Pole Newbie Week: We All Have To Start Somewhere
By: Jodie Kilminster
To celebrate pole newbie week, I’m killing two birds with one stone – I’m a pole newbie and a new contributor to Nikki’s awesome Pole Dance Nation site!
My pole journey actually started with aerial hoop. As a newbie, I went along to a class thinking it would be nothing more than a new thing to say I’d tried that one time. But after seeing the instructor float effortlessly through the moves, I realized how interesting and beautiful it was. Needless to say, I was hooked and went back every week for around 10 months!
During that time, a friend of mine was trying to persuade me to try pole. But it wasn’t for me, I said. I can’t DO sexy.
There was an intermediate pole class before my hoop session and the girls intimidated me with their confidence, strength and sexiness. But my friend kept on at me and so I eventually gave in and told her I’d try it once…
I think it’s pretty natural for every pole newbie to be nervous for their first pole class. Equipped with my, “I’m going to hate this attitude,” I reluctantly went along.
My initial thoughts?
“Wow that hour went fast. I’m really tired! That was quite a hard workout, much harder than I thought. Have I got abs now? I actually looked quite nice spinning around the pole. Everyone was in the same boat fear-wise. In fact, I didn’t even watch anyone else. Which probably means they weren’t watching me. That was FUN. When can I go back?!”
After only two months, this pole newbie is now going three times a week and constantly trying to fit more into my schedule. Not one to be a gym bunny, and only running whilst being chased, I had never found a way to keep fit that I actually enjoyed enough to WANT to do before.
Pole dancing comes with so many preconceived opinions and I had one, too. I guess I always thought it was more about dancing for the pleasure of other people than yourself. But this is completely for me. (OK, my boyfriend might get a treat every now and then!)
The community that surrounds pole and aerials is amazing too! It’s like we’re all a little family. Everyone is so supportive and no one is made to feel like they don’t belong.
What were your fears about pole before you started and how did they change? Or are your worries holding you back from starting pole?
To celebrate Pole Dance Nation’s Pole Newbie week from February 29 to March 6, share your beginner photos on Instagram with the hashtag #PDNPoleNewbie and tell us what you love about pole! Newbie aerialists, acrobats and contortionists can hashtag #ANNewbie to submit their photos.
Meet Blogger: Jodie Kilminster
Jodie Kilminster is a marketing executive in the oil industry by day, hoop & pole hobbyist by night! Jodie started her love of all things aerial with lyra classes, before moving into the world of pole fitness. When she’s not filling her evenings with pole classes, she’s on Instagram mesmerized by beautiful aerial tricks or practicing floor routines, made evermore difficult with dog Toby and cat Leon getting in the way. If you want to see her pole progress, follow @jopixiepole on Instagram and if you want to see a few (ok, millions) of pictures of her pets, follow @jodiepixie on Insta or Twitter.