I am proud to announce that Trampoline Jumping for 40-Year-Old Women, Instructional Video #1, is now ready and posted for your viewing edification.
Although I have not fully mastered the front-aerial-somersault/cross-legged/lift/jump/twirl/cartwheel/back-somersault-to-a-stand routine yet (the landing on the front-aerial-somersault is 30 percent on my feet and 70 percent in the cross-legged/lift/jump stance position), I believe this exercise is good, and showing process/progress is even better. Yes, that list of accomplishments each of us holds is really our own individual list of works-in-progress that must be celebrated and noted.
BUT, before your viewing pleasure, I do have a few remarks to add to the comments already made in the video.
I KNOW that, after viewing this tape, you will be sprinting to You Tube where I have enjoyed studying other trampoline artists showcasing their talent and technique, so I want to offer some guidance.
DO, at all costs, avoid the “Trampoline Accidents” option.
DON’T think you need to buy a skateboard.
DO visit and enjoy kids’ videos.
DON’T feel you need to employ every piece of advice they offer.
Let me elaborate. I happen to find the Heugans’ videos charming and adorable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhG87blmczo). They have great things to say, and much of how I approach the trampoline is based on their work. Having said that, though, feedback MUST be put through the filter of “We Are Not 17-Year-Old Teen Boys.” For example, the young man, midway through HIS instructional video, suggests that you can land “on your knees” in an effort to become accustomed to the somersault move. However, as a 40-year-old woman who wishes to be a running at 80, I didn’t even consider this option. I NEED my knees.
“You can land on your back…whatever…you finish your rotation but you land on your back,” the young man offers.
“SWEET,” I thought. “I’ll try that!”
Not a good idea. That DID leave me feeling a bit jarred and unable to jump for a day or two. You see, I had temporarily forgotten that I am a 40-year-old woman. (Of course, after his instruction, the young man DID announce, “That’s called a suicide roll.” That SHOULD’ve given me a clue!)
As mentioned previously, in the challenges of life, I am creating and finding my moments. I continue to prevail, even if it means I am going cyberspace with my pulsating aura of Goddess trampolining dork-itudeness!
So I invite you to turn up the audio and enjoy! (But, please! NO horror stories!)
(I do want to offer a heartfelt thank-you to my Tribe for encouraging me to engage in such wonderful silliness, and, especially, to Goddess Schawn, for warming up with me, taping this, and helping us figure out the computer cord/MAC versus PC/GMail versus YAHOO weirdness.)
(PSST, Goddess Schawn, I think they’re all gone now…let’s head out to jump, bounce, spin, and twirl to our hearts’ content! I love you! HEEEE!!!)
LL (trampolynne), 6/4/2009. Prevail.