BODY WEIGHT TRAINING – Acrobatics VS Pole Fitness

Pole fitness is essentially a form of body weight training as you use your own body weight to get fit and strong whilst learning some cool tricks to do on a vertical pole, and any form of additional strength training is an integral part of increasing your level of skill, stamina and endurance for pole dance.

This year we're going to be exploring different body weight training disciplines that can parallel and compliment pole dance. There's no reason you can't do one or more of these!

In fact, many pole dancers have started out doing gymnastics, acrobatics, yoga or some form of dance before eventually finding their passion for pole.

However, this is not a pre-requisite to starting pole dance. There are also many women and men who have had absolutely no prior experience in anything fitness related and they have all managed just fine.

So, starting with acrobatics, we interviewed pole dancer, competitor and X-POLE brand ambassador, Sherry Bremner on her acrobatics background...

I started acrobatics when I was seven years old. I had a friend in nursery school that did acro and I was adamant that I wanted to do it as well. My mom told me I couldn't start until I could do the splits and forward rolls, so I taught myself. Before they knew it, I was flat in all my splits and was doing forward rolls down the garden! Nothing could stop me after that :)

Acrobatics became a part of me, like breathing or eating, and I picked up modern dancing along the way as well. I only stopped when I moved to Cape Town to study, because there wasn't anyone in Cape Town who taught and I didn't have a lot of spare time or disposable income in undergrad.”

acro vs pole dance

So, how did you find pole dance?

I had just started my PhD and was looking for something to counterbalance all the time in front of my computer but gym had never really held any interest for me. Then a friend saw a deal on Groupon and suggested we try pole fitness. From that very first pole class, I fell in love and I signed up for more classes immediately.

What keeps me going now? The constant intellectual challenge, which ties in to the physical challenge. I also just love feeling like a superhero.”

Did you find that your background in acrobatics complemented your pole work?

Absolutely! I spent years working on flexibility and strength (especially wrist strength) and even though there was ten years between stopping acro and starting pole, the muscle memory was still there. My background has been a definite advantage, even though my body can't do half of what it used to, my brain still understands the movements my body needs to do.

It has also helped prevent injuries that are very common in pole, as I better understand my limits and what my body is saying to me when I start feeling uncomfortable in a position.”

“I will say this though; pole dance has proven much more challenging than acro. Possibly because I remember more from poling as an adult than acro training as a child.”

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Do you have any #polesafe #trainsafe messages for your fellow pole dancers out there?

Always warm up properly! Our bodies are not as agile as they were as youngsters and muscles are much more easily injured now when we suddenly push them out of their comfort zone.

Also, always check your equipment. The engineering behind X-POLE poles is amazing, but they do require an occasional check on the tightness of the joints for example.”

Date added: 01/24/2017