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How Curves Help With Pole

Originally posted on BadKitty USA Website
Article written by on November 30, 2015

Most fitness programs tout weight loss more loudly than any other benefit. Pole is a great way to lose weight too, and maybe that’s why you got into it to begin with. But a funny thing happens to many dedicated polers: whether they came into pole to lose weight or for some other reason, they can end up not really caring about dropping those extra pounds. In fact, there are several reasons polers with curves might want to keep them!

You get stronger by lifting more weight

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Pole is a bodyweight exercise, which means that you only work with what you weigh. So that means that polers who weigh more are lifting more weight, and that sounds like a better workout to me! Unlike with some bodyweight exercises like air squats where you’re just using your bodyweight but not really lifting all of it, with pole you are actually literally lifting all that weight. Carrying it with your arms and your hands and your legs up the pole and moving it around in the air. When you start to think about doing that with ankle weights on, you start to realize what a big difference those extra pounds can make to your workout!

You need the extra surface area to grip the pole

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When you’re holding onto the pole with your hands, there are only a few things that matter—the size of your hands, the size of the pole, and the grippiness of both. But when you’re holding on with your thighs, your armpits, or your elbows, it’s a whole other story. Extra meat on the thighs just means there’s more of you to hang onto the pole with when you go into your layback. Extra arm and boobage can save your Teddy or your Rocketman. If you’re just hard bones and muscle, those things aren’t great to grip the pole with because there’s not enough give. Some softer areas can really help you cling.

You have extra lusciousness for floor work

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You know what’s funny about pole? It always hurts, even if you’re not on the pole. Floor work causes just as many pinches and bruises as the aerial aspects. And you don’t get a nice rubbery mat like in yoga. If you’re at the studio or performing in a competition, it’s just you and the floor. That can be painful, especially if your bones and joints are digging into the floor, which they invariably will be at some point. Having a little extra layer of you there can take the edge off. Be your own yoga mat.

Polers appreciate and love their bodies

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What is it about pole fitness that makes us come to appreciate our bodies just the way they are? We used to say it had to do with the sensual empowerment aspects of pole—but we find this confidence and self-esteem even in purely athletic studios. Maybe it has to do with appreciating our bodies’ abilities instead of their appearances. Maybe we get so used to seeing ourselves and our friends in our Brazil Shorts that we realize how silly our insecurities are. Or maybe it’s just because pole is so damn flattering. Whatever the reason, polers seem to be happier with their bodies at whatever the weight.

Many people get into pole to lose weight, and many do lose weight, and many are still trying. If any of that is you, that’s great! But if you find yourself appreciating what those extra pounds can do for you in the studio, that’s great, too.

 

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Setting Yourself Up for Success

Have you ever wanted to try adding something into your routine and keep getting off track somewhere?  Or tried adjusting your budget only to get derailed part way through?  Whenever you’re trying to change something in your life you need to give yourself credit that it might be tough! This is when goal setting can really come in handy.  Goals area great thing to have as they can help us out in so many ways.  You can use goal setting to help you become the best version of you; either by trying you new things or adding/subtracting a habit from your life.  The thing to be mindful when goal setting is that you need to be kind to yourself, you want to succeed after all!  It may seem like a great idea to drastically change things but this general backfires.  Success comes through making minor changes that you can stick to, over time these will add up to large changes.  If you try and do too much at once you run the risk of failing and having your self esteem take a blow.  You may even think that you’re not cut out for this new habit or maybe that you’re not capable of the changes that you want.  This can be changed by setting yourself up for success.  It may take a bit longer but this way the goal will stick!

Some things you can try to do through goal setting are:

Trying to add a habit into your life for example daily flossing. For some people we’re great about it after going to the dentist but then after a few weeks it starts to fall behind. Typically when trying to start this you may say “I’m going to brush my teeth daily from now on!”. And you’ll be great about it to start and maybe you’ll stick with it and it’ll be perfect. However for some people you start off great but then miss a day, that turns into two and before you know it the habit has slipped because you feel too far behind. One way to deal with this is to start with flossing on weekends; once that is solid you can add in wednesdays for example. The other option is to issue yourself a 30 day challenge and see how you do. Sometimes when things have a perceived end point we are better at sticking to it. At the end of the 30 days you can assess how it went. I once saw a TED talk about a fellow who does this and changes it up each month (https://youtu.be/q_ccU9pBoDU).

You can try and eliminate a bad habit the same way by only eliminating on certain days to start. As soon as we “outlaw” something it’s all we can think about! So this way it’s only off limits on Mondays and Thursdays you can stick to that. The benefit of either adding/removing something that way is that you typically feel pretty great when you stick to it. These are just some examples of different goals that you can try and different ways to try and incorporate them into your life. Remember it might not always be easy, or else you’d already be doing it! Just be kind to yourself when you slip up and start over. Sometimes when we bite off more than we can chew we can get discouraged so just take it slow and you’ll do just fine.

Now, what kind of goals are you going to add?  Be sure to post your progress and add the hastags #ampolegoals #myaradiajourney  #amgoalclub & we will follow your progress and do our best to keep you accountable!