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Do you ever make it to the final credits of a movie and wonder WHY did I just spend waste an hour and a half watching that? Maybe you keep watching, thinking it just has to get better, but it never does? Or maybe you keep watching because it’s SO bad and you’re laughing hysterically at how horrible it really is.

I just watched a movie like that. Browsing the dance titles on Netflix, I chose “C Me Dance.”  The movie opens with an odd highway scene, cutting between the terrified driver of a car, a baby in the back seat, and the front grill of a truck barreling down the road.  I had to pause the movie, thinking I had accidentally started a weird horror flick because it surely didn’t seem like a dance movie.

I had the right film. I should have moved onto a different movie right then and there, but if I had done that, I wouldn’t be writing this blog post, you lucky people.

First of all, I’m sure there’s someone somewhere that was blessed or touched by this movie. I am not one of those people. This is one of those films that gives Christian media a bad name with its sub-par acting combined with a ridiculous script. Before I started watching, I didn’t even realize it was a religious piece. Jesus lyrics blaring at the shopping mall–that was the giveaway.

I liked the dancing and most of the music was pretty good too.  During one of the scenes, I thought I recognized a couple of the dancers. I thought, no, it can’t be. Well, maybe it could be. Then I saw their names scroll by in the previously mentioned credits. Well, I’ll be! Hot diggedy dog. It was the Ballet Magnficat dancers. They were the best part of the movie.

The story line was absurd and unbelievable. I leave you with the official trailer so you can see for yourself.

feeling the burn of swan arms

My little miss and I just popped in this dvd last night for the first time. It has four 15 minute segments of targeted exercises. We started with “swan arms.” Oh man, flapping your arms gracefully for an entire 15 minutes is a killer! Just 1 or 2 minutes will make the uninitiated feel the heat and beg to drop the arms.  It will take me a long time to be able to do the full session. She has several parts where she stretches and tells you to breathe for a rest, but it’s only for about 1 second.  I’m not kidding!  And her stretches aren’t really the kind of stretches I’m used to doing. She basically lifts her arms overhead and then drops them as quickly as she got them up and then she’s back to flapping her arms. I barely have time to reach up before she’s back to doing the exercise.  Flapping is probably the wrong word to use since Mary Helen Bowers in the video is full of grace.

I am hoping that by doing the swan arms portion of this dvd a couple times a week, it will minimize the flab on the back of my arms:)  I’d like my teenage arms back.

After only about 5 minutes, my little miss asked if there was something that wasn’t JUST for arms. Understandably! So I jumped ahead to the “body blast” but we were only there for a few seconds before our 4 menfolk came home, so I just turned it off because I can’t exercise under their scrutiny!

I went ahead and watched the full swan arms this morning. I did the movements at about 1/2 pace or even slower. And I let my stretches be a little longer than hers so I could have a longer rest than she allows.  I have something to work toward: being able to do it at full speed for the full 15 minutes. I’ll keep you posted. And I’ll also tell you about the remaining 3 sections of the dvd, available at the ballet beautiful website or at amazon once I have the opportunity to watch them.

My arms: feeling good and a little sore! My shoulders too.

awesome workout dvd

So I bought this dvd awhile back. I was doing it nearly every night for a while. but the thing about dvd workouts is that the music is always the same, the order of exercises never varies so it can get old quick. I was trying several different workouts on Netflix watch instantly (isn’t technology great!) and I came across this one, but it wasn’t available on Netflix at all. Because it had favorable user reviews and the price was right for a mere $7.49, I decided to take the plunge and buy it sight unseen from Amazon.com.  I love it. It’s very doable for me (unlike the NY City ballet workout DVDs,) yet offers a challenge because I can’t do everything on it yet.

I got it out yesterday for the first time in over a month. There’s one part where she says, “Now you feel the heat in your arms.”  Whenever I get to that part in the workout, my arms are killing me and her saying that is confirmation.  But hey, last night, my arms weren’t burning yet. I was so proud of myself that I could go a little further than previously.

Oh and she works out by the ocean and a pool and flower garden and  you can see the wind moving the trees and the waves in the background.  Nice scenery.

I highly recommend this dvd!