Category Archives: Pole Dancing

Fitness and Pregnancy!

As you can see, I have majorly slacked in posting on this blog! I am 9 weeks pregnant with my third child. This is my first pregnancy since I’ve become more dedicated to fitness 3 years ago. I have been homeschooling my oldest (Kindergarden!) and working my home-based businessย with ItWorks. Life has been busy!

I have learned a lot in the past few weeks about staying fit through pregnancy. This article on Bodybuilding.com is my favorite that I have come across so far. It is certainly worth a read for anyone trying to conceive or mamas who are expecting! For me personally, with the first trimester taking a toll on my energy levels, I have noticed that I need more rest days between workout days. Instead of one or two rest days per week, I am only working out every other day. I have lowered the intensity of my cardio a lot, and kept my strength training the same. Various kinds of push-ups, pull-ups and squats are my strength focus…I’m sticking with the basics to keep my muscle tone!

Diet and Pregnancy – I am obviously not restricting calories or trying to lean out at all. I am ordering my mochas as decaf… and of course making sure I take enough folic acid each day. There were two weeks where I had no appetite for anything remotely “heavy”…all I wanted was cold fruit, veggies and salad! Nothing else settled in my stomach very well. My appetite has since returned though, thank goodness! This Italian girl LOVES food! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am simply focusing on clean, whole foods (with the exception of mochas of course!) and I’m not paying attention to how many calories per day…just stopping when I am full!

Pilates and Pregnancy – Pilates is an AMAZING form of fitness during pregnancy! There are so many ways to modify each exercise and it is great for the core. I am going to keep my focus on various planks….especially after the 1st trimester is over, I am going to be very careful about avoiding any twisting-type core work, as I don’t want to exaggerate the separation of theย rectus abdominis muscles!

Pole Fitness and Pregnancy – I have taken the advice of the lovely Veena at studioveena.com. For the first trimester, I am only doing tricks and inverts that I am 110% solid on, and not learning any new ones. Then for the second trimester, I will stop inverting all together. Third trimester–I’ll be keeping both feet on the floor at all times ๐Ÿ˜‰ No more spinning or lifts until after baby arrives!

I have a blog devoted to this pregnancy, check it out — fitmamaofthree2013.wordpress.com

9 weeks with baby 3

Well, that’s all for now…I hope to post more about my fitness journey throughout pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Brass Monkey!

This move never really stood out to me, so I’ve never gotten around to attempting it. But, I’ve realized it will help me achieve a few other tricks that DO stand out to me. I must say, this was harder for me than I thought it would be!

I discovered that: 1-my hamstrings will be a lot stronger because of brass monkey. 2-my back is not very flexy …at ALL! 3-I love hanging upside down by my legs! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

I know this isn’t the greatest picture, but oh well ๐Ÿ˜›

Wordless Wednesday

Search Engine Question – Butterfly

I LOVE reading the search engine entries that send people to my blog. This one was from this morning: “Why cant I straighten my body when doing pole dance reverse butterfly?”ย 

I’m not totally sure what a “reverse butterfly” is, as pole fitness is so new that each move is called 2-3 different things. Eventually there will be a universal name for each move, but I’m certain that is years away ๐Ÿ™‚

This is what I call the beginner’s butterfly. Body is against the pole, hands are very far apart.

You can make this more difficult by putting the hand closest to the floor farther up the pole then push your body away from the pole… and bend your leg (the one that is on the pole) at the knee. This requires more upper body strength to hold.

And then there is the Extended Butterfly. This is with both legs straight/extended. Body is very far away from the pole (I’m still working on getting farther from the pole than pictured!) The leg touching the pole is “hooked” at the ankle, not the knee.

 

Now, for the question! How do you keep your body straight?

  • Inverted crucifix FIRST. If you cannot do this inverted hang, you should work it before attempting the beginner’s butterfly. This will give you a feel for how centered your body positioning will be in beginner’s butterfly.

  • Start at the beginning position. Keep your body close to the pole. Focus on keeping your belly button and sternum on the pole.
  • Work on your grip. Sometimes your grip just isn’t strong enough, and you might be swaying or drifting to the side because of grip.
  • Engage your core. Your core (abs, back, chest, shoulders) is your powerhouse! Keep this engaged & tight while in butterfly.
  • Hip position. Keep your hips square to the pole. This means don’t tilt them away or off to the side. In beginner’s butterfly, your pubic bone will be centered at the pole. This should be true when you extend your butterfly as well.
  • Use a mirror. It helps tremendously to be able to see what you are doing while you are doing it!
  • REPEAT.ย Once you get your body straight and have beautiful lines in beginner’s butterfly, you can work on extending your butterfly some. Keep doing these things (hips square, engage core, strong grip)! You WILL get stronger once you work on proper form.

I hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Why I hate scales

I constantly see women obsessing over the scales….I just wanted to give a different way to keep track of progress. Everyone is different, of course, but for me personally this is my experience.

