Pole fitness is challenging – but so is anything new, right?

I remember when I first started running. My friend told me, “The hardest part of a workout is getting your workout clothes on. Once you’ve done that, you’ve already committed.”

It’s the same with pole fitness. Getting into your clothes and showing up to the studio is half the battle. The other half? Patience. Once you show up, remember to give your body the patience it deserves to learn new moves, build strength and develop a foundation for your new practice. After all, it’s your practice.

Now, we know what you might be thinking, especially if you’ve witnessed professionals on the pole: “I’m just not strong enough!” Well, guess what? That makes you a perfect candidate for our beginner’s classes! Strength is NOT a prerequisite – it’s only an excuse.

Whenever I invite friends to practice yoga with me, I often hear this response: “Oh I could never do yoga. I’m not that flexible.” It always gives me a good laugh because that’s the point of yoga – to become flexible (among many other benefits). It’s the same with pole.

Our pole beginner’s classes are designed to help you improve your strength, coordination, stamina and grace. Each class is a workout AND a progression.

Whew! Ok, now that you’ve committed to giving it a try, you probably want to know a bit more about what you can expect in to give and receive in class. Below, our Founder and master trainer, Sophia Cannonier, put together the ABC’s on pole fitness at Lotus.

  • Alignment
  • Breath
  • Control
  • Defining movement
  • Energy
  • Focus
  • Growth
  • HabitHal patterns
  • Intelligent movement
  • Jumps
  • Kicks
  • Learning the fundamentals
  • Mastering movement
  • No heels, twerking, x-rated moves or music
  • Ongoing training
  • Precision
  • Quality of movement
  • Respect for the body and each other
  • Specificity
  • Training the momentum
  • Understanding the Code of Points
  • Versatility of the entire body
  • WOMEN empowerment
  • Did we mention, no X-rated anything!
  • Your body, your practice, your studio
  • Zero tolerance for bullying

One common thread throughout our pole fitness ABC’s is simply this: movement.

Most of our clients have careers that require them to sit most of the day. This sedentary lifestyle puts our longevity at risk. Our biological bodies function on a “use it or lose it” basis. “Research has show that chronic inactivity causes marked degeneration of virtually every measure of physical fitness, such as relatively obvious problems like the degeneration of reflexes… and vulnerability to chronic pain,” writes massage therapist Paul Ingraham in “The Trouble with Chairs.” This is why Lotus puts an emphasis on movement in all of its classes. And we find that pole fitness serves as a unique and fun avenue to get your daily dose.

So get on those workout clothes and meet us at the studio for a Pole Fitness 101 class.

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