So…..when I was little, I wanted to be Mary Lou Retton, the famous Olympic gymnast (yeah, I probably just dated myself). I took gymnastics for a few years, but switched to ballet before 2nd grade.
A few weeks ago, a co-worker casually mentioned she was taking an “Acro” class in town. Intrigued, I had her explain a bit more. As far as I can tell, acro is the floor portion of gymnastics. No beams, bars or vaults. Just tumbling and stretching.
Since the first class was free, and I’m always looking for a new work out, I took it for a spin last Wednesday.
We started out with some stretches and a few pushups/situps. No biggy.
Then we quickly transitioned to left/right/middle splits……
Then it was onto handstands.
Then tuck and rolls.
Then handstands into tuck and rolls.
Then backward rolls.
I’m totally serious…..
Goodness. It got serious real fast.
And then the couch announces, “Anyone practicing roundoff back-hand-springs, stay here. Anyone practicing front-hand-springs, over there.” I literally had no idea what to do. I can’t do either……I had to ask, “so….which one is easier?” Front-hand-springs it was!
To their credit, we moved slowly and used lots of soft cushions to land on. I never landed on my feet, but that’s totally cool. We even through in a few front tucks (I landed all on my rear).
Then it was the ab workout from hell. 2 days later, I still couldn’t situp without an assist.
I literally hurt from my nose to my toes. The muscles in my neck were tight, my shoulders, abs, and legs were tired and I think my big toe got a little stubbed at some point. As of Sunday night, I was close to 80%.
But it was super fun and I hope to be back soon! (Mom is still concerned I’ll get hurt )