I will be hosting a seminar at Pole World Festival here in the UK. The event is taking place at the ECC in Bristol on the 12th August. To celebrate this I will be giving you a monthly preview into the topics I will be exploring in my seminar, The 360 degree training mindset: Using your subconscious for pole success.
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!).
‘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 be in with the chance to be featured in a future blog post.
Pole Life Lesson #3: Focus on YOUR Strengths
As a child my parents ferried me to dance classes for roughly a year. I did ballet, jazz and contemporary, and even did a couple of dance exams. That is where any dance experience ends… because I hated dancing! Yep, dancing and me did not get along at all.
Athleisure is EVERYWHERE at the moment…the glut of New Year’s resolutions to get fit will see more people than normal wearing workout gear but this time it’s not going to last for just a month…..no no, this new trend looks like it’s here to stay and for more than just a season too!
Whether it’s on the school run, in line for coffee, over a business lunch; fitnesswear as everydaywear is becoming de rigueur, even if you haven’t worked out! But it’s not the high end fashion designers pushing this trend forward, it’s the health conscious consumers and savvy retailers looking to appeal to the masses.
With Christmas nearly upon us and presents nearly wrapped – my shopaholic head moves to what I should wear over the Christmas break and more specifically what to wear to bring in the New Year!
I don’t know about you but I find New Year’s Eve a little over-rated as the years go by. You feel like you should do something, but with all the prep of Christmas taking over, planning for New Year’s gets forgotten and you end up either spending a fortune in a club, at home with mates drinking or watching the celebrations on the TV!
But whatever the plans, I always like to dress up somehow…whether it’s in my New Year’s loungewear, smart casual for seeing friends or full on party gear!
Also as pole dancers…..we are far from the ‘norm’ in any circumstances where social gatherings are concerned! The outfit criteria usually includes “can I split in it?”, “will it fit my shoulders burst out of it hulk-style?” and “if there is something that resembles a pole…can I pole in it?” so understandably, outfit choices are sometimes difficult to choose.
So not matter your plans, here are some top looks for every kind of Pole Dancer’s New Year’s evening.
As pole dancers we love our workouts, we’re all in agreement pole is fun and highly addictive! We love what it does to our body’s, we love the excitement it brings when nailing new moves, we love feeling strong, flexi and badass but what happens when you can’t get to a studio? Or you’re away and haven’t got a pole near you? Panic sets in about loosing your strength for pole, forgetting the moves, not having the energy and you make a desperate attempt to find something that resembles a pole to feel like you’ve had a workout!
I caught up with the lovely Sarah Scott to talk about her new online training programme designed specifically for pole dancers….off the pole!
The inaugural Hot Circus experience, held at Le Zebre De Belleville, Paris, took place this month past (September 3), with the goal of showcasing the sensual and erotic side of Pole performance and art. In my humble opinion, they achieved and far exceeded this goal.
“Steel or Chrome;” it’s a question a lot of Polers ask themselves when selecting their first pole. Our UK Marketing Manager, Joey, writes a short blog to help you make what may be one of the most important decisions of your pole journey.