15 Must Have Life Hack Tools For Pole Dancers
Do you suffer from OPD?
Obsessive Pole Disorder is a huge time sucker for us pole dancers, most of us spend all of our time dreaming about pole, talking about pole, LIVING pole.
It isn't just a hobby, it's a way of life - which is why it takes such a huge amount of time to keep up with all the aspects of our passion.
Whether you pole dance at home or in a studio you probably wake up in the morning thinking about pole.
You take a look at social media, gather some screenshots of moves to try next time you practise and join in some pole discussions in groups and forums all before you've finished your morning coffee!
That's before you've begun to think about a quick workout because you can't pole today or had time to plan when you can fit in some flexibility training and stretching.
Well ladies and gents, I'm here to save the day, because today I'm sharing 15 awesome apps for pole dancers that I use to manage my pole addiction and organise life itself!
While some of these handy apps are just for fun, a bunch of them will save you tonnes of time and even help you to fast track your progress!
This post is also featured as a guest post on the Wink Dancewear blog!
What You Will Learn
- How To Be A Pole Nerd With Picture Apps
- Hacks To Track Your Flexibility Progress
- How To Create Your Own Personal Pole Moves Database
- How To Identify Music You Like
- Where You Can Find Inspiration For New Moves
- How To Track Your Fitness Goals
- My Secret Tip For Saving Phone Space For Pictures
Do You Need A Picture & Video Editing Solution?
I don't know about you, but a lot of my time post pole session is spent eagerly checking back through my videos, taking screenshots from all the best angles, uploading and sharing to social media.
So without further ado, here are my favourite apps to make the process as easy as possible!
#1) Pics Art
PicsArt is great for picture editing, allowing you to add filters, crop, rotate, add borders and add effects to your images. Want a cartoon or comic book you on the pole?
No problem, they've got it covered!
I also love creating collages with it, they have a great selection of backgrounds and options for your borders, add text to show before and after dates to track your progress or just have some fun on special occasions 🙂
Yes, May 4th is a special occasion, which brings me to...
#2) Laser Sword Photo Editor
OK so this one isn't for ALL pole dancers necessarily, but if it's not for you then you're not cool 😛
Laser Sword Photo Editor is a very important app for the nerdy pole dancer which will help you to turn your pole into a light saber, handy for those May 4th pictures as shown in my lovely collage above or to celebrate new releases in the Star Wars saga!
Don't laugh, it's a very important app!
#3) PIP Camera
Simply put, PIP Camera is just for fun.
It's sometimes handy if you have something in the background of your pictures you want to cut out of the shot but mainly it's a super cute picture editing tool.
Here are some examples of pictures I created with the app...
So if you and your pole are dying to be on a magazine cover or you just want to share some unique and interesting images on your Facebook profile this fun little app is for you!
I love Splice for editing videos, especially since the new Instagram update has made trimming clips such a pain!
Splice will allow you to cut sections of your video and put them together in any order into one clip.
It also comes with a collection of background music which you can cut and edit into your final video or you can also use music from your iTunes library.
The option to choose from their music stock is handy to avoid copyright bans on Facebook, or you can mute any music altogether!
Since this app isn't available on Google Play Store, here is an Android alternative recommended by pole dancers: Viva Video.
Easy Flexibility Progress
Flexibility is one of those never ending journeys with pole fitness, you can progress as quickly or as slowly as you like, but one thing's for sure, you could always be bendier!
Most pole dancers are working on a bunch of progress points, from toning arms, legs, bums and abs to strength training, floor work, flow and flexibility.
I bet you're at least working on your middle splits, front splits, back bending and shoulder flexibility right now, and that's just to start!
So let's make it easier to focus on our goals and track progress with these apps!
#5) Photo Measures Lite
Disguised as a simple tool for measuring angles, DIY and home decor is this amazing flexibility tracking tool!
This lite version only allows one photo to be used at a time until you upgrade, but for measuring your flexy progress it does the job.
Once you've saved your picture you can delete the one in the app and create another in a couple of clicks.
A picture tells a thousand words, so here is a quick example of how to use the app.
Easy right? Just upload your picture, select the line tool, change it from lines to angles and measure away to see how far you have come =)
You can even combine this app with a collage picture from the PicsArt app like I have here to see your before and after angles in one shot.
#6) Stretch It App
Stretch It App comes with a 7 day free trial that you can start any time you're ready after download.
