Category Archives: Dancing

Uusia elämyksiä / New things

Tänään päätin yskästä ja nuhasta huolimatta käydä vähän liikkumassa. Ei lenkille, mutta jotain piti päästä tekemään. Oon ollut niin älyttömän kiukkuinen tässä koko viikon, kun ei saa purettua ylimääräistä energiaa mihinkään. Tänään sitten pääsin aamupäivällä vähän balettiin. Ei ollut tutua eikä kärkitossua, eikä muutenkaan kovin baletillista vaatetusta, mutta siellä sitä tehtiin plieitä ja releveitä ja muita ihan into piukassa. Oon käynyt joskus tanssimassa modernia tanssia, mutta syystä tai toisesta se on aina jäänyt. Jotain sieltä jäi muistiin, kun noiden liikkeiden nimet tuntuivat tutuilta. Balettiope oli kiva ja symppis, joten ehdottomasti meen toistekin. Mutta pistän ainakin säärystimet että on balleriinafiilistä enemmän kun löysissä salihousuissa 🙂

Toinen uusi juttu oli se telinevoimistelu. Viime lauantaina piti passata, mutta tänään raahauduin paikalle. Ajattelin jotenkin että siellä joku pitää mua kädestä ja auttaa tekemään takaperinkuperkeikkaa (en nimittäin oo ikinä oppinut sitä kunnolla), mutta ei se ihan niin mennyt. Nimittäin alkulämmöiksi tehtiin jo kärrynpyöriä ja käsilläseisontaa. Mitähän ihmettä ne tekivät siellä viime viikolla? Lämpän jälkeen nimittäin lähdettiin heilumaan rekkitangolle ja tekemään (maassa olevalle) puomille kuperkeikkoja sekä hyppimään arabialaisia. Ensi viikolla varmaan sitten ihan sujuvasti jo tehdään voltteja? Huomasin sellaisen kivan seikan kun koitin tehdä rekkitangolla neulansilmää. Mulla on niin lyhyet kädet, (ja iso persosasto) että kun yrittää saada jalat tuolta välistä niin ottaa persuskiinni tankoon 😀

Despite still sneezing and all, I needed to get some workout done. In the morning I went to a ballet class to do some plié stuff and whatnots. It’s been a long time doing something so disciplined in a way, it was fun and hard. In the afternoon it was time for gymnastics. I thought that it would be easier. You know, someone would teach me how to do a cartwheel or something. But we did cartwheels and handstands just for warmup. Whoa. Well, it was fun anyway 🙂

 

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Late bloomer

I’m always a bit late with these Les Mills classes. The new routines comes, and I’m like “well, it’s too crowded this week, I’ll go next week”. The next week comes, and I don’t go. Then after the new routine is a month old, and everyone else knows it, then I go. No pressure! This new BodyJam is great great great! Definitely going again next Monday. The house routine, oh dear! Love it!

Besides finding BodyJam again, I’ve been making smoothies. There’s couple of things I’ve learned:

  • it’s all about the colors of the ingredients
  • no matter how careful you try to be, you end up with a suspiciously brown smoothie

But tonight I managed to make a nice one, which was sweet but not too sweet and not at all brownish color! Here’s the ingredients/recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of red currants
  • 1 spoon of turkish yoghurt
  • about half a cup of lemon&orange juice, or just orange juice
  • oatmeal flakes

Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes to share? Please do so 🙂

Jamming

I haven’t been dancing for ages.. And today’s BodyJam proved it. We were mostly mixing, since our instructor just got the new Jam-dvd in her hands today. Literally.

Basic endurance training is much more fun when it’s done dancing… It just might not be as efficient as running when keeping in mind the half-marathon-goal. Good for me, September is far away, so I can dance and say it counts for running!

 

Dancing queen

Street style dancing today, and I almost felt like I was doing something right. Our instructor is an actual dance pro, so the classes are totally different than for example Les Mills dance classes. Our instructor improvises the choreographies if he sees we (you see, we are just mere mortals trying to dance, none of us is a dancer) just don’t get it. He also corrects you when you are doing something wrong. He looks you into the eyes, gets your attention and shows you the choreography bit as many times you need to get it right. I love that about him, it’s fun to be actually taught something personally. Compared to BodyJam for example.

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Before dance I did some gym (that explains the shaky pic…). Hands this time.

