On Sunday, I actually managed to drag my tired self out of bed in time to make it for Pole Grooves at noon! I even stayed for pole practice at 3pm since I figured I really needed to burn off some of my vacation eating.
It seemed like every other girl in pole practice was working on big tricks.
Before Tokyo, I’d been focusing on working on The Hard Stuff with intent during practice but that day I just wasn’t in the mood yet. Ironically, I managed to find the perfect tipping point for handstands up to the pole without really using momentum.
The key is… just to stay calm!
Most times I’m so scared of missing the pole and falling over backwards that I stop myself before I can push off the ground fully, but all I needed was to stay focused and open legs into a V to gently lift off.
I’ve yet to find my perfect balance sweet spot of DVD cover though, but after a whole week of not doing any, it actually felt a bit more secure. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to nail the damned DVD cover, (let’s not even talk about doing it from an aerial combo for Prep) but my body just needs time to assimilate things., and I’ve given up trying to rush the process.
After a while though, I just started doing some plain old pull-up-V’s. It’s just a basic aerial invert but I feel that it’s so, so underrated. It can really make or break a performance, in my opinion.
I was at pole practice with 2 friends that day, and one of them has a beautiful Pull-up-V. She actually extends her arms as high as they can go, and gracefully dead lifts herself into it. I don’t know where she finds the strength for that all the time, but I guess that’s where muscle memory comes into play.
If I’m not too tired, I can do it decently enough with my inside leg straight, but I never really thought of training myself to deadlift up. One more goal on my very long list!
Oh well. Goes to show that there are so many layers to be uncovered within even the simplest moves.
FYI, here’s a blog post I wrote a couple of weeks back for the Bobbi’s Singapore blog about taking it slow and going easy. It’s obviously a topic very close to my heart!!