1. Dancers are really f'in strong. As one that has spent the most of my athletic life doing lunges and squat-based strength training, I have been amazed at how quickly I become a quivering mess when asked to perform a series of small, precise movements that rely on smaller and long-dormant muscle groups. In case you are feeling smug, try this one for perspective.
2. Three pounds are really, really heavy. There is definitely a different kind of muscle fatigue that comes from lifting very light weights for many, many repetitions. I learned that the hard way when I started with five pound weights (the heaviest on the shelf) and had to downgrade to 3 pounders less than two minutes into the upper body portion of the work out. Feeling burly? Give this one a shot:
4. It is possible to work every muscle group to failure and yet not be sore the next day. This phenomena has been the most surprising thing to me about doing these kinds of classes and workouts. I really don't understand it physiologically, yet I have found that I will collapse out of several postures in a class because I am physically incapable of completing the sequence, walk out of a class totally exhausted, and then wake up feeling great the next day with no residual soreness. So weird, yet so surprisingly pleasant and sustainable.
5. Like every other sport out there, this one has a dress code. It's just that this one appears to be fancy Lululemeon tops, long tights, and funny socks with knobby bottoms. I have of course broken all conventions by just showing up in the running clothes and socks that I just actually ran in, but at least I am there, sweaty hair and all.
I can't say I am a complete convert and some of the moves are definitely not my favorite (e.g., the entire back-against-the-wall abs sequence), but in terms of a full body workout that I can feel strengthening, lengthening and awakening my muscles - I'll take it, pelvic tilts, funny socks and all. If you actually do some of the moves mentioned in this post, I'll bet you will gain your own new appreciation of the experience too.
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