  • Dumbbell bench press: 4 * 10, 13,6kg
  • Bench dips: 4 * 10, 10kg plate
  • Cable triceps extensions: 4 * 10, 30kg
  • Cable bicep curls: 4 * 10, 30kg
  • Lateral raises: 3 * 10, 8kg
  • Back: 3 * 12

I managed to get my back really sore last time I did deadlifts, so I did back without added weight and skipped leg raises since they felt just bad. Dancing opened my back a bit, so I’m all good now 🙂

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Oh, and the weird weights in bench, triceps and biceps are explained by the fact that I wasn’t at my normal gym. And the equipments are bit different. But the 30kg is about as same as 15kg at my normal gym.

It’s all about bounce and locking and future plans

Street dance time again. I think I’m getting the hang of it. A little. Well at least I don’t look like a wannabe ballerina who has entered the wrong class room all the time. Maybe just 55min out of an hour or so. Progress!

It’s all about the right gear let me tell ya. Loose pants, leg warmers, loose top. I wish I could look more like a dance and less like a lost ballerina, but hey. I’m doing it and getting better.

I’ve been back at my 30 fat/30 protein/40 carbs diet after the disastrous two weeks of I’m-sick-so-I-can-eat-what-I-want-especially-if-it-is-unhealthy-and-has-chocolate-in-it. So let’s hope there will be some progress by the end of the year. Negative progress as loosing weight. I have been working on my exercise plan too and hope to get it ready by Friday. I mean I need high intensity workouts, core training, strength training and mobility training, and at the moment I have something like this planned:

Easy week:

  • Monday: BodyJam
  • Tuesday: Street dance
  • Wednesday: Skating
  • Thursday: Pilates
  • Friday: Gym
  • Saturday: Gym + Stretching
  • Sunday: Skating + Stretching

So 7(+2) hours. 2h of cardio, 1h of core, 2h of mobility, 2h of strength and 2h of skating which doesn’t really count. If I want and feel like it, Monday’s BodyJam is optional, but it has to be replaced on Saturday by a run or walk.

Normal week:

  • Monday: Tabata (30min) + BodyJam
  • Tuesday: Gym (morning) + Street dance
  • Wednesday: Crosstrainer (30min, morning) + Skating
  • Thursday: Swimming (morning) + Pilates
  • Friday: Gym + Stretching
  • Saturday: Gym + Stretching
  • Sunday: Skating + Stretching

Normal week is 11h+2h. 4h of cardio, 1h of core, 3h of mobility and 3h of strength and again 2h of skating that we do not count. Tabata is included into the cardio here. This week if I need a rest day, what would be Sunday. As skating does not count remember?

Hard week:

  • Monday: Tabata + BodyJam
  • Tuesday: Gym (morning) + Street dance + Core
  • Wednesday: Crosstrainer (60min, morning) + Skating + Stretching
  • Thursday: Bootcamp (morning) + Pilates
  • Friday: Swimming (morning) + Gym + Stretching
  • Saturday: Tabata + Gym + Stretching
  • Sunday: Gym + Skating + Stretching

Hard week is then 15+2h. 6h of cardio, 1h of core, 4h of mobility, 4h of strength and 2h of nothing (skating). Tabata and Bootcamp are high intensity workouts. This week there is no such thing as rest day. After a hard week there comes a easy one anyway.

So that’s what I have planned so far, I’m gonna propose this to my PT and see what does he make of it. I’m guessing something along the lines “are you mad?” and “well, at least you are stretching”.

And because it’s beginning to look like this in Finland:

What else would I do except hangout at the gym? My boyfriend spends as much time in there as I do too, so I’ll see him there 😀

Five left feet

So I went to Street dance again. Oh man, I’m just so lost in there. But it’s still fun, and I’m not bumping on other dancers all the time, so I can keep “dancing”. I wouldn’t actually call it street dance or hip-hop what I’m doing. It’s more like “bad ballerina-wannabe who is trying desperately to look cool”.

I’d show you how bad I am, but I don’t have any videos. Instead, this is just cool (and not me):

Urban street dance is daft

…for a figure skater. You see, I’ve been taught that all moves should be effortless, light, beautiful, smooth. Street dance is nothing but. If you are any good, it looks effortless, but the movement language is so not what I’m used to. And the tempo is really fast.

The whole rhythm count thing is different. As a synchro skater I count eights. You know, “one – two – three – four – five – six – seven – eight”. As a figure skater I don’t have to count. The melody and interpretation of it is more important.

But in dance, you count “one AND two AND three AND four”, so it’s double the amount of things one has to do. I’m too slow and “ballety dancery” (that is definetly not a word 😀 ) but it’s really nice to get out of my comfort zone.

What do you do that is out of your comfort zone?