Blog 7 Kenneth Got his Muscle Up

One of the really lovely things about writing this blog is that I get to share the news I care about. So as you can tell from the title I am excited that Kenneth got his muscle up on the rings and that I was there to witness it. I also got to witness his happy dance afterwards and he does a really good happy dance by the way.

First a little preamble to this exciting event. One of my favourite things in circus training is to work on the rings. Sometimes we have me, Alessandro, Nick from trapeze, Kenneth from aerial and Liam representing the gym world, all taking turns on the rings.  Liam by the way works at Inception a much friendlier, kinder and more effective gym experience.  Excuse the quick plug there and it’s back to circus. I always used to look at those ring sessions as if each person was representing their chosen field. I knew Kenneth wanted his muscle up and Alessandro had given him some tweeks to get it to where he needed it to be. Last night Kenneth decided he wanted to have a go and Alessandro and I just stood quietly to one side and watched. Kenneth got up onto the rings and I held my breath. Then he did the second bit and then he got up and it was awesome. I’m muttering under my breath, get down slowly, don’t rip every muscle you have now by getting down too quick but I need not have worried. He got down as elegantly as he got up and I had witnessed my friend do his first muscle up on rings. I was so proud of him. It’s also pretty cool to see someone do something for the first time, anyone into their fitness knows that’s it’s fantastic when you finally master a move you’ve been working towards.  Well done Kenneth!

We also did the Tunnel of Death Thursday night and I just love that. I learned about the Tunnel of Death from Andrew at Point A and I think Alessandro was sick of me talking about it because he said ‘fine we’ll do the Tunnel of Death”, and off we all trooped to go do the Tunnel of Death.  For those of you who don’t know,  the Tunnel of Death is cartwheeling between mats and it helps straighten you up but it freaks you out cartwheeling in such an enclosed space. I completely suck at the Tunnel of Death but it doesn’t stop me enjoying it and when I go first it relaxes everyone else because they figure I can’t be as bad as Trish is. One of my circus buddies was very funny about the Tunnel of Death, she wanted every safety angle imaginable and I said you’re missing the point of the Tunnel of Death. She would have had the Tunnel of A Bit of A Risk. I’m making fun and she should slap me when she next sees me especially as she does fantastic aerial stuff that heaps scarier than the Tunnel of Death. It really does freak you out trying to go through the tunnel. Alessandro lined himself up along the edge of the tunnel too which freaked me out a bit because I was scared of hitting him. He said we had to look at the end of the tunnel instead of worrying about hitting the mats or him and at least when I did that I didn’t crash quite so badly.

Ryan did some very speccy poi stuff Thursday night and it was great to watch it. He apparently has also started watching You Tube clips of stuff he can try and tries it out in class.

That all happened on Thursday night. Alli also baked a really nice cake for Alessandro’s birthday which meant there was much feasting after training, so thank you Alli, it was delish.

Monday night training was good fun but goodness knows where the time goes. Grant and Lilly were there and they’re always good fun. Pete was there and I love trying to compete strength and flexibility with him.  Grant precipitated an avalanche of hugging when he announced that he and Lilly were going camping and would miss next week’s training. Pearl came and joined us and she’s a very bendy girl I know. It was fun to show her what we do and I’m hoping she’ll come back when Nick our trapeze guy is here (he’s off on holiday lucky thing) because she likes trapeze and it would be great to do a session with her.

I did some wrist push ups which I’m a bit proud of. I’m not sure if I’m doing them exactly right so I shall have to ask Alessandro when I see him next. There’s some good photos this week so I’ll hand it over to the photos to finish off the blog. Acrobats first.

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And then the aerialists. I actually looked at this picture and thought whoa!

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OK thank you for reading please come and join us if you’d like to,you’ll have a lot of fun.

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