I’m 5’2″. Yeah, I’m short ๐Ÿ˜› If I don’t workout or eat well, I weigh 110 or so. My waist is 26 inches around, I’m a size 5 and I do not look or feel my most fit/toned. However, if I start up my pilates & pole dance/fitness regularly and eat a CLEAN diet of 1200 calories (or more) per day, this changes. I actually GAIN weight from the muscle I am building–I weigh around 113-116…but my inches go DOWN. My waist is 24 inches & I’m a size 3. So for me, I couldn’t care less about the numbers on the scale!

I measure myself once a month, maybe twice. I do both pilates & pole at home, never stepped foot in a gym! I hate Cardio, but I do it anyway…HIIT, maybe 3-4 times a week.

This has been my experience for 2 1/2 years. I look my best with a 24 inch waist, but I weigh more by 3-6 lbs. Crazy, but its how my body works.

Here is my challenge to you who are frustrated with the scale: ditch it for a week or two. Get a tape measure. Do some pilates. (I recommend Cassey on YouTube, search for “POP PILATES”). watch your size shrink! Isn’t that what we all want, to be smaller & toned? That is always measured in INCHES, not always in pounds. Pilates + Cardio will easily accomplish this. Ditch the scale & try it!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Eating Clean – Day 2

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90 days of eating clean thru the holidays. Yes I’m crazy, but I’m excited for what day 90 will bring! I am posting daily on our 90 day challenge blog, http://crankyfitness.tumblr.com …so for the first week we are focusing on cutting out SUGAR! Fruit does not count, nor does honey (in oatcake batter only) or agave nectar (sparingly). Next week, we are totally cutting out ALL flour and beef in addition to no sugar!

We plan on working out an hour per day, pilates & cardio…and pole strength every other day!

Here are a few pictures of some of the things I am eating each day. Breakfasts generally consist of eggs, oatmeal & fruit…I tried to get creative & mixed my oatmeal, eggs & banana together then baked it. Lunches are salads with roma tomatoes and tuna or chicken, with balsamic vinegar. Dinners SHOULD be chicken (or fish) with veggies….this week I’ve had chicken or egg burritos (with rice & tortillas, but we are cutting these out next week.) Snacks are fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and nuts.

I’ve been taking my multivitamin (Vitals), Greens & Thermofit (from katsays.itworks.net ) every day. Ohhhh the difference these supplements make!!!

Pole Pet Peeves!

I’ve seen this ALL OVER! New and eager pole dancers with no upper body strength start with spins… Also, beginners will jump or kick into inverts…And I’ve even heard of instructors teaching students to kick up into an invert. I understand pole dance is such a new form of fitness and even some instructors do this…please please pleeeassseee do NOT spin right off unless you are CERTAIN you can LIFT (not jump) and HOLD your body weight off the ground for about 5 seconds….I am putting together a video on where to begin and what to start with for beginners…..Please be safe!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ -Kat

 

Outdoor Pole Practice!

I did a lot of practicing the other day at the park while my daughter played. This park rarely has ANY kids playing there, it’s crazy! Oh well, my girl has the whole park to herself and I can practice in the great outdoors ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some video clips from my practice.

Spinning practice – There’s a random fan kick, fireman spin & some front/back hooks in there at the beginning…but I’ve mainly been working on my Reverse Grab Spin, like a LOT… mastering this spin is just one more step toward getting the Phoenix someday ๐Ÿ˜€

Butterfly practice – Butterflying is just a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a little more difficult with jeans & no leg grip, but my upper body strength has finally built up enough to handle doing it with jeans on. Yay!

Handspring practice – aahhh cartwheel HS, my very 1st trick and still my all time favorite. I had lost my straight edge from cartwheel handspring, so I’ve been trying to get that back. Also started working on Twisted Grip handspring! Once I can lift into that without kicking, I’ll be THAT much closer to 2 of my dream tricks – Phoenix and Iron X. Oh yessss.

Iguana Mount combo

This is a new one I got yesterday… it’s a lot of fun! I found muscles in my shoulders I didn’t even know I HAD ๐Ÿ™‚

“You know you’re a poler when…”

You know you’re a poler when you are away from your pole for WEEKS & begin looking for lamp posts, street signs & even TREES to do inverts on………..

Thank the Lord I found an abandoned playground nearby with a 45mm pole! I’m definitely getting my next pole in the 45mm size, it’s much easier gripping with the hands–but not so much with the legs. Also with these pictures, unlike when I’m on my pole inside, I am wearing much more loose clothing which KILLS any grip for hip holds with Gemini & Scorpio, so I couldn’t let go with both hands.

Anyway, here are a few pictures, I managed to get a basic invert & a gemini on a pine tree, but the gemini was terribly painful, hahaha! Pine trees are NOT the best trees to do tricks on…