I have never broken a bone in my body. A lot of people share this luck with me, but most of them don't flip from poles (street signs and trees). Nevertheless, there is no muscle in my body that at least once wasn't strained, damaged, pulled etc. What I do is not normal for human body and I have to live with this. Last time I had severe pain in back (three months ago) and went to the doctor, he told me - there is nothing wrong with you, except that you are like puppet, I can turn your joints in any direction.

I honestly don't remember the day when nothing was hurting in my body. I know how to pull joints and muscles back in a matter if seconds. Once I had a crack in my foot, but realized it only after three days, when I couldn't fit into my sneakers. This is the price I pay for doing dancing and sport professionally. Therefore I earn my living this way.

So here are some things I want to tell professional pole dancers:

1. I don't believe in half of your injuries. Don't be sissies. If you claim that you have an injury and don't participate in championships, and the next day you have workshops... Well, that's just wrong.

2. You have your own relationships with your body, you can break it as many times as you want. But you have no right to put into the same danger your students. I know that flips are in trend now, but c'mon! If you are afraid to do them yourself, why do you teach other people?
3. It's up to you to play safe. If you are bendy, don't learn strength elements, if you are strong- don't stretch. But then don't be surprised when you get 3 people on your WS and last place in championship.

As for non-professional pole dancers:

1. Find a good coach, that knows anatomy and how human body works.
2. There is never such thing as "too safe".
3. If you learn a dangerous trick, ask your teacher to show it. If he or she can't, don't do it. They don't know what they are talking about.
4. No pain-no gain is not always the thing to believe in.
5. Warm up. Then warm up a little bit more.
6. If you are injured, consult a specialist. Professional sportsmen and dancers learn to listen to their body from early childhood. You are not born that way, so don't try to act like a hero. Is it worth anything for you?

As many of you know, I had injured foot when I came third on the Worlds this year. Some of you were inspired by my decision to participate, some disappointed. So what happened? Two weeks before the championship after the workshop I was flipping for a picture and slipped. My bone in the foot stuck out and the foot turned into opposite direction. I pulled it back, but pain was enormous and it was swelling like crazy. We went to the ambulance and the doctor said that I have 24 hour to make it better. If I don't I will have to do injections. But I need to forget about any competitions for at least a year.

It was a fun time, my wife expecting our baby like any minute and me limping around. In 24 hours she did everything to make my foot better and I was just happy it was left one, and if the labour starts I will be able to drive her to the hospital.
I went to London not knowing if I should participate or not. I couldn't practice at all for two weeks, replaying and remaking my routine in my head. I asked my wife for advice and she said: "you shouldn't, but you will." She knew me too well. I didn't expect any prizes, but when I came third in preliminaries I analyzed my scores. My weakest points were for compulsories. Not being injured I chose the hardest ones. If I changed them (and we could do it this year) to Jade and my dear Allegra, I could win. But I didn't want it this way. I came third, without loosing my style. And proving that if you are professional, nothing can stop you. And nothing should.

Last modified onFriday, 10 October 2014 14:13


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