For the past 2 years or so, I’ve enjoyed the luxury of unlimited classes at the studio I attend. As long as I signed up for 3 classes, I qualified for the unlimited drop-in promo for the rest of the term.
With such a great deal, it wasn’t uncommon for me and my friends to squeeze in 6 – 10 classes a week, usually clocking half of those over the weekend alone! We’d all joke about our weekend ‘pole marathons’ and how we were ‘living’ at the studio.
But alas, all good things must eventually come to an end… in recent months, the studio started becoming more and more popular and getting so crowded that most classes had no spare poles at all for drop-in’s like me anymore.
So the studio decided that it was time to end the unlimited promo, and so this term I am no longer be able to afford to do 6 classes a week like I used to. *sad face*
I have to admit, when I first heard the news about 3 weeks ago I was absolutely livid!
Once you’ve been used to paying a certain amount of money for a certain amount of classes, anything less naturally feels like a huge rip-off. And I’d already gotten used to doing about 6 – 7 hours of pole a week for like the past 2 years! Wouldn’t I lose all my strength and stamina if my weekly classes got reduced to less than half?
But after I’d sulked enough, I started to realize that less classes could actually be a good thing.
For one, it forces me to practice on my own more frequently, frees up more head-space for free styling, and more energy for lefty training which I’d pretty much abandoned in the past 2 months.
Now that I’m only doing one class a week, I have loads of time to do yoga again too, which I’ve missed! So my pole-pal Anni and I have gone on a big yoga Groupon spree, having just bought 4 Groupons that gives us loads of classes at 4 different yoga studios and gyms!
Also, since I got those amazing mirrors installed, practicing at home has been an absolute joy…
I’ve decided to teach myself one of the old pole routines that was taught at the studio a long time ago since the video of it is on the studio’s public YouTube channel and the routine was choreographed by one of our local instructors. It’s a beautiful advanced lyrical routine that isn’t too difficult in terms of tricks, but mastering the dance moves alone is going to be a challenge since I’m not much of a lyrical dancer.
All those flowy arm-reaches and super emo movements just kill me! As for the tricks, the routine has 5 (!!!) climb combos in it so I’ve decided to try and do at least 3 of them on my left side!
Considering that I haven’t done anything on my left side for ages, and that I’ve never done lefty combos in a routine before, this is a project that will probably take me quite a while. Um, like maybe all term…
But ah well, I’ve got lots of time for it now, don’t I!