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Ladies, it’s time to take charge over your femininity! Pole dancing as a sleazy strip club activity in a crowded bar for visual entertainment is a notion of the past. Pole dancing has earned a reputation of its own in 2015 and has increasingly been stirring up swell interest in men and women alike. It’s now seen as a new fitness option, with intensity comparable to CrossFit and weightlifting, if not more challenging, where women can let loose and embrace their natural sensuality in a fun and safe environment.
If you’re unsure or have some reserves about taking your first step towards the pole? We’ve compiled a list of tips and answer to questions you’re too shy to ask seriously!
Is it really exercise? I thought it was just about looking sexy
Professional pole dancing takes some serious core strength and technique to accomplish. The sheer amount of work you have to put in to climb up the metal pole without looking like a monkey but a seductive human being instead, is enough to keep you occupied for a few lessons to come. That being said, professional pole dancing is not impossible, it just takes more perseverance and practice.
Pole dancing works out your entire body, you’re going against gravity and relying solely on your body strength to keep you elevated, and executing moves at a higher level. From your arms, to your abs to your legs, no part of the body is allowed to slack in pole dancing, even those muscles you never thought you had will start to ache.
After just a few sessions, you would be able to feel your arms and thighs toning up and your tummy getting flatter and more defined. It’s an intense workout you’ll come to love, precisely because of the sensuality pole dancing offers!
What do I wear to a pole class?
The more skin you show, the better! Apart from living up to being a sexy pole dancer, there is actually a very logical reasoning behind the “skimpy” dress code.
This is because there are a lot of pole moves that require your body to have direct contact with the pole. This allows for better grip (more friction as opposed to slipper cloth), so you don’t slide and fall flat to the ground!
However, if you’re not exactly comfortable with showing so much skin, put on tights and a t-shirt instead (but, definitely wear a sports bra). Also, since you’re a beginner, you will be mostly learning basic skills such how to climb a pole or how to hold your position on the pole, which could make do with minimal “skin-ship” with the pole.
I’m not comfortable showing a lot of skin around guys.
Whether it be due to your religious beliefs, values or just personal preference, there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to bare your skin in front of the opposite sex.
Fret not, there are studios and gyms which cater to this, offering women-only classes, so you can show your sensual side in the company of fellow sisters in pole dancing. There are some pole studios that are dedicated entirely for women as well, so you can totally let loose and be free.
I don’t have any dance background, can I keep up with the class?
The great thing about pole dancing is that probably no one has been doing pole dancing since young. This means that if you sign up for a beginner class, chances are everyone else there is as nervous and lost as you.
Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from taking a leap of faith into pole dancing! You’ll never know until you try anyway.
What can I do during class to make the most out of time?
Just signing up and turning up for a pole class is a great step forward, but you’re going to have to do more to make the most of your time there. If you’re just going to be passive and recluse into your own world, you’re going to have an okay time, but you’re not going to have a GREAT time.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Look at what your instructor is doing. There are some little nuances of each move that your instructor might not have time to explain to you, as it would be a waste of time to have to explain every single thing so in depth all the time. That’s why sometimes you might think you’re doing the same thing as her, but can’t get why you look so different. It might be a little twist of the hips or angling of the neck, you never know! So make sure you pay close attention to how your instructor does it.
2. Ask Questions. If you’re unsure about how to execute a certain move, and need help, ask (you’re paying after all!). If you want to know if there’s a better way to do something, ask. If you want to know if you’re doing a step correctly, ask. There’s no better way to learn than by taking an active step to clarify your doubts. You’re not being annoying, you’re being proactive! Instructors love students who are willing to step up and engage them.
3. Give your all. If you come into class just wanting to get through it, you’re not going to have a fun time. Make sure you give your best and go all out when you have to, so you don’t just get an awesome workout, you also get the natural high from giving an awesome performance!
What’s pole burn, and how can I prevent it?
Pole burn refers to the bruises and redness of skin that come about due to extended sliding on the pole.
This is inevitable, especially when you start pole dancing, because your skin just isn’t used to rubbing against the pole for long periods of time. After a while though, you’ll find that you experience less pole burn, both because your skin is more accustomed to the pole and you would have gotten much better at using it! Even professional pole dancers experience pole burn, it’s just part and parcel of the pole experience. Your battle scars that you should be oh-so-proud of!
Should I make my skin more slippery by using moisturisers or oils then (to prevent pole burns)?
The answer here is a big NO-NO.
You’ll just end up slipping and sliding all over the place, and not in a good way. You’ll find it hard to grip the pole, and you’ll probably end up falling on your butt, or even worse on your head! Friction is both your friend and foe when you’re pole dancing, so the only way to deal with it is to learn how to make full use of it by practising more.
I’m so excited! Where can I go to learn how to pole dance?
The number of places you can learn how pole dance professionally has been satisfying over the years! Here are a few of the best ones:
Photo credits: http://www.bobbispolestudio.com.sg/
Photo credits: http://www.groove.com.sg/
Photo credits: Pole Dance Academy
Credits: SLAP Dance Studio
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