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Watching the dancers. - Elf M. Sternberg
Watching the dancers.
The other day Kouryou-chan, Omaha and I all went to the local swimming pool. We were pleasantly surprised to find that one of Kouryou-chan's ballet classmates was there, with an adult from the ballet school who was not this friend's mother.

She appeared to be slightly older than I am, and in contrast to everyone else in the pool she positively radiated controlled mastery over her own body. She was pretty, sure, but more than that she looked strong. She moved like she consciously wanted to occupy the space she was in, and her lean, muscular, utterly devoid of fat lines impressed the hell out of me. She had the most powerful shoulders I've ever seen on a woman. "How do I get a body like that?" I asked Omaha.

"Probably dance for three hours every day?"

Yeah, probably. I've also watched Kouryou-chan's teacher at work, and it's so amazing to watch her put her feet, her hands, her knees and elbows, exactly where she wants them time and time again, every motion completely consciously executed. I had a brief moment of envy, even though I know that they both got that way through years of dedicated hard work.

I've been off my exercise program since Yamaraashi-chan restarted in January; they moved her transporation schedule up half an hour, and that was the half hour I dedicated to working out. I have to find some way to exercise, though, because this inactivity is making me feel slothful.

Current Mood: lazy lazy

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gromm From: gromm Date: March 12th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
She had the most powerful shoulders I've ever seen on a woman.

Hehe. You should have seen this one girlfriend I had. She was built like a smaller version of a male lifeguard. In no small part because she was a lifeguard before she started college.

That might be the case here too.
dougs From: dougs Date: March 12th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Part of me can't help rewriting part of that...
    "How do I get a body like that?"
    "Ask her nicely?"
I started exercising semi-regularly about a year and a quarter ago -- not swimming, but doing exercises in the pool -- and I really need to find a way of converting semi-regular into regular.
rapier From: rapier Date: March 12th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't see many dancers in my day-to-day, but I do see a fair number of martial artists. Same principle applies - I really admire when someone has such mastery of every limb and step, such awareness of the space around the body, such precisely controlled bursts of violence. Lucky for me my wife is a black belt, am I right?
urox From: urox Date: March 13th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
2 hours, 5 days a week, over one summer will do it. It is the only time in my life that I can recall having zero fat on my thighs. I didn't think that was possible before then.

UW has dance classes which is exactly what I described above...
norincraft From: norincraft Date: March 21st, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
How do I get a body like that?

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