When you start your free trial you'll be able to choose from a selection of flexibility training packages focusing on different areas of the body.
With everything from full body stretching and weight loss to targeted back bending and stretches for splits there's something for everyone, and if you love it it's only £3.99 per month when your free trial ends.
Then, when you've completed all of the classes you can either unsubscribe or continue if you think you'll still benefit.
It's definitely worth checking out, with many users already praising its effectiveness!
Organise The Chaos
If you're anything like me it won't just be your pole practises that need a little organisation, I needed something to bring method to the madness and this next app is my saviour, I would be a complete mess without it!
Not just for pole dance but for your entire life! You can organise all of your day to day tasks with the secret weapon, whether it's the shopping, pole fitness or work, you name it, this app can organise it.
I prefer not to use my phone right in the middle of my pole sessions because I find it a huge distraction, which is why I use a smart goal planner and plan each session individually.
The only down side to that is if you really need to see a picture of the move you want to try so that you can break down what body part goes where.
That's where Evernote comes in handy!
If you see a picture online you can simply copy and paste it into your pole fitness notebook in Evernote.
Sign up to learn how to create your own A-Z of pole moves step by step!
Here's how it looks when I log into Evernote on my phone:
Speaking of pole move inventories, here are a couple more...
Find Your Inspiration
Many of us will spend hours searching through moves on Instagram for inspiration, and with the help of Michelle Shimmy's initiative to use #PD_______ before each move it's easier than ever to find examples of a move you want to try.
That's awesome if you know the names of the moves you want to try, but there is a danger with social media and Instagram especially, in that we see someone making a beautiful move look effortless and add it to our pole move bucket list.
At that point we no longer have any bearing on the difficulty level of that move or whether it is even a realistic goal, which is why I prefer a more structured source of inspiration...
#8) Pole Guide
In the Pole Guide you'll find a huge array of inspiration, with a selection of random pictures and video clips on the home page, and the official guide under the 'A-Z' tab.
You can also use the search bar at the top to find moves by name if you are looking for something specific.
When you click on a picture from the home feed you can then choose to view more pictures of that same move submitted by other users, or if you like what you've found you can view more pictures submitted by the same person.
Aside from searching their database for inspiration you can also submit your own content, upvote each other's pictures.
You have the option to save moves you see under favourites, which means you can come back to them later when you're in class and ready to give them a try!
Some features such as viewing 'favourites' and submitting content are restricted until you create an account, but that's as easy as logging in with Facebook =)
#9) Sexy Pole Dancing For Beginners
If you're a beginner or your floorwork and flow needs a little work then you should definitely try out the lessons in this app with xPert certified instructor Liz M.
When you enter 'start exercises' on the app you'll be able to choose from a selection of introductory videos for free including a welcome, sample dance to show what you will learn, beginners tips, supplies you may need and a 101 on grips and holds.
You'll also have access to two videos from their sensual warm up section.
After that you'll need to pay to unlock the rest of the lessons which teach a range of floorwork from body waves and sexy push ups through to pirouettes, standing up sexy, 5 sassy spins, wavy legs, leg circles and climbing poses.
There's actually quite a lot in this little app and you can unlock it all for just $1.99 if you enjoy the free samples!
#10) NEW! PDC App
Newly launched on the 19th of August is a fantastic app from Pole Dance Community, where they are sharing their core moves syllabus complete with videos of each move for £2.99
Since the app isn't free I purchased it for you guys just to check it wasn't awful, because there are a few out there that had free trials that were pretty bad when I tested them before 'upgrading', so although it comes straight from PDC I just wanted to be sure.
Once downloaded you get instant access to all video demos of every move in their core moves syllabus.
There's also the option to save the ones you are working on in your 'favourites' folder so you can find them easily.
You can also submit gradings using your AAP membership code and the app also supports instructor submissions!
Contact me here to find out how to claim your exclusive £5 discount on AAP membership with Pole Dance Community.
Possibly the most important part of pole dance and fitness is having amazing music to dance or workout to.
So whether you're looking for sensual music to dance, flow and perform or a workout playlist that keeps you pumped and motivated these handy apps should be on every pole dancer's phone!
Ever find yourself listening to a track and wondering how on earth you're going to figure out who sang it so you can grab yourself a copy?
