It seems to me that for some beginners, one of the biggest draws to pole dancing is also its biggest deterrent for others: the sexiness. Some people get excited about it while others insist that they’re “not like that.” (I’m not sure, but I think “like…
i think “self love” is going to be a particularly difficult thing for me.
i imagine a lot of girls are like me in that i look at something on another girl, whether it be hair, clothes, boobs, skinny thighs or even their achievements or skills, and want that on/for me. just a general…
Plateauing can be really frustrating when you’re stretching. You’re used to improving and then all of a sudden you just don’t seem to be getting any more flexible and think maybe you should just quit with all this stretching malarkey. But - do not fear - you will get through it!!!
Here are a few ideas to try to help you get through your plateau:
Accept it and try not to get too frustrated - many people will experience a plateau when they are trying to get more flexible, just as you do when you are trying to lose weight. One way to fight it is just to not let it bother you and carry on as you were before until you start progressing again.
Push yourself more - Often when you plateau, just giving that little bit more to your stretching will help you get your break through. Now be sensible about this - don’t go and force yourself into the middle splits if you’re half a meter away from the ground. But, you can try that little bit harder when you’re stretching, especially if you’ve been lacking drive lately in your stretching. This might involve holding your stretches for that little bit longer, doing another repetition or just generally putting more effort into stretching harder rather than stopping where’s comfortable. You are not going to increase your hamstring flexibility by stretching your hamstring to where you can’t feel anything at all - you need to feel a stretch and this may be uncomfortable. But remember, it’s ok to be uncomfortable but not ok to be in pain.
Change up your stretching program - Changing the way you stretch can sometimes be exactly what you need to make sure your body doesn’t get too used to what you’re doing to it!! If you normally stretch for one 30 minute slot, consider splitting this into two 15 minute slots. Or add some new stretches to your normal routine. Just do something different - to keep your body on its toes!
Take a break - This might sound counter productive, but sometimes a few days rest can be just what your body needs. Scrap stretching for a couple of days (not too long though!) and then go back to your usual routine. You may find your body starts responding to stretching better again and you’ll have given your muscles a rest and time to repair any damage properly.
Very happy to read this! Here’s what Washingtonian Magazine had to say about pole dancing:
Pole dancing—or pole fitness, as devotees call it—has been featured on the TV shows Desperate Housewives and The View. It’s sweeping the globe—with advocates lobbying for it as an Olympic sport for 2016.
A crop of studios has sprung up in Washington, catering mostly to women. Classes blend strength training, dance-based moves, and boot-camp-style exercises like squats, push-ups, and sit-ups. Students learn spins, stretches, and, in advanced classes, climbs and inversions to tone and strengthen nearly every muscle, particularly those in the arms and core. Don’t worry if you aren’t in top shape or a great dancer. Instructors break down into simple steps moves such as the fireman, in which you curl your ankles around opposite sides of the pole and twirl down.
While classes teach exercise and not striptease, many women opt to wear heels, usually with a platform for comfort and wedge heel for stability; heels force the muscles to contract and the body to work harder. Students start out in sweats or yoga pants, moving into tighter-fitting and skimpier clothing—say, Bikram-yoga-style shorts—as they advance. As you learn more complex moves, you’ll need your body to “stick” to the pole, and loose-fitting clothing could be a safety risk.
The women are genuinely supportive of one another’s progress—there’s no competitive edge. The dancing is about empowerment and self-confidence.