you repay me? With even more pain?!? You’re a jerk. Sure, I must have done something to make you angry, at some point, some time ago, but why must you hold a grudge? Now everything around you must suffer with the dreaded foam roller to attempt to reach the real issue that’s hiding deep inside of a yucky piriformis and more than likely a bursa that’s getting squished. But, I refuse to give in to you, hip! You will get rolled and adjusted and you’ll get physical therapy because the mind is stronger than you, hip! You cannot win! Surrender!

Kind regards,

The One Who Is In Pain

Anywho, here’s your P90X 2 recap: Wednesday was Total Body and Ab Ripper X. Lots of core and shoulders, which is perfect as far as I’m concerned, for stronger poling. ¬†It is just SO MUCH DIFFERENT than P90X. In the first one, Tony just threw you in there and tried to kill you on day one. This time, he’s easing you in. Much better, Tony. It’s giving me the opportunity to get the workout done and feel good about it while still leaving me lots of room to push myself harder, stretch myself deeper. Foam roller, baby.

Today, Friday, is Yoga X. Also scaled back from the first series. A mere 66 minutes, which is much better than the near 90 in the first. I found that it starts off pretty yoga heavy but ends up more stretchy conditioning. Now, I realize that yoga IS stretchy conditioning, but he throws in a lot of things that I’ve not seen in a yoga class, so I don’t really consider them yoga. BUT, I’m no yogi so I don’t know for sure. I know that I ¬†like it.

We are coming down to crunch time. The showcase is in a mere 8 days and I really need to get to work. I have a song and I have a few moves that I know that I consistently get into without looking like an elephant with a broken leg. I just need to put them together and find some transitions. I am a lot less stressed about the showcase this time as compared to last time. Perhaps that means that I’m getting (re)accustomed to being “on stage”. Oh, the Club Med years.

So, it looks like a good bit of pole work on Saturday. Teaching/supervising a pole party on Sunday. Fun! Welcome to my addiction, ladies! Teaching a different class rather than my usual Level 2 these days. Switched on over to teaching a mixed level/spin pole class on Monday nights. Aaaaaand, in a few weeks after that, I’ll be teaching a more choreographed, one and a half minute routine type of class. That’s gonna be fun. Grab you glasses and shake your asses!

It’s Friday, tricks! Go out and get some! But be safe. Have a great weekend!

Writing….Whilst Drinking Wine

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Missed a day yesterday, but I’ve found that Tuesdays just aren’t a good night for writing. After work, come home and whip up a little dinner before heading off to pole class. Another great evening of working some new moves and crying over not getting some others, lol.

Let’s not forget that we’re working on P90X2. Tuesday was Plyocide. Death by plyometrics turned out to be not so bad. Again, I think I’m in better shape than I thought. Plyocide is way different than Plyometrics in the first P90X. I could NOT work my way through Plyometrics, but with Plyocide, sure, I still didn’t do as many reps on everything as they did on the video, but I made it.

Today was Recovery & Mobility. Love it and get it twice a week. Lots and lots of foam rolling. I almost considered doing it again this afternoon. Didn’t. Instead, made salad. Spinach, carrots, tomato, mushrooms, cheese, croutons, BACON, baked chicken, a bit of dressing, and a piece of garlic bread. Om. Nom. Nom.

Tomorrow, I have Total Body and Ab Ripper to look forward to. ¬†80 minutes of sweating like a piggy. A sexy piggy. Hello abs, hello obliques, hello Iron X. I’m not doing the before and after pictures, but I know what I looked like then and what I want to look like in three months. Brick shithouse. Yeah. The diet change alone has been helping me to see results. Just last night my ripped-ness was being discussed. Hooray!

A few other things are still going on, more interesting stuff every day. Hopefully I’ll be able to discuss it sometime soon. Hopefully there’ll be something to discuss, lol.

Oh! But on the things I can discuss side, I am going to be teaching pole on Mondays instead of Wednesdays with two classes (starting in February) instead of one. Hooray for spin pole! Hooray for, hmmm, I’m thinking Rock Shop. Grab a chair and whip your hair, bitches! (Sorry, no ladies in this class. Let’s get ignorant and let the dirty girl out!)

I suppose that’s it for now. Tune in tomorrow for more of my random blathering. ūüôā

Hello, October!


I love the first day of the month. ¬†Why? ¬†It’s new contacts day. ¬†Putting in brand new contacts feels like they just aren’t even there except that I can see.

First of the month is also a great time to make some goals. ¬†New Year’s resolutions never work for me (or anyone else, probably), so I’m going to go with just some things I want to accomplish in October.

  • ¬†Continue on with the P90X. ¬†One week in and I’m going strong. ¬†Strong and sore.
  • NaNoPlaMo – otherwise known as National Novel Planning Month. ¬†I’ll be trying to head on back to Mrs. C’s eigth grade English class to outline the book I’ll be writing in November.
  • Zumba – I need to put together at least one class so I could sub in emergencies.
  • Teach/assist at least 4 classes
  • Read two books that have been sitting on my shelf. ¬†Both start with ‘w’.
  • Stretch! ¬†Try for 3 times a week.
  • Pole. ¬†Home or studio, but at least 3 times a week.
  • No minds
This is ¬†probably a ridiculous amount of things to try to accomplish in a month, but, as I was recently told and will paraphrase to fit here, I need to just do and stop thinking so much. ¬†I’m off to do.
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