Archive for the ‘Mindset’ Category

It’s Comp Week

March 11, 2019

And like pretty much everyone else competing at the Arnold Classic Australian Pole Championship Series – I am freaking out. Which means I have a whole week of freaky out to do, as I don’t get on stage till Sunday Lunchtime.

Training for a comp is physically & emotionally demanding work, some are better cut out for it than others, I use to love it, I think. I do not remember for sure. I remember the feeling of nervous, mostly at the comp, just before I hit the stage. Before that, I was pretty cool, calm & collected (but I am sure others will tell you different & maybe they are right), but I do remember the adrenaline rush I use to get coming off stage & if we are honest that’s the feeling I am chasing. I haven’t been on stage as a pole soloist in such a long time, I haven’t tested myself out or pushed myself hard enough in a long time. And the few occasions that have presented themselves since then haven’t resulted in that rush like I thought they would. Maybe it’s because the opportunities weren’t similar to what I had done before, maybe it’s because I know where I use to be physically and I am no way close to that, perhaps it’s just gone. My life has changed so much, since the last time I did a pole comp & maybe I need to find a way to get that new rush. Either way, I am hoping to find out Sunday.

Training has been something of a challenge, particularly the Semi-Pro category. I knew it was going to be hard & that was the aim
To push me
Get myself fit again
Find my passion for pole
Get one of the creative concepts out of my head & on to the stage ( been sitting on a few for a while due to me being on the sidelines for such a long time)

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Where I am at now
Disappointed that I have had to modify my routine from what was in my head twice now to what was physically possible
Worried that I will look very out of place in a semi-pro category, but at this stage I am hoping for a clean run through of a modified routine
Worried about my grip on 45mm Brass Poles (I haven’t trained on Brass in a long time & it wasn’t great then)
However, I am happy with the progress I have made – fitness wise.
Love my costume & it’s looking good, even if not quite finished & works well with the routine, even with a few pins still in it from my run through on Saturday Night at mPole’s End of Term 1 Party.

Wish me luck.

Written Leeanne Taylor

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5 Top Tips for Poling in Hot Weather

December 5, 2018

We all know that the Australian Summer can turn on some beautiful warm days for hitting the beach and enjoying the outdoors. But often summer days go bit too far & you’re sure you could open your own pool with the amount of sweating your body does. So, the thought of going to pole, where you very life can depend on not having sweaty hands, becomes a scary thought

Here are our top 5 tips for making it through summer your Pole Classes

Air Con & Fans
It’s generally not the first thing on your mind when booking a class, however come the summer months in Australia this is a pretty hot topic, does your studio have Air Con (lucky you) &/or Fans, some studios are lucky and have both, which allows for the instructors to create a balance between cool air & moving air the room needs for your class.

Grip Aids
The Pole community these days are blessed with the amount of options we have in the name of grip aids, which is wonderful, however they are called Grip “Aids” and should be used as such, an aid to help you get through to the next – class, move, etc however not all aids handle warm weather & sweat well, so be sure to talk to your instructor about your needs & see if you can try some products before buying something.

Pack 2 Towels
One wet/damp & the other dry, this is particularly affective in studios with fans, as you wipe down your hot body with the wet/damp towel than dry off with the dry towel & stand in front of the fan to air dry. This allows you body to cool down for a moment, you will need to repeat often, but is affective & cheap.

Hot Shower Trick
If you have time & facilities at your studio, try having a hot shower, this tricks your mind into thinking it’s cooler (cooler outside a hot shower) and this brings your body temperature down

Working on the Basics
We mean, work of some of your more basic stuff that you’re a bit more familiar with, this will help build your grip strength, and eventually you will be able to grip through a little bit of sweat.

This is just a really quick list of things that will help you get the most of you Pole Classes & Workshops throughout the Australian Summer.

 

Written by Leeanne Taylor

Mindset Matters

May 18, 2018

I know what you’re thinking. Positive thinking, visualizing success, blah blah blah. But seriously, the gurus aren’t far off! When it comes to pole, at least, I can attest to that. With every training session, the attitude you carry through the studio door can make or break your success in that session.

Heading into your training session, try to imagine the moves, transitions and combinations you are hoping to achieve. Picture yourself achieving them, feeling confident and strong. Now keep it realistic, no amount of positive thinking will allow you to safely achieve a move which is far beyond the limits of your current strength and flexibility level. But within reason, a positive mindset will make a remarkable difference to the outcome of all your hard work.

Keeping yourself accountable with a prepared and organized approach to training will also help. If you are training alone, try seeking some advice from your instructor or fellow dancers when planning out your pole goals and training to do lists. Committing yourself to a plan, whether a loose idea of aspirations for the session or a strict set of goals and timelines, will help you stay accountable and avoid hours scrolling Instagram. And in my opinion, a killer playlist is another important key to solo training sessions.

On the other hand, a negative mindset is a hard one to set right. Try as you might, sometimes a bad day is just that, a bad day. Not every training session can be a raging success full of flawless Instagram videos and new tricks and transitions. Sometimes it is more important to celebrate the small wins. Maybe you pointed your toes throughout the entire transition, maybe you managed to breathe and smile throughout a particularly painful move. Whatever the accomplishment, be sure to celebrate and revel in it. Pat yourself on the back for showing up and trying, and endeavour to do better next time. After all, trying our best is all we can expect from ourselves.

Written by Toni Hearn