As the Summer months get closer, my news feed is starting to fill with posts about the summer pole camps coming up, and after taking part in two years of Alex pole camp with the lovely Alex Shchukin & Katia Shchukina, I have found that I come to the same dilemma of needing to pack everything for a normal holiday PLUS all the pole stuff into one tiny bag!
From April 06–09 2017, we took part in one of the largest sports and fitness shows in Europe, FIBO, in Cologne, Germany and during our time at the show, we unveiled multiple new products, including; The Home Mount, The LYRAPOLE, The X-FLY Flying Pole, The Aerial Cube and X-LOCK, our amazing new static and spinning mechanism for XPERT poles and X-STAGES, which requires no tools.
‘Pole Life Lessons’, a series of blog posts exploring the ways that pole dancing has enriched our lives, in the pole studio and beyond! I hope that these anecdotes and stories remind you of your journey, and I hope that you share your own experiences with me, making sure you tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using #xpolelifelessons to tell us your stories.
Pole Life Lesson #4: Ditch The Labels
Labels are a common part of our everyday lives… We label people on their gender, sexuality, hair colour, careers, nationality, race, hobbies, music taste and more. Labels help us to compartmentalise the world around us, and we use them to understand ourselves and our place in the world. Labels aren’t inherently bad, but the problem is when we start assigning labels to ourselves or others that aren’t exactly positive, or that we attach a negative judgement to.
We’ve heard many of our pole teachers shout this during class even when you think your toes are pointed…it’s not enough! When it comes to exercise, most people overlook two of the most important parts of their body - their feet. They train upper body, lower body, and core without even thinking to strengthen their feet.
Having recently competed in Pole Theatre, a key part of my training was to improve the pointe in my feet as well as strengthen my ankles to avoid sickling (explained later) mainly because I did not want any pictures or the video to come back showing flexed feet or half a pointed toe! (Some would call this vein but I call it being a perfectionist!).