Category: Fitness

SA Health and Fitness Expo 2015 – Pole Fitness Competition

 

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This expo will be the biggest opportunity to bring a taste of what pole fitness is all about to the general public in such a fantastic venue in Cape Town. This years SAHF Expo will be taking place at the CTICC from the 18th through the 20th September 2015.  All types of fitness events will be going on and plenty of information on how to get fit and dress the part.

Vertical Secrets Pole Dance Studios has been given the opportunity to organize it’s first ever pole fitness competition at the expo this year.  This is a great opportunity for the pole dance fitness community to bring awareness of the sport and the fitness aspect.  There will be pole demos on each day of the expo and the pole competition will take place on Saturday, 19th September at 5:30pm.

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5 Mar

Pole Dancing Poise

Do you think that pole dancing is a little too way out and not for you?  Do you conjure up images of dark night clubs and lots of loud music, lots of drinking and cigars?  Well you couldnt be further from the truth!

Pole dancing is  actually a full-body workout as it is cardio and resistance training all in one. Flexibility is improved as well. Pole dancers perform acrobatic tricks either suspending their weight or propelling it around a metal pole. The simple act of climbing a pole is an incredible display of strength. Most pole dancers say that they have never felt better or looked better for that matter.

You need your skin exposed to grip the pole.

I am still surprised that people don’t understand this concept. In order for skin to grip the pole, pole dancers must have their legs, arms and stomach exposed. This is a safety concern. There are some grounded spins, poses, and floor work that can be performed while wearing pants. But in order to perform more advanced moves, we must have the proper amount of skin exposure. Most pole dancers do not have an issue with this at all, since our focus turns away from what our bodies look like and onto what they can do.

It can be dangerous without proper training.

Although pole dancing is fun, it is still a serious athletic endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Some people do not realize how challenging it is when first starting. In addition to the bruises, pole dancers can experience shoulder and/or back pain with improper technique or overtraining.

Some people don’t learn from from certified instructors and instead try to figure it out with an improperly installed home pole and a YouTube instructional, which is a recipe for disaster. Some people can be too eager to flip upside down. This can be especially dangerous and can lead to head or spinal cord injury. This caution isn’t meant to scare away hopefuls, but rather to encourage everyone to go through gradually progressive training.

Not having upper body strength” is not an excuse to not try it.

This is quite possibly the most irritating argument I hear against wanting to try pole dancing. There will always be hundreds of reasons not to try. Maybe you aren’t at your ideal weight, or you have two left feet, or you think you’re too old. Why not stop creating roadblocks? You’ll build skills as you grow and learn. That is part of what’s so inspiring and empowering about it.

Whether you’re uncoordinated and can’t lift your own body weight or you’re an athlete with gymnastic capabilities, there is always a new trick or transition to learn with pole dancing. The process of growth never ends and the possibilities can be as creative as your imagination allows them to be.

It’s not always so sexy. (And our significant others don’t get free shows all the time.)

Don’t get me wrong; Pole dancing can be very sexy. But it is not always as overtly sexual as people may believe. We end up with bruises, burns and scrapes from trying new moves. And although we may wear sports bras and tiny shorts when performing, we opt for comfort over fashion in between training sessions.

Our partners soon become all too familiar with pole dancing. We bring them to competitions, we send them videos, we practice the latest tricks at home, we talk about which grip aids work best. Many spouses are affectionately referred to as “pole husbands.” They are supportive. But do they feel forbidden allure? Not so much.

Pole dancing is emotionally healing.

This is one of the biggest reasons I’ve stuck with pole dancing as long as I have. The physical benefits are great, but the feeling you get from mastering a move or expressing a particular emotion is indescribable. Just the other day, I assisted a student in her first climb. It was a huge deal for her and the expression of joy on her face reminded me why I do what I do.

You can dance out any emotion in class, whether joyful, angry or sad. The combination of athletic skill and artistic influence makes it incomparable to any other form of dance or sport. To me, it is both dance and sport woven together into one beautiful, athletic art form.

Should you break up with your pole studio?

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1. You Are Always Late Or Cancel

We can all agree shit happens and the occasional late arrival or last minute cancel is to be expected cause well, shit happens. But we all know those folks and perhaps have been them ourselves who try as they might can’t seem to arrive on time or flake out at the last minute. Constant lateness is a sign that you don’t much care or respect both your teachers and other students time. Your late arrival disrupts the class and their progress. You also might be forcing the instructor to spend valuable time rehashing the what they already taught. As for constant cancelling, along with taking a space from another poler who is eager to take the class, you are potentially affecting the instructors income. Depending on the studio and their cancellation policy your cancel means less money for the instructor. So don’t be a dick, if you are going to be be late or need to cancel call ahead of time and make sure they don’t become a habit.

