Tribesports User of the Week: Kirstin M
Accomplished - Side plank and plank, both full body workouts, sounds simple, they kill you every time you do them, but boy do they work! Still getting my fitness back from last year and I'll know when I'm there when these are a caker again.
Not accomplished - Close your eyes and balance on one leg for [insert unreachable time] - absolutely nae chunce! I’ve tried standing in the corner of the room, I’ve tried in the middle, in a door way. My sense of balance is kaput. If I manage this series of Challenges I feel I will have accomplish my Everest.
How did you you first start pole dancing?
My first pole class was with Pole Pursuits, an Aberdeen based pole-fitness company. I saw a “Groupon” deal for half price beginner classes and went along for a nosey. When I saw what the teachers Cat and Diane could do, all I thought was WOW, I want to be able to do that! And I kept going back.
The fun is enormous and the sense of achievement is brilliant, the girls (and some boys) all support each other and egg you on to more challenging (insane) combos. There is always something new to learn and whatever you learn to do with both hands can then be learnt anew with one hand then no hands...
Which is the toughest move you've mastered on the pole?
I love the Brass Monkey pose, because even I don’t see how you are holding yourself up. It took my head ages to grasp that the friction of the pole against your skin keeps you in place, the backs of your knee, inside armpit and inner thigh all work together to stick you to the pole. I am so proud of what my 45 year old body can do.
Love your photo swimming with dolphins, what's the story?
My partner Ian and me were on our first cruise through the Caribbean and the trip on Isla Margarita was swimming with dolphins. We were in a party of 10 and it was so great. We spent ages in the water with two dolphins - a three meter long male who was so powerful you flew through the water on his back fin!
The female was smaller and gentle, she kept going over to one lady, so much so the owners asked if she was pregnant. A shocked gasp later with a smile and the lady said yes, only just though. Dolphin sonar had been checking out her little baby bump!
Will you be Scuba diving this year?
Maybe not this year, as living on the North East coast of Scotland and being a “Cald Tattie” means I don’t dare dive here, but holidays, oh yeh, every chance I get! Scuba really is a different world and it is a privilege to enter it. First Scuba was in Aruba, 6 divers, all novices with two instructors. After training in a sea front pool, we were let loose on the ship wreck ES Antilla. “Keep together” and “Don’t go too deep” went right out of my head when I entered the water and saw cute fish and coral and I was floating after Nemo when one of the instructors noticed and ordered me to return to the group. I looked back and saw 5 other divers all in different locations, with one instructor chasing us all up again - so funny.
I think Iceland, as the country is stunning - like Scotland on steroids, with a little New Zealand thrown into the mix. I am getting my shot soon too as our next holiday is booked to stop off there, lucky me.
Which Tribesports user makes your day?
Too many to mention, seriously! Favourites to pick for me must be:
Baldy John - determination and achieving some spectacular goals, he just keeps going.
Big Swede - built like Arnie S with muscles and encouragements to spare.
What's your favourite quote?
Dance like there’s no-one watching - William Purkey. You spend far too much time caring about what other people may think of you, just forget they are there and get on with enjoying yourself. Your family and friends will think you are weird, yes, but they will still love you anyway.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with one little step - Leo Tzu. One little step can make all the difference - take that first step, go to that first exercise class. It may not seem like much at the time, but it will change your life
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