Despite what it may look like, doing pole is an exercise regimen like no other. You use muscles that you never thought you had, and you end up with massive bruises in places you didn’t know you could bruise.
If you’re new to pole, you may not think you need any preparation, but that’s a common misconception. There are many ways to get ready for your first pole class, but here are five ways newbies can prepare.
1) Educate Yourself
Pole has the unfortunate reputation of being only for sketchy clubs or bachelor parties when, in fact, pole is one of the single best ways to get fit. Educate yourself about pole by reading and researching. An informed approach is one of the best ways to prepare for it.
Pole is a challenging workout that requires plenty of stamina and can train several muscle groups all at once. You don’t need any dance experience or to “be sexy.” Do a simple google search or watch some videos, and you’ll see that pole dancing is a fantastic way to get fit.
2) Know What to Wear
Your body stays up on the pole using skin, which is why pole dancers wear very little clothing. Your skin needs to have exposure so that it can grip the pole. Some tricks require less skin, but some tricks need more.
It’s essential to invest in high-quality clothing for pole. Yoga/pole shorts, a loose-fitting t-shirt or tank top, and a sports bra for ladies are the basics. You should also look into purchasing leggings and a hooded top to take off when moving from warm-up to pole.
3) Find Out What Else You’ll Need
Most pole students don’t realize this until they get to class, and it may seem like common sense, but people sweat a lot when they exercise. Pole is especially strenuous. Hands, arms, and legs can get wet with moisture during class, which makes gripping the pole difficult. Invest in some grip aid, which makes your skin dry and sticky.
If you seem to sweat more than the average person, it’s useful to invest in some sticky clothing such as knee pads, ninja socks, and gloves. Even if you don’t use them during performances, sticky clothing can help you get familiar with tricks and practice before progressing to more advanced moves. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, too!
4) Leave What You Don’t Need
You want to avoid anything slippery. Body lotions, oils, hand creams, moisturizers, body glitter, and even fake tan can make your skin too slippery to grip the pole. Be sure to remove loose jewelry like necklaces, and consider removing rings so you can have a better handgrip. Tie back any loose hair should, and avoid loose or extra clothing like dresses for everyone’s safety.
5) Remember to Exercise Outside of Class
Pole may be an excellent way to work out, but that doesn’t mean it should be your only workout. Look into purchasing a gym membership to work out between classes. Doing an easy workout between classes can prevent muscles from getting underworked.
If you can’t swing a monthly gym membership, look into a home gym by searching for reviews and guides for home gyms. For instance, you can buy a home gym in Australia using this buyer’s guide that includes useful reviews.
Pole is incredibly rewarding, even with its reputation. It’s trying on the muscles and even on the spirit sometimes, but the bruises and soreness are so worth it to be able to do amazing tricks, spins, and inversions.