eek Ten – Pole
I’m in double digits for weeks attended, I can’t believe how far I have come on this journey already and how rewarding it has been!
I’d also like to preface this post by saying this was without a doubt one of my best sessions so far, really felt like I achieved something and made progress, but more on that in a bit.
Hannah walked us through our usual warm up, before we moved on to climbs.
If you’ve read any of this blog series before, you’ll know I’ve never made it past two climbs on the pole and certainly not to the top of the pole. Well, this was my week (admittedly it was on one of the shorter poles in the studio), but I got to the top and hung out for a while quite comfortably, even giving the truss a tap for good measure (I know this is a no-no in most situations, but I couldn’t resist).
The next item on the agenda was Martini Sit. This looks deceptively easy (especially with Hannah pulling it off so nonchalantly), but I was in a for a rude awakening when it came to try it myself. The amount of butt/leg needed to really hang off the pole is the key here (not to self; buy shorter shorts!).
We then tried out a Step Around in to Back Hook. This didn’t prove too troublesome and I like to think my feet are nicely pointed while doing it (Hannah, any thoughts?).
I really nailed the next move; Inverted Crucifix! I got a good distance off the floor in my inversion and the hold on the pole was super solid, I was not moving anywhere unless I wanted to, which felt amazing. Coming down and the standing the ‘right way up’ again afterwards messed with my sense of balance a bit, but I reckon I’ll get used to it.
Finally, before we moved on to some stretching to end the class, I had another go at Butterfly. After the success of my Inverted Crucifix, this came a lot more naturally, still a little shaky, but I pulled it off none the less.
Week Ten – Aerial Hoop
Ellie started us out on our usual warm up and we moved to our usual conditioning.
We then started Single Leg Hang conditioning, which proved a bit painful after all the Martini Sits from pole previously, so I wasn’t able to hold it as long as I normally can or make any “pretty shapes.”
After this, Ellie talked us through a Side Seat Transition. I had visions of losing my grip and falling on to a most undesirable area on the bottom of the hoop, but thankfully my grip was great this week, so nothing to worry about.
Once we had this down, we moved onto a little combo consisting of Splits Away, the Side Seat Transition, into an Invert before finishing on a Front Balance. This was my first time really trying the Front Balance, so I was a little intimidated (flashbacks of the pain from Back Balance sprang to the front of my mind), but it turned out fine in the end.
After that, we worked on our under-bar shapes; Pencil, Split, Stag and Mexican.
Finally a little Gazelle practice to round out the session before some stretching and that was my hour up.
I realise I’ve been a bit lax with photos and videos lately, for anybody that’s missing them, I promise to remember to get more going forwards.
Joey heads up the UK and European marketing efforts for X-POLE (www.x-pole.co.uk). He is a career marketer, with previous experience at some of the biggest global brands and award winning marketing agencies. His expertise stretches across creative strategy, digital marketing, public relations and marketing communications.