I also learned the graceful (less athletic looking) way to climb a pole as a precursor to hanging upside down from it - the move I so desperately long to learn. I got pole burn on the insides of my thighs as I both gripped the pole between my legs for dear life and tried to slide down gracefully. Apparently while holding yourself up this way you're supposed to be able to push your rear end out and arch your back so your breasts are pushed forward. It totally goes against your instinctual need to hold on and keep close to the pole for leverage. Wow, this is serious stuff. You don't just walk into a class and learn to climb and swing. Apparently this is an art form that you have to be serious about to learn.
We spent so much time on the pole that there were times when my arm muscles felt like jelly and there was just no way I was going to be swinging around that pole again. That's when I really had to psyche myself up, feel the trembling muscles and just say fuck it I can do this NO MATTER WHAT! I pretty much defied the laws of physics with my determination and my love for this craft. Yay me! I also learned how to swing around the pole one handed and land on my knees. I'm making a mental note to keep my rear pushed back, my arm straight and swing with my head as far out as possible. It's these little technicalities that can make the move so beautiful.
My instructor Amy went over the wall routine with me and showed me a few tips. My favorite was learning to move in the shape of "smiley face". Heh, it's much sexier than it sounds. Then she taught me lap dancing on a chair, both backward and forward. Oh MY GOD I felt SO powerful doing this!! Women everywhere should know how to do this. It's so empowering and sensual. I'll be practicing this a lot on an empty chair...at least until I get home.
Then I told Amy that we had learned how to strip off our tops at the end of the routine but not our shorts. She showed me the most outrageous way to strip off our bottoms! It basically involves a slow backward summer-sault in which you peel them off while you turn over back wards and then land in a sexy kneeling position. Oh dear god. I've never done backward summer-saults so I'll be practicing those like crazy. I need to be able to just do it without even stripping before I even think about removing my stripper shorts while I am actually flipping over like this.
All together this was WELL worth the $150 an hour. Without a doubt money well spent. I just wish to god I had a pole to practice on at home. The school doesn't think they'll have poles in until December 1st and I really am leaning toward driving home Thanksgiving weekend. How frustrating!!! They won't let me rent the room with the pole for practice either, something to do with liability when I'm not being supervised.
I'm going to drop in on the level 2 class on Thursday afternoon. They are learning two new pole tricks in that one class this week so that class would be the best use of my money. From there I can decide if I want to continue with level two or just pay for one more private session (so I can learn to hang upside from the pole) and then go home on Thanksgiving. The school is closed all of Thanksgiving weekend. So it seems like a waste of time for me to be here those days if I won't be learning anything.
Oh and one more thing...everything hurts! I used every muscle in my body to climb, swing, pull myself up and let myself down slowly and gently. Now I understand why Sheila says after three months of this program women find themselves in the best shape of their lives. It uses all your muslces, makes you more graceful, and gives you a sense of power and self confidence like no other work out program on earth. Not to mention how fun it could be if you have some one special in your life.