This year will mark the 1st anniversary of me beginning pole fitness. It will also hopefully, be my first full year of pole fitness. Come September a lot of my fitness activities are going to have to be dropped but my hope is to keep Pole as the one thing I do still do. I love it and I get a lot out of it.
At the start of the year I started to think what I wanted to achieve this year, so my three goals are:
- Get comfortable with shoulder mounts.
Achievable I think. I have managed to reverse shoulder mount quite a few times with relative comfort.
Probably my hardest goal. I really need to work at my core strength for this. I don’t have the worst core but it is no where near where I need it to be to be able to do this. I also need to learn how to communicate with my hips as they seem to be on a different wave length to the rest of my body.
- Be confident with superman.
I have done Superman once. It wasn’t pretty. Getting into it the following week just didn’t happen. I need to work at putting up with the pain as well as some more flexibility in my hips! I think this one is pretty do-able.
And of course I want to continue learning lots of new moves in intermediates. Trying to actually remember the names of some of them LOL and perfecting the ones I have already managed a couple of times.
I’ve written about starting pole before and how much I was enjoying it. Well a couple of weeks ago I cracked out all the required beginners moves which means I am now moving to Intermediate 1, my first class is tonight! EEK!
I went to my first class on 2nd March and almost exactly 6 months later I am moving up to Intermediates 1!
I’ve learnt so much and gained so much in terms of strength and my own confidence. I’ve managed moves I didn’t think I would be able to do! At my first lesson I managed to invert and from there I was able to slowly but surely progress onwards!
For a long time this was my nemesis move, crossing that knee over just didn’t come very naturally to me but one day it just clicked.
I’ve always been able to do this quite easily. I’ve enjoyed it and found it my ‘easy’ move. Now its been about getting more flexibility in my hip.
This took a lot of guts to try. The first few attempts at trying to push my feet down and hips up was really tough and often involved having my instructor holding my feet downwards but eventually I’ve got there with it slowly but surely!
This has got to be one of the most painful moves! Some weeks I just cannot make myself do it! I find sits in general incredibly painful and so getting this sit to then layback is really tough for me, and it requires core strength! I couldn’t believe it when I first managed to do it but I’ve slowly got better and better at it and I think it looks really pretty.
But now its time to move on up and learn new moves, learn how to do them, develop them, get stronger. I am excited for the new challenge!
About three months ago my friend Rachel from Rachs Place put on facebook she had signed up for a pole fitness class, I’d been wanting to go and try one again so asked if I could tag along. A few years ago I had tried a 6 week course at the gym round the corner from me but I hadn’t particularly enjoyed the way it was taught, too much emphasis on ‘sexiness’ which for me was not why I was doing it and not something I naturally am! So I tentatively went along to this different place to see what it was like.
From that first week I was hooked, the teacher was lovely and friendly. Encouraging but not to the stage that it felt fake. When she encouraged me to attempt to invert on the first week and I did actually manage it I shocked myself!
Since then I have been pretty much every week with the exception of the week following both my recent tattoos just to allow extra healing time as they are on my arms and would have got bashed, and the week after Rat Race Dirty Weekend as I was still recovering. But the weeks I don’t go I hate it!
I’ve got to know the various faces who attend the classes. I’ve learnt where the bruises are most likely to appear. I’ve learnt that some weeks it will be more painful than others. I’ve learnt some people are naturally graceful, others aren’t … I’m not! I’ve learnt I’m more flexible than I thought I was. I’ve learnt the only barriers are the ones I put up, I can do more than I realise!
I love seeing myself progress, feeling myself getting stronger, making moves look better, feeling more secure.