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The Polestars blog is about pole fitness and wellness. We talk about all things pole dancing, Kangoo, hula hooping, and aerial arts.
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And the beat goes on...

One of my favorite things about pole dancing, and any of the different fitness classes we have, is music. I love, love, love music, and without it, fitness in general would be the most boring thing and we'd all be out of shape (70% joke). Here is my playlist of what I like to pole to... it consists of a mix of, sexy, slow, electronic dance music; some of this which you've probably heard at our studio, Polestars.


    Song-Artist


    Blue - Gemini

    Let It Be (feat. Veela) - Blackmill

    Clair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) - Flight Facilities

    Between Two Points - The Glitch

    Teardrop - Massive Attack

    Eyes on Fire (Zeds Dead Remix) - Blue Foundation

    Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) - Flight Facilites

    Talk Show Host - Radiohead

    Breathe Again - Little People

    Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon) - SBTRKT


Many of us at Polestars have Spotify. After signing up for free at Spotify you'll be able to download just about any song, make custom playlists, share with friends and discover new music based on what you like! After the free trial it is $10 per month, which is definitely worth it if you love music.


What's your favorite song to pole/workout to?

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ChinaChao

Do We Fear Pole?

 

polestars blogger Lucy Wong do we fear pole

 

Recently an Instagram friend commented that she was interested in trying pole but that she was also “too intimated and scared”. I remember those feelings all too well. I can’t pinpoint the origins of my initial fears. Whether it be from hearing random stories of women needing a neck brace after falling on their head while trying to impress their significant other with a trick, my slight fear of heights that sometimes leaves me in a panic when rock climbing, my aversion towards bruising and how it’s just not pretty, or that somehow I can imagine myself being the one flying off the pole and hurting myself. Whatever it was, I had my fears.

 

I remember thinking that perhaps others would judge me for not looking like a “pole dancer” or worse yet that I’d judge myself, but pole has taught me to focus on myself. I realized that if I spent less time being concerned about others and what they’re doing then I’d have more time to enjoy, learn from and transform myself. I also realized that pole dancers come in all shapes, sizes and even ages. From college age to happy grandma age, from size 2 to size 10, from Amazonian tall to shorties like me; everyone has their own pizazz and beauty because as the saying goes it “enables you to find yourself and lose yourselfat the same time”.

 

It also crossed my mind that I could never be that good at pole, but at this point I enjoy it so much that it is a daily challenge. When you do something enough times you will improve at it. I am challenged to continue, to get stronger, to see how far I’ve come and can go. I haven’t hit myself as I feared. I haven’t fallen. I have bruised, but I look back now and see progression. Pole is a keeper (see “Pole’s Lucy’s Keeper”). My friend’s a new mommy. That’s a part of her now, plus if she can survive pregnancy then why let a little doubt hinder her curiosity?

 

When did doubt not stop you before?

 

What were some of your initial fears about pole and how did you overcome them? Let me know in the comments below. 

 


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No Oil, No Lotion in Pole

 

 

 

A few updates, last week I was crowned the Pole Poet, a title I was very flattered to accept. I have also been out of town for a week and experienced intense Pole withdrawal. Mainly I want to put you lovely ladies on to a few laws I've learned:

 

  1. Bruises and Soreness is normal.
  2. If it looks pretty, it probably hurts like hell (at least in the beginning).
  3. Flexibility makes EVERYTHING easier, so stretch!
  4. If at first you don’t succeed, try again (you'll get it..eventually!)
  5. No oil, no lotion…EVER!

 

No. 5 is the so important, for your safety, and others. I do not care how good your skin looks in your body shimmer from Bath & Body Works or how great you smell in your Viva La Juicy lotion. I promise you this, you WILL NOT look good when you slip off your pole and come crashing to the ground and you will feel like the worst person ever when the woman who uses the pole after you does the same thing. Now, you may think I am being funny and I am because, funny anecdotes stick with people but this really is a matter of life and death. Just the other day I was at class and doing a fallback from about 6 or 7 feet above the ground – a move I literally have been doing perfectly for a year now – and the pole slipped right out of my thighs and slid down! I could have seriously injured myself but since I had been practicing my hand stands for a few months I was able to catch myself at the final second. Between you and me it still wasn’t even a full catch, my arms felt like spaghetti; all because of a slippery pole. I hope this blog stands out enough in your minds to remind you NOT to wear lotion to the studio... And before practicing, be sure to clean the pole with the high alcohol proof you can find. Polestars provides 91% proof alcohol. Clean your poles!

Note to Newbies:

Do not wear lotion/oil on pole training days... Not on your skin or hair! 

Have a pole and lotion story to share with me? Leave your story in the comments : )

 


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ChinaChao

Why Not Co-ed

Polestars florida coed pole classes 

Recently my friend commented that his friend also does pole, but I was surprised that his studio only offered co-ed classes on certain days of the week. It was also the only studio in Jacksonville that offered that option for men. It made me wonder, “Why not?” The only answer I could think of was sexual orientation.

 

I can’t quite remember a straight man seriously wanting to partake in pole that didn’t involve the opposite sex. Whether it’s ogling her splits, lusting after her bare skin, somehow capturing a future date or being smitten by her sensuality it usually involved an incentive of some kind. I can see why some women are turned off by the idea of having straight men spectate their pole classes.

 

Gay men, however, wouldn’t hit on or want a woman in that same sense so that’s not an issue, and if it was a matter of sexual orientation then what about gay women? Pole classes aren’t offered based on a sexual orientation checkbox. It shouldn’t be, and consider that men are naturally and physically built with more upper body strength than women. If anything men have an easier ability to perform fancier and stronger pole moves. Granted, women can do so too, but likely with more practice. Men could teach women a thing or two and likewise, vice versa. So what else could it be?

