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    Kirsten Fairlie

One Year On

One Year On

Happy New Year to all you Pole Junkies out there! Now that classes have started back after the Christmas break, it’s time to start thinking about what pole related fabulousness you plan to achieve over the coming year.  This time last year we introduced ourselves by telling you all about our 2015 goals (which you can read here) and we decided it was time to set some new ones for 2016 and update you on whether or not we actually got off the sofa last year… 

Heather

Reflection on 2015 Goals
  • Forward Splits: Last January I said that I was down to the last few inches of my splits and I felt like I spent most of 2015 around the same place.  My enthusiasm for stretching was beginning to wane until at the end of November, after a proper warm up, I really concentrated on relaxing into them and finally - touchdown! It was truly a surprising moment for me but now I feel much more positive about what I might be capable of flexibility wise in future.  They are by no means completely flat or square yet but now I believe I’ll get there… and that’s half the battle right?  It’s been a long road for me, after a Physio told me around 4 years ago that I was the ‘most inflexible person’ he’d ever seen, honestly I was like a block of wood, but now I’m ready for flexibility moves to no longer be that thing I avoid.  
Notice how much more stylish I am at training now too thanks to co-owning Pole Junkie! ;) Soda Splash Leggings by Tikiboo, Purple V-Front Top by Bad Kitty and a snazzy Pole Junkie sweatshirt.

 

  • Iron X: Progress has definitely been made with this one too!  I upped my core training continually throughout the past year and it’s made such a difference.  On top of that I’ve also been trying to strengthen my lats and shoulders to avoid getting so many injuries.  I can now lower into it and hold it for a reasonable length of time for it to no longer look like I’m just flopping out of handspring…here’s a pic of a recent attempt :) 

Now I’d like to even it up a bit and start working on my cup grip as well.  Oh, and ditch that pain face!!  Black Velvet Monica top and Red Velvet Peru shorts, both by RAD.

Now it’s 2016 and although I plan to continue working on both of my previous goals I’m going to set two new ones because if I share them publicly then I’ll feel the pressure to actually work on them…

 2016 Goals:

  • Pike/Fold: This is something I’ve always avoided but now I feel like having a pretty much non-existent pike is holding me back.  Previously I haven’t been brave enough to hold it in a stretch for very long because my calf muscles are so tight but it’s time to face the fact that probably everyone feels like that and I need to stop being a wimp!  My aim over the next year is to have a beautiful fold with a flat back, hopefully in a straddle position too.  We’ll see what happens…
  • Dance/Choreo: Even just typing ‘dance’ fills me with dread.  I’ve never had any dance/gymnastics background and when I started pole just over 5 years ago I was well known at the studio I trained at for my penguin-like flipper dancing.  A couple of months ago some of my friends and I decided to stop blaming the fact we couldn’t dance and lacked proper flow on not having a dance background and have started going to contemporary and ballet classes to try remedy this.  It’s getting less embarrassing each time and the environment is so much more friendly than I expected, in fact I’d go as far as saying I’m actually enjoying myself there!  This year I want to try and put some of what I’ve been learning into a routine and work on my transitions and fluidity.  Watch this space, I’ve written it now.

Kirsten  

Reflection on 2015 goals:

  • Shouldermount: Well I can definitely say that it’s no longer my nemesis move - thank god for that!! Once I stopped avoiding it and actually practiced my shouldermount regularly I found that I made progress pretty quickly and by June I'd even choreographed it in to a competition routine - who’d have thought eh? Unfortunately, I now have a new nemesis move - aerial shoulder mount... maybe if I stop avoiding this one then I can make progress with it too...
  • Chest Stand Progress: Ok, so there hasn’t really been any progress with this. I spent the majority of 2015 with an injured hamstring (probably something to do with jumping into middle splits during routine practice without a proper warmup …) so stretching was pretty much out the window unfortunately. Several physio sessions and some painful electro-acupuncture later my hamstring is now healed and I’m back at stretch classes - so let’s see how flexy I can get in 2016.
 

One of the few flexy pics I have from early 2015 before getting injured :( Black Helix leggings and Hot Pink Iron X top, both by Bad Kitty

And now on to my new goals for 2016:

2016 Goals:

  •  Deville Split (No-Handed Jade): Although my regular jade isn’t perfectly flat yet, it’s finally getting there, but what I really want to work on this year is my no-handed jade. I tried this for the first time in November last year and I didn't expect it to be so much harder! My first few attempts resulted in me repeatedly falling to the floor. But, after some Instagram research I figured out how to get into it, however I found it much harder to get a decent split without losing balance. So this year I’m aiming to clean up the entry and to have a flat split :)
  • Fish-Flop: This floorwork trick scares me a lot and although I have tried it a few times and kinda managed it, I’m still not too sure about where my body is meant to be going… So I’m going to work on this and if I still can’t get it then I may just have to kidnap Sarah Blackmilk and get her to show me her secrets ;)
  • Pole Flow: This is something I started working really hard on in 2015. Like Heather, I have no real dance background (unless you are willing to count Scottish Highland Dancing) so it’s not something that has come particularly easily to me either. Last year I started taking Tiff Finney’s weekly Sexy Fundamentals and Exotic dance classes and these have really done wonders for my floorwork and freestyle techniques. I even managed to apply some of this to my competition routine for the Authentics Pole Dance competition in June last year (you can view my routine here). So my aim for this year is to continue with these classes and take my pole flow to the next level - oh and I may even enter another comp or two ;)

Photo courtesy of David Hughes taken at the Authentic Pole Dance Competition 2015.

 We love seeing your pole progress pics in all your Pole Junkie purchases so make sure you tag @pole_junkie on Instagram and Facebook!

