Here are some tips, taken from our studio policies, to help keep you safe while on the pole:
Warm-up and cool down
Before each pole class/session your warm-up should be thorough, last for 10-15 minutes and include your whole body. This will get the blood flowing around your muscles and not only will it prepare your body for working out, it allows a greater range of movement; so that you can extend your lines to look better.
It is your responsibility to continue warming up until you feel ready to begin and if you arrive late to a class/session you must conduct an adequate warm-up yourself before you pole dance.
It is equally important to spend 10 minutes cooling down via stretching, to make sure that your muscles recover quicker and you’re less likely to suffer from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
When you get hot you'll perspire and find it harder to hold onto the pole. To avoid unnecessary falls prepare yourself by using a combination of products applied to yourself and the pole to help you stick. These include hair spray, shave foam (without aloe or other softeners), methylated spirit, hand grips (anti-perspirant specifically for your hands - Tite Grip, Dry hands, iTac2) and pole dance gloves.
It is absolutely vital that you do not have any residue on your skin from moisturiser/oils or lotions (this includes recently applied fake tan), because it considerably reduces your ability to grip the pole.
Make sure you do not apply any of the above for at least 8 hours before you pole dance and if you have you must wash off the residue with warm water and soap before pole dancing.
There's a special pole dance moisturiser but even that recommends not using within 8 hours of pole dancing.
All jewellery must be removed before using the pole, or have tape over it. This is to protect you, from getting it caught, and the pole. I've seen a belly button ring scar from where one's been ripped out - not pleasant!
If your teacher is helping another student make sure you don't try a tricky move without a buddy standing by to be ready to help take your weight if needed.
Know when to stop
When you're getting tired your concentration tends to lapse and you'll make more mistakes. Take notice of when your body's reaching its limits and take a break as often as you need to. Remember that everyone has off days when your body - or mind - can't handle pole dancing. So don't be disheartened when nothing seems to be going right. Stick to basics and save your harder tricks for another day.
It may seem like the best time to try pole dancing when you've got a bit of Dutch courage, but it really is not a good idea. A very important policy at the Maitri Fitness pole dance studio is:
You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs (over-the-counter or prescription drugs that have a drowsy effect and any illegal drugs) while pole dancing or setting up/dismantling a pole.