2. You Are Unsafe

Not waiting for a spotter, ignoring injuries, pushing too far too fast, not warming up properly … does that sound like you? If so, realize that you are not only putting yourself in danger, but the rest of the students and studio as well. How so? Well while you might be jamming out in the corner doing your own thing, the instructor has to split their time and focus between the students following the lesson plan and you, who at any time could fall out of the sky and they will have to attempt to run and catch you. You are also putting the studio’s reputation at risk, as they don’t want to be known for having a high injury rate. Either you need to learn to slow down and listen to the instructor, find a class better suited to your needs, or get out of everyone else’s way as you are just an unsafe distraction.
3. You Make Classes All About You – Type 1

There are 2 types of classroom divas. If you are Type 1 it’s pretty obvious because you are likely the loudest, most vocal student in the class – in a bad way. You make sure that your needs get met first, even if its at the expense of others. You monopolize the instructors time and are often guilty of multiple offenses on this list. Just as it is terrible for a studio to play favorites or foster a clique atmosphere so it’s terrible for a student to do the same. For you pole class is only about your journey, your goals, and generally what you want, others be damned. If this is you and you aren’t prepared to change, spare others your one woman (or man) show and do private lessons or practice on your own.

4. You Make Classes All About You – Type 2
If you are Type 2, you likely have no idea or intention of making the class about you, but none the less the instructor has to. You stand in the corner, often silent and unresponsive, only participating when you absolutely have to. Perhaps you started pole already assuming you are going to fail or are just confused by the trick of the day. You may have an injury or are going through some emotional issues that affect your practice, but no one would have any idea because you haven’t informed the instructor. So instead you look miserable in the corner and the instructor has to guess at how to help you. We all have off days, I know I sure do, but the often bigger problem with Type 2 is they will then go out and complain about how the instructor ignored them or said the wrong thing, or they knew they were going to suck all along. Instructors and studios aren’t mind readers if something isn’t working for you say so, if you are feeling off say so, and please start your pole journey with a positive attitude because expecting failure brings failure!

5. You Undermine The Instructors

Do you “correct” the instructor? Do you ignore their lesson plan and do your own thing? Do you take it upon yourself to teach other students in the class? Even if they didn’t ask? Well, that attitude has got to go … or you do! If you want to take charge than you should get some training and your own class because otherwise you are not letting the instructor do their job. You are making them focus on wrangling back the class from you and not allowing other students to get the best experience. While all of us have gone into class with our own agendas only to be disappointed that they would go unfulfilled, use the chance to learn something that you would have never expected or perfect old tricks. Every class is an opportunity to grow in your craft, make sure you aren’t in the way of yourself!

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None of us are perfect and I’m sure we are all guilty of a few of these. I know I went through a whole period of forgetting that I had signed up for pole class and had to cancel at the last minute. Also I sometimes fall into a funk and can be a bit of a grump in class. But we should all strive to be better students and better classmates. A pole studio at its best is not only a place for great pole dance instruction (duh), but an oasis away from the stresses of our day and a place for deep friendship and personal growth. GO TEAM POLE!

 

Source: Pole Geek

What-I-Talk-About 3 Nov

What I Talk About When I Talk About Pole Dancing

Exercise has always held an important place in my life. The reasons for its necessity continually change over time (health, meditation, weight loss, enjoyment), but it has been a constant for as long as I can remember. When I think of my childhood, I think of practicing handsprings in the grass of our front yard, doing back flips off of my best friend Mikie’s couch, running up and down Willamette Blvd, and biking around the lush campus of the University of Portland. When I recount favorite moments in my life to friends, inevitably they involve some sort of physical activity – the time I ran 18 miles in Paris one morning because I couldn’t stop, the exchange I had with a wild dog in a Costa Rican rainforest during a mid-day jog, and the joy of making that winning basket or home run.

Until last year, my favorite form of exercise was, without a doubt, running. Growing up it had been gymnastics, but anyone who has ever watched the Olympics or tried to do a cartwheel beyond their teens knows the career-expectancy of that particular sport. Running, on the other hand, can be practiced well into old age, as many an elderly marathoner can testify. Not only is it sustainable over one’s lifetime, it’s one of the simplest things you can do. One foot in front of the other. Repeat. Not much to it, beyond a good pair of running shoes and a sports bra (and those aren’t even actually required!)

In many ways, running has been one of the most essential things in my life. It has gotten me through breakups, writer’s block, finals weeks, anger, sadness, holidays, family vacations. It’s like a medicine for me, a shot of endorphin to ease the pain, lift my spirit, pump my blood, keep me alive. Some of my most creative thoughts have come on mile 5 of a morning jog, moments in which the clutter in my brain gets sorted and the heart of the matter just seems to burst forth – AHA! Now I understand what Bergman was getting at in Persona, now I see the missing piece in my screenplay. It’s incredible the way running can set up a routine for your life, one that teaches you how to function better in the world. It’s what Murakami talked about in “What I Talk about When I Talk about Running.”