Monday, July 24, 2017

Operation Upside Down: Week 4

Photo by Elle Aime Photography

So, I have completed an entire month of Bottoms Up with Janet!  I feel like I'm already making progress, and I will probably move to monthly updates from here on out (unless I do something amazing, of course). 

Check out some videos from class last week below:

Plus, here's the mini routine we did with Grace on Monday:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Operation Upside Down: Week 3

8 years as a TG!
So last week was Week 3 of Operation Get Lori Upside Down.  On Monday, I took a class with Grace (gotta keep that flow and dance going) and Thursday, I had Bottoms up With Janet.  Although I do feel stronger each time I go in, I also don't feel like there's that much of a difference between this week and last week.  I did throw my head backwards a little better on that chopper attempt.  Thank goodness for Janet's patience and instruction!

I feel like I have spent most of my pole dancing "career" not trying very hard and kind of using humor to hide the fact that I'm not advancing.  It is time to put up or shut up. 

I appreciate the messages and comments that I am receiving on my videos and photos.  It really is nice to have so much love and support on this journey!

Chopper attempt with Janet:

Dancing with the Graceful Movers:

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Dangerous Curves


I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Roz the Diva, who now has a DOCUMENTARY about her!  While people like me just talk about plus sized pole dancing, people like Roz are actually out there doing it.  This girl is in the news constantly.  I am so proud of her! 

I first blogged about Roz back in 2011.  Since then, although we are on opposite coasts, we have connected in person probably half a dozen times.  I always enjoy her as both a fun friend to hang out with, and a good instructor who understands how my body works. 

When she said she was leaving her "safe" 9-5 job to be a full time fitness instructor, I thought she was crazy.  But its been quite awhile and she is still rocking it.  I know she works her ass off and I respect her for that. 

Please check out the video below and support her workshops!

Dangerous Curves from Merete Mueller on Vimeo.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Operation Upside Down: Week 2

My hip and knee won't allow me to grab the pole in the right spot
So, here we go.  The project is underway.  Last week was Week 2 of Operation/Project Get Lori Upside Down.  I started July by joining Janet's Bottoms Up class at Twirly Girls.  I really have so many things to work on. 

1.  My fear.  Of falling and of failing.  Right now, my own head is the biggest thing holding me back.  Literally.  I need to throw that thing backwards and just let my body follow. 

2.  I need to get stronger.  Ellen suggested pilates to help strengthen those abs so I am doing that two mornings a week. 

3.  I need to get more flexible.  My hips and knees always seem to be in the wrong places.  I am back into my amazing yoga class 2-3 times per week, as well as doing some morning exercises each day. 

So, here is a video of Janet attempting to get me to helicopter backwards.  I kept grabbing the pole with my toes.  Eventually I did make it kinda backwards and kinda 'coptered.  It's a work in progress.  I mean, that's the point, right? 

I think this will be my move to measure my progress for now.  She did get me into a straighter leg version but I just can't yet get my hips up over my head to let my head and body drop back far enough.  You can see that below.  Again: Work in progress. 

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Thank you to Janet for being so patient with me!  I may be your most challenging student ever!