I started taking private lessons with master trainer Xiaohong (of San Francisco Circus Center) out of a desire to increase my strength and endurance for the pole dancing/fitness. My first experience was awesome and I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though I busted my behind in class, I didn’t get the post training soreness I had anticipated; however, my body did poop out sooner than usual in my pole training session the next day. I attributed my brilliant recovery time to the incredible assisted stretching I got in between each exercise burst. So to all of you training pole fitness enthusiasts, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STRETCHING.
We have begun working on the pole using Chinese acrobatic pole technique and I have decided that I don’t know sh!t about pole… I thought I was pretty strong, I guess I am compared to some other pole dancers, but my strength is like a total beginner compared to his. How humbling it is to work with someone like this, how inspiring! His tales of his circus training as a youngster in China have inspired me to train harder because I realize that, really, I am a lazy oaf in comparison, sad but true. I am appalled at how lacking my left arm strength is…in handstands (after doing many reps and then holding) i begin to sink down into the left side and he has to hold me up. Well, I will improve…I will get stronger!…I WILL, I WILL!