Hot for Teacher

LOL, not sure if the title fits, but i’m on an 80’s kick.  you can tell by the abuse of Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” blaring from my car. 🙂  Life has been crazy busy!!!  There are few nights that I’m at home now and it seems with every week there has been more to do.  I was asked to be in a wedding by a dear dear friend of mine.  I was very touched and can’t wait to help her!!!

Oh! AND!!!  I started teaching pole!  Wow!!!  I have wanted to teach since the day I walked in the door at Pole-licious and knew I was home.

Barbara put me through teacher “boot camp”.  It was a short, intensive training and boy is it really intense.  Teaching is very different than how I had first imagined.  I have forgotten how hard beginning tricks are when you are a beginner and I defenitely didn’t realize the amount of steps there are to breaking them down…SAFELY!

My first class, I was a nervous wreck.  Arrived at the studio super early, lit candles, put on some music to clean and set up to, I even wrote my entire floor workout down so I wouldn’t forget any step or ab or martini, goddess, etc. 🙂  To be honest, I wanted to cry I was so nervous.  Nervous my workout wouldnt be hard enough.  Nervous I wouldn’t teach tricks right.  Nervous my music sucked.  You name it.  I was a wreck!!

I had a few students my first class and even a brand new girl!  They were all thoroughly sweaty and breathless by the end of class and all danced out.  my new girls gave me a hug and said they would be back.  My veteran, also a friend I have been dancing with since my start at Pole-licious said “I rocked!” and she got a great workout.  I left that night walking on air.  I couldn’t believe how great I felt about myself after leaving.  Especially having Miss Kitty Betsey pay me such a wonderful compliment.

Fast forward, I have been teaching for about 3 months now.  I’ve become a little more relaxed and don’t come to class with a defined plan anymore.  I have my regular students who come to see me and they all want my butt kicking, drenched in sweat workout and it makes me feel great to see my little hotties growing and nailing their tricks they have been working so hard on.  To be a part of those magic “Holy s&*t!!  I got it!!!  Did you see that!!!! ” *happy dance* Those little moments and seeing the light in my students eyes are why I love teaching!  each and every girl that comes through the door are experiencing something different that day.  happy, sad, mad..whatever it may be, it’s my job to put a smile on their face and to let that tiger off it’s leash for 90 minutes.  My students put a smile on my face and make my bad day go away.  They would never know it by my face, but a few weeks ago, I came in feeling defeated from my day and from stress that has been plaguing me from the beginning of the year.  After class i found myself smiling, even though I hadn’t tricked the entire class.  It dawned on me, my students are my therapy.  They bring out the best in me for those 90 minutes and for that I am deeply grateful to all you ladies!

Come see me Thursdays at 6:30PM if you haven’t tried a pole class.  I promise it’s the best thing you will ever do for your body.  we are a loving and supportive environment and that’s why Pole-licious will always be my home. ❤

 

 

 

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So I gave you a little overview Tuesday, today I want to tell you all about performances from Saturday. I saw so many different kinds of dance my jaw was permemantly embedded in the ground! My friend Lauren and I volunteered to be pole fluffers for the Bad Kitty Fashion Show and performances.  I was so excited … Continue reading

Gaining Hip Flexibility Through Resistance Stretching

  I am continually on the quest for flexibility and it is an uphill battle. I hate to stretch, it hurts.  It’s a necessity, and I don’t just mean for pole and it making tricks pretty. As you age, your muscles naturally lose strength and size and can become less supple and stiffer. This  can affect the range of movement around your joints, which may lead to stiffness and put you at risk for injury.  While trolling Aerial Amy’s blog i came across this video and entry on resistance stretching.  Read below for an explanation on what the benefits of resistance stretching are from Ellen Lovelace a pole instructor in Redwood City, CA. and check out her video below!

