Friday, March 15, 2013
Last week I was urged to join the pole level 2 classes. I was a little hesitant but ready for the challenge. I feel a little awkward in that I can't do the splits like a lot of people in the level 1 classes.My flexibility in my legs has improved a lot over the past few years, however, it's pretty funny looking when I try to do the splits...I think I look sort of like a crab! My hips are very flexible but somewhere around the knees/hamstrings it all tightens up.
This Wednesday I was the only person to show up for level 2 that night so I got a one on one lesson! It was really great! The teacher pushed me to try some things she thought I had the strength for and I really surprised myself. This is why I like going to studios to learn. I probably wouldn't push myself like teachers do. She even had my try what I guess is called a plank. I *almost* got it...it was mostly a matter of me being chicken to really commit to it rather than not having the strength. I was surprised to be learning it but she said that my strength was well developed and as long as I was comfortable (and of course she would spot me) she felt that I could very much do it. So it's just my nerves saying I can't!
Back when I did acrobatics and tumbling it was the same mental game. I generally had the strength I needed to execute a move I was just held back by being a scaredy-cat. I'm glad for teachers who will prod me in the right direction and not let me run away from a challenge!