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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 🙂 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 😀

Butterfly practice – Butterflying is just a lot of fun 🙂 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 🙂

My Pilates Routine (Lower Body)

I do a pilates routine 3-4 times per week & most of it is the 10-20 minute videos from Cassey at Blogilates (workout videos found HERE.)

This doesn’t include any extra cardio I do through the week, any weight/strength training I do throughout the week or any gymnastic-type strength stuff on the pole throughout the week–this is JUST my pilates.

I sort of create my own circuit workout by jump roping between each pilates video. I’ve found that jump roping burns the MOST calories–it cost next to nothing and it’s EFFECTIVE. {{You can find a calorie calculator online to see how much you’d burn by putting in your weight & how many minutes of jump roping. Another way to figure out calories burned is to buy a calorie monitor.}}

Anyway! Here is an example of my Lower Body Pilates workout. During EVERY pilates workout, I do a lot of core work regardless of my upper body/lower body focus. I also always work in some sort of cardio. This particular example below gives me 10 minutes of cardio with jump roping (burning about 100 calories at my weight), and 50 minutes of Pilates, giving me about an hour of a workout total. {{If you DON’T incorporate cardio or cut out processed junk foods from your diet, you won’t ever see all the lovely muscle you build underneath the layer of fat! Cardio & proper diet is a MUST if you want to see your hard work!!!}}

TRY IT! All you need is a little bit of floor space and some motivation! Let me know what you think when you’re alllll done! 😉

“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…