When I first started blogging, I didn’t go to any events as a blogger. I just went as a punter, and a nervous one at that. I was pretty anxious about meeting new people, and quiet when I was alone. Blogging has changed me so much in this respect. I have to put myself out there, both online and in person, when going to events or meeting up with people I’ve met through my blog. I put myself out of my comfort zone to experience new things, meet new people and ultimately, make my life more exciting.
This weekend I tried something completely out of my comfort zone. I went along to a Flex in the City class run by Nicola (who turns out taught at my old gym, and I had taken her class before!). My Mum volunteered to come and take some snaps of the class, which was a double bonus for me.
I met up with Nicola outside the All Star Bowling lanes on Brick Lane (that made me want to go bowling soon!) and from there we headed to a nearby park to start stretching and warming up. I did warn her in advance just how unflexi I am but I think we were all a little surprised by the lack of mobility in my hip flexors! Probably not helped by the fact that I was working out in my jeans and coat- apparently the jeans help increase your grip on the poles especially over leggings! Another guy, Nick, joined us for the class- they’re open for up to 6 people per session.
After a great warm up, we left the park to try out our first ‘flex’ on a lamppost. Nicola uses lamp posts a lot in her moves, using them to hang off, pretzel round and plank from. She made it look so easy balancing on the post, while I felt like a big heffalump clambering up. My upper body needs some working on!
I tried, and failed to hold myself off the ground on a different pole, however I did have a good go at ‘the pretzel’!
We moved to a doorway (of someone’s house- luckily no-one opened the door!), where we bridged in the doorframe. I found this a little awkward with my head poking outside of the frame. Clearly I am NOT a bendy person, although I did find this a lot easier than holding myself up on the pole.
Moving to a wider frame for the shot of the day;
If you want to try a Flex in the City class with Nicola, she runs sessions every Sunday for £12. If you’re looking to try something a little different, and have a good laugh-probably at yourself- then I would give a Flex in the City class a go! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Was this with a big group or only a few of you? Looks super cool!
Charlie you were great. Everyone feels little like you do in guest session so give yourselve a big pat on the back!
@healthyhappierbear this was a small group and the sessions will never be more than six. Come give it a go!
Haha this looks completely amazingly fun! How did it feel as a workout in terms of exertion?
I was actually surprised how physical it was!! I think the more you put in, the more you get out of it, but I’d do it on a double workout day!!
The shot of the day looks amazing! Well done x
Thanks Laureen, love all the photos against graffiti that are popular at the moment!
This looks like so much fun- the photos are amazing! You actually look pretty flexible and strong in the photos- not sure if I could do any of those poses!
I think I’m the same as you were- if I’m alone I’m quite shy, and things like this are definitely out of my comfort zone, but I guess that’s even more of a reason to do them!
Awww thanks Jess, I am definitely not flexible! Yes- do something every day that scares you, even if it’s just putting yourself out there!
This looks like so much fun! Your Mum managed to get some great pics too.
Great models but thank you Clare!
I know, she is brilliant and only a little embarrassing!
I love the idea of this! I’m really, really inflexible but I remember being so impressed by a guy at uni who could climb up a lamppost and hang from the top in all these cool bendy poses!
Cool pictures, especially that last one. 🙂