I wrote a while back about the importance of commitment with your training. I stand by every thing I said- that commitment requires you to be steadfast and consistent in your training regimen. However, sometimes your body disagrees, and you don’t want to push yourself until you get an injury. Here are my suggestions to maintain your commitment to training without over training.
- Evaluate your training regimen in comparison with your fitness level. If you are starting with zero fitness and you want to train for pole 15 hours a week, you are setting yourself up for failure, injury, or both.
- Make sure that your training regimen includes rest days. I recently saw this awesome tidbit on the Pole Expo website. Check it out here, and notice that all of these world class pole athletes make time for rest days.
- Be smart about scheduling. I wanted to write this blog post because I had a private lesson today, and my body absolutely did not want to be on the pole. I was sore from two intense classes yesterday, and a little wimpy because I may have had a bit too much wine last night (when you have friends graduating, getting into grad school, moving back to Denver, and everyone is getting laid and has nice abs, there are lots of great things to make toasts to! Stop judging me!) Do this to the best of your ability- but understand that you will still have bad days to do pole. Which brings me to the next one…
- Don’t push to hard if your body seems to be resisting. Usually your body won’t resist if you’ve followed all of the previous steps. If you need to take it easy but you want to stay committed, you can:
- Work on choreography and dance instead of hard tricks
- Review old practice videos so you are painfully aware of all the places you aren’t pointing your toes.
- Clean up your really basic moves.
- Do easier moves on your bad side- If you’re already having an off day, why not work on your bad side? Of course, you should also be doing this when you are not having an off day.
- Maybe skip pole but do a solid cross training workout instead.