Recently I rediscovered Iman’s weblog. (As in David Bowie’s wife, if you don’t follow the fashion world). It’s a fun space where you can get a glimpse of a truly jet set lifestyle. I love how she uses words like “girl” and “honey” when she speaks and writes. In her blog she mentions a fitness routine she has started in New York by fitness instructor Patricia Moreno. Since I have no hope of attending such a class I thought I would see what videos Patricia has produced. This is when I came across her Kick Box: Cross Train video. “That sounds like fun”, I thought. After viewing the video summary my first thought is “uh, how can I execute those moves?”. I can just imagine myself in front of the screen trying to figure out which limb goes where.
This reminds me of my first year as a student in a Japanese university when TV personality and dancer Carrie Ann Inaba was a fellow student and working in the Tokyo entertainment industry. She agreed to teach a dance routine to students in our newly minted dance club. We were taught a routine to go along with the song “I’m Your Venus”. I have a distinct memory of Carrie Ann standing next to me in practice and squashing a sigh as I struggled to perfect a basic move – bend one knee, drop hip and then do the same on the other side. How pathetic. I know. My mind body connection is clearly not what it should be.
When you are in your first year post twin pregnancy it’s important to ramp up the exercise. Unfortunately I find gyms to be most boring. I’d rather go for a walk or get on a bike if I can. Trying a sport like fencing or rowing is even better. With two young babies on hand, however, even going for a bike ride has to wait for awhile. So it’s back to the idea of finding an appealing fitness video. (I own a few pilates ones already. The instructors always go too fast!) Sigh. Maybe kick boxing could be the charm. I won’t know until I try!
Pamela Chan/Editor, BCfamily.ca