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By squigs (Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:29:54 AM EST) (all tags)
Spending most of a week unable to stretch your arms without pain has to be a downside. 

It gets easier after a couple of weeks.



I was finding Ceroc rather boring.  The beginners' moves were trivial and the intermediate moves would never stick for the whole week.  I needed something different.  So I started to flick through Gumtree for interesting Community classes.

"Aerial Workshop - Suitable for total beginners.  Just turn up".  So I turned up. 

The boy girl ratio was a little skewed from most of my hobbies.  Seven girls, one boy (me).  A couple of other lads turned up after a bit. 

There were a few absolute beginners.  Quite a lot of people only manage one class.  Teacher, demonstrated by swinging up going into "pike" - almost always the first position.  I grabbed onto the bar, leapt up and found myself hanging upside-down with my feet on the bar.  A good start.  Stopping half way like this is fine for a beginner.  A little help from Teach for the balancing and I was more or less in position.  We were taught a few other moves and then went onto the rope. 

Rope work is taught by Teach's daughter - let's call her monkeygirl - A sweet enough girl who's a little too apologetic but knows her stuff.  Gravity does not apply to this girl. 

First thing we were taught was how to climb a rope.  Something I was slightly wary about because I've never succeeded at this in the past.  After a minute of demonstration from Monkeygirl, I found myself able to clamber up the rope no trouble at all.  So that was why I never managed before.  I was never taught.  Would have been nice if all those school PE teachers could have taught something. 

So I learned something new, had some exercise, and met new people.  A week of aching arms is a small price to pay.

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Gravity does not apply to this girl by TPD (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:35:08 AM EST
you want to hold onto her


why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
He used to do surgery for girls in the 80s by Herring (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:36:24 AM EST
But gravity always wins.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Arise by TPD (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:36:31 AM EST
Sur-gery


why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
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I always envied the rope climbers by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:35:19 AM EST
I was never taught the trick in gym.


Just don't end up by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 12:43:45 AM EST
like my 40+ yr old friend, who decided he wanted to learn gymnastics. He had a great go at it, and noted the same awful soreness for several days.. About 5 months into it, and getting very good at various moves etc, he was doing a simple spring board flip type, onto mats, blew his knee out.. Put an end to his gymnast days.


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