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A Survivor's Tale
Pole dancing
Taking the time out to write this because I've got a modeller here at work putting together some reference for me, so I'm at loose ends. I <3 my 3D guys.

Last night I went with my female coworkers to a pump class at a local pole dancing studio. It was awesome! I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the hour-long workout, but unfortunately, my old friend Iron Deficiency bit me in the butt after that (I'm on the tail end of my period) and I began to get that starry purple effect in my vision, and hard experience tells me that if I don't Lie The Fuck Down at that point, I will pass out. So I had to lie down for ten minutes or so, 'til the blood was thoroughly back in my head, and then I was able to join in again for the last few exercises.

So if I'm going to push myself this hard, I'm going to need to start popping those horrible enormous iron tablets again. D: I hate large pills. But oh well, it's worth it, because I had forgotten how strangely enjoyable it is to push my body to the limits. Goddamn it, I LOVED it! I'll be going back next Tuesday... and also signing up to the pole dancing beginners class for Wednesday nights. The pump class is mostly standard strength-and-stamina based exercises that occasionally incorporate the poles, but the pole dancing class is proper pole dancing technique (for fitness and flexibility, though I've no doubt that some of the women who attend use it as training for their night jobs, and good on 'em) and some of the tricks Liz was showing us were just mind-blowingly awesome. (NB: This is "coworker Liz", not "Canberra Liz" or "Elizabeth-of-Greg-and-Elizabeth".)

I climbed the pole during warm-up and aaaalmost got to the ceiling, which was kind of cool because it was further than my young whippersnapper colleagues had managed when they tried. (Of course, my smugness didn't last too long before the iron deficiency got me.) I want to learn how to do it better! I probably looked like a demented orangutan the way I did it. D: Liz looked so freaking classy doing her thing!

So I am Excited about that, and will have to start doing more cardio too, to keep my blood flowing and my muscles happy between each Tuesday/Wednesday pairing.

This couldn't come at a better time - since I've taken on DS games as a hobby, I've really been needing something physical to counterbalance that, and walking in the current summer heat is Not Fun. I also picked up a simple little stepper machine (for six dollars!) from Lifeline which I can use to get in the aforementioned cardio. It's not airconned at home, but it's free and there's fans, so I think I can stop being a pussy about it.

Also, Joe has expressed interest in going to a boys lesson at the pole dancing place. :D We're trying to talk our male coworkers into joining him but not making much headway, sadly. One of the things I like best about Joe is that he's secure enough in himself that he's not all: "POLE DANCING THREATENS MY MASCULINITY!" *flex*

I think we can talk JB into joining him, as that musclebound dude is such a fitness fanatic already that he only needs another little push in the right direction. :D

I'm a bit sore today, despite lots of stretches and a hot bath last night. Apparently tomorrow will be worse. ;P

In other news, Joe and I are probably going to replace his dying car with a van around the end of this month, by which time we'll have amassed around $2000 for the purchase, plus whatever he gets for selling the current car for scraps. I'm eyeing off a few offerings on Ebay - we're going to visit Joe's parents this weekend and get his dad's help.
15 have fought ~ fight the power!
earthminor From: earthminor Date: February 4th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Giant iron tablets...?

My doctor told me to go buy ferro-grad c tablets (have vitamin c in them for better absorption) and they aren't giant... just red and normal pill size... Maybe try them? No prescription needed or anything.
tania From: tania Date: February 4th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
ferro-grade vitamin C tabs? I'll check the Mrs Flannery's next door, that might be good... the iron tabs I have at the moment are sort of oval shaped, and twice the size of a panadol. D:
earthminor From: earthminor Date: February 4th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The exact name is 'Ferro-Grad C'. They come in a little bottle with a red lid and red label. 30 to a bottle.
tania From: tania Date: February 4th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* Thanks girl. Also, I don't think I ever got around to replying to your FB note the other day (fail!) but despite the setback, it's good to hear how positive your attitude is - in those particular matters, honestly, 90% of it relies on what's happening in your HEAD rather than your body. So a good attitude is GOLD. And I am so pleased to hear you're feeling all happy and secure in stuff. :)
ninjafaun From: ninjafaun Date: February 4th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Woohoo!! I think you're the only other pole-dancing person on my friends list. XD I've been doing it since the start of 2008, and I can't praise it enough. I'm fitter/stronger/more toned because of it.

Beware of inevitable bruises and soreness in muscles you never even thought existed in the human body as you start out XD But of course that will eventually lessen as you get better!
tania From: tania Date: February 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I'm already noticing the soreness. :D And Liz had some bruises to demonstrate to us (she's been doing it for a year and a half) but she added that your skin toughens up in those places after some time and you don't get those anymore. :) It's great fun, I can't wait to do more! (And can't wait to see the toning you mentioned, either!)
ninjafaun From: ninjafaun Date: February 5th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It's awesome fun. XDDDD

And yeah, the bruises lessen also as you gain more control over your body - I got the majority of mine on my shins from when I started pole climbs. XD As I improved I was able to mount more lightly and precisely, etc. It's very rewarding because it's a clear indication you're becoming more skilled. :3 Also don't worry if there are tricks you just can't seem to "get". I've heard this many times now and I agree with it - that after a certain period of time something will just click and you'll get it. XD Thought I'd throw that in there!
tania From: tania Date: February 5th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
How long have you been doing it?
ninjafaun From: ninjafaun Date: February 5th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Just over a year now and counting. Sorry if I rambled a little. XD;;
tania From: tania Date: February 5th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang girl, don't apologise - I love it when people ramble at me! Learn more that way. :D Ooh, I can't wait to sink my teeth into this hobby, I've needed something physical-yet-social for quite some time, since there's no good rollerskating rinks around here... This is going to be way fun. :)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: February 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You're pole-dancing now?

...dammit, I am NOT going to think dirty thoughts. XD
tania From: tania Date: February 4th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day, Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day... ;)
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: February 4th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

*(Statement may include outright lies depending on your tastes.)
nipper From: nipper Date: February 4th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds awesome!

Tried Taoist Tai Chi the other weekend, because Colin's mum is a beginning instructor. Was quite fun!
From: haakonspet Date: February 5th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
If you are getting iron issues, instead of taking the tablets you could increase your tuna or salmon intake (or red meat) - especially if you only get the symptoms during your period. Have them raw or cooked and add in green vegetables and you will have a more body friendly way of ingesting the iron.
15 have fought ~ fight the power!