First off, it is essential to NOT be wearing any oils or lotions on your body or hands when coming to class (unless they are glycerin based – try Corn Huskers Lotion). Direct skin to pole contact is crucial for grip in pole dancing (in fact, it is common for polers to use grip aids to promote stickiness and or dryness in order to make the skin MORE ‘grippy’) so any oil, petroleum based products, lotions etc will interfere with your (and anyone else using the poles) ability to properly grip the pole and could cause injury.
- Even oils or lotions placed on the body in the morning will effect evening poling; it’s best to come freshly showered, use a glycerin-based lotion or to skip the lotion all together the day of your class.
No jewelry (earring are okay): No rings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, bangles, bracelets, toe rings etc – they can and will damage the poles and studio equipment.
Pole attire will change as you progress in your trainings and as more skin contact is required as you advance. Anything that makes you comfortable is perfectly fine by me whether that is cheeky boy shorts and a sports bra or shorts and a tank top – beginners should be sure to have exposed thighs and arms to ensure access to all skin contact points necessary.
- If it’s chilly, feel free to bring leg-warmers or wear easily managed layers to ensure your comfort during warm-ups and cool downs.
- All pole attire must be free of metal and or plastic studs, rings, stones etc that could scratch the poles, students and/or instructor’s skin – Yes, I have been sliced open on things like heel tips and rhinestones (and I have Band-Aids for the first time you do it too). 😉
- Avoid clothing choices that are too lose or have hanging segments of fabric; those super awesome bottoms with the three-foot hanging ties are fabulous but not for learning in… bring them for after class. I love, love, love all the creative, unique and cool items you can experiment with while poling but costume gear is for familiar territory – not for learning in; a misplaced strap or clothing item can easily cause a fall or injury.
No heels during classes where we are learning new moves (unless, of course, it is a heel specified class). Feel free to bring (dance specific) heels (actually, please do… I’d love to see them haha!) to practice in after class or for times of review.
- Heels should only be used in moves you feel very confident executing barefoot.
Water bottle: Hydration is vitally important!
- I suggest bringing a bottle of water for during class as well as a protein shake and light snack for immediately after class – it is highly recommended that you get a protein and some carbs into your system within a half hour after your training.
(This info is really for beginners – as you become more seasoned you will know exactly what works best for you.)
After your lessons you may find your muscles are sore and bruising (in the pole world we call them ‘pole kisses’) can be heinous as you first begin your pole journey – as your body gets stronger and more comfortable moving and relaxing with the pole these symptoms lesson… here are a few tips for post pole pain:
Epsom Salt baths: Works wonders for sore muscles and bruising.
- add some essentials oils (yes, I’m actually recommending oil in this case haha) I like eucalyptus, lemon grass, and peppermint – they seem to do wonders on my post pole body).
Arnicare: One of the best products I own as a poler and one I will never again go without so long as I pole. Controls pain and coloring from all those lovely pole kisses that you will likely soon be adorning.
Tigerbalm: Another fantastic product for sore muscles and bruises.
Massage and Foam Rollers can also work magic on sore muscles!
Try to eat a clean diet – this is one of your greatest tools for advancement in pole.
No visitors, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, grandmothers etc – we maintain a private and professional class environment for students and teachers alike… so you’re either a student or you’re waiting in the car 😉
No filming or photography during class: After each class I will allow time for (and am always happy to assist with) recording you rocking your newly learned skills so that you can social media to your hearts desire (it’s generally a super fun part of class actually)!
I provide poles, yoga mats, foam rollers, yoga balls, crash mats, resistance bands, straps and any other necessary equipment as well as pole cleaner and towels for use during class however grip aids will need to be purchased and brought, by the student, to classes if you desire use of them (I can order or assist you with an order for these products if necessary).
Allow yourself extra time: I try to structure lessons that are approximately one to one and a half hours in length– since I generally work one on one with students (or keep class sizes very minimal) I take my time with students to ensure safety and proper technique so lessons can occasionally run longer than an hour from time to time. Though my teachings are very structured, I don’t believe in teaching a cookie cutter exercise routine then sending you out the door at the 60 minute mark – pole is a complicated art that is as individual as the individual practicing therefore if a student needs to spend more time on a particular move or sequence, I spend the time to do so. I also will allow you a few minutes after class to practice and record yourself if you’d like.
If you have any questions whatsoever (no question is a ‘stupid’ question here) please feel free to send me a message below so I can clarify – my priorities lie with your safety, advancement and comfort as my student.
I hope this helps you prepare for the beginnings of your pole journey and I look forward to poling with you!