Thursday, January 19, 2012

Climbing those....poles???

Yes, usually my workouts have more to do with my powering up the hills on my bike or to get through a hill on a run.  Sometimes the hills I climb are mental.  Lately, the weather has driven Stacy and I indoors doing more P90X stuff in hopes that more strength and cardio fitness will translate back to the run and bike.  But last night, Stacy had invited me to do a fitness class unlike one that I had ever done before.  And I am more sore than I could have imagined (though Stacy had told me she was usually very sore so I knew it was coming).  Yep, it was a pole fitness class.  And can I just say, that "Climbing those poles..." was just as hard (if not harder) than climbing hills on foot or bike!

I developed a whole new respect for strippers!
 Stacy has been taking this class at "Work It Girl Fitness" for a little over a month.  First off, she is way fitter than me and crazy strong.  But she enjoyed the challenging workout and when the owner offered to let her bring a friend for a free class to try it out, she said I was probably her only friend who would even try it.  Does that mean she thinks I'm up for crazy adventures?  Guess so! 

Stacy working an insane "inversion" move
The class was pretty informal.  I guess a lot of the time it is only Stacy and one to three other girls.  But last night it was a full house with all but Stacy and one other girl never having done it before.  So the teacher took us through some warmups and stretches.  Then she showed us a variety of "spins".  Then we tried some "climbing" that I had a heckuva time getting the hang of and was very frustrated.  I tried it with bare feet and "boots" (think big hooker boots that apparently are for "traction").  I don't know if I was doing it wrong or just lack the upper body strength, but I found the spins way more achievable.  Going to try to load a video from my phone, but I couldn't play it on my laptop because I didn't have the right program.  It played on my desktop with "Quicktime".

video

Before we even left, I was feeling pretty beat up and sore.  I had seen Stacy with bruises from the pole before.  I don't think I am too black and blue (a little afraid to look), but a very large portion of my muscles were screaming when I got home so it was ibuprofen before bed. 

My husband had been at a Knights of Columbus meeting so my mother-in-law had stayed with the kids.  He gave Stacy a hard time saying that he got up in front of all the guys at the meeting to explain that Eric (Stacy's husband) wasn't there so that their wives could attend a pole dancing class!  LOL  He's ornery like that!  Of course he didn't say that (in front of the priests no less), but he said he thought it would have been funny. 

18 comments:

  1. Hilarious! Great job for your first class too!

    I can't imagine the pain in my hands and forearms the next day from attempting this. I do agree, a whole new respect for strippers hahaha.

    "cross training" right ;)

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  2. OMG! Good for you for taking the plunge and doing that class. I don't think I would have the nerve. You go girl!

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  3. Wow, that's pretty interesting. I never would have thought but the way you presented it, it all makes sense in terms of a workout.

    I hope they played Guns N Roses "Welcome To The Jungle" at least twice.

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    1. They totally missed the boat as I don't think they played that song even once! I was thinking music from "Flashdance" would have been fun too.

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  4. Looks like a fun class actually, but I think you have to change your name to "Bubbles" or some other stripper name to participate! lol

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    1. My stripper name was "Delicious"! LOL

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    2. Hey, Delicious! I thought you demonstrated some pretty excellent form on that spin - nice pointed feet and leg placement! You rock! Love - your big sis

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  5. That looks hard both from a strength and balance perspective. Good core workout for sure.

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  6. You are one brave chic! I can see how it really could be a killer workout. I'd hate to have to explain how I got all the bruises when someone asks. And you know they'll ask.

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  7. OMG, I would likely break my neck! Good for you for trying that!

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  8. That would be so much fun! What a great thing for a group of girlfriends to do. Then again, I wouldn't be able to do any of it because I had zero upper body strength! :(

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    1. I'm super duper sore. I struggled with my lack of upper body strength too. But it really is a total body workout. Even my fingers hurt!

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  9. That looks super fun!

    By the way, have you changed your commenting system? I noticed that you are able to reply directly to comments even though your a blogspot blogger. How do you do it?

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    1. Deb - no idea how this happened. One day the Reply option was just there (and I really like it BTW). I hadn't done anything. Now Miss Zippy says she can't comment on my blog at all and I don't know why. I tried to go in and relax my commenting standards to allow just about anyone to comment. But she says there is no "add comment" button for her. Weird.

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  10. Oh my gosh...that looks like such a blast! I would totally do that. And totally fail. I'm so uncoordinated. But it would be a good story, for sure. :)

    I was all excited about the blogger new commenting thing, but I've had issues being able to comment from the regular computers. Commenting from my phone isn't an issue. Go figure.

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  11. I am so envious! I have always wanted to do that! Just WAY cool!

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  12. Do you normally serve as an author solely for this blog or you do that for any other online portals?

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