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