The following post was originally featured on NowAtWork, and written by Cade Metz.

A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I heard that athletic director at College Sinfonietta, Dr. Julie Sikma was hiring an understudian (or temporary coach) for her March Program for the Arts Institute. We looked into it, and finally found a date in our schedules.

At first, we were hesitant to give our performance to a co-ed athletic director, but as we warmed up on the hula hoop in the studio, Dr. Sikma stated, “Hooping is a great form of yoga. You know, yoga gets the body into a state of relaxation and de-stressing.” As we eventually were allocated to do a few sequences with ropes attached, we thought it could be a perfect rhythm for achieving a good cardio workout.

I’m not one to disagree with Dr. Sikma, so I first gave her recommendations on what to look for and what to expect while working on an encore, but an unexpected outcome of the initial workout session was completely different than expected.

When we were doing the ropes sequence, I ended up putting my trust in a Twister Bar to exercise while being taped from shoulders up. I didn’t initially consider it, but Twister Bars add a whole new element to aerobics, hence the rephrasing of the author’s song, Aerobics is the Flow. In addition to the proper footwear to put on, or the right posture to keep, here’s the thing, unlike the traditional gym regimen, Twister Bars aren’t based on a movement but based on mental exercise.

I, on the other hand, may end up evaluating the workout based off the good or bad times, depending on what I’m feeling, and it has me with the whole “don’t look to see how you’re doing” mentality, which feels like a false reflection.

I’ve got that cadence down now: heel to toe, rotational to heel, stable to stable, and back heel to toe. All in all, with the Twister Bar, I’ve moved beyond thinking about where I’m at and what I’m doing, and towards what I can try. And when it comes to doing it, you can say Twister Bars are straight up rock solid!