"I already do something fitness related but I want to pole dance, too!"
Welcome to Your Next Fitness Challenge: The World of Pole Dancing 🌟
Welcome, seasoned athlete! Perhaps you're a dedicated gym-goer, a yogi, a dancer, or involved in another fitness discipline. Whatever your athletic background, we’re thrilled to have you consider pole dancing as a cross-training opportunity!
At Altitude Pole, we welcome all types of fitness enthusiasts looking to broaden their horizons and add a new dimension to their training regimen.
First Class Jitters
Nervous about your first class? You're not alone! It's totally normal to have a fluttery tummy before you step into the studio. We’ve all been there. Just remember, everyone in the room was once in your shoes, starting their journey and feeling the jitters. They're your team now, your pole family, and they’re rooting for you every step of the way!
Why Pole for Cross-Training?
Pole dancing brings a unique blend of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular training that can complement and enhance your existing fitness routine. It combines elements of weightlifting, dance, and gymnastics, offering a full-body workout that improves core strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
It's also incredibly fun and creative, which can be a refreshing break from more traditional fitness routines!
The Importance of Rest
Just as important as working out is giving your body time to rest and recover. Just because pole dancing is fun (and oh boy, it is!) doesn’t mean it doesn't tire you out Listen to your body's signals and make sure to take regular rest days. Not only will this prevent overuse injuries, but it also allows your body time to build strength and adapt to this new form of exercise.
Remember, this isn’t a sprint; it’s a journey. Incorporate pole into your fitness routine in a way that feels sustainable and enjoyable to you. Aim for balance in your fitness approach - this will ensure your body stays strong, flexible, and ready to tackle the pole for years to come.
Levels & Progression
At Altitude Pole, we offer a series of structured levels, each designed to progressively build your skills and strength. As an experienced athlete, you may find some aspects of pole come more easily to you. For example, if you're a gymnast or dancer, you may pick up the graceful transitions and dynamic moves quickly. If you're a weightlifter, you may find that your upper body strength gives you an edge.
However, don’t be surprised if you find it challenging at first! Pole is a unique discipline that requires its own specific techniques and strength. Trust the process and enjoy the journey.
Embracing "Pole Kisses"
As you tackle new moves, you may earn a few 'pole kisses'. These are the bumps and bruises that come with gripping and sliding on the pole. No cause for alarm – they're completely normal and just part of the learning process.
Many pole dancers consider them badges of honour, since they are proof of your hard work and progress.
Hydration & Nutrition
As an active individual, you're likely already aware of the importance of good nutrition and hydration. Keep it up! Proper fueling and hydration are key to performing your best in pole, just as they are in your primary discipline.
Dress for Success
Don't worry, you don't need to whip out the booty shorts and crop tops just yet! At Altitude, we want you to be as comfortable as possible while mastering the art of pole dance.
- Level 1 - Here, the key is comfort and freedom of movement. A regular workout top (loose or fitted, as you prefer) and bike shorts are perfect for this stage. There's no need for booty shorts and crop tops - wear what makes you feel good and ready to move.
- Level 2 - As you advance and start to explore moves that require a bit of torso grip, your attire may need a slight upgrade for more grip points. You might want to opt for a top that can be easily rolled up for certain moves, but for the most part, your comfy Level 1 outfit will continue to serve you well.
- Level 3 and Beyond - Now things are getting serious! At this level, you'll be playing around with moves that require more grip. This is the stage when you might want to start investing in more 'grip-friendly' attire. But don't worry, there's a wide range of stylish and comfortable pole-wear available that will make you feel confident and capable. By the time you make it to Level 3 you'll be aware of all the options!
Remember, the goal is to dress for where you are in your pole journey and for what makes you feel the most confident and comfortable. At Altitude, you're encouraged to express your individual style at every stage!
Get Ready to Fly
Lastly, remember to bring your adventurous spirit. Pole dancing can be a challenging but rewarding journey. It’s a new way to explore your strength, flexibility, and creativity while meeting a fantastic community of fellow fitness enthusiasts.
Ready to step into the exhilarating world of pole dancing?
With every spin and every move, you're becoming stronger, more confident, and having a blast along the way. We can't wait to see you in the studio, and we're thrilled to be a part of your pole journey! One spin, one move, one victory at a time. 🎉