When I get to the end of 2013 and I think of the things I will be most happy about and most proud of I know that pole dancing will be one of the top on the list. I am so happy to have had the courage to start and to keep it up and also proud of my progress, I am by no means the best but I try to make sure to keep trying and pushing myself so I can improve.
I started the pole around March this year and I loved it; every class I felt like I was progressing and every class ended on a high. The time it took to go from beginner to intermediate was only 5 weeks and for me that was awesome as I am massively impatient and find it really hard to push myself if I struggle with something. There was no question as to whether I would pay to start in intermediates but it was scary as I went up alone. My beginner’s partner, Lee Anne, was away so missed her last class and didn't sign up to take any more.
Now, me going to something like this, alone, when I don’t really know anyone is extremely hard, if you know me at all you will know I am not the most confident person and as a kid, if my sister quit something (little sister I might add) then I would too, even if I loved it. So me going alone proved to me how much I loved doing it because if there was any doubt I would have just stopped.
Anyway, first day in intermediates and I got a little certificate for completing beginners… I was so proud! But the thing I didn't really expect was it getting harder. I sort of breezed through beginners. Again I wasn't the best but I managed to do all the moves in each class eventually and I just expected that sort of progression in Intermediate. Boy was I wrong. The level went up about 100% from beginners to intermediate. So some weeks you come out feeling amazing with the things you have achieved and sometimes you leave deflated about the things you didn't get. I have experienced both and the latter sucks, but it really does push you to think ‘next week I’ll do better’.
I am so happy when Monday 7pm comes around, I get to see some lovely ladies and get to try new things. I honestly think that the people that are in the classes are the reason I keep going back. It isn't just about the love for the hobby but the people you do it with. The girls in the classes are so supportive, so happy when you get a move right and so encouraging. There is no bitchiness, no jealousy and everyone wants the other person to do well. It is awesome.
Anyway I have been doing this now for 7 months and still love it. Even more now because I am getting closer to certain moves that - when you start out - look impossible. My body is stronger; I can see the difference in my arms, legs and stomach. And I feel better and more confident then I have ever felt in my life. I think some people might think us ladies posting pictures of our efforts is a way of showing off, and I guess in a way it is, but it isn't due to vanity. It is down to showing people how much you have achieved and how hard you have been working. I don’t want people to see pictures and think I am a stripper or I want attention. But I am so proud of what I have managed to do and I want to shout about it.
Gemma (my instructor) is the most sweet, kindest, friendliest, most determined and encouraging person. She has made this business herself (http://www.gemstonefitness.co.uk/Home.html) which is now growing in size and brings so much happiness to people. If you are looking for a new way to get fit that is fun and SO rewarding then I would definitely recommend pole and/or Hoop classes with Gemma. Honestly if you don’t love it with Gemma then it probably isn't for you.
As for me, I will keep pushing myself to improve and get stronger. I have moves in my head that I am determined to get and I will be SHOUTING about them once I do!
Pretty glad that one of my New Year’s resolutions has been nailed before November J