If you want to be a mistress of the pole as a dancer at RI Dolls you’re going to need both strength and flexibility. You’ll need to find a way to develop both of them. If you can find a good balance between the two, you can really amaze your customers when you are on the stage working the pole.
When it comes to flexibility, you shouldn’t compare yourself to others. There are various factors that will come into play like muscle tone, age, and your past experiences with exercise. Even natural flexibility plays a role. But no matter what factors you are working with, you can become more flexible with consistent training.
And that’s important – consistency. Your muscles have memories and if you slack off for a period of time, you’re going to have to backtrack and relearn the flexibility that you’ve lost. You’ll make better progress if you stick to a schedule and don’t take too much time out between flexibility workouts.
You should always warm up before working out but this is especially important if you are doing a flexibility workout. It helps you to avoid injuries and increase the benefits of working out.
Give yourself time. Don’t push it too hard or you can get injured really fast and that can not only set back your flexibility progress but it could also cause you to miss time at work and you don’t want that! Don’t rush it and don’t push your body farther than it wants to go.
Working on strength usually involves the use of weights. Heavy weights aren’t necessary so you don’t have to join a gym to workout with weights unless you want to. With a little investment, you can build your own home gym that can be put away after each use. You should invest in a set of weights that feel good in your hands and have some variety in the weight. Different exercises will require different weights of dumbbells. It is good to vary the weight of the dumbbells from 5-30 lbs, depending on what you are used to.
Don’t work the same set of muscles two days in a row. Instead, alter your day with lower body and upper body exercises. Start with a lower weight to find out what you are able to do without hurting yourself. You should be able to do at least eight repetitions. If you can’t do that many then you should choose a lower weight. Build up to 15 repetitions. If that’s easy then you know it is time to increase the weight that you use.
Remember that form is everything when you are working out with weights. Learn to do the exercises properly. Even if you don’t join a gym, you may want to consider working with a trainer for a few sessions to learn the proper form. Working with a professional, at least in the beginning, will help to avoid injuries and will make your workouts more effective.
So, which is more important? Strength or flexibility? The truth is that both matter. You should try to find a good balance.
Alternate days of flexibility training and strength training. Get some aerobic training in there too, so that you don’t run out of breath and energy when you’re on the stage. If you are balanced in your exercise routines, you’ll be able to do so much more.
If you work on strength and flexibility, you will have the ability to create fun, entertaining and interesting routines that not all the other dancers are able to do. Your customers will come back for more all the time because they will look forward to seeing what kind of new routines you have come up with.
It’s worth mentioning again that it is important to make sure that you are doing the exercises to build your strength and flexibility properly. If you don’t have a lot of experience in doing these exercises make sure that you get the help of a professional to learn the proper form. You don’t have to work with a personal trainer all the time but a few sessions can be very helpful. Personal trainers can also help if you find that you are in a rut and that you are not making the progress that you once did. They can help you find some new exercises and routines to bring your workouts back to life again and make them more effective.
Being a dancer at a place like Rhode Island Dolls is work and even when you’re not at work, you need to work at keeping your body in tip top shape.