I am already on track for my weekly class to learn and recently found out that the amazing Sean Michael will be teaching it! That will help me with my second goal, which is to continue working on flow and technique as well. And may also inadvertently help me with tricks since Sean Michael is great at tricks. My third goal was exercise and I just joined a brand new 24 Hour Fitness within walking disance of my house. So those goals are coming along.
As for my long-term pole goals, you can read up on some of those adventures HERE. I feel like I'm essentially starting at square one with all of these. So here are some photos to mark the beginning of my journey.
Handstands/Bow and Arrow from a Handstand
Sure, I can do handstands. But I need some serious work on my core so I can lift into them more gently. I also need to work on flexibility of my hips and back to help with splits and bow and arrow.
These photos are from Twirly Girls just a week or so ago.
I don't even have any good photos. My splits are definitely worse than they used to be. Losing my yoga class really hurt me in a ton of different ways. I have a new yoga place that I really like but money is always a factor, as is time. Plus, I was out of the game for over a year and I lost a lot of flexibility. I really wish I could afford to go three times a week so I could catch up faster.
You can see my old splits pics HERE.
|Interesting article: http://stadion.com/column_stretch01.html|
I just don't have a flexible back. It's one of the things I'm working on, but I don't know if I will ever be flexible in that way. I know it looks like I'm just making myself into a table top in a couple of these photos but that really is me thinking I'm doing a backbend.
|look, I'm a table!|
I am still not a strong climber. I really just need to get up there and do it. I just find that if I don't get the climb the first time, I get upset and sweaty, which makes it harder to climb. But the more I do it, the easier it will become. Something else to work on.
|points for climbing in stockings|
I have been making this goal since I started pole dancing. I am still just as far away. It's a core/mind-f$%* issue. I see girls my size or bigger doing them, so I know I can do it. Even if I can't invert, I feel like I should be able to back into a handstand and inverted crucifix. My legs just don't stick. I don't know if that's a real issue or a brain issue. It's still a goal. The first pic is from May 2012, with two people making sure I didn't slide. I can go up backwards (in other words, directly from a handstand, not from an inversion, then coming down into a handstand) but I can't let go.
Cross-Knee or Cross-Ankle Release
Besides my other obvious strength and brain issues, this one is going to be interesting. My friend pointed out when I do certain moves, I don't lock my ankles properly. And I'm not sure if my legs have the flexiblity to lock right! So this one may be a long time coming.
I posted THIS about wanting to look like Lo when I do Lying Lady or Plank. Yeah the upside down (almost) thing still alludes me. So this is another work in progress.
Half Iguana Mount
I am not strong enough to hold my whole body weight but I should be able to master half iguana mount. I feel like it will be a good way for me to also start working on goals such as being able to pull myself up into a sit from a handstand. As long as I am in yoga, I seem to have the shoulder flexibility for it. I just need to work on that core strength.
Handstand/Iguana Mount into leg wrap and then sitting up to the pole
Someday this will happen. Some day. It will let me do all kinds of cool things.
I had stockings on for my pole goal pics (not recommended) so Superman wasn't even a possibility. I did do it from the floor once. Bruised myself really pretty as well!
Fan kick to a pole sit
This is another flexibility issue. I also kicked the pole once and bruised the shit out of my toe. Owie. But it's so pretty and I want to master it!!!!
Jasmine (Marley...or whatever other name you want to insert here)
Poorly done since I don't want to kick out the top arm or bottom leg but here's my start. I also am getting into it from the floor, not from an invert. The first picture is from August 2012. The other one is from last week. In stockings again. Dumbo.
Sure, I should be worried about inverting first. Maybe doing some Ayshas or pencils, or other moves. But I feel like I should go big or go home. It's going to happen.
|I believe this is Rafaela from Brazil|
Long term goal of becoming certified
I talked about becoming x-pert certified HERE. I had wanted to get certified this year, but money and time may be an issue. Also, some of my favorite pole stars recently separated from x-pert. So I am kind of waiting to see where they are going before I decide where to become certified. I also want to be a little stronger before I go. I don't want to waste money if I can't do 75% of the moves.
One last goal is to understand (truly) split grip versus twisted grips (and maybe I'm using the wrong words here). I mean, I understand the hand placement and realize there is some benefit to using twisted grips. But I also hear it torques your body in a bad way. Can I monkey wrench my way into some of these moves before I'm ready? I don't need anymore injuries thought (tennis elbow on left arm, healing hyper-extended knee on left leg, left hip issues leads to lower back issues, bone spur in right heel, along with plantar fasciitis, and on and on). So I want to do some research so I "get" it fully. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love help!
And I'd also like to hear about your pole goals and how you are reaching them.