“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” – Naeem Callaway
As the new Pole Infinity and Beyond Gravity Yoga term draws closer, we have many new recruits waiting to take their first step into the unknown, into infinity…!
Whether you are counting the hours until your very first pole class, or still considering taking that leap, you may have some FUQs (Frequently unasked questions):
What do I wear to class?
If you’re anything like me, you might start clothed from head to toe, then shedding the layers after several weeks! It really is up to you and everyone is different, but leggings, trainers and t-shirt/ vest might be the best place to start. You do need exposed skin (eventually) and after a few weeks might don a pair of shorts (or simply roll up your trousers). The main thing is that you’re comfortable. Nobody judges at Pole Infinity – I think we have seen it all. (And bring some water!)
What age do I have to be?
Pole Infinity caters for all ages, from toddlers to teens to old timers! There is definitely no upper age limit – ‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’ (C.S. Lewis). There is also an exciting new teen taster coming soon (a signature will be required from parent/ guardian if under 16).
Does it matter that I am not very fit?
In a word, ‘no’. Many ages, shapes, sizes and abilities have entered the doors of the Studio, achieving fabulous things. You will build strength and fitness over time. I, for one, had little to no upper body strength when I started. Okay, so I’m not Popeye (or some other female equivalent… Xena Warrior Princess…?) but I have certainly gotten a lot stronger.
What are the benefits of pole fitness?
This could be a blog post on its own, so I will try to summarise:
- You can burn approximately 500 calories per class.
- It provides an all-over toning work-out: abs, arms, hips, calves, thighs, waist, bum, legs, shoulders…
- Helps build strong core muscles and improves flexibility and stamina.
- You have so much fun, you don’t actually realise you are working out.
- It is an incredible confidence builder – You wouldn’t believe the effect it can have on the shy (although, they do say it’s the quiet ones you need to watch…!)
- At Pole Infinity and Beyond Gravity Yoga, you are joining one big, happy, extended family! Everyone is incredibly supportive, from instructors to your classmates. I have made many new friends – those I am with every week and those who I don’t see as often, but I still count as very good friends.
- You can work at your own pace, whether that be progressing through the levels, or going back for a refresher. You will never be forced to do anything that your body is not comfortable with.
- I am totally uncoordinated. Especially when upside down- right, left, down, up, forward, back can mean nothing. However, pole fitness does help with balance, body awareness and coordination (it just might take me a bit longer than others!)
- Just think of those all those endorphins being released! As Pole Infinity has proved, poling is wonderful for your mental health and well-being. It builds confidence, gives a focus, promotes Mindfulness… the list goes on.
- Whether you’re out of the pole closet and proud, or it’s your naughty little secret, either way, it is empowering, esteem-raising and ever-so-exxxciting!
What if I miss a class?
In many fitness studios etc., if you can’t make a class, well … tough. Pole Infinity, though, allows you the chance to take a make-up class (just make sure you check availability with your instructor and the Studio).
What’s the deal with the bruises…?!
Firstly, some people bruise more than others (I am in the ‘some people’ category). Contrary to belief, the bruises don’t come from falling (not usually anyway); because you are working hard, determined to stick a move, you might get a little nip or bump here and there. One thing is for sure: I don’t know anyone who isn’t proud of their pole bruises, AKA ‘pole kisses’. This affectionate term shows that we wear our bruises with pride (and often take photos of them for posterity). And, if all else fails, you will become very well acquainted with Arnica cream and cover-up.
- Do not compare yourself to others. I can’t emphasise this enough (and really should practise what I preach).
- Avoid moisturising (especially hands and legs) for approximately a day before class.
- There are many special offers available, for example, get a second class at half price – Check with the Studio for details.
- I will not say too much about the sticky situation of grip. The complex world of snot, chalk, powder, honey, liquid, gloves, hand gel (Hailey Hurricane!) and skin-tearing sprays, I will leave for you to discover for yourself.
Hopefully I have covered what you always wanted to know about pole but were afraid to ask. The only thing that is left, is for you to get yourself booked in, or count the days until the new term (eight more sleeps!) The Beginners’ classes are filling up quickly so don’t miss your chance to take that leap (or maybe that should be climb, spin, strut…)
The new Burlesque/ Chair and Anti-Gravity Yoga terms also begin on the 26th of March – See the website or Facebook for details.
Good luck with your new obsession!
Ms. Infinity x