Oh, my poor arms!
On Tuesday I went for my first 2 classes of the term, starting with Prep Advanced.
Ten minutes into class, I felt like quitting it. Cos Gawd, it’s hard this time round!
While I love the song “Mad World”, the new tricks and transitions are a little too mad for me at this point… I can’t even get through combo 1!
There’s a nutty new aerial invert that I just don’t have the strength for yet, and a one-handed Jade that looks a lot like an Allegra. You know the bar is set very high when a traditional Jade suddenly seems easy in comparison.
But the clincher was when I heard my instructor say, “There’s a Tammy right after this, but we’ll leave it for next week.”
My little brain, after exploding so many times just trying to get the coordination right for the new invert, heard the word ‘Tammy’ and threw a foot-stomping bitch fit at me right there and then. I seriously thought of dropping Prep and just doing Inter 3. After all, it’s “Enter Sandman” again this term, which will just be so much fun!
And isn’t pole supposed to be my hobby? Hobbies are supposed to be fun, right? Not make you silently scream every seven minutes!
But I got talked by everyone (including my lovely instructor over supper) into staying. Because apparently we still have another seven weeks to go, and I can substitute whatever I can’t do with simpler tricks.
Fine… *scowly face*
Being an obvious sucker for punishment, I immediately went back for Prep again yesterday after doing Techniques 1 entirely on the left side.
Hence today’s aching arms and shoulders.
My one-handed Jade got slightly more balanced, but still no progress with the aerial inversion. Techniques 1 was great though. We worked on simple combos until I could barely lift myself into a lefty spin climb anymore.
By the end of the night, my hands felt like they’d been pounded by a meat tenderizer though, and this was even after using my Mighty Grip gloves which saved my hands during Tech 1! I don’t like to wear them for anything more advanced though, they’re slightly loose around the wrist so I don’t feel safe doing upside down combos in them.
Anyway, I’m doing my third lesson 1 class of Prep on Saturday, and if I still feel like it’s too much of an uphill struggle, I might reduce my Prep classes to just once a week and do Inter 3’s “Enter Sandman” routine on Saturdays instead.