If you have been following me for a while you will have seen my struggle with learning to invert on the pole (go upside down, The invert struggles) and my excitement when I finally managed it at the beginning of the month at cyprus pole camp. Inverting is a vital part to progressing in the pole dance world, as I have been poling for over 2 years I was starting to feel like I would never progress.
Although I was always working hard on learning new moves, I still felt stuck.
After pole camp I didn’t want to loose my momentum of the inverts and just wanted to keep getting stronger in them, I kept working on them at home in training. One day disaster struck… I lost it completely! I still have no idea what happened, something psychological maybe. I practiced on my left side as I had at pole camp and managed it twice, then suddenly I couldn’t stick it. After 5 attempts I was getting frustrated and upset, suddenly I couldn’t kick up and my body wouldn’t move the right way…Fuck. I stopped the training there and then incase I made it worse, sometimes you just have to walk away and take a breath.
I had decided not to train inverts at my next training session, it would help my state of mind more to work on some other moves and land them. I wasn’t wrong, I enjoyed my next workout and practiced some of the things we had learnt at Pole Camp.
Now I was ready to tackle the invert again. I warmed up and practiced my easy poses to warm the pole up, had a go at climbing a bit and worked on some poses from climbs. I was ready to go upside down. I gripped the pole at Boob level, positioned my feet as instructed and stepped… my body wouldn’t move… bugger! Again…nothing. Frustration was starting to kick in again, I was so scared that I would loose this skill straight after I had just learnt it!
I had decided to go back to my right side, lets see how this goes… straight up I went! amazing, I have no idea what had happened in my head, why cant I do this on the left anymore? Why could I suddenly do it on the right? So many questions. Regardless of the confusion I had to keep practising! 8 times in a row I managed a messy invert, but every time I was upside down.
This move is going to be a struggle for me for quite some time, but at least it gives me some blogging material