Feedback- the Second Key to Pole Success

The best way to improve in any endeavor is to practice a lot, and get as much feedback as you can about your practice. Today’s post is about options for getting the feedback you need.

  • Be mindful of your practice. You can get a lot of self-feedback from slowing down, paying attention, and noticing what you do, how it feels, and where you are engaging your muscles. As you pole more and more, you will get a baseline for how things feel when done correctly.
  • Video (or even photograph) your practice. The camera doesn’t lie.
  • Learn the keys to taking feedback well. The main key is to not get defensive or angry when people tell you what you can improve, and to thank them for taking time to help you get better.
  • Ask your instructor. The instructor is there to help you. Ask them what you can do to make it better if they don’t offer feedback on their own, or if they just tell you it looks good. You have to ask for the things that you want. To get better, you need to want feedback.
  • Get a coach. Ditto your instructor- ask for the feedback you need.
  • Ask your friends. Have your friends watch your routine or your freestyle or whatever move or transition you happen to be working on, and ask them how to make it better.
  • Ask what makes your routine, freestyle, or pole move work too- a lot of great feedback comes from paying attention to what you are doing right.
  • Have your friends video you and then go over the video with them.
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  1. Solid advice! Re: feedback from an instructor, I find that when you’re told something “looks fine” but it feels wrong, you should absolutely vocalize that, and be as specific as possible (“weird” can mean anything from a hold not feeling secure to actually hurting (aching, pinching, burning, the more specific the better, and they can all mean different things)). In my experience, a closer look from them usually reveals that a hand is turned in the wrong direction, or I’m not locked in on the right place on your leg. It never hurts to ask, and it can save you a lot of trial and error.

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