Three Lessons All Polers Will Learn

The world of pole dancing comes with countless lessons. Some stereotypical, some obvious and some related to the type of training itself.

Regardless, if you have or are thinking about jumping into the pole game, below are three lessons that every single poler will learn early in their dance journey.


You Will Need Muscle & Strength To Pole Dance

Most people don’t like to hear this but it’s true. You don’t need a lot of either especially if you have a qualified instructor who progresses you through moves sensibly in which case you’ll build as you go. But eventually, even early on, you will realize you need your muscles more than ever.

My favorite example of this is when new polers learn bracket spins (think boomerang, carousel etc) In order to perform the spins properly you need to both push and pull with your arms. Failure to do one of those will result in either hanging off your joints or hyper extending a joint – neither of which is good.


Muscle and strength are important in pole even if you never aspire to get too far into it. They help keep you safe, injury free and your moves a bit more fluid. Keep in mind though, you don’t need to start strong, using proper progression principals will make you strong.

The Time Of Year Affects How Sticky You Are

Even if you pole in a year round temperature controlled building you will still notice this. Personally, I live in Canada so climate changes and pole dancing are something I notice every year.

Regardless of where you are though, at some point you will notice differences based on the temperature, as well as the humidity levels.

For instance, when it’s cold here grip sucks. You can get away with hand grip but your leg grip won’t be as strong even if you do warm up the pole and get super sticky.

In the summer, when it’s hot your leg hangs will kick ass. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit more humid here or you’re just more sweaty and thus, no matter how much grip aid you use your hands will be clammy and you won’t be able to grab as well.

The ideal time in Canada is in the fall when it’s still slightly warm, no humidity and all grips rock. No matter where you are, you’ll notice differences though and sometimes have to cater your poling accordingly.

Almost All Tricks (Advanced and Beginner) Require Counter Pressure

Placing the pole on either side of your body or using a push and pull – both of these create counter pressure to lock you in. If you can figure out where the counter pressure is, you’ll be more likely to nail the trick (strength aside).

Let’s take a basic, legs extended tilted seat for example. If you square your hips to the ceiling, you’ll fall straight down the pole. But if you tilt your hip so the pole rests on the hip flexor of one side and the back of the hamstring on the other leg you’ll be secure.


This also goes for moves like cupid (push and pull) or scorpio handstand (pole on the back of the shoulder and the front of the hip).


Finding the counter pressure secures your position and is what makes you able to hold the trick.

So there you have it, three lessons that every single poler will learn early on in their journey. I promise there’s more of them (lots more in fact!) but those are a few basics.

What’s one lesson you would tell a new poler?