Every so often I lose motivation to pole. I get to the point where some of my moves are just too hard to try and think about, and I just don’t have the energy. If I have a performance or a competition, I spend all of my time rehearsing and going over and over my moves, so when the performance is over I like to relax.
Usually I take a week off pole – I still teach and might go to the gym or do light pole work, but nothing intense. The problem for me at the moment is that I have just done a performance and have taken my usual week off, but have no desire to train again… and I have a competition in 3 weeks! I need to sort this out!
Try Something New
So this is my big tip for today! Try something new! It might sound obvious to you as you’re always trying something new on the pole, but the trick here is to really mix up your pole routine – don’t just try yet another new move from an outside leg hang.
Having had a performance recently, I’ve put so much focus and effort into the moves that I wanted in that routine. Now that I have the competition around the corner, I need to work on some of the same moves… but I just don’t want to.
Forcing yourself to pole when you don’t feel like it isn’t great fun, but usually when I start, I can’t stop. So the key is to find something to make you get back on the pole. For me I went back through all the pole books, DVDs, I watched performances and looked at my social media feeds and found something I want to try.
I tried something completely new, which was something that I have wanted to try for a long time. (I’ll post a vid when I get a good one!) It gave me a reason to get on the pole. I wanted to have a new focus – something that brought back the fun, rather than it feeling like chore. I ignored the competition moves and poled just for me.
No matter what level you’re at, you can try something new – just make sure you’re ready for it. Try a spin with a new grip, or a new seat you’ve always wanted to try. Try a combination you’ve seen, where you can already do the moves but have never tried that combo before.
Once you get one that pole, it’s hard to stop (hence my arm pic above!) So what are you waiting for? Try something new and get back on that pole! 😀