Lots of love from Team Pole Junkie xxx

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Happy New Year to all you Pole Junkies out there! Now that classes have started back after the Christmas break, it’s time to start thinking about what pole related fabulousness you plan to achieve over the coming year.  This time last year we introduced ourselves by telling you all about our 2015 goals (which you can read here) and we decided it was time to set some new ones for 2016 and update you on whether or not we actually got off the sofa last year… 

Heather

Reflection on 2015 Goals
  • Forward Splits: Last January I said that I was down to the last few inches of my splits and I felt like I spent most of 2015 around the same place.  My enthusiasm for stretching was beginning to wane until at the end of November, after a proper warm up, I really concentrated on relaxing into them and finally - touchdown! It was truly a surprising moment for me but now I feel much more positive about what I might be capable of flexibility wise in future.  They are by no means completely flat or square yet but now I believe I’ll get there… and that’s half the battle right?  It’s been a long road for me, after a Physio told me around 4 years ago that I was the ‘most inflexible person’ he’d ever seen, honestly I was like a block of wood, but now I’m ready for flexibility moves to no longer be that thing I avoid.  
Notice how much more stylish I am at training now too thanks to co-owning Pole Junkie! ;) Soda Splash Leggings by Tikiboo, Purple V-Front Top by Bad Kitty and a snazzy Pole Junkie sweatshirt.

 

  • Iron X: Progress has definitely been made with this one too!  I upped my core training continually throughout the past year and it’s made such a difference.  On top of that I’ve also been trying to strengthen my lats and shoulders to avoid getting so many injuries.  I can now lower into it and hold it for a reasonable length of time for it to no longer look like I’m just flopping out of handspring…here’s a pic of a recent attempt :) 

Now I’d like to even it up a bit and start working on my cup grip as well.  Oh, and ditch that pain face!!  Black Velvet Monica top and Red Velvet Peru shorts, both by RAD.

Now it’s 2016 and although I plan to continue working on both of my previous goals I’m going to set two new ones because if I share them publicly then I’ll feel the pressure to actually work on them…

 2016 Goals:

  • Pike/Fold: This is something I’ve always avoided but now I feel like having a pretty much non-existent pike is holding me back.  Previously I haven’t been brave enough to hold it in a stretch for very long because my calf muscles are so tight but it’s time to face the fact that probably everyone feels like that and I need to stop being a wimp!  My aim over the next year is to have a beautiful fold with a flat back, hopefully in a straddle position too.  We’ll see what happens…
  • Dance/Choreo: Even just typing ‘dance’ fills me with dread.  I’ve never had any dance/gymnastics background and when I started pole just over 5 years ago I was well known at the studio I trained at for my penguin-like flipper dancing.  A couple of months ago some of my friends and I decided to stop blaming the fact we couldn’t dance and lacked proper flow on not having a dance background and have started going to contemporary and ballet classes to try remedy this.  It’s getting less embarrassing each time and the environment is so much more friendly than I expected, in fact I’d go as far as saying I’m actually enjoying myself there!  This year I want to try and put some of what I’ve been learning into a routine and work on my transitions and fluidity.  Watch this space, I’ve written it now.

Kirsten  

Reflection on 2015 goals:

  • Shouldermount: Well I can definitely say that it’s no longer my nemesis move - thank god for that!! Once I stopped avoiding it and actually practiced my shouldermount regularly I found that I made progress pretty quickly and by June I'd even choreographed it in to a competition routine - who’d have thought eh? Unfortunately, I now have a new nemesis move - aerial shoulder mount... maybe if I stop avoiding this one then I can make progress with it too...
  • Chest Stand Progress: Ok, so there hasn’t really been any progress with this. I spent the majority of 2015 with an injured hamstring (probably something to do with jumping into middle splits during routine practice without a proper warmup …) so stretching was pretty much out the window unfortunately. Several physio sessions and some painful electro-acupuncture later my hamstring is now healed and I’m back at stretch classes - so let’s see how flexy I can get in 2016.
 

One of the few flexy pics I have from early 2015 before getting injured :( Black Helix leggings and Hot Pink Iron X top, both by Bad Kitty

And now on to my new goals for 2016:

2016 Goals:

  •  Deville Split (No-Handed Jade): Although my regular jade isn’t perfectly flat yet, it’s finally getting there, but what I really want to work on this year is my no-handed jade. I tried this for the first time in November last year and I didn't expect it to be so much harder! My first few attempts resulted in me repeatedly falling to the floor. But, after some Instagram research I figured out how to get into it, however I found it much harder to get a decent split without losing balance. So this year I’m aiming to clean up the entry and to have a flat split :)
  • Fish-Flop: This floorwork trick scares me a lot and although I have tried it a few times and kinda managed it, I’m still not too sure about where my body is meant to be going… So I’m going to work on this and if I still can’t get it then I may just have to kidnap Sarah Blackmilk and get her to show me her secrets ;)
  • Pole Flow: This is something I started working really hard on in 2015. Like Heather, I have no real dance background (unless you are willing to count Scottish Highland Dancing) so it’s not something that has come particularly easily to me either. Last year I started taking Tiff Finney’s weekly Sexy Fundamentals and Exotic dance classes and these have really done wonders for my floorwork and freestyle techniques. I even managed to apply some of this to my competition routine for the Authentics Pole Dance competition in June last year (you can view my routine here). So my aim for this year is to continue with these classes and take my pole flow to the next level - oh and I may even enter another comp or two ;)

Photo courtesy of David Hughes taken at the Authentic Pole Dance Competition 2015.

 We love seeing your pole progress pics in all your Pole Junkie purchases so make sure you tag @pole_junkie on Instagram and Facebook!

Lots of love from Team Pole Junkie xxx