Being Graceful: Finding My Way Toward Better Movement

by Megan K on April 20, 2011

For those of you who take my Zumba Fitness classes, it will probably come as a big surprise when I tell you that I’m not terribly graceful.

In fact, I’ve even been told that I’m sort of awkward and clumsy.  Shocking.  I know. :-)

But in some ways it is true.

Not all movement comes easily to me.  I had to practice to get as “good” as I am at the basic steps covered in Zumba Fitness classes. Am I an outstanding dancer now? Far from it, but I’m certainly better than I was.

I’m experiencing the same thing now with Kettlebells.

I love to move and I love to lift weights.  But I really like kettlebells.  In fact, I like them as much as I like dancing.  There is something I find almost therapeutic about those lifts and the long periods of time I do them for.

But here is the thing, if you came into the Movement Minneapolis and knew what some of the lifts I’m doing are supposed to look like (in a competitive meet) you would probably giggle or even laugh.  My major Kettlebell lifts currently look like doo doo.

In particular, I have been struggling with the Kettlebell Jerk. It is the bain of my existence.

It looks really cool when my coach does it.

It looks even more awesome when some of the super talented women on youtube do it.

But when I do it, it looks marginal bordering on bad.  But I like it.  And damn it, I’m going to do it well. In fact, I’m going to do it exceptionally well, because I am determined.

To give you a sense of just what my struggle with this movement is like, today during training, I got so frustrated that I didn’t even finish my practice session on the jerk or the long cycle, because I was just plain tired of doing the lift “wrong”. I thought I was doing it correctly, but apparently not. Instead I went and sat in my car, cursed at myself and then burst into tears.  Totally ineffective.  But I’m far from perfect.

So this is what I’ve decided to do. I’m going to take videos of the three lifts. I’m going to analyze them with my super awesome trainer eyes and I’m going to see for myself what the problem is.  Then, I’m going to fix it.

After, I correct the inefficiencies and the technique problems, I’ll shoot more video.  When I’m done I’ll post both sets. And you, my dear readers, will see my transformation…

Will I be graceful in one or two sessions?  HA! Probably not, but by the time I compete in my first GS meet, I will be graceful.

It is not always easy to learn a new skill, but it is important.  I know that it can be hard and sometimes very frustrating. I assure you I’ve been there. But get out there and keep at it! I know you can do it!

Write this down:
“The First Rep is the Worst Rep”
(Frankie Faires)                                                                                    and “Just Keep Swimming” (Finding Nemo).

In good health,

Megan K

One comment on “Being Graceful: Finding My Way Toward Better Movement

  1. Just keep working out with me and you’ll look like the least clumsy, most awesome kettlebell lifter ever. Not that I think you need to. I’m always impressed by the masssive amount of skill you’ve got going on. That, along with the always perfectly executed Zumba routines. :)

    You know what you want and you work hard to get there. When you compete you will be awesome.

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