Fatigue Comes too Quickly

On Sunday I had a private session with Miss Pole Dance Canada 2011- Shanyn Pollard at her studio in Stoney Creek. In short, it was amazing.

Let me start with her studio. Very large, open concept, aerial hoops and slings and 22feet tall poles. In pink. Oh the poles. The first thing I did was start climbing. It felt so amazing to be able to climb higher and higher, sliding down lower and faster. I can’t even describe the feeling- freeing, releasing, as if all that mattered was you and your decent.. I loved it.

We started off by going over moves I was struggling with or just needed to “tweak” to produce better form or better fluidity. The tips she gave me were simple but effective. What I loved most about her teaching style was that she referred to the bio-mechanics of a movement and not just how to perform it.

If any of you know me well, you will know that I despise shoulder mount. In fact, as embarrassing as this is, when I do it I actually bite my left bicep. Terrible isn’t it? So needless to say, we spent a lot of time on shoulder mount, because as I sad in an earlier blog “you have to do what you hate”. Eventually we had to stop due to the sheer fact that my shoulder had lost more skin than believable and was rubbed raw- literally as if I had a peeling sunburn.

So we moved on, and on. Through jade splits, dismounts, brass monkey, combos and more. We went until I could no longer pull up my body. My arms were fatigued, my shoulders on fire and by body protesting but my mind wanted more.

The problem with pole dancing being your hobby means that you always want to be doing something with pole. Unfortunately, there is only so much pole you can complete in one day with causing an overuse injury or simply fatiguing.

All too often I find that fatigue comes to quickly. I love trying new tricks, learning new combos and pushing further and further. But I also have to listen to my body and rest. I learned tones form Shanyn, and if I could have I would have come home and immediately practiced the moves she taught me, but that wasn’t exactly practical – especially after sitting in a car for two hours!

So I’ll wait until my next scheduled practice to bust out my new- and in need of improvement- skills. I’ll practice, I’ll rub my skin raw, and I’ll improve. While fatigue may come faster than I’d like while I dance, I’ll keep pushing further and further. And one day, I’ll go back to do it all over again with what I am sure will be a new list of things I need fixed ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks Shanyn for an awesome experience.


Keep Dancing ๐Ÿ™‚