Chicago Week 4: Every Day Is Ab Day

I’m back at full capacity! The 3 week period of sitting out as outlined by my doctor is over. I can tumble, do acro, and wheel down on fabric again…woohoo!

Week 4 was our first “lab week”. Each month, we have a guest instructor come in and take over all our afternoon classes for the week. Joe Pinzon had us evaluate our goals and motivations through movement exercises and daily discussion. For one of the exercises, we danced around the room with minimal instruction, a common occurrence at auditions. Then Joe would call out things like:

“BE RED!”
“Divide by 2!”
“Clouds are coming in”
“You and your lover decide it’s worth it”

And we would interpret as best we could to convey the direction through dance and movement.

In our daily discussions, Joe was very candid about the circus industry. Act creation, business, performance, money... all that fun stuff. It was very enlightening.

And of course, we worked out every day in addition to our 9 AM conditioning. Since Joe specializes in aerial fabric, we climbed and inverted a lot, then ended with ab work on the floor. After a month of taking it easy on my core, it only makes sense that this was the week of the abdominals.

An example of an ab exercise: Oblique Crunches on Fabric. Instructions: Hook inside leg, wrap 2 times (or more if you have slippery pants), toes together, and crunch up sideways, trying to get the elbow behind your knee. 10x each side

An example of an ab exercise: Oblique Crunches on Fabric.
Instructions: Hook inside leg, wrap 2 times (or more if you have slippery pants), toes together, and crunch up sideways, trying to get the elbow behind your knee.
10x each side

Joe also led us in an hour of stretching at the end of each day. Much of it was similar to what we do in Cirque Dakota flexibility classes, but I’ll definitely have a few torturous stretches to bring back. MUAHAHAHA....

(Sorry students, you’ll hate them, but you’ll thank me later.)

Week 4 was the perfect blend of skill/strength development and industry discussion. It very much solidified one thing:

I’m exactly where I need to be right now.

 

Next week I’ll be talking about goals and I'll hopefully have more than 3 pictures, but for now I’ve got to go spend some time with Mom and Charlie (my little brother) who are visiting for a few days!