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Wake Up Call

On Self Expression

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.

~ Madonna

soul mate, man woman, eternity love (via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucadonnini/382708059/">luca donnini</a>.)

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Workout DVD Fail: Dance Your Ass Off

A few months ago I had that dewy glow that only comes from coming from THE BEST AEROBICS CLASS EVER, which of course was Dance Your Ass Off at the 59th Street Crunch. I don't think I've ever liked anything as much as I liked that class, so I was pretty psyched to get my fingers on the new Dance Your Ass Off Workout DVD. Could it be that I was about to have that euphoric, sweat drenched feealing in the comfort of my own home?

No.  Definitely not. This DVD sucked, don't buy it.

Dance Your Ass Off Workout

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If a nine-months pregnant chick can TEACH the class, I can sweat through it

Yesterday I had a gym FAIL. I got up and went to the gym-- which in itself is a feat-- but I ended up doing five sun salutes, ten minutes of running, and then realizing I had to get out of there fast if I was going to make it to my non-skippable appointment. So today I was determined to do something substantive and I went to Crunch's Hip Hop dance class at 12:15.

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Thu, 12/03/2009 (All day)
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Wake Up Call

On Motion and Emotion

There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.

~ Carl Jung

Portrait of a Dancer (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdwaydiva1/2283109144/">BdwayDiva1</a>.)

Workout

Obsessed!!

Team Jacob forever!! ok ok j/k.  (although I can't fool you, I have read the books and seen the movies.  can we talk just a minute on how he packed on 30 pounds of muscle! wow. yup lets ignore the fact that he's only 17).  but what I'm really obsessed with (besides the obvious answer...the gym...as I went twice today), is Lillian's Wednesday night hip-hop class!

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Wed, 12/02/2009 (All day)
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late on the challenge, but the workout's on time!

Believe me or not, I was thinking the challenge started on Dec 1.

Count it or not, I've been working out anyway.. so here's the recap:

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Sat, 11/28/2009 (All day)
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Cardio Dance Party With Mom!

It is raining in Connecticut today so our scheduled hike and trip to the beach gave way to indoor activity. It turns out that Netflix has a variety of fitness videos to choose from so we went with a Salsa dance video and a Dance Party (salsa, funk, and disco) video.

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Fri, 11/27/2009 (All day)
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Inspiring

Dance Saves Lives

For all those who wonder whether rigorous training can actually "transform" your body, please consult the Arts section of today's Times. In sum: Gregg Mozgala, 31-year-old actor with cerebral palsy meets Tamar Rogoff, choreographer with mad body skills. Mozgala is inspiring, but walks "like a human velociraptor." Rogoff proposes they create a dance together. One year of intense "body work" later, Mozgala can walk down the street hardly raising an eyebrow, and feels parts of his body for the first time. And the 10 minute dance has turned into "Diagnosis of a Faun," a one hour performance with full cast. How did Rogoff succeed where 12 years of physical therapy had failed? A mix of her passion, and the specificity of her technique:

Unlike his earlier physical therapists, [Mozgala] said, Ms. Rogoff has given him knowledge of his body and specific instructions that he can employ while going about his everyday life: “Sternum down, tailbone up,” and so on. “I have the key now,” he said. “Before, I was always being manipulated by someone else.”

Does it sounds a bit like a hardcore Iyengar class, or a disciplined Pilates teacher, or a trainer with real anatomical insight? Point is: If Mozgala can walk gracefully despite still very much still having cerebral palsy, then there's clearly hope for all of us. Lousy posture is not forever, and that advanced yoga pose is within your reach, not to mention the killer dance step, the outragous kickboxing move, or a personal best in the 10K. Never underestimate your mind, or your body.

Gregg Mozgala (Via <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/arts/dance/25palsy.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hpw">Andrea Mohin</a>.)

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No Virgin Here

Today was definitely NOT my first workout ever.  No virgin here.  (Get you're mind out of the gutter people).  :)  Crunch gym was just some place I walked by on the way to the subway, but since Memorial Day its turned into my second home.  No joke.

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Mon, 11/23/2009 (All day)
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