Using a pole dance journal will help you track your progress as well as take an emotional journey through your dance. This is like using a training log in fitness training, but there's more to it than just recording repetitions, weight lifted, timing a run, the things I used to keep in my fitness log when running and bodybuilding.
I created a page (because I couldn't find one for my own use) titled "My Pole Dance Training Journal" that has sections for the date, time of session, what your goals are for that session, music played, file name for your video recording of that session, thoughts and feelings during your pole dance, check boxes to make sure you warm up, do flexibility and strength training, what your goals are for your next training and more.
Download, print, copy and keep the pages in a 3-ring binder to serve as your training log. You can also keep them in a plastic report cover by month or every 3 months, however you choose. You'll find what works for you. Feel free to share this and print copies for your students if you are an instructor.
I am an avid proponent of keeping track of progress in life, whether spiritual, physical, mental, career, whatever it is that you are trying to get better at. (Click on the image above to download a FREE copy of "My Pole Dance Training Journal" page to print,copy and keep in a binder.) It serves several purposes:
Pole dancing is also an emotional journey. I remember the feelings in full, vivid color if you will, when I started my pole journey. The exhilaration, the unlocking of my sensual side in dance, the rush of inverting for the first time.
These emotional landmarks serve as guideposts to other changes in your life as well, such as taking on a new challenge at work or not being afraid to speak up.
Keeping written record of your thoughts and feelings as well as the music you selected for your session and how it all made you feel will also help you to be aware of what inspires and moves you as well as what is more challenging in your journey.
I am a firm believer in connecting with your emotions when you dance and I know that emotional states affect our dance and our training. Keeping a log will help you to understand yourself better as a pole dancer in progress.
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