Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Excuses Why NOT to pole - Pole Dance International Magazine
We were sent this article from Pole Dance International magazine USA to share throughout the pole world and thought Brilliant as one of the leading Pole Training schools in the world we thught yes let's share.....
This article will be published this week in Pole Dance International. (Jan 2011) We think it's a helpful piece that will help many address the common insecurities and issues related with utilising the POLE FOR FITNESS. It's straight forward and honest, and even a little humorous! Please share it with your friends, students and fans-and look to see it in publication this week at: www.formatpixel.com/poledanceinternational. Also available in print! www.poledanceintlmagazine.com
Common Excuses NOT To Try Pole Dancing(Put To REST!):
Excuses, excuses.....We've all heard at least a few of these, if not every last one! Many people still have fears about just jumping up on the pole with the rest of us. So, here it is: The reasons people give for steering clear of the pole and some perfect responses you can share with them to end their fears & fuel their confidence to give it a spin!
1 "I'm Too Old"
The pole is effective & fun at any age! There's NO limit. The studios we surveyed had taught students from 18 mnths to 70+!
2 "I'm Not Strong Enough"
Not many people are strong enough to do what they have seen or think they want to do on the pole when they start out. It's a ridiculous notion to think you would already be at an advanced level of anything before you actually tried it. No one is. Nothing works that way. You start out where you are, and progress from there. By doing it, you get better, and stronger.
3 "I'm Too Big/Out of Shape"
Another ridiculous notion. You can't change something by doing nothing. If you don't like the size or shape of your body, the only person who can change that is you. Pole Dancing is 100% effective for whole body fitness. Start where you are today, tomorrow you'll be glad you did!
4 "I Will Look Stupid"
Everyone in your class will be thinking the same thing you are. As you learn, you're technique & your confidence will help alter this self-defeating thought! Honestly, who cares!
5 "I'll Fall Off the Pole/Get Hurt"
Here's the truth. No one's ever magically 'fallen off' the pole in class-especially in the beginning-Mostly because in the beginning, you're not even 'ON' the pole in a way that you'd be physically able to fall off of it! You get it.....For that same reason, you won't get hurt. Experienced instruction & proper technique will ensure your safety! Look for an accredited studio with certified instructors & you'll be in good hands.
6 "I Have a Previous Injury"
This is a good thing to address, actually. Always tell your instructor about any current or previous injuries that may affect your ability to do certain moves. Always have a physician approve any work-out program before you start it. Tell your instructor if anything is hurting you in class. Beyond those things, the pole is a great way to 'rehab' injuries of all kinds. It is easy on joints, helps improve flexibility, muscle tone & core/upper body strength-which helps significantly improve and/or heal a multitude of injuries.
7 "My Family/Friends May Not Approve"
This one is definitely a challenge for some, however, if they are properly educated, the capacity to change their outlook is a viable one. Pole Dancing isn't what most people think it is still-those days are gone. Pole is a fun, beautiful form of art & sport in today's world. Invite a friend to class, pull up a you tube vid, talk to them & share. Knowledge is power.
8 "I'm Uncoordinated"
If this is true, then you definitely need some pole in your life! You will learn to become more flexible, stronger, and even more rhythmic! As you put moves together and practice choreographed combinations, you will find your two left feet evolving fast! Remember, if you were already a pro at the fox-trot, you'd probably be teaching the class, not taking it....right?
9 "I'm Too Shy; Don't Want Others To See Me"
Trust me, you're not the first, and won't be the last....There's a lot of shy people out there-and really, we all lack a little confidence when we're learning something new. It will come. And when it does, you'll evolve with it. Trust in your instructor to make you feel comfortable, and know that everyone in the class is probably feeling the same thing to a certain degree. No one's watching. It's not a competition. You're not being tested or judged. The classroom is a safe environment where you can learn & enjoy yourself!
10 "I'm Not Flexible Enough"
Let's go back to #2 on this one. There's no initial 'flexibility requirement' to sign up for a class. Think of it like anything else. You wouldn't decide not to go to the gym because you weren't already in shape. That's why you go...results to follow!
11 "It Seems Silly"
Trust me, it's not. It works and it's a ton of fun. Come with an open mind.
12 "I'm Not Sexy"
Being 'sexy' is one of those things... Some people really 'have' it, some don't...yet. What I can say for sure here is it's NOT a requirement to be sexy to work out, have fun & get in shape. However, the pole does possess a little bit of magic for some in this area....You may discover you've got more of this power than you think....
13 "I Don't Have Time, or Money to Learn"
Here's what I've personally learned about this: If you really want to do something, you'll figure it out. It's funny how that works.
14 "I Don't Want to Wear 'Skimpy' Clothes"
Once again, let's educate here. 'Skimpy' is not a necessity. That's a style option. What is helpful in the beginning, and more necessary as you advance, is skin grip. Some skin is required for most moves on the pole...just like a swimming suit is required for swimming. Shorts are ideal for most pole work. Tees, tanks & sport bras, skirts, 'skorts' or boy shorts are good choices that vary depending on your comfort & your level of practice. There's no reason you can't be modest & comfortable.
15 "Whatever other reason in the world you've come up with to pretty much defeat yourself from ever trying anything new, exciting & totally effective-because you are stuck in a BAD pattern!"
My advice: Get over it! Come have the most fun you've ever had while getting in shape & totally learning to love yourself!
**The point here is, if you have a question, fear or curious notion...we have the response. We've heard it, seen it, done it , worked through it and got the t shirt. Don't be afraid to ask! But be prepared, we've convinced many to try the pole, and don't intend to quit anytime soon....It's for your own good!**
By: Chastitie Lujan
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