Pole Dancers skin takes a battering, what with pole burn and the occasional bruise. (Bruises get less and less the more you pole). Moisturiser is banned at class (as all Pole’rs know) Even self tanning the day before can cause problems. Moisturiser from your arms, legs and hands onto metal is super slippery, think about it. Think about those sharing a pole with you, and the ones who have classes after you. But it is really important to moisturise when you’re not Poling.
“But I Pole all the time???” I hear you cry! Not when you’re sleeping. So do what I do, oil bath/shower before bed. Wash it off well in the morning. Even wash the bath/shower in the morning before you get in! It’s strict, but its worth it. I use Aveena Bath Oil, smells amazing, makes the water all cloudy so you can pretend you are Cleopatra in a milk bath. I also like bath melts and massage bars by LUSH.
Look after your skin, very dry skin will not grip the pole, and battered skin does not feel fun during tricks.
Sleep/Rest Days -
If you’re anything like me you love sleep but hate rest days? Both are important for recovery. Also if you have a One2One/Private class booked, plan your week so you will be ache free, not tired and ready to make the most of that training opportunity.
I try to get one alarm free lie-in a week, it seems to heal a lot of niggles from that weeks training. Especially if I twin it with an oil bath the night before (see above).
Rest days are annoying, but you’ll know when you need one; When stretching does not feel good, when your arms refuse to lift you nicely, and when training that day feels like a punishment for your body rather than you and it working together.
When you feel your body is yelling “Whhyy, I thought you loved me??” then take a day off…or at least cross train! Bit of gentle Yoga wont hurt ;)
Your muscles need tearing down in order to built back up even better than they were before. What makes you think they can do that without help, in the form of protein? Be good to them and feed them the stuff they need. Find a protein source that suits you, and if you do not eat meat, essentially take Amino supplements , and maybe also B12 and Iron.
I am currently loving Purition Wholefood Protein, which is available at class.
Time management/ training -
Block out slots of time, ahead of time and stick to them. Not only will it help your pole ability increase, but having a weekly practise gives you much deserved time for yourself. Time to get selfish, its all about you. There are two main types of home training:
1) Trick Training- Go Hard or Go Home (you’re already home so you have no choice but to go hard!) , this training makes you feel like a boss, smashes goals and makes you buzz with your success for hours! No amount of chamomile tea can bring you down from this high. You have been warned night-owl polers!
2) Dance and Floor - Lights low, shoes on, in front of the mirror. This type of training is therapy. In my opinion every single woman should have a pole at home for this reason. This is all about dragging those shoes across your floor, swaying your hips, leg twirls, cat crawls and checking out your curves in the mirror and lounging upside down for ages, or in a sitting layout. Side effects are increased self-esteem and self love, and that solid secure feeling of knowing what you’re worth. Bliss.
Your home pole -
My favourite out of all my 8 pole’s is my home pole, old style screw together xpole 50mm (with a P.S top plate- it’s a bit of a hybrid). I am 5`4 and can touch my ceiling when I am on tip toes. There is 3 and half foot in one direction from my pole to my bed (3 of my feet literally, I stepped one foot in front of the other to measure this), 4 and half from my pole to my mirrors, about the same from the pole to a wall, and enough room for me to lay down from pole to bedroom door. So don’t come telling me you have no room for a pole at home. I find the only maintenance I need for it is to hoover around it. So…that’s all I have to say about this part. Buy a pole, dance on it for life-simple. Oh, and also put it up and down YOURSELF! I know the new Xpert Xjoint design is a bit confusing at first but once its done, its done. No woman needs to rely on a man to find beams or put up a pole. There is only one main difference between a man and woman and that part does not help at all when it comes to putting up xpoles!
If what you wear for pole already makes you feel like a queen then congrats, you done it right. If not, then either root around your wardrobe for a better option or make an investment. Your shorts need to be short enough for pole sits and lay-backs, and flattering enough to show off your pole dancer butt.
Bad Kitty USA make good shorts, so do Wink UK and Mika Yoga Wear. For the more daring among you, try Yandy.com or even Dreamgirlshopping.co.uk
Unless I’m performing I have a sports bra on , every time. Cleo the Hurricane sells `crop tops` that work like very secure sport bra`s if you want something cool. Although there are some types of Shock Absorber sports bra that look very pretty and not boring and sporty, too!
Lastly for uber cool tops and t shirts either look again at Cleo’s website, or if you are not easily offended, the Merch page on defygravity.info. My best selling t-shirt on that page is not for the sensitive. At the same time, I don’t know many Poler’s in the UK who does not own one. ..or two. They are even being used as prizes in the goody bags for the competitors at this year’s Authentic Pole Dance Competition. As with everything Defy Gravity- Adults Only, please.