10 December, 2014

Pole Kisses: Strength Training.

Last months Pole Kisses email was all about strength training. I got some amazing feedback from those of you who received it so I decided to share just a little bit of it (yeah, it was reaallly long, I got a bit carried away). If you like what you read then make sure to go sign up for next months email! December will be all about reviewing the year.

Pole Kisses December 14.

From their first class my students do strength training, though modified and less intense than my other classes. I also take it slow with moves. I try and exhaust every spin, upright move and combination that I possibly can before I get students upside down. You get the odd student who has been taught elsewhere, or knows a little more about pole, who wants to rush through, but for the most part my students don't miss out on what they don't know exists and they build their strength safely and at a good pace. Because of this, and the strength training, I find that students are well prepared by the time we start inverting. The only issues I have had come from fear, not from lack of strength (I have at least two students who have been with me for a year who can still barely invert, they are strong but something holds them back - fear). One of my students has been with us since July but only started inverting this month, so didn't go upside down for 4/5 months. When I first started teaching; my lesson plans and curriculum would have students going upside down within a month, two maximum. Every class they would continue spins mixed in with one or two inverts. But with this student, and others who have joined me in the last 6 months to a year, they have been inverting much later. But what I have found is that they have far less issues. This particular student could lift in to her invert, in a tuck, rather than jump, from the beginning, and every invert I have taught her so far has been done perfectly first time. I've noticed this happening more and more. I've also noticed when I teach climbing that more and more students make it to the top of the pole first time. It took over a year of teaching to have a single student do that. These students don't necessarily come to me in better shape than they have in the past. I still get a mix, it's just that my teaching has gotten better and I make more effective use of strength training.

Intermediate/Advanced Strength Training Plan

This plan is designed for a more advanced group - some of these moves are not suitable for beginner students but the form can be adapted. Do not use this plan if you are unsure of safe form for any of the exercises below. Each student should have a partner - they each must do a pole and mat exercise before moving on. Some instructors like to use strength training as an extension of a warm up, others leave it until the end of class.

What do you think? Should I make strength training plans a part of the monthly email? Was this information helpful to you?

- Bex