Friday, July 13, 2012
Hello Tae Bo my old friend
We were doing Tae Bo last night and I thought of all Billy Boy (Blanks) and I have been through together. We first started doing Tae Bo back in 1998. When I lost my first chunk of weight (85 lbs. You know before I gained it all back and then some) Tae Bo was our staple. We basically just went back and forth between the basic and advanced VHS tapes (shut up) and maybe did a strength or two.
I was thinking about how I could anticipate the moves and such and it was so familiar. How much easier it was for me now. I used to not be able to do the squat kicks at the same time like he did, I had to do one or the other but I did last night. I used to not be able to do the jumping jacks but my super duper sucker pants enabled me to do them without pulling a fat roll. I used to dread this side/front kick combo that was preceded by this song that sounds like hammers and I would get a pit in my stomach. Now it's one of my favorite moves. (Side note: why is it whenever an instructor says "if any of you know karate", dudes feel the need to morph into faux Bruce Lee and show off their highest kicks when you know they've pulled a groin muscle?) We used to stop halfway through and declare ourselves done because we had to work up to the halfway point at our heaviest. It amazes me that this is now one of our "easier" workouts in the scheme of things given how hard it used to be. I got the chance to thank him 12 years ago in person for what he helped do for us then and literally the crowd parted when he said "come here" and gave me the biggest hug.
Tae Bo is one of those workouts I will likely always do at least a few times a month because of variety but also because it feels like an old friend. One that is there for you in all forms whether it was our worst form or our current best. (3 more pounds and I'll finally be back to the weight I was when I lost it all with Tae Bo in the late 90's) I'm thankful you're still around old friend. I'll never ditch you for a newer cooler friend.
What workout/activity will you always have as part of your workout regimen regardless of its popularity?
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