Nervous About Your First Pole Fitness Session? 3 Tips to Prepare
So you’ve decided you’re ready to learn the art of pole dancing and you’ve scheduled your first pole dance fitness session. Excellent! Since people tend to psych themselves out before they do anything new, here’s three quick tips and a special bonus to help you better prepare for your very first session.
Dress for success
Although having the most possible skin showing and available to grip the bar is best for executing pole moves, don’t feel pressured to bare it all during your very first session. Ultimately, your comfort is most important as you learn the basics of warming up, dancing and working with the pole. To ensure you’re able to focus more on what you’re learning than how you look, pick clothing you like that allows freedom of movement.
That said, you will need some skin accessible. If you’re not quite ready to bust out the shorts so short that even a teenage girl would hesitate to wear them, consider yoga pants or sweats that you’ll be able to pull up over your knees when necessary. Shorts of a length you’re comfortable with would probably be better though.
Worried about being too cold? You may want to consider dressing in layers. Trust me, you will work up a sweat participating in pole fitness. Halfway through the routine when your legs feel like they’re living in the Sahara, you’ll be glad for the shorts you brought and didn’t think you’d need.
Leave the moisturizer at home
I know, I know. No one likes dry hands and scaly shins. The problem with slathering on the lotion even several hours before your pole dance session is that the oily residue could still be on your skin, making it impossible to properly grip the pole. If your bottle of lotion is your best friend, consider putting on your lotion the night before your session to allow plenty of time for it to soak into your skin.
Okay…if you really need to, bring your lotion with you and slather it on as soon as your pole fitness session is over. Although, the combination of fresh lotion and sweat may not be the feel you’re craving.
I’m sure you’ve heard every instructor of every type of fitness class harp on the importance of bringing plenty of water and staying hydrated, but…seriously, bring plenty of water with you.
Here’s the thing: You’re going to work up a sweat and you’re going to put your muscles through a form of strength training they’ve never experienced before. If you don’t replenish the water your body is losing by the second during class, you’re in for days of sore muscles. When properly hydrated, your body may still be sore, but it will have the fluid it needs to help detoxify your body so that the soreness doesn’t linger on endlessly.
Get out of your head
While the above three tips are the most critical outward things you can do for success, there’s still a large mental component to being successful in your pole fitness sessions. Remember to keep an open mind. You’ll be surprised about how many different moves you actually can do.
Yes, you’re going to walk up to the pole for the first time and realize that you have no idea how to climb it. Yes, you’ll probably feel a little silly with what you’re doing at some point during the session. But go with it and have fun. I didn’t wake up one morning with the magical ability to perform every move effortlessly. (Shhh! Don’t tell.)
We all start as beginners.
The true key to your first pole fitness session is to be open to having fun. Even if you find yourself sliding down the pole instead of holding a particular move in place, there’s no reason not to have a good time on the way down.