It’s all connected

Remember that song from childhood that talked about the “ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone, the shin bone’s connected to the leg bone…”? 

Well for the few of you who know what I’m talking about here, that’s the song that came to mind during the barre n9ne intensive I took on Sunday morning.

It’s all connected.

That’s what I walked away from the intensive thinking about. That and very sore abs, glutes, shoulders…well, everything. Hurts so good. 😉

Julianna used the intensive yesterday to show us exactly how to perfect our form (or come as close to perfect as anyone really can), and not just physically perfecting our form, but mentally perfecting it too.

Because, it’s all connected. 

Your mind. Your body. Your glutes. Your legs. Your shins. Your abs…well, you get the picture.

It’s all connected. 

Just one tiny move or shift in body weight, can change the impact of a glute raise from just going through the motions of that glute raise to totally intensifying that move so that all of the effort is placed on the muscle you’re working.

…just one tiny move.
…a whole lotta breathing.
…total focus.

It’s all connected. 

And that, my friends, reminds me of the beauty of barre n9ne…
…because you’re constantly learning.
…constantly challenging yourself.
…constantly progressing.
…constantly enacting change. 

And because it’s all of that “stuff” combined that I’ve not only used to my advantage during the countless barre n9ne classes I’m bound to take each week, but it’s something I’ve applied to my running and it’s definitely changed my running form and ability in endless ways.

…The focus I’ve harnessed in barre n9ne is the same focus I use during that last half mile, when I’m staying “there.” 

…The endurance and strength I’ve used to stay in a pose, no matter how much I want to give in to the burn, I’ve applied to the longer runs leading into the final weeks of half marathon training.

…The importance on breathing, and breathing through each move versus holding my breath, but also on breathing hard but strongly when I run.

It’s all connected. 

And it’s kind of very cool to me to think about the other connections that exist in life.  And how I can apply those connections – whatever shape those connections take – to other facets of life. Kinda makes you go “hmm” doesn’t it?

32 thoughts on “It’s all connected

  1. oh you are so right! i remember thinking that when I took my first ballet/barre class. Connected mind, body, spirit, muscles, wow!!
    Now, we just need to connect…..come to austin!

  2. It’s amazing when we realize that our bodies are instruments. We have the ability to control movements to get the most out of every situation. That’s exactly why I love Barre workouts – focused effort in a short amount of time = big bang for your buck!!! LOVE IT!

  3. I always think about how events in our life are connecting us to the next “big” thing that will happen – whether we know it yet or not 🙂 This obviously holds true for anything we challenge ourselves with, and how it will help get us ready for the next one! In this case, I’m sure those strong bar’d legs are helping your running and vice versa 🙂

    • YES! Sometimes we don’t see all those little connections leading up to the “big” event until after so even just looking back and adding it all up can be a fun little exercise too. So true.

  4. Yes, yes and yes! I think the reason I love running (and everything else) is because it’s a continual learning process! And once we learn something, we want to put it to the test to see if it’s true, then if it is, learn how to get better at it! It’s such a great feeling when everything just “clicks” and I’m so glad to see that you’re applying what you learn in barre to running!

    • Up until recently, I really didn’t “get” the whole running-is-a-constant-learning-process thing, per se. It’s like something recently clicked for me and I just can’t get enough of running and the experience I gain from coupling that with strength/barre work. The past few months have felt like a real turning point, running-wise, for me.

  5. Certain aspects of this sounds like Yin Yoga. Holding a pose for a prolonged period of time….etc.
    I like this post a lot Jess because your right it’s all connected. I find that for a while my mind wasn’t into my workouts, I lacked a bit of mental accuity while working out and mental discipline to workout. I’m trying to use my workout times as a time to meditate, clear my mind and just focus on my body. Great post!

    • It’s incredible what a difference you see in your workouts when your mind is totally and utterly “on” during a workout. Sure, there’s a time and a place to zone out and let your body take over. But the mental endurance and acuity you gain when you really focus during a workout can reap such amazing results. I love the meditation aspect of my workouts too – totally my “me” time to re-center, re-focus, re-energize.

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