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Going to Lift Classes

Monday, 08.02.2010 / 9:00 AM
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Battle of the Blades with Kelly Chase
Going to Lift Classes
Now that we’ve made fools of ourselves by doing ballet and dancing like ballerinas, it was time to go to lift classes.

This is the part where we began learning how to properly lift our partners over our heads. It’s done in a gym, and you’re there and you think when you’re looking at eight beautiful, extremely athletic, talented women, you’d be saying “This is unbelievable.”

But instead, you’re terrified because you don’t want to drop them.

The thing that has been unbelievably rattling for me is I’m stressing and have sick anxiety knowing that in a few short months, I’ll be on the ice with them and I’ll have picks on my skates. I don’t want to be stumbling all over the place and trying to keep my balance while also having to throw these girls over my head and concentrate on getting them back safely.

You SHOULD be concentrating on this beautiful skater you get to work with, and instead all you can think is “I can’t drop this poor girl who has performed all over the world in front of millions of people.”

With that said, this has been one of the best experiences in my life so far, but it’s extremely demanding.

When I was playing hockey, I concentrated on what I needed to do to be successful at training camp. I’d work on my conditioning and work on my strength and fighting. I knew what I could fall back on as an energy guy: I could go bang into guys, grab some sticks and get the team and crowd into it. I conditioned myself every year to be that guy, but the repetition of it gave me a comfort zone.

This is different. Here, there is no comfort zone. I’ve never trained harder than I am right now…ever.

And I’m so out of my element it’s unreal.

My brother made a great comment to me the other day. He said: “Don’t worry about it. You’ve already embarrassed yourself plenty in front of millions of people.”

For now, I’m done with the show’s opening orientation and will spend some time working out in preparation for the show. I’ll be back later with stories from the show and from a 21-day boot camp I’ll be doing in September.

Thanks for reading.

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