When was the last time YOU ever did a cartwheel? I think I was seven. Yesterday, I gave my kickboxing instructor the only "stank eye" when he asked us to do cartwheels across the mat. Someone yelled out, "like the three year old kind?"
YUP, LIKE THE THREE YEAR OLD KIND.
My kickboxing instructor is also a Capoeira instructor and he is always suggesting exercises that will make us better "fighters." I am never stepping out into a ring (never say never right?) but I do all the moves he suggests because at the end of the day, there are benefits to his madness.
Benefits: A cartwheel engages your upper body and your core. Believe it or not, I did a better cartwheel yesterday vs. when I was a kid. He told us to keep our arms straight throughout the cartwheel, tighten up our tummy's and go for it. The fear of looking like a fool is now gone.
It was actually a lot of fun and I giggled the whole way through.
Lesson learned: A tough workout can include fun moves that will keep you laughing and interested the whole way through.