Do: An intense warmup.
Even in lower levels this is extremely important to prevent injury, the last thing you want is to pull a muscle or cramp up and potentially do much worse damage. If you’re in class and you don’t feel like your teacher has warmed you up as much as you need, don’t be scared or embarrassed to let them know.
Don’t: Compare yourself to your classmates/Physifam.
Everyone progresses at a different rate, everyone has a different level of flexibility, strength and stamina when starting pole so if you are starting to notice that you’re a little behind in your class or just can’t get a certain move don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there.
Do: Trust your instincts.
If you don’t feel confident completing a move then make sure you get an instructor to spot you, tell them your concerns. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and your instructor will appreciate it. Do this even in moves that don’t seem dangerous or that you’ve done many times before, you may just be having an off day.
Don’t: Do moves that you haven’t learnt.
This one speaks for itself. Not only will you face the wrath of your instructor and probably the studio owner but it is extremely dangerous for both you and anyone that feels the need to throw their body under yours to save you if you fall.
Do: Your ‘bad’ side first.
It sucks, I know, you might only be able to do it on one side at the moment but do not neglect the other side. When you get to level six but can only do a good straddle on one side you will wish you could go back and train until you don’t have a bad side anymore.
Don’t: Cheat your strength.
It’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t keep going when you’re exhausted but YOU CAN DO IT! Don’t pretend you’ve done 20 push ups when you’ve only done 10, you’ll regret it down the line.
Before doing anything, your muscles have to be stretched out and ready to work. If you can, try to stretch every day even if you haven’t got a class. Improved flexibility will help you with all of those awesome flexi moves.
Don’t: Try to teach your classmates.
Leave that up to the instructor. Even if you think you’re right you should never show someone how to do a move because it could be dangerous for them if they do the wrong thing and may also give them trouble progressing when they have the wrong technique.
Do: Film your tricks, training, and dance.
This is one of the best ways to see progress, strengthen your self-esteem and see any potential errors that may need correcting. It’s also a great way to show off your awesomeness on social media.
Don’t: Forget to have fun!
The one thing that really makes a pole session successful is when you leave feeling great. Make sure you laugh as much as possible and try to let go!
Written By Shania Barrett