Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#FortheLoveofPole February Challenge

I'm hosting a pole challenge on my Instagram for February.  I was tired of being a in a pole rut- I had not touched the pole since July. 😲 I couldn't believe it'd been so long.  The challenge is quite simple. Pole every day in the month of February for at least 15 minutes.  Going into this challenge, I foresaw most of my entries being quick freestyle warm up type dances.  Which was fine by me.  I wasn't trying to impress anyone, I just wanted to get back into dancing with my pole.  I also didn't have any expectations of how many people would participate.  Like I said, this was more about doing something I'd been wanting to do for quite awhile now which is also one of the goals I touched base on in my 2018 Fitness Goals blog post..  It was an overdue process of getting reacquainted with my pole.  Just three years ago when I was a studio owner, I did pole EVERY day.  I felt like my body was in a lot better shape then so it only made sense that if I could do one thing to get back into better physical shape that it would be to bring pole back into my life. 

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.

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