So we just had our fall showcase which will be the third one I have participated since starting pole a year ago. Its inspiring to see how far I’ve come , but a bit frustrating that I am still falling short (no pun intended) when it comes to certain moves. More specifically, my inverts are not where they should be. I’ve googled search “improve pole invert” to death. All I keep seeing is “use your abs, don’t kick I to it.” This is precisely what I do. I have the ab strength but fail at the rotate backwards piece. I have always been top and bottom curvy, and this is certainly not an advantage when you are trying perform inverted tricks.
At our showcase we had a photographer that seemed to only want to take shots from a certain position and unfortunately all my good tricks in my routine happen to give that photographer some amazing crotch shots. Major bummer. It also seems to highlight my many body flaws.
Like I said before ive always been curvy, with a little extra baggage on the side. I’ve never been fat but I have borderlined it a few times. Now with pole dancing I notice how much muscle I have developed over the last year. I was always a cardio junkie and shunned strength training like the plague, but with pole I have focused so much on improving strength but haven’t taken the time to lose the fat. Why is this important for a pole blog? Because I want to improve, get better, jump that plateau and keep climbing. I have all this choreography in my head but I can’t execute.
So if I lose the ass, I’ll become a poling bad ass.
I’m committing this day forward. I will improve my flexibility, increase strength, and decrease my body fat percent and in six months I will evaluate how I have improved. I’ll try to keep track of what I do, what exercises work for different moves, etc..
By the next showcase which is approximately 6 months away, I am going to be able to do the splits, flagpole, v invert/chopper, handstand with control, hand spring, and off the ground invert. These are my main goals. This means working on my leg flexibility, my abdominal strength, my arm strength, and of course lose some fat.
Pole dancing is more than a weekly class. It’s changed my life. I perceive myself differently, I walk differently, I have more confidence, I feel more in-tune with body and want to do right by it. Pole is as much a physical conditioner as well as a mental one, and I want to get better.
Here’s a shamefully realistic pic of me on day one:
And here is a couple to show how far along my front splits are: