Over the last few weeks I’ve really stepped up the amount of poling that I do. I know that with exercise you’re supposed to give yourself a day off a week but sometimes with work, teaching and practice, that doesn’t seem to be possible. I do wonder if there’s such a thing as too much pole?
I’ve been doing a good few hours of poling a day in an effort to keep up my skills and prepare for classes. I love working out but find that I’m quite exhausted physically and mentally and wonder if I’m doing too much?
How Much Is Too Much?
I know a lot of polers who have tried certain moves out too often and have wound up getting aches and pains that never seem to go away. I also know absolute beginners who say they have pulled a muscle trying out their first spins. Perhaps if I look after myself when I work out then I’ll be okay? Hmm…
Currently I try and pole twice a day – once to work on the moves I’m aiming to get, and the second time to work moves I’ll be teaching in class. I thought I was okay at first. I’ve been feeling fine, a little tired at the end of the day, but no aches or pains to speak of.
A few days ago I was working on my Jack Knife and was holding the position when the whole of the left side of my back made a loud clunking noise as all of my bones clicked. I came down, ready for any pain the may occur and yet to my surprise, my back felt amazing and has done ever since. No restrictions or aches at all. Now if only I could get the other side of my back to do that! Needless to say, that made me want to practice everything on the other side as well!
Other than lack of time, the only thing that makes me not want to pole is the pain. Today I wanted to work on my side climbs and holds but have a very large bruise on the back on my knee which makes climbing very painful. I had to give up after a few attempts! I decided to switch to moves using on my hands – some easy spins and then handsprings. After a very big pole session last night as well as an hour this morning, my hands are not best pleased. They ache, hurt and are covered in all kinds of lumps and bumps. I guess having tough skin on your hands can come in handy, right?
Do I Calm It Down?
I’d like to say yes, of course I’d give myself a break… realistically I can’t. And a big part of me doesn’t want to. I always keep going and exercising until I get too tired and too worn out. Every little victory and win pushes me a little harder. Of course, I’ll give myself a break if and when I need to – I’m sure this little burst of poling will calm down shortly but for now I’m enjoying the ride and I’ll keep working as hard as I can.
That said, I do keep myself as safe as I can – warm ups, cool downs, plenty of water and mats. I always stop when I feel tired.
What are your thoughts? How often do you pole and should you calm it down or keep going?