July 6th, 2011
Verticality: Class 3 – It’s Time to Pole
Three classes into my pole fitness / self discovery classes and I’m feeling…empowered. There’s the success I feel when I do a great job at work and then there’s the euphoria that comes when mastering the Fireman. Spinning around that pole with grace and ease is more than acing the move. Watching myself in the mirror as I twirl provides an inner strength that I didn’t know I was missing in life. There’s more sass in my step. My body roll gets a bit deeper. All of the fear I felt in that first class has completely disappeared, and I swear my arms are already a little more toned in the process.
Then it’s time to move on to the backbend. As Christine demonstrates the move my first thought is how I’m going to pull this off without landing on my head. Surprisingly it’s easier than I expected. The support of the pole is much appreciated as I arch my back and bend my body in a way I never thought I could pull off. Wow. Now…this…is…awesome. The first few times I figure I look awkward and silly. Then I remember it’s less about the technique and more about how it makes me feel, which makes the next few times even easier. A glance in the mirror proves that I’m not as gawky as I thought. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not near the level of mastery. I really need to get over the automatic thought that I look like a complete fool.
The routine we practice is technically easy, but I use it to keep focusing on losing all of the self control I so desperately held onto during those first two classes. That’s one of the things I love about Verticality and the teacher, Christine. The light atmosphere and words of encouragement not only help me learn the moves, but also make me feel comfortable with myself. Every move is taught on a level that provides variations based on comfort level and ability. Never once do I feel like I can’t do something. Even when I end up on the wrong side of the pole, there’s a cute and easy way to fix that. I don’t want to give away all of the ‘secrets’. You’ll just have to experience it yourself.
I leave the class feeling incredible, and it feels like the hour goes by too quickly. The next day muscles I never realized I had are aching but in a good way. This is more fun than I ever imagined. I can’t wait for my next class and to continue learning more of the routine, which I practice in my head at random parts of the day. Now every time I hear the song we’re using it makes me smile. I do feel amazing. This confidence has permeated into other parts of my life. Although we practice barefoot, I feel a bit bolder walking in heels. I hold my head a little higher, even during the more stressful days. It sounds crazy but it’s true. I’m still amazed that a fitness class could provide me more than just the physical benefits received.
Most importantly, and many women will understand, even though it’s only been a few classes, I swear my arms look much better in those cute sleeveless dresses that are the uniform of summer. All of this greatly outweighs the bruises on my legs. Hint: Arnica oil is your bestest friend.