Back To Basics

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Back To Basics

What made you start pole dancing? For me I met someone who was already doing it, talked about it, and then after my first class fell instantly in love. Hi; I’m Charlotte and a complete and utter beginner pole dancer!

Back to Basics

Everyone has to start somewhere and I am sure you all remember what it was like first starting out on the adventure of pole dancing. The bruises, aching muscles, lack of strength and the feeling of utter bliss as you get into a move for the first time. I have only been poling since October 2013 so not even a whole year yet but the strength I have gained already is incredible, as is the confidence and, dare I say it, a bit of grace! However, I have realised my flexibility is not great and is something that I will really need to work on if I am going to keep progressing.

How do I Improve my Flexibility?

For me I have decided to start with Cleo the Hurricane’s Rockin’ Legs n’ Abs video. You can view the trailer here. Don’t let it put you off like it almost did for me. Cleo and her helpers are incredibly flexy – many of you will already be, but for those of us who aren’t it’s not as bad as it looks! I have decided to take on the 30 Day Beginners Challenge which requires me to do sections of the DVD four times a week. It starts with a warm up and always ends with some form of stretching for flexibility and in between we mix it up by working on legs, glutes, bums and abs. There are two more chapters but these are advanced moves so I’m staying away from these for the time being. (I have the digital copy of the DVD – much easier than waiting for shipping from Australia – just in case you were wondering.)

Does It Hurt?

Hell yes! I’m not going to say it doesn’t, especially for someone like me who is as stiff as a plank! My first attempt at the video, before starting the challenge, ended up seeing me rather crazily going all the way through (skipping the advanced chapters) and I was very sore and stiff for two days afterwards. Getting up from sitting was a challenge! That being said I loved the feeling; knowing I had worked my body and it was now repairing just spurred me on, it’s an addictive feeling.

The Challenge – Day 1

I have just started the challenge a week ago and will be taking progress photos along the way to see how well I am doing. This is day 1 at the very end of the video in my stretches:

As you can see my flexibility is pretty much non-existent at this point, you would never have thought I was a gymnast as a kid!

What Next?

Keep on going with the video and stretching! I’ll be blogging regularly to show you my progress. My aim is to show that anyone can improve their flexibility with a bit of guidance and self-determination. On a personal level I am dying to get into my splits so I hope this is what is going to help me do so. I know I have a long journey in front of me but having a goal to reach for really helps. Maybe some of you would like to join me on the journey?! Is there anything you do to help improve your flexibility?

Category: Fitness

About CharlotteG

I started pole dancing in October 2013 and am now a self-confessed pole convert. I was terrified of attending my first class on my own, in my very tiny shorts, but now I couldn’t care less! Pole is a chance for me to make friends, improve fitness and flexibility as well as grow in confidence across multiple areas.

I enjoy fitness and am a keen runner, which goes against all the laws of flexibility for the splits! I am currently on a journey of flexibility and hope to get into my splits within a year as well as start inverting soon – this is how beginner I am!

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3 Comments to “Back To Basics”

  1. Peta says:

    I love this DVD! I try to do it the whole way through the weeks I miss a training session, but I also use the stretching exercises a couple of times a week after my usual sessions. Hopefully when I get some time in the near future I will be able to start the 30 day beginners challenge as well! Just doing what I have been I have seen a huge difference in my splits, my hands are on the ground now (squeal of delight).

  2. I started pole dancing as a bit of a rebellion and because I was baffled by the strength, skill and grace pole dancers have. Haha, my parents have always been super conservative so I thought when I went off to university I would definitely give it a go. It’s amazing how much stronger I’ve become since starting pole dancing and the satisfaction of getting a move you’ve been working on is addictive. I might give this DVD a try, I definitely want to be able to get into deeper backbends and the splits.

  3. Stefanie says:

    I love the back to basics idea. But when I saw the flexibility photos… uh. We had a contortion training last week and we learned that you always should be sitting on something (a yoga block e.g.) so you can’t overstretch in your front splits. And we were told that you should never just press down in your middle split as you can ruin your knees.
    I know there are a lot of different ways to do your flexi-training but I believe that it’s important to take care of your body and never hurt yourself by a wrong way of training. So I think it would be good to give an extra advice so that newbies start it the right way.

    Good luck for your challenge! =) I am training on my splits at the moments too.

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