The Very Best Of Pole Dance & Fitness – September 2017
I read a lot every month, from pole to general fitness, healthy eating and nutritional information.
I come across things around the web from time to time that I think you guys will be able to take helpful advice and information from.
Whenever I see something I think you'll benefit from, I save it right into my Evernote. Once a month I'll put together a roundup of my favourites for you to enjoy.
So without further ado, here is the seventeenth post in my series of favourite pole fitness, health and nutrition articles I read this month!
Pole Dancing & Fitness
First, let's check out the top pole dancing & fitness articles I read online this month...
#1) How To Care For Your Wrists
As pole dancers we put our wrists under a huge amount of pressure, but do you warm up, strengthen and care for your wrists as well as the rest of your body when you practise?
Find out how to warm up your wrists properly for class along with tips for best hand placement in split grips in this important article over at Mel Nutter!
#2) Do You Feel Like An Imposter?
Have trouble acknowledging your successes in pole? Or in life at all?
If you struggle to accept your achievements or feel like a fraud in a community of high flying dancers, you simply have to read this fab article by Peach Lee Ray.
She goes over what signs may show that you are being too hard on yourself, and how to manage those feelings.
You'll also learn that it's a very common feeling to have, so have a read because you are definitely not alone 🙂
#3) 10 Confessions Of A Pole Dancer
Following on from those fraudulent feelings that can pop up mentioned in the last post, I thought it would be fun to share this article from Cleo's Rockin' Reads!
Inside you'll find 10 things pole dancers do that aren't really talked about.
From photoshopping and 'cheating' on Instagram, to avoiding repeating moves on your bad side and more!
#4) 8 Ways To Learn Pole Faster
In last month's post I shared Neo's tips on maximising your training time.
This month, we're taking a look at part two - how to adapt the way you train to learn things more quickly and efficiently.
You'll find eight great tips to help you train better and progress faster!
#5) Thinking Of Becoming A Pole Instructor?
Becoming an instructor in pole is very rewarding but it also comes with a lot of responsibility.
It's becoming increasingly common for people to leap into the instructing field as a means to turn passion into profit.
It's not something to be rushed into, and if it is something that has crossed your mind, there are a few things you should know first.
#6) Are Competitions Killing The Pole Community?
With so many competitions now taking place in the community it's impossible to attend them all.
Competitors need friends, family and pole family to come along and support them and more and more people are entering competitions every day.
So with the industry so saturated with competitions, what does this mean for organisers of shows and events where pole is displayed as an art with no rules, critiques or judges?
You can read how this problem is effecting events over in Australia in this article in the Australian Pole Dancer's Magazine.
Perhaps it's time to take the focus of the community away from winning, and steer it more in the direction of appreciating beautiful displays of art and creativity.
#7) Chinese Pole & Pole Dancing Compared
It's common to see pole dancing compared to Chinese pole around forums and threads online, but it's important to know that they are not inclusive of each other.
One did not come from the other, and it isn't a competition to prove which 'started' the trend. Typical pole practised in our studios today is not directly linked to Chinese pole.
While there are some similarities, they are two very different beasts!
Our elite performers are always upping the game and incorporating these flips and tricks to wow their audiences, so with many new moves inspired by Cirque style performances it's easy to confuse the history.
In this article over on the Bad Kitty blog you can read about the differences between the two from the view of a Chinese acrobat.
#8) Do You Struggle With Straight Leg Inverts?
If you're having a hard time keeping your legs straight for inverts or any other manner of straddles in your pole practise, this article is for you!
Jordan Mazur gives us the low-down on conquering microbends in your legs over on the Pole Convention blog this month.
Other Fitness Tips I Read This Month
In this section I'll be sharing tips from fitness blogs around the web that can be useful in your pole training too!
#9) How To Improve Grip Strength & Wrist Mobility
This monster of an article over at Nerd Fitness is absolutely jam packed with back to back tips to help you improve your grip strength and wrist health.
Super important for us pole dancers, especially as wrist and grip training is something we often neglect to focus on.
You'll find warm ups, stretches and exercises you can do at your desk, in the gym and at home!
The Healthy Food Corner
Each month I do a lot of food prep, I'm forever looking for healthy meals I can prepare in bulk.
Apart from saving a bunch of time this also allows me to worry less about diet and what I'm going to eat in the moment of choosing a meal.
To mix things up though, I'm always on the look out for quick and easy healthy recipes so I don't get bored of eating my prep meals.
So every month I'll share my favourite recipe from the month with you right here!
#10) The Main Course
I'm loving the mediterranean flavour this month!
This recipe for Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is super healthy, comes with a complete breakdown of macros for diet tracking and is easily adapted for everyone!
It's primarily vegetarian, but if you're not veggie, you can just add a chicken breast to boost your protein intake and if you're vegan just skip the feta cheese 🙂
#11) A Healthy Tasty Treat
Made from nothing but low-fat yoghurt and frozen fruit this tropical sherbet dessert is super tasty!
To veganise your recipe I would recommend Alpro dairy free yoghurt.
#12) Something Different To Wash It Down
I love a good mocktail for when I'm training hard and cutting out alcohol.
If you're doing the same you can try out this Strawberry-Vanilla Slushy Recipe. It's a sweet and fruity blend similar to a daquiris.
If you've read any great pole dancing or fitness articles you think deserve a spot in the top 10 next month feel free to share them with me here or comment below!
Did you find these articles helpful?