After my back acted up last term, I told myself that this time I would take things easy and focus on building my strength and stamina more off the pole. So I started running, started going for yoga again, and started pole training on my left side to even out my body.
Which I know is healthy for me in the bigger scheme of things, but it also leaves me feeling annoyed that I’m not progressing as quickly as I’d like to. Sometimes I feel like it’s slowing me down, and I despair over how slowly it takes for me to build strength, particularly in my upper body.
Even though I’m way more toned now, after more than a year of continuous lessons, I still barely have any bicep muscles to speak of! While it’s a good thing aesthetically, the subsequent lack of muscle power is frustrating as hell. I still struggle with chopper inverts on certain days, and my aerial inverts are mostly a hot mess of flailing froggy legs and flexed feet.
At the same time, I also know that practicing certain tricks over and over again is no use if the root of the problem is not having adequate strength for them. And by that, I mean being able to fully execute it from start to finish with control.
Which leaves me back at square one again. Arghh…!!