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Splits away, on holiday!Β 

Well we’re back home from our travels! 

Our adventure was unreal and I can’t believe how fast its gone after all the planning that went into it! 
One of the things I did as a bit of a fun challenge for myself was attempting the splits in every country! 
I say attempting because I don’t officially have a flat split, but I am closer than I have ever been before and I’m still pretty happy with what I could do without a full warm up! 

My first one was pretty rushed we were at a palace and apparently it wasn’t okay to split on a stone bench, so this was a very hurried photo as the guard was shouting Romanian at us πŸ˜‚ 
The warm weather definitely helped to relax my muscles and as I hadn’t been training for a few days my first split was my best one! 

Here’s my splits from, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany 😝 

By Prague I had done a couple of classes and we had been waking miles everyday, so despite the warm weather my hip flexors and calf muscles were feeling very tight and even after a decent warm up this was as low as I could go! 

I’ve been working on my splits since about a year after I started pole, so about 4 years now, however due to an accident and a leg injury it means my progress has definitely been slow. 
Every year I say I will have my splits by Christmas but you know what, I think this year might actually be the year!! 

I’m going to continue to post my progress and have an upcoming post about some of my favourite (said through gritted teeth) stretches that I feel have helped me the most with achieving my split so far! 
Comment below and share your splits or flexibility journey with me 😁
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I don’t sweat… I sparkle βœ¨

Budapest Liza Szabo Pole Studio Hungary
So my orginal plan was to also do a class in Cluj, unfortunately I just couldn’t get to the instructor at the times she was available 😒

But this did push me to do a class in Budapest! (Pronounced Budapesht, it makes the Hungarians happy 😊)
So I went back to my list of pole schools and contacted a few in the area we were staying.
I had replies from a couple of Studio’s, but the one that had a class at a time I could make and stood out from the others was Liza Szabo ( here’s the website for her studio, there’s also the option to change the language to English which is very useful for us none Hungarian speakers http://www.polestudio.hu/eng/)
After doing a quick Facebook stalk of her profile and studio page I was excited to try out her class.
This was a mixed ability class, at 6pm and she gave me all the details for the studio.

To get there from our hostel I had to take the tram from the bottom of our road, my sense of direction and map reading is terrible so I popped Szabo Liza pole studio address into my trustee (or not so much) maps.

I got off at the stop my phone told me to and headed in the direction of the studio, or so I thought, now I had set off with plenty of time but by now it was about 5.54 so I had 6 minutes to find the studio, my blue dot was hovering over exactly where google thought the studio should be, but there was no signs for any studios.
I looked back at what Liza had messaged me , the addresses are not the same as back home but I worked out that the building number should be 10, I was at something like 26. By now it was 5.55, I put the street and number into google and it popped up 7 mins away, I only had 5! So it was time to get running! Not really something you see in Budapest, they have a more chilled out kind of vibe so me sprinting down the street did attract a little attention. As I got to a crossing I saw a girl in a red dress start running too, at least I’m not the only one late for something I thought, and she was fast!

So eventually I got to building number 10 absolutely dripping with sweat, red faced and panting, I forgot to mention this was the 2nd hottest day we had in Budapest and at 6pm it was about 37c!!

Now to climb the stairs, Liza had already told me it was the top floor! As I started up the steps I could here someone on the flight above me, I looked up and it was the red dress girl from the crossing!
As I reached the top floor the door to the studio was open, I said hi and apologised to Liza as she had already began the warm up and this was just not good class etiquette. But she was lovely and said Rose (red dress) would show me the changing rooms and to just come in as soon as I was ready.
I followed Rose to the changing rooms where they had baby wipes (thank god!) I gave my face a wipe and tried to get a few deeps breaths in before heading into the warm up.

As I entered Rose told me to grab a yoga Matt and to my relief we were up to part of the warm up where you are sat on the floor warming up the legs and hips. We finished the warm up and Liza told me they would usually do conditioning but as it was so hot we wouldn’t be doing it today (conditioning is important but in this heat, this was music to my ears!)

Now this was a mixed ability class so I wasn’t sure what to expect, we did a couple of spins to warm up our shoulders and then Liza began teaching, she would demonstrate first, talk it through and then translate it for me πŸ™‚

Our first move was a very splitty one, and this is certainly not my strong point but I did my best, managed the first move and then completely melted down the pole to the floor for the second one! I was sweating in spots I didn’t even know could sweat πŸ˜“πŸ˜·

I have never poled in heat like this before so I really had to keep reminding myself that the moves would feel completely different had it not been so hot!

Liza was a great teacher and she could see straight away these particular moves were just not working for a lot of the girls and this was simply because of the conditions!
So after a couple of goes she moved us onto a combo that seemed a bit more achievable and could be done from the floor, for me personally I felt much safer trying moves near the ground!

Here’s the combo below πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

You can still see how much I’m sliding and I’m so thankful the studio had some grip that was for everyone’s use otherwise I wouldn’t have had a chance!
The last move we tried, I’m not sure of the name so please comment if you know it.
For now I’m going to call it an outside jade. I’ve never tried one of these before and my attempt wasn’t great but I am going to re-film these moves at home and see if I can get them a little better!

Here’s my attempt πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
Outside Jade Split
Even though the class was insanely difficult I still left feeling great! The atmosphere at the studio reminded me of home! All the girls were really supportive and Liza is a fantastic teacher! If you are in Budapest I would highly recommend sending her a message and checking out their timetable! Just try a day when it’s not like taking a vacation on the beaches of hell! πŸŒ‹β˜€οΈπŸ”₯
Oh but I did achieve this….

Peace & Pole everyone πŸ¦„βœŒπŸΌ