Tuesday, March 13, 2018
It's been my experience that during classes we tend to repetitively focus on particular skills and muscle groups that pertain to distinct movement of the class agenda. When we want to add some "flavor" to the skill we're newly mastering by combining it with our bank of moves we've already become proficient in, there runs the risk of tapping into skills that use muscle groups that have not been worked over the course of the previous 30-40 minute instructional class time. A classic example of this would be to drop a split during a double foot lock when you just spent the last 30 minutes focusing on foot locking and not engaging the muscles that should be warm when going into a split.
This idea has got me thinking about approaching teaching my classes a bit differently. Instead of the 20 minute start of the class warm up, would it be possible to stagger the warm up throughout my 60 minute classes? To utilize aerial skills in conjunction with a foundational buildup of creating a consistency for maintaining a warmer body? How would a class like this flow? I would have to re-write my entire teaching curriculum to meet the requirements of touching base with each muscle group thoroughly before engaging those areas in the desired aerial skills. Or would it work just as well to shorten the 20 minute warm up and then integrate those missed elements with a class wide off the silks instructor lead range of motion check in when everyone goes through a series of body rolls and movements similar to the more intense pre-workout warm up? This ROM check in can include more intense static stretching that precedes the upcoming high risk injury moves.
I decided to try to implement this into my class last night. While I had good intentions, I ended up moving right into the class curriculum and forgetting to have a mid-class warm up EVEN after I told my students what I had planned. I think implementing this new process will take some careful planning on my part. Some ideas I will play around with include using timers on my phone to set specific intervals throughout class where we need to stop everything we're working on and re-engage and focus with a range of motion check in. I'm also going to take some time over the next few weeks to re-write up my class curriculum to include specific stretches to compliment the skills being taught in class. I think this is a good starting point and will definitely keep you all posted on the results of my progress for this project.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
I think what matters most is how I am coming away from this challenge and how I feel. I feel like the ski trip really killed my motivation. I started out strong and then slacked off. Despite this month being fairly busy, I think my participation was decent. There were a few nights where I opted to be lazy as opposed to doing the challenge.
What I'm taking away from this challenge:
- I got back into poling after having been on an unintentional hiatus since July of 2017. (Way too long to not touch the pole!)
- I was able to explore some dance techniques and movement to step outside of my traditional go to dance moves.
- I had fun.
- This challenge left me feeling good about my dancing.
- I got in some great cardio!
Thursday, March 1, 2018
🌼💐✨ March Pole and Core Challenge ✨💐🌼March pole and core challenge with @dredee1983 starts this week! This month's challenge focuses on core strength and is designed to help all levels progress with core strengthening needed for pole moves. This challenge can also be done if you don’t have a pole (so feel free to tag non-pole friends too!) To play, follow the steps below: 1. Repost the flyer and tag two friends to play. 2. Follow the host and tag in all your entries! Example videos will be posted 2-3 days before each day. Some of these exercises may not have names and there will also be a couple different options for each day so for this challenge you should check @dredee1983’s videos before each day to see that particular exercise and pole move. 3. Post a video of your pole moves and exercises for each odd numbered day of the month. Use the hashtag #marchcorechallenge, and don't forget to tag the host in all your entries! I am not awarding prizes for this challenge but will still be choosing winners for anyone who completes all the exercises and/or pole moves!✨🌼💐🌼✨
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
- Lunapads Performa 5 pack pantyliners $59.95
- Hesta Organic Cotton 5 pack pantyliners $34.99
- Love My® Antibacterial Bamboo Fiber 6 pack pantyliners $14.95
All the products are well received by their respective reviewers. The products seem to do the job they are intended for. Some of the particular considerations I paid attention to in the reviews that helped me solidify my decision were the following:
- Pad movement during basic activities such as walking
- Quality of product - did it fall apart immediately or have issues after washes?
- Leakage - did anyone complain of leaks in their reviews?
- Temperature complaints
- Ease of use
- Bulky bunching product- does it create a visible panty line through clothing?
Product First Impressions
The pads are soft, thin, and easily usable. They snap together around the underwear using buttons. My first month using them I experienced some pad movement. On my second month of use, I remedied this issue by doubling up on underwear or wearing a pair of boy short style underwear over my underwear that contained the pad. For cleaning purposes, I have been using the wet pail method of soaking the used pads in a bucket of cold water then hand washing with mild detergent and hang drying. I picked up a PRESSA 16 clip hanging octopus dryer from IKEA to use for my drying method. So far after two months of use, I am really enjoying using the reusable pads and am a point of considering purchasing an additional set of five pads. I'm also experimenting with cleaning methods. I prefer the hand washing wet pail method and will try different detergents and recommended cleaning products with future use. Overall, I am feeling very good about my continued progress towards a greener menstrual cycle.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I received my tracker quickly after purchasing from Amazon. Everything worked wonderfully fresh out of the box. Last week I was browsing fitness trackers online and it occurred to me that not many people use the Jawbone trackers anymore since their peak in popularity just three years ago. It was then that I discovered news articles from mid-2017 stating that Jawbone had gone out of business. While the tracker I have is still working, I wonder how long the app will continue to function and the tracker will continue doing what I need it to do? So for now, I am going to continue to enjoy using my tracker until I am no longer able to. It's such a shame because I really like the product. It just appears that for whatever reason, Jawbone couldn't keep up with the competitive demands of the fitness tracker market. So far, the tracker lives up to the quality I had previously experienced as a Jawbone user. I will continue to keep my eyes open in the meantime for a similar simplistic device that does not require me to wear on my wrist for my inevitable future tracker purchase. So if you're in the market for a cheap short term fitness tracker, then it appears the Jawbone Up Move tracker may be just for you.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
How I'm doing the challenge.Day 1 was a lot of awkward freestyle movement. I turned on my Pandora Radio app and tuned into to the Amy Winehouse channel. I set up my camera to record some of my progress for sharing purposes and set a timer for 15 minutes. Then I just danced. I danced around the pole clockwise and counterclockwise, did body rolls, forward bends, danced through the Pandora commercials, and even played a game of fetch with my dog that kept bringing me a stuffed toy- ALL while I danced. It felt good to spin and move. A lot of muscle memory still exists but the movements felt rough around the edges. Surprisingly, 15 minutes felt like an awful long time for continuous movement. I event checked the time with 4 minutes to go thinking the timer had failed me and I'd been dancing for 30 minutes. I'm looking forward to continuing this challenge throughout the month and will hopefully come away with putting pole back into my regular fitness rotation.
Day 1 #fortheloveofpole challenge! Pole dance every day in February for at least 15 minutes. I actually worked up a sweat during my 15 minutes. So good to get back on the pole- even if it was for a warmup freestyle type dance. #polechallenge #polefitness #poledance #poleharmonyblog #poleharmony #fitnessblogger #fitnessA post shared by Pole Harmony Blog (@poleharmony) on
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
- Complete 14 day online Do Yoga With Me challenge.
- Progress in my Trapeze skills. Be able to create a routine.
- Perform in an aerial showcase.
- Complete an Instagram challenge for pole fitness.
- Hiking - visit Cascade Falls, Jug Rock, and other local hiking trails/parks
- 10K steps/day
- Employee Wellness Program activities
- Sailing lessons
- Ride my bicycle more within the city and less driving the car/take bicycle grocery shopping
What are your fitness goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments or share with my on my Instagram or Facebook!