I was asked: Can you learn pole yourself? The answer to that is a resounding "Yes! Yes! Yes!" Thousands of women and men all over the globe that have a love for pole dance will tell you they all started somewhere...and many of them are self-taught. You can learn to pole dance on your own.
Where do you start? Great question. It's tempting to want to jump up on the pole and start hanging upside down, climbing it and tricking out all over the place...but beware.
Even though getting to an advanced level of strength and flexibility may be your goal, you have to start out with the basics, the fundamentals of pole in order to be great, yes, even awesome at the rest of this wonderful sport. Can you learn pole yourself? Yes! But start below with these self-questions.
What I mean by assessing yourself is to ask yourself these questions:
***If you are already at a high level of flexibility, a bodybuilder, even a runner, a lot of the exercises below won't apply but look them over anyhow if you are absolutely new to pole. You will be using your muscles in new ways:)
If you are where I was, sedentary, bad diet, low flexibility and even less strength, high body fat and no lung power, then you need to start out slow and easy. Believe me, with consistency, you will be churning out your pole routines and tricks in time.
Can you learn pole yourself? First, address the 4 points above: Cardiovascular strength, muscular strength, flexibility and your diet. If you are not exercising regularly, start out just with walking 15 minutes every other day, adding 5 minutes more every week.
Start doing pull-ups, push ups, non-weighted squats, crunches and lunges as well as some beginner exercises I will give you below. I have a great eBook with lots of strength-building exercising you can do even without a pole.
Start stretching gently before and after you exercise and even on the days you don't exercise. This keeps synovial fluid flowing through those joints and keeps your flexibility levels.
Start implementing just one little change at a time in your fuel sources, like switching from sodas to sugar-free drinks or water with citrus slices. In a couple of weeks when you notice the difference in your tummy and the way you feel, add in another small change like eating breakfast if you aren't already. And so on.
If you have a pole already, great! If you don't read through my research on various type of poles as well as the different brands out there before you make your selection.
Other pole equipment you might want to consider:
***And make sure to read all about pole dance safety! Knowing the basics of pole safety will decrease your chance of injuring yourself. Can you learn pole yourself? As you can see, with taking baby steps, you CAN!