 

Are women threatened by gay men? I doubt this because they are both interested in different men. What if a gay man was more confident than a woman; could this be an issue? If a gay man, despite not having the same rights as a woman, can be confident then women should applaud his example. Why be threatened, jealous or have an issue when someone else has twice as many obstacles to bypass than you? If anything applaud such perseverance because it’s not easy being a woman either.

 

And finally, does it have anything to do with religion or beliefs? If so, then consider that there is someone out there right now who probably believes that you shouldn’t or don’t deserve something in this life. This person could even be your mother or sister. Remember that this is about the greatness that is pole because quite frankly I believe some people aren’t qualified to work at my office, but I still have to work with them. So really, why not co-ed?

 

Ready to learn to pole? Here at Polestars we offer a co-ed environment. Sign up!

 


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So You Want to Get an X-Pole

 

Myo Than X pole Polestars

 

You’ve started pole dancing classes and you’re pretty much addicted. Addicted to the point that while you’re walking down the street or driving you’re scoping out the neighborhood for a pole that will fulfill your needs (pole dancing needs that is, ha-ha). Well look no further because you can take the pole home with you! In fact, you can take the pole just about anywhere that has a floor and ceiling, and you’re in luck because most places do have floors and usually ceilings!

 

After I started pole dancing, it only took me one month to convince me to buy an X-Pole for myself. I researched online, looked up a few YouTube videos, because I was wary on how stable it would be and how hard it would be to set up. Well, my results proved that it would be worth the investment, and it definitely is! Here are some advantages and disadvantages on the X-Pole.

 

Advantages:

 

-You can take it just about anywhere that has a floor and ceiling up to 9’

-You can still put it on popcorn ceiling; it’ll come off a little but no real damage

-Because you can take it anywhere, you can leave it in your car, and show off to your friends every chance you get (I do this because I’m weird, and super addicted. Someone should just make a pole dancer’s anonymous)

-If you’re feeling too lazy to drive to class, just work out at home

-It’s very easy to set up, the first time takes about 15 minutes, but once you understand how to put it together it takes less than 5 minutes

-It’s easy to transport and store away

-It can be stationary or spin

-It can support from 250-300LBS

-You can also get a vaulted ceiling adapter if you have a pesky slanted ceiling in your home

-It’ll make you a bomb pole dancer because you can practice it more at home

-You can teach your mom, grandma, or your boyfriend might hop on it (surprisingly, guys like pole fitness as well)

 

Disadvantages:

 

-You must make sure your home is very cold throughout the day because the one thing I’ve come into trouble with is that if its hot during the day and you decide to turn the air on at night, the condensation will make your pole slightly slippery and hard to grip, even without lotion and applying a lot of Dry Hands, or other grip products. (On those days you may not be able to invert without slipping, but you can still do conditioning exercises)

-(This one isn’t necessarily a disadvantage, but rather a warning) Make sure you use a leveler to install the X-Pole to insure it’s installed straight because if its slightly slanted and you are spinning a lot or pulling it in one direction too much it might fall, it won’t be crazy, but just be careful!

 

As you can see there are little disadvantages, so it’s an awesome investment for your inner pole-addict. I unfortunately have it bad that I still seek out random poles on the street and get on. I’m not sure if my friends get embarrassed or impressed but I know I do have a problem.

Hi, my name is Myo, and I’m a pole dancing addict.

 

Ready to buy an X-Pole of your own? Call 888-Polestars we are an official X-Pole Dealer in South Florida

 

 


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Pole’s Lucy’s Keeper

 

Lucy Wong Polestars Pole Fitness

 

Hello fellow polestars and the fabulous people of South Florida! I want to introduce myself. I am Lucy, a not so recent graduate of FIU’s School of Journalism but currently employed as a Compliance Analyst, and as of a week ago engaged to my significant other of six years and 8 months. My hobbies include bargain hunting, organizing, watching movies, writing, traveling and my ever enduring love for food which also means more eating out, working out, cooking and traveling so that I may find and eat more exotic and delicious food!

 

Because of my obsession with food I was never a thin person, but I was never obese either. I was my heaviest during my early twenties when I weighed between 142 and 145 pounds. I am only 5’2 ft. I would periodically exercise but never changed my diet or kept the weight off long-term. I yo-yoed between 132 and 135. I’m pretty obsessive compulsive and have probably read about 85% of the dieting do’s and don’ts, but I looked at exercise as a chore and not a “weigh of life” until 2013.

 

My now fiancé had then left for Tallahassee to finish Law School so I was to live alone with my adorable and furry companion, my cat Houdini. I vowed to lose weight because it was always a lingering goal and now I had no excuses. I realized that I did not want to enter into my 30s overweight because it’s easier to lose weight while you’re young than later, when you’re older.

 

I knew that to make exercise a priority that I would have to make it a part of my lifestyle. I bought an elliptical and spinning bike. I joined a gym and went during my lunch hour. I joined fitness classes including kickboxing, yoga, spinning, step aerobics, Pilates, Cross Fit and eventually pole. I knew I had to get moving!

 

I’ve found pole to be the most fascinating and delightful. See my blog on “What Poled You in”. I also enjoyed kickboxing and spinning but pole was the most interesting, graceful, challenge consistent and fun. I found that as I increased my strength from other activities that it all assisted me in becoming stronger and better at pole.

 

I don’t consider myself great at pole but with every practice, week and month I am becoming stronger, healthier and more energetic. I now look at exercise as a priority for longevity, energy, health and feeling and being great! Being able to perform the cool pole moves and being at a healthy weight is just a bonus! Psst, I now weigh between 122 and 125 pounds. What are some of your struggles with exercise and what would make it a keeper? Let me know in the comments below.


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