Apparently I am not nearly as strong as I supposed. In fact, I would venture to say that I am pathetically weak. This is a slightly distressing development.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've started taking some aerial silks classes. I expected it to be difficult, because I knew going in that I have no arm/upper body strength. I didn't expect to discover that I have absolutely no core strength, and lack some degree of leg strength (specifically the inner thighs...which was unexpected to say the least since I try to be conscious of using my turnout muscles in ballet class).
I have a perfectionist sort of personality, so its frustrating for me when I'm not automatically good at something. Silks is something I am not automatically good at. Everyone else is class is able to climb, wrap their feet in without hands, and hang upside down, while I'm still down on/near the ground (the wrapping is easy, the holding myself up with my arms is not).
Last night, I was doing a splits maneuver (close to the ground), and while I'm able to get a great split (even the teacher said, "Your splits are amazing!") I don't have the strength to get OUT of it (lots of inner thighs and arms involved). Ugh. The frustration of it is simultaneously making me think, "Maybe this isn't for me, I should quit," and "Screw this, I am going to do ALL the strength training at home."
My specific homework? Actually DO the homework. Ha.