Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Why pole dance?

This is so true!!! I think about this when watching "The Walking Dead" every weekend. No Zombies are gonna get me, I can climb a pole!

             From Leen at Pole Dancing Adventures:


Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!
<3 <3 <3


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spaghetti Arms

It seems the universe has been against me working out lately. From a phone call in the middle of pole class informing me of a gas leak in my house and having to rush from class; to being confined to the house without power by hurricane Sandy. For one reason or another I haven't had an hour pole class in over a week.

Long hiatuses make me worry about muscle memory. I have spaghetti arms. No matter how hard I try, I can't get any definition in them. Then I finally start feeling stronger and somehow a week goes by... How long can you go without poling before you lose the muscle memory and have to start over again?

When I first started I was taking classes once a week. I found advancing near impossible. For me I require at least twice a week in order to move forward. Is it the same or similar for everyone? Does diet play a more important role than I realize? (Meaning to work on this...)

I plan on taking at least 3 classes a week for the month of November. My goal for the month is simple: to be able to invert myself somewhat gracefully without help. Hopefully 3 classes a week will get me there before Thanksgiving. Patience is so not my thing!

Maybe Santa will bring me a pole for Christmas. Practice every day would be a dream come true!

I hope all my east coast people are safe and sound after the hurricane!

Much love,
-b.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Patience

Spent the day at the studio yesterday. Most of the day behind the desk, but I did get in a few hours of class time. What I learned ---> do not take intermediate class after boot camp. I feel like I may be hindering my progress by taking on too much. By the time I get to inversions I'm too sweaty to stop myself from slipping right off the pole. However, I am gaining strength. It's just such a slow process for me.

Must have patience, must have patience, must have patience.

So hard in this time of instant messaging and social networking. Everything is expected as of yesterday. When my computer takes 5 minutes to load I start clicking buttons feverishly. "why won't you load, dammit?!" why can't I just do a fallen angel that looks graceful and doesn't rip the skin from my arm off?!

I feel like Varuca Salt from Willy Wonka. "I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to lock it all up in my pocket, it's my bar of chocolate, give it to me NOW".

My goal for next week: improve my climb and sit. My goal for the following week: perfected fallen angel. "and if I don't get the things I am after.... I'm going to SCREAMMMMMMmmmm"

- The FB

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Beginnings

When I was little my mom used to play a game with my sister and me, she would lay back on her bed and balance us on her feet above her head. She called us "The Flying Bambinos!" and said we would be trapeze stars someday. I had this vision of myself in a white sequined ensemble, all glimmering radiantly as I soar through the air under the big top. Alas, that dream never materialized. Even now as I hunker at my desk job under the yellowing florescent lighting, I still carry that fantasy in the back of my consciousness. I try to add a bit of sparkle to everything I do, but I'm finding the office more and more draining and depressing. I'm full of aches and pains from sitting at a computer all day and my mind has turned to pudding from the uninspired monotony of the day to day routine. I am looking for a creative outlet. Something to get the mind and the blood flowing. Something to make the inner child squee.

I tried yoga, which I do enjoy, but it just didn't have the level of fun i was seeking. I took a belly dance class when I was pregnant with my son, and yes, a prenatal belly dance class is as fascinating as it sounds. I loved it but didn't continue after my son was born. Then my cousin invited me to join her in a hula hooping class at a local fitness studio. I said "helz yes" with absolutly no hesitation. And that is when my life transformed.

It was there that I met Maggie. A spicy little red-head with endless energy and dedication, her enthusiasm was contagious. And so I fell in love with hooping. But I also fell in love with the fitness studio and all the wondrous, awe-inspiring ladies who call it their second home.  DL Fitness is a pole fitness studio, so it only made sense that I give pole class a try. Maggie and Lisa  made it look so effortless and graceful. I was hesitant (I have no grace. or coordination. or strength) but decided to go for it. And I fell in love. And it's so NOT easy. Pole is the most physically demanding exercise I have ever tried. It works the entire body, builds strength and confidence; and here's the best part: ANYONE can learn to do it! Even me!

I'm starting this blog today to document my journey in pole fitness as well as to hopefully inspire others who may feel intimidated to give it a try. At worst you'll hate it and never do it again. At best you will fall in love like I did, gain strength, gain confidence, and meet some amazing women just like you.

                                                                                       With love,
                                                                                       The Flying Bambino