This post contains tips on pole dancing in winter or cold weather. As northerners would say… WINTER IS COMING! That’s right: winter, snow, holidays, and cold. It’s all upon us.
If you’ve wondered why we haven’t posted in a while, it’s because we’ve been on vacation in South East Asia where it’s hot like all of the time. So coming home to bitterly cold winter weather was a bit of shock.
Cold weather, freezing temperatures and the bare skin of a pole dancer do not mix well.
Do you know what else is Cold? Metal. Metal is cold in winter. You know, the material that your pole is made from? Yeah, it’s absolutely freezing.
If you’ve yet to experience the feeling of your shivering bare leg pressed up against an even colder metal pole, then you’re in for a treat this winter. Not.
How To Stay Warm When Pole Dancing In Winter
Fortunately, all is not lost. We have plenty of tips on how to manage pole dancing during the winter time as we’ve lived most of our lives in places with very cold winters, but it hasn’t stopped us poling.
There are a few things you can do to ensure you don’t become a victim of pole-induced frostbite!
1. Warm Yourself Up
You should definitely warm yourself up before your pole workouts. You should be doing this all the time! During winter months, warm yourself up gradually and make sure you’re warm before you go anywhere near the pole.
Read our 10-minute warm-up which is perfect for pole dancers (opens in a new tab).
2. Wear Warm Clothes (During The Warm-Up)
Don’t strip off straight away! Wear a pair of leggings and a long sleeve top during your warm-up so the cold is less of a shock when you jump on the pole 🙂
You don’t have to have such a shock when you remove your clothes to start poling!
3. Use Pole Grip Gloves
If you suffer from cold hands when using the pole in the winter, then some grip gloves will help. The Mighty Grip Pole Dancing Gloves have tack strips to help with grip. If you’re anything like me, your hands get dry in the winter and it’s more difficult to grip!
Most modern pole dance studios will have heaters to use in the cold weather. Our first pole dancing classes were in a very large studio on the upper floor of a tall building, with broken windows. It was bitterly cold in the winter, so we invested in large space heaters which we put in the corners of the room – they worked really well.
5. Get Your Hairdryer!
This is actually a well-known trick within the pole dance community.
Quite simply; you can warm your pole for few minutes with a hairdryer. Be careful the pole doesn’t get too hot though!
5. High Energy Intervals
If you start to feel a chill mid-workout, or you feel your energy levels drop, then throw in a 5 minute high-energy burst of intensity to your workout! It will help keep you warm and will be good for your overall fitness to incorporate high energy intervals into your workouts!
Related: 12 Other Workouts For Pole Dancers To Try (Opens in a new tab)
6. Take A Shower Or Hot Bath Afterwards
You should do this as soon as possible after your workout, as muscle stiffness is increased during cold weather. Having a bath or shower adfterwards helps relieve any muscle pain and help prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)
7. Try Chinese pole – You get to keep your skin covered!
As you can see in this video, Chinese pole is not smooth like the poles we’re used to, so it’s done wearing clothes!
So, those are our tips for pole dancing in winter, what are yours? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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