Debunking The Two Most Common “Pole Myths”
Myth #1: “I need a lot of upper-body strength to do pole.”
This statement sums up the paradox facing many students new to pole fitness. Yes, while you may currently lack the upper body strength it takes to execute many of the pole tricks or spins you see posted daily on IG, that in NO way means you aren’t physically ready to begin taking classes.
You take classes so you can gain your future upper body strength.
It’s basically like saying “I’m too dirty to take a shower”….
Okay, so the last time you did a full pull-up (or even a push-up for that matter) was long, long ago…perhaps in a middle school P.E. class (fun times, right??).
This has no bearing on your ability to progress as a pole dance student.
Contrary to what may be popular belief, pole dancing is not all about “brute strength”. Much of it is about core strength, along with the use of proper form and technique. The ability to lift one’s own body weight comes with time, practice, and dedication.
Most pole fitness studios offer classes to help students gradually (and safely) build strength and develop muscle memory. If you stick with it, you will soon notice a difference.
Your arms and shoulders will start to tone up and you’ll start to see those beautiful back muscles come to life. Trust the process and know that your instructors will guide you to where you want to be.
(Disclaimer: Your jackets and blouses may start to become a bit snug thanks to your newfound muscles, so, hey…perfect reason to go shopping for more!)
Pole Myth #2: “I need to be flexible to do pole.”
Pole dancing does not require you to be able to do a squared split, straddle, backbend, or even to be able to touch your toes. Stretching is a big part of any dance class, and pole dance is no exception.
There are a few unicorns out there who were born with a seemingly natural flexibility that they have likely been training for years.
The rest of us have to work at it.
As you begin taking pole classes, you will notice subtle changes in your flexibility. Stretching is a vital part of good physical health and the pole is a magnificent tool when it comes to a variety of stretches.
Options and modifications are something that get you started on the road to becoming more flexy. If your goal is to attain a flat split, it will take time and consistency, just like any skill.
Not unlike strength, flexibility is earned by showing up to class and putting in the work.Who knows…you may eventually be rewarded with a “crotch-to-floor” touchdown split touchdown.
But even if you don’t dream of getting the picture-perfect middle split, your body will benefit from the stretching you will do using the pole.