Pole Goals 2017

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.

  • Achieve deadlift inverts

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.

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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.

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Graduating from Pole Beginners!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

7 years of blogging!

It occurred to me last week that I have had this blog for over 7 years now.

Officially it turned 7 on the 15th June. Thats pretty mental.

7 years of memories.

7 years of growing up, evolving, changing, adapting.

In 7 years I have:

shared posts about why I so passionately champion the give blood campaign.

written about my grief for friends who departed too soon, friendships that ended too soon, loved ones we have lost

used the blog as an outlet throughout my Open University Degree

opened up about my birth trauma and the slow journey to acceptance and moving on

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written a regular diary throughout my second pregnancy

shared the difficulties of losing weight

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my journey into discovering a love of running from the early days

the highs and lows of my first half marathon

my first marathon

subsequent brighton marathon

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injury woes last year

discovering the gym as a way to keep fit

beginning my journey with pole fitness

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I think one of the biggest things to come out of writing this blog and being part of the parent blogging community though was the fundraising I was part of following the sudden death of Edspire’s beautiful daughter Matilda Mae.

The year she passed away we did a skydive and continued to do them for two years following as well as last year running 24 events to mark the 24 months since she had passed away. The first two years raised over £10,000 for The Lullaby Trust as a combined group of bloggers. And last year I added another £700 on top of that.

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And so – so much more ranging from events to reviews. Reading back over 7 years of posts shows me just how many fantastic events I have been a part of and how many brilliant brands I have worked alongside. I’ve made friends and been inspired by many.

This blog for 7 years has been my space on the internet. Where I have been able to talk about whatever it is that is relevant to my life at the time. The things that matter to me. And hopefully it will continue to be that way for many years to come!