It’s so annoying to make a list of moves I want to do, look at it and go, “Okay, how do I make that happen?” and realize the answer every time is work out to build strength. Oh you want to do an epic air guitar toe touch? You have to have abs. You think doing a super cool back bend while you pretend to shred sounds nice? Gotta work on your abs, back, and legs! Having stage presence is one thing, picking out the right song is another but I’ll be damned if I really do have to get in shape to take this where I want to go. I kind of don’t have a choice.
I have a problem with having unrealistic goals. I feel like I’ve said that before. When I first thought about doing air guitar, I had all of these insane ideas about moves I wanted to master. Including something that looks straight out of a college varsity cheerleading competition. I’m a 35 year old woman. See “unrealistic”. But maybe not? In seven weeks I’m this much closer to doing a split! That’s something, right? I’ve got over 8 months until the regional air guitar competitions. This picture is making me feel hope. I look at it and I’m feeling empowered. Last week was the first time I didn’t have to support myself with the blocks and the first time my front calf was fully touching the ground. And truth be told, I haven’t really been working as hard as I can on the stretching. I could do so much more between classes.
Now that I’ve educated myself a bit about stretching, have goals around it that I’m working on, I’m going to move forward and start focusing on my core strength too. I really do want to get some air while jumping from standing so that’s the next goal. I’m meeting my friend and trainer Megan tomorrow to start our ab blasting mayhem. Ridiculous ‘before’ videos of me attempting a toe touch to come.