27.11.12

Pole Position; Intermediate 1 (Week 2)

Week 2 came around as quick as you could say "Pole Fitness". The bonus was that my upper body had recovered well; the bad news...I pulled a muscle in my neck which was really REALLY sore! That and a sore finger which I have had for the past 2 weeks! It seems to me that an athlete never has a well week!
Swan Lift
A lot of things became apparent this week:

1. Nothing was easy. I asked my teacher Christina if we were expected to pull off a flawless dance routine at the end of the 5 weeks. I felt reassured when she informed me that everyone repeats the course 2 or 3 times before they move onto Intermediate 2. Phew!

2. Practising between classes may help me progress faster. Christina also suggested Vinyasa Yoga and lots of press up / abdominal exercises. Check out my Core Exercise Drill Pack for some ideas :)

3. It hurt. A LOT. I remember this being the case previously, but it takes a few weeks to acclimatise to the pain and it seems I am not yet there. Pole also brings about many bruises in many places (see diagram below)
Pole bruises

4. Hard work = sweat. Sweat = no grip on the pole. No grip on the pole = hard to do anything! I'm an avid user of hand cream which I think does not help. I have been told that my hands will sweat less as time goes on, and I try very hard not to rely on grip products.  

5. Things to work on this week include going from standing into an inverted straddle, my endurance and pole sit (sitting on pole using thighs only to hold on; sounds easy but it's quite painful!)

I have a copy of the routine so I can practice in between classes and I see that next week we will be moving onto the next part of the routine which includes handstands!

What can I say other than, onwards...and upwards ;)

Elle :) x

Check out Week 1 of the Intermediate course and My Pole Story before Intermediate 1...

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