Yup! That’s all. I wish I could have told you about some incredible, 10-step pole combo or some fantastic pose that only a small percentage of gifted pole dancers can do but such is not the case for me. And honestly, it was the wisest, most wonderful decision I have ever made for my body.
Earlier in the year, around February, I became frustrated. Poses weren’t landing and after a few tries, I found myself out of breath far sooner than I expected. And the worst of all, running through a freestyle session wasn’t as passionate as I wanted it to be.
They were just exhausting.
I’m sure I’m not the only pole dancer out there who hates cardio. We can weasel our way around in class and just muscle our way through tricks without raising our heart rate. That worked pretty well while I was a beginning and intermediate student, but as I move into more advanced levels, muscling it only gets you so far. Now, I find that I want to be on the pole longer and every combo is starting to get more intricate and my body can’t keep up. Have you ever tried sticking to a pole when you’re slick with sweat? Yeah, no. Not graceful at all.
- So, in March, I started to walk.
- Then when that got boring in April, I started to walk & jog in intervals at my own pace. (Sometimes, I cheated and I just walked to music. For some reason, I listened to alot of Childish Gambino that month. Sigh, I really missed Troy on Community.)
- Then when that got too easy, I downloaded C25K (Couch to 5K) to help improve my running and timed intervals. (In the beginning, it was HAARRRRDDDD!)
- And then when THAT got too easy (current day), I just started running. And I ran until I got tired.
- I even started running before pole class. Woah!
In the end what did it do for me as a pole dancer? I have STAMINA. I don’t sweat buckets after a song is done. I’m not as worried as I was before wondering if I was going to have a heart attack 6 feet off the floor. I can fit one more pose in on my combos. I feel energetic! I sleep better! And the best of all — it reminds myself that I beat my anemia.
It was a GREAT feeling.
I hope to keep up the habit for the rest of the year. Pole has taught me to not treat fitness as a temporary thing, but rather a life-long and FUN hobby. Where I’m exhilarated and an adrenaline junkie while pole dancing, walking and running gives me a moment for meditation and re-centering. At least, that’s how I treat it.
As for the rest of the year, who knows what it will bring? I’m in a happy present state. I never thought I’d enjoy running, but I appreciate it as a supplemental activity to my pole dancing and meditative practices. It’s not a medal or an honor, but for me, it’s a grand achievement.
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