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So… You’re Thinking About Starting Pole

Congratulations! You’re about to make the best decision for both your mind and your body!

(Ok, so we maaay be a little biased) Welcome to a community of empowered, strong, and artistic individuals! We’re a great bunch, but often misunderstood, so here are some common misconceptions about requirements to start pole:

1) I’m not very flexible
That’s cool. At the beginning, not many people are, unless you’re from a ballet/gymnastic background. Flexibility will come eventually, but the best part about this is, in the early days it’s all about illusions! Tricks that look flexy, but actually aren’t!

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2) I’m too fat
Pfft. Good news for the people with a little extra loving on their body – The more skin you have, the more you’re going to grip to the pole! It’s true! Therefore, it’s the perfect sport for you! Have you seen Lulu?? UN REAL! And if your next argument is a lack of strength…

3) I’m not strong enough.
Strength comes with practice, and practice is rocking up to class each week! You’ll be amazed and how quickly your strength develops!

4) I’m too old
Don’t let your mind put that kind of restriction on your goals! Not every pole dancer is a spritely 20 something. There are dancers of all ages, so have a go!

5) I’m not confident enough
This is a huge obstacle for a lot of people. There’s fear of what family thinks, what friends think, etc, but if you want to have a go, you have nothing to lose! At least you can say you’ve done it, and if you end up enjoying your first class, you’ll get to know a whole new part of yourself that you didn’t even know existed!

6) Don’t you have to like, be almost naked?
NO! Shorts and singlet are fine – it’s much like every other kind of workout attire. Only you’re working out in bare feet.

So now that we’ve debunked some myths, if you’re heading to your first class, here are some tips for you!

1) Stress Less!
If you’re nervous – it’s cool. Everyone else will be as well.

2) Fake it till you make it
Confidence doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so if your head is nagging at you with some negative chatter, try to switch off and let go, have fun and don’t be afraid. The bigger the movements, the better it looks!

3) Wear shorts
Wearing shorts can be a big ask for some who aren’t confident with their body image, however it’s important to keep in mind that clothing does not stick to the pole. We’re talking longer than undies, but shorter than “just above the knee” capri pants. The more skin you have available to grip the pole, the more successful your first climb will be. You can grab some great flattering shorts, by clicking here.

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You can’t guarantee that your pole studio will have wipe down towels available all of the time, so make sure you’ve got one for yourself.

5) Have fun!
Explore a whole new side of yourself. Discover your inner goddess, your true self, whatever it is you think you’re looking for, or feelings you didn’t expect to feel and EMBRACE it. You won’t look back!

If you’re super keen, you might like to take a look at the Pole Starter Kit available from PoleFitnessWorld.com. It’s got everything you need to get started.

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