4 Greatest Pole Challenges
Pole Challenges that sometimes keep girls from continuing the sport are numerous. It takes hard work, dedication and perseverance to be successful in pole dancing.
The following article outlines 4 of the greatest pole challenges that face girls who take up pole dancing as their preferred method of staying fit.
Don’t let these pole challenges get you down. Keep your chin up and work hard, and you can accomplish anything!
Pole fitness it an extremely fun and rewarding workout; however, there are quite a few challenges that come along with it. Here, I highlight the four biggest challenges you face when pole dancing. Some of these are hurdles you will have to face over and over again and some are conquered through trial and error. The ironic part is, these challenges are usually overcome by continuing to pole dance. Crazy right?!
Requires Strength & Flexibility
This is probably the biggest challenge to deal with when it comes to pole dancing. Yes, pole dancing takes strength, but that strength is gained through continued pole dancing. It seems silly, I know, but don’t let your strength or lack thereof discourage you. I had zero strength and limited flexibility when I first started, with no background in dance or gymnastics. If you stick with it, you will be able to do things you never imagined you could do. I can remember watching video after video of people doing Cocoon and thinking I would never gain enough flexibility to do that. Now I can not only do Cocoon, but numerous bendy moves requiring both strength and flexibility. The key is to not give up. Determination and dedication can do amazing things.
Fear is certainly a challenge you will face over and over again with pole. With the increase in level and skill comes increased risk. Pole dancing can be very scary. We all have some fears that are more difficult to overcome than others. For example, I have a big fear of heights. This seems silly considering I climb the pole and do tricks way off the ground upside down. That is a fear I still struggle with every day. You might have a fear of being upside down or of certain moves that involve less points of contact. Some fears may even seem irrational considering they might be required for some pole basics, but your fears are justified. The hard part is facing your fears and learning to cope with them or get rid of them entirely. Again, the only way to overcome fear is to continue to face it.
Less Clothes, More Skin
This is one you learn real quickly and it can definitely be a hard one to deal with. I wore yoga pants and a t-shirt to my first class even though I was told to wear short shorts. During class I was prompted to roll them up past my knee. After class I was reminded what the attire was and why it is important. Not too long after that, I was all about the booty shorts and matching sports bras. Wearing next to nothing in a room full of strangers can be very uncomfortable and intimidating. We all have insecurities that we are working on, but the best part is that pole dancing will help you overcome this challenge too. You are in a room full of strangers, yes, but they won’t be strangers for long. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the pole community is extremely warm and welcoming. These strangers will soon become your pole family and support system.
Finding the right concoction and amount of stick can be tricky. This challenge is usually overcome through trial and error. You might think the stickier the better, but depending on what you’re doing, that isn’t always the case. The level of humidity, type of pole, how much you sweat, and general preference all play a big role in what type and how much grip aids you will need. Sometimes you can be too dry believe it or not, which is usually a problem in the winter. You might think sticky is sticky, but you would be wrong. There are all different kinds of grip aids out there; aerosols, wax-based, and liquid chalks to name a few. The best piece of advice I can give is to play around with all different types. Talk to your fellow polers and instructors to find out what and why they use certain types of grip versus others. In the beginning, I couldn’t be sticky enough; now, I am a minimalist when it comes to applying grip aids.
There are many challenges you will face when pole dancing, but chances are, you love a good challenge or else you wouldn’t be doing it. We’ve all been stuck in a rut with pole, but one of the best feelings in the world is overcoming one of these obstacles. There are many more I’m sure you have struggled with or continue to struggle with, but just know that we polers are a strong bunch and will be there for you every step of the way. Remember, the strength will come, manage your fear, with polewear, (less is certainly more,) and you will kill it once you get just the right grip. Don’t let these challenges stop you! Persistence is the key to conquering these and many more challenges you will face when poling!