I had the opportunity to take all three of the Liquid Motion workshops recently. They were absolutely amazing and completely changed how I approach floorwork. And the best part was, even though I'm not particularly flexible, I could use everything Jeni taught us! Yay!
As promised, I am blogging today about my recent adventure taking a Liquid Motion® class with the amazing Jeni Janover. For those new to my blog, note that I am NOT a pole dancer, I am an overweight woman looking to change her lifestyle for this year. This will be important information as we move forward with this blog!
When I signed up for this class, which is all about moving and being sexy, I continually thought of the LMFAO song “I’m sexy and I know it”! I do work out in fact. I was looking forward to it, thinking it was going to be a simple push your tits and ass out kind of class. Then an email came out listing the items we needed to bring as follows:
Leg warmers or knee pads
Booty shorts with yoga pants or leggings over them
Possible warm top over a sports bra
Tank top that can come off
Socks, knee highs or thigh highs
A bed sheet
Lots of water, one bottle a must
An open mind, heart and soul
Alright, I now had no thought as to what this was going to entail. Knee pads and a bed sheet? Sounds like my honeymoon! I do have an open mind, heart and soul, so off I went. WAIT!! Nope, first I have to shave, then off I go! The shaving was a workout in itself!!
When I arrived I did notice that pretty much everyone else was skinny in the class. I went with it, but wondered if I was out of my league, these girls were gorgeous, how could I sit there and try to be sexy along side them?? Then I met Jeni Janover, a woman so beautiful I almost changed tracks right then and there! Her abs are carved out of stone I tell you! I was very nervous and kept comparing myself to these women, lowering my self-esteem while getting in my sports bra and yoga pants. Oh dear, what have I done!!! On the class went and wow, Jeni is the nicest woman I have ever met. Her class is not just about finging your own movement and sensuality, but also to stop comparing yourself to other women and appreciate all women in all forms as they are. So busted was I!!
First there was some warm up exercises, and I noticed that I could not do all the movements; I meant literally my body could not move as far as it should, the boobs, butt, and tummy are in the way! So I adapted everything to my own abilities.
Jeni had us all close our eyes and go to our “black” place, the place where it is just us thinking about what we are doing without any external thoughts or influences. With the sexy music, dark room and sexy hip rotations, it was actually pretty easy to do. There were times I felt like Jennifer Beals from Flashdance, arching my back sexily up whilst water poured on me. Well the water was my own sweat, this woman knows how to get a good workout from us!
After our workout which included ouchy abdominal work, we moved to floor exercises. Having already learned to move our hips forward and back (actually not as easy as it sounds), we were then to put our knee pads on and start “buttercupping”. This is a move where, best described you are on the floor flat, put your ass in the air all sensual like and flip your hair on the floor. This description is not doing it justice at all, let me tell you, it is sexy! Anyway, Jeni told us to move our body like butter, to have all the parts move together slowly, not to just jauntily and jerkily move. We move smooth in time to our breaths.
I started doing the buttercup and realized that there was no way on earth my body was getting up the way the others were. My muscles said “nope, sorry, this is not working for me, perhaps lose some weight and we will see again”. So I adapted and sort of used my plank techniques (thank you Jayleen Epps!!) and pushed myself back, wriggling my booty up in my own way, smooth like butter. I kept doing this thinking (too bad I can’t do it right) but then I went black, and got into it, got into the music and just felt me move. I FELT sexy! Then next think I knew Jeni was next to me trying to copy the move I just did, and was going to use it in future workshops. She asked me to name it, and I thought “humping the floor” sounded alright, but we all decided on “The Hayward”. My husband later asked to see The Hayward, and I told him “you’ve been seeing it for 14 years baby!!”.
We then moved to wall exercises, and the same thing occurred; everyone went black and we all just sat there sexily moving down the wall, body waving, butts up and out, all to the rhythmn of our own bodies. No one was sitting there comparing themselves to each other, we all just found our own world and went there. Lord if men were watching let me tell you we could have made some good money!!
Then she brought out the bed sheets. I wondered if this was going to be like rhythmic gymnastics or something like that, but no, it was just another way to go black and wriggle sexily around under or over the sheet to feel the sensations. It was hot.
The point of this whole workshop was to find you inner sensuality and to move as woman are intended to. Sexy is in ourselves and how we feel and move, not in what others see. We as women should learn to appreciate each other more instead of judging each other in the catty fashion women do. It was the most freeing experience I have ever gone through, and my confidence is at an all time high. I still want to lose my weight for my own reasons including health, but man, I will never say to myself “I am ugly, I am a loser, I am nothing” because I have more confidence to walk down the street and be comfortable in my own skin, not just comfortable, but celebrate who I am and how the Creator made me: a Sexy Bitch!
One day later and something else occurred; I am SORE! This was an actual workout, muscles I didn’t know I had are crying out in pain. This is the kind of working out I could get used to! I am still too large to take actual pole dancing, but when I reach an acceptable weight limit where I can train on the pole, I think this is something I want to pursue, because feeling sexy for ME is what it’s all about.