Tactical Ninja - In which I'm silly about my body
Jan. 30th, 2014
09:23 am - In which I'm silly about my body
So apparently Kiwiburn took 2kg out of me. This is a) surprising given how much peeled salami I ate, and b) probably a good thing from the perspective of my adagio base.
I currently weigh 60kg. By most people's standards that's pretty lightweight. For me, it's a bit on the heavy side of normal. Normal for me is 58, I could probably maintain 56 for a short while if I had to, but that may not be healthy.
The thing is, most of the other women who do adagio around here are teeny-tiny. In fact, it's a thing in circus in general, that many of the women are on the small size, both height and build wise. It makes sense, since much circus stuff involves either yourself or someone else flinging your body around, lifting it and balancing on one finger and the like. So being small-but-strong is a thing. It's slightly different for men because they tend to have a stronger power-to-weight ratio anyway, but they still tend towards the wiry. But yeah, lots of tiny, strong women.
And then there's me and my 60kg. To put it in perspective, one of the ladies in our class is known as The Halfling. She's about 5'1" and weighs about 40kg. I'm serious. There's nothing to her. And she's been doing gymnastics since she was knee high to a grasshopper. She's the one that gets used for all the demos, especially with less experienced bases.
And while I know that nobody's doing it deliberately, adding another 20kg to the load after lifting The Halfling, can cause involuntary grunting in one's base. Which makes one feel a bit of a lump. Add to that, that I'm probably the heaviest flyer in the class, and a girl could be forgiven for feeling a bit .. sensitive? Paranoid? Something, anyway.. about her weight. Especially if she's been hitting the ice cream a bit and added a couple of extra kilos.
Then there's the age-old thing of handbalancing, where my elbows hyperextend and putting all my weight on them in that position makes them hurt. And lifting my own bodyweight being easier the less it is.
So yeah, having a couple of kilos mysteriously melt away just before the start of the next adagio term is an unexpected bonus. I'm never going to be a 40kg pixie. I'm more of the Lightweight-Amazon type. But I'd rather my base can bench press me than not. And I'd rather when he did, that I wasn't painfully aware of a) being too heavy and b) wobbly bits in tight costumes. Also, I don't like feeling blobby, so yay for that too.
On a different note:
Ruggedly handsome. Dangerous to know. Yep.
Photo by alphamatrix