Well those days are over, because with Shazam you'll have the power to instantly identify the music you love with just one tap of a button.
You don't even need to have this app in an easy to find place on your home screen to catch the end of that track you heard on the radio, because it's as easy as asking Siri!
Just hold down the centre button on your iPhone and say 'Shazam This Song' - if you're on android you'll need to start with 'OK Google!' and you can even set Shazam to identify songs in the background while offline.
Not only that but you'll have video clips, song lyrics and related tracks at your finger tips. You can also purchase your Shazams in iTunes or Google Play Music and add them to your spotify playlists.
#12) WavePad Audio Editor
Need to cut some songs for a performance?
Whatever the reason for editing your tracks, this app is a great free tool. WavePad Audio Editor has a range of music and voice recording and editing tools.
Now you can easily edit your audio files with cut, copy and paste tools and play with sound effects such as echo, noise reduction and amplify.
Health & Fitness
When it comes to health, dieting and workout routines, there is a mountain of apps you could choose from.
Just for simplicity and to make life easier though, I like to use fitness apps like these that connect with each other...
#13) Six Pack by Runtastic
Six Pack is a great app with 10 quick workouts perfect for when you are short on time and need to squeeze in a workout on the go!
The free version of this app will provide you with 10 days of workouts that increase in intensity each day as you progress.
If you choose to upgrade this one also comes with programs tailored to suit you and on iPhone it will sync with your Apple Health app to build your personal plan.
#14) My Fitness Pal
With My Fitness Pal you start by logging your current weight and height etc.
If you have a Garmin device it's also fully compatible with your Garmin account allowing you to sync data from digital scales and other step counting apps.
Once all of your information is in order you'll set yourself a weight target, and although many of us are not looking to loose weight due to muscle mass, you will be able to set goals tailored to the results you want to see.
When these goals are set, My Fitness Pal will give you daily calorie targets to hit broken down into Carbs, Fat and Protein, detailing what percentage of each of them you should be consuming each day.
Then all you have to do is log your food in the daily diary, with lots of pre-entered meals to choose from and a cool barcode scanner to instantly upload nutritional info from snacks you buy in the supermarket it's super easy.
As you enter the food you eat into your diary you can easily see whether you need to eat more protein, cut back on the snacks and fat or add some more carbs into your next meal!
Connect Your Apps!
Last but not least, here's a handy tool to connect some of your apps and create fun recipes that save you a bunch of time!
#15) If This Then That (IFTTT)
One app to rule them all, one app to find them.
Getting nerdy again there 😛 Seriously though, this app can do some incredible things, it creates connections between a selection of apps providing you with some awesome social media & storage space hacks!
You definitely don't need me to go over all the social media apps you can get for your phone to share success, join pole communities and find inspiration, so in this section I want to share a handy tool I use to connect my social media accounts.
IFTTT stands for If This Then That, and it's an automation tool that will allow you to sync activities between your compatible apps so you don't have to repeat actions across them all.
Aside from connecting your social media accounts there are a bunch of other cool recipes you can use including things like setting up a trigger to save pictures you are tagged in to your phone.
With IFTTT you can also automatically back up new pictures you take on your phone to either your email inbox, Dropbox account or Google Drive - whichever suits you.
That way you know all your pictures are safely stored online and you can happily delete away to make space to capture those new combos!
Here are some examples of what you can do;
- Save A Copy Of New Photos To Dropbox
- Email New IOS Photos To Yourself
- Upload New IOS Photos To Google Drive
- Save New Pictures You Post On Facebook To Dropbox
Just between you and me, I use this tool for so much more than just sharing pole pictures across social media.
A few other cool recipes you can create with it are to mute your phone when you get to work and automatically unmute when you get home, or even text your phone when you lose it to make it turn up the ringing volume!
You should definitely log in and have a play with different recipes, my favourite is this one:
Usually when you click to share on Twitter when you post in Instagram only a link is shared on your Twitter profile.
This recipe makes it so that when you post on Instagram, the pictures will automatically show up on your Twitter feed as an actual picture instead!
If This Then That works with all different social media platforms including (but not limited to) Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
It's just another tool I use to save time day to day, and I thought I would share it here!
Wow so, as I hit the 3,000 word mark it's time to sign off.
I hope I've introduced you to some great time saving tools for your day to day pole addiction 🙂
Do you have a favourite app that I haven't mentioned?
Let us know in the comments!