Did another marathon pole class session yesterday: Booty Blast, Level 1-2, and then Level 3. I am learning SO much, and I’m loving it! Level 3’s general skill level is going up, so I’m kind of remedial in there, but it makes for a lot of exciting new tricks to try. Still have a ways to go on, oh, all of them. But I’m starting to learn inversions, and that’s really the whole reason I got into pole: I wanted to learn how to go upside down all circus-style.
Sasha had us trying some tricks that were rather scary (for me at this point, anyway.) They all involved being upside down in some way, which is a very foreign way to hang out on a pole. When I’m right side up, it’s easy to tell where my feet, knees, and thighs need to be. Upside down is a whole new game; a position that’s become simple standing up (Standing Crucifix) makes me an idiot upside down. I’ll just keep practicing, though; pretty soon I’m sure it will come just as naturally.
I’ve been doing Spin Pole classes pretty much every week as well. It really challenges my strength. I find that my arms are completely fatigued by the end of class, and spins that I’m doing no problem at the beginning are suddenly quite impossible. Last week I tried to do a Pinwheel, or Ankle Attitude, spin during our free dance portion at the end of class, and I literally crashed to the ground! My arms simply wouldn’t hold me up anymore. That is — of course — only a new challenge for me. I’ve already started myself on an endurance weight lifting program. Balls to you, Spin Pole! I will conquer you!!!!