As you all know I'm trying to lose weight and get in shape for Bret and Kallie's wedding. I tried Yoga for awhile, but it wasn't for me. I'm just not graceful or flexible. After so many times trying to turn my body into a pretzel and looking at that woman on the video and knowing I was not even close to the correct position, I gave up.
Lately I've been doing the "Classical Stretch" workout. Kind of a cross between ballet (I need to be more graceful) and Tai Chi and easy Yoga . So tonight the workout was titled, "Sculpt your legs so you will look better in pants" (Seriously) I do have skinny, bird legs no matter how much weight I gain everywhere else, so I gave it a try. She did some really basic leg lunges and stretches and moved on to arm circles and stretches. She instructed me to cross my arms, grab my shoulders and stretch. And then she said, and I quote, "Try to pull your arms out of the sockets" I have to wonder how THAT could be good for anyone! I went to get a drink of water (it's important to hydrate before, during, and after exercising). I noticed my legs felt a little "heavy" but I thought, "pshaw! that didn't sculpt anything" When I got back to the living room Ms. Esmonde was doing some serious leg exercises and I then realized I had only experienced the WARM UP! By now my dog, Daisy (Chihuahua/Jack Russell) is bringing her toys one by one and dropping them on me, hoping I'll play with her. I am lying on my side with one knee pulled up to my chest and I'm supposed to kick the lower part of the leg I'm holding back and forth. Daisy is in the way, so I just gently tap her with my foot each time. The first time she got a "look" and put her ears slightly back. I tapped her again and she spun around and bit my foot!
I gave up the leg sculpting and did some sit ups and push ups.
I wish there was such a thing as Gain With No Pain!