I’ve been in the fitness world for over 20+ years…I’ve watched new trends come and go. Fitness is a big money maker. Big fitness organizations have to constantly introduce new programs in order to bring in the $$$ and keep things fresh. We’ve seen classes go from Step Classes, to Cycle Classes, to Zumba, U-Jam, Power Pump, just to name a few. Now the newest thing coming out in group fitness is Tabata Work…the Tabata method has been around for awhile, but now its part of a new program and clubs are bringing it in as the newest and latest thing. There are fitness crazes everywhere.
Enter Pole…yes, for many of us Pole is not only associated with dance, but we also look at it and associate it with fitness. Very often I have a new client walk in wanting to try a pole class. “I hear this is the newest craze!” I explain the benefits of Pole with the dance aspect, building confidence, etc…but I also point out the benefits of fitness with a pole. All the ways you utilize various muscles while learning different pole moves. The progression in order to build and learn safely without injury.
BUT…OH NO! here comes the big BUT….as with any fitness program, you will NOT make progress unless you are incorporating fitness in your life more than once a week! Yes…more than once a week! You cannot come into class once a week, do nothing else the other 6 days of the week and expect to improve! You are using your own body weight to lift, so you will need to train your body to be able to lift! Your arms, back, core, legs, lungs for cardio…yes…all of the above and more!
If Pole is your new passion, then treat it like a passion…You need to train…I’m not saying you have to join a gym, but you have to train! Now with YOU TUBE you can find anything, and I mean anything on a video. Every type of workout, using bands, straps, body weights, bosu, jump ropes, outside, inside…there must be 1000’s of trainers posting their fitness programs. Go for a walk, go for a bike ride, learn to use a jump rope! Everyone is spending so much time watching Pole videos to learn that crazy new trick, spend as much time watching Fitness video’s to learn how to improve your ABILITY so you can one day do some of these tricks. SAFELY…Personally I like to use lots of the Crossfit sites for new ideas for some of my fitness classes, I love the San Francisco Crossfit Mobility videos…just to name a few.
You get home late from work, traffic was a bitch, you’re hungry, the house is a mess, the kids have extra homework, Sally is sick…their are endless obstacles that will always, yes ALWAYS GET IN OUR WAY…LIFE IS NEVER GONNA GIVE US ALL THE TIME WE NEED. BUT, You have that extra 5 or 10 minutes. You really do! You do not need to spend an hour in the gym, or an hour to do a workout ..give it 5 or 10 minutes…Here is 20 minutes I am going to give you. Yes, sit down to watch your favorite 1 hour TV show, commercial comes on…STOP! Don’t fast forward that TV…use this time for push-ups, crunches, do a plank, jump rope….use that time and you’d be surprised that during a 1 hour show you get almost 20 minutes of commercial exercise time! When I was stationed overseas, we had no commercials on our tv shows…the shows were 20 minutes shorter….so I know you have at least 20 min. of workout time!!!
TRUST ME…every time you get your little workout in you are going to feel so much better about yourself! The best part is, you will get stronger, your endurance will get better, and you will see the improvements when you get on that pole…Isn’t this what its all about!