 

I discovered resistance stretching when my Rolfer showed me some of the stretches to do in my quest to restore movement to a hamstring that was locked up with scar tissue for almost 20 years. She also referred me to a resistance stretch trainer for assisted stretch sessions (there is a whole other form of this work that involves being hands-on stretched, kind of like a Thai massage but WAY more intense.) I started to see tremendous gains in my flexibility, and realized the power of this form of stretching for me. Passive stretching always hurt, and I’d find that the next day, I was just as tight as I’d been before stretching the previous day. With this method, I found that each time I stretched, I maintained some of the gains from the previous session. By engaging my muscles while stretching them, I realized that I couldn’t overstretch, and therefore never felt like I was injuring myself, while I was able to go deeper into stretches than ever before. The first time I used resistance in a center straddle stretch, and my nose touched the floor in front of me, I was hooked for sure! When the Ki-Hara people offered resistance stretch training in California, I couldn’t wait to attend and learn more.

I’ve seen a lot of the same gains in clients with whom I’ve used these techniques. Both in people who are trying to achieve gains in flexibility for pole, and in people who are just looking to be looser and more comfortable in their bodies for everyday life. Forward bends get deeper, splits get closer to the floor, hips open, and bodies feel longer and stronger.

Resistance stretching is the concept of continually contracting a muscle while you move it through its range of motion. If I contract my bicep (“make a muscle”), and you pull my fist away from me to straighten my arm while I gently resist you, I am getting a resistance stretch of my bicep. The main advantage to this method is that you cannot overstretch a muscle since you are actively engaging it during the stretch. Also, as you’ll see in the video, each stretch has a counter-move, so that in one direction you are strengthening the muscle (while you contract/shorten it), and in one direction you are stretching it (while you extend/lengthen it).

In resistance stretching, we focus on the balancing muscle groups in the body. Think again about “making a muscle” with your bicep. When your bicep is contracting, your tricep is extending. When you straighten your elbow, the tricep contracts while the bicep extends. In theory, if your tricep was really weak, you might not be able to straighten your arm, no matter how long and flexible your bicep was. Now apply this to your leg: if your quads (front of the leg) are very weak and can’t contract effectively, your central hamstring (back of the leg) won’t be able to fully lengthen. I can just work a client’s quads, have them touch their toes, and watch them get closer to the floor than before, without ever going near their hamstrings. This is why we do both a strengthening move and stretching move for every muscle we work on–we need to be both long AND strong in all the balancing muscle groups in order to achieve maximum flexibility. Today’s stretches are all about the hip flexors, but the medial, central, and lateral hamstrings are every bit as important!

The main challenge people have with this method at first is the tendency to resist themselves too hard. You should be providing gentle resistance, such that you can smoothly move through the range of motion, and are not shaking with effort. About 60% of your max resistance is all you need. Keep the target muscle engaged/resisting through the entire range of both the strengthening and stretching motions—you should never be relaxing the muscle. These stretches should feel like work! And remember, unlike traditional static stretching, there is no need to “hold” the stretch at the end range. Rather, you should be continually moving, contracting and extending, strengthening and stretching. To see these concepts illustrated, check out the video below or take a peek at it directly on YouTube here.

 

Videos to Inspire you. Miss Madeline Eve

Hello Hotties!

Hope you are having a good start to the week.  I had a great class with Lauren yesterday morning and was feeling great the rest of the day.  I wil lbe putting the newsletter out in a day or so but wanted to give you a heads up that on April 28th at Pole-licious we will have 2 (possibly 3) workshops for Advanced Pole and Lap Dance.  $25 each or $40 for both.

Here is a video of Madeline from her Girl Next Door performance in 2010.  I love her energy!  I can’t wait for her workshop!

Work that Body..quickly…with results right now

Hi Hotties! Happy Thursday,  it’s almost Friday!  Woo hoo!  😀

I am starting the Insanity DVD series, it’s (HIIT) hi intensity interval training program. This POP Cardio video is similar and will get you sweating! The idea is to work the hell outta your body to the point you want to die, in a short amount of time, it creates an “afterburner” effect, your body burns calories for hours after. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, eat a snack with protein and stretch. If you are feeling brave and saucy this oblique and muffin top video by is great to follow it with ❤

Have an awesome day! Class  tonight at 7:30

See you ’round the poles!!