Getting pole fit
June 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
My resolutions this year include being fit and in shape and to try at least one new thing every month. As you all know sticking to resolutions can be a bit hard and I’ve slacked a bit in the exercise department.
So, when FitnessEd suggested doing something fitness related to blog about the first thing that came to my mind was pole dancing (cough cough). I’ve always wanted to try it out it combines - exercising, dancing and music some of my favourite things.
A good friend of mine is an avid pole dancer, she’s been doing it for two years and even competed in a Pole Unity event last year, she’s always raving about it so I’ve wanted to give it a spin.
Last night I had my first session at Vertical Secrets. I was a bit nervous and didn’t know what to expect. We started out with some warm- ups: stretches, crunches, planks, leg lifts - my kinda thing. At this point I was thinking ‘this isn’t too bad’. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening!
Let me start out by saying those sexy pole dancing moves you see in movies look deceptively easy.
They are hard, really hard. You have to have super duper upper body strength, freakishly good hand-eye coordination and besides those, keep your core tight, stay on tip toe, keep your toes pointed and try to move in time with the music.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the moves I learned ….. I didn’t look half as graceful as some of the models in the clips:
It was a good exercise session. The day after class I can feel all those moves in my upper back, my biceps, forearms, abs and thighs. There’s nothing like an exercise session that knocks you out to show you how unfit you are.
It was so much fun, Madelize, the instructor is patient (after explaining and demonstrating these moves probably what felt that about 20 times to me) and the class members are very friendly.
Knowing how hard this is, I have a new found respect for pole dancers.