No Pain No Gain

This saying has always made me smile a little. Used commonly in the fitness world I have at times loved it and others laughed at it.

I understand the sense behind it. It takes hard work to achieve a goal. You will sweat, you might fail and you will have to try and try again to succeed. Goals are not obtained with half assed attempts.

That being said, pain is your body telling you that something is wrong. It is the signal your body uses when something internally is not right. So in strength training, no pain no gain can sometimes get people into a lot of trouble.

In pole dancing, the saying is more than necessary.

You need to fight through the pain in order to have success on the pole. Don’t get me wrong, I am not some sort of sadist, but pole dancing can freaking hurt.

Think of the first time you learned superman? Or your first try at the cross ankle release. I bet it hurt like a bitch. Your entire body weight supported by a small part of tearing skin? Yea it hurts.

My First Superman

Unfortunately with pole dancing, you really just have to fight through it. There is no way to get around it. Your body is a smart functioning machine. Over time, with repeated bouts of the stress it will adapt.

It may still be uncomfortable but won’t be as painful… the more you do it. Pole dancing is one of the forms of fitness that you just need to suck it up and push through. Your skin will bruise, you will get pole burn and all it will say about you is how hard you work.

It will tell others how dedicated you are to your practice. How much effort you put into your sessions, and eventually when those moves no longer hurt, it will show people how elegantly graceful you are climbing into a dove because you practiced so much!

So ladies, keep dancing, keep trying new moves (especially the hard ones!), and remember, NO PAIN NO GAIN