Embracing the Return to Pole: Rekindling the Flame
We all know the feeling of stepping away from the pole for a while, and it’s completely normal to feel a little rusty when we decide to return. Questions arise about which class to take, how to regain lost strength, and what to expect on this journey back to our pole passion. The great news is that your instructor or studio, especially if you’ve built a solid relationship with them, can provide an honest assessment of your abilities, ensuring you start off on the right foot.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on your previous experience. If you had a good 1-3 years of pole time and your last accomplishment was conquering the Phoenix move, it’s likely that you’ll face some strength deficiency. Don’t be disheartened by this realization; it’s a natural part of the process. Similarly, if you were proudly nailing those choppers before your break, you might find yourself having to rebuild your skills from a slightly lower starting point. Remember, everyone is unique, and while we can’t make any promises, we can certainly offer guidance and support.
It’s essential to approach this comeback with a humble mindset. Understand that you won’t be at the same level as you were three years ago, but that doesn’t mean you’re starting from square one either. You’ve already laid a foundation, and now it’s time to reacquaint your body with the movements. Consider taking the next level class after an introductory refresher to ease back into the groove. Additionally, conditioning classes can be tremendously beneficial in developing the necessary muscle strength and core conditioning.
Dedication will be your greatest ally during this journey. If you remain committed and focused, you’ll find yourself back in your pole groove sooner than you think. As an instructor, I personally advocate for students to strive for upper-level moves while respecting the importance of mastering the fundamentals. Rushing through the basics often leads to frustration and wasted time. It’s tempting to be captivated by those mesmerizing Instagram videos, but remember that true growth lies in paying homage to your beginning roots, allowing yourself to blossom gracefully.
Think of this return to pole as a baby learning to walk. It takes time, effort, and patience. Although it would be wonderful if we could effortlessly reclaim all our previous moves, the reality is that the struggle is real. Some moves may seem unattainable at first, but that doesn’t mean they will remain out of reach forever. Pole is a relationship—a partnership that rewards you based on what you invest. Don’t let setbacks hold you prisoner; they are merely stepping stones on your path to an incredible comeback.
So, embrace the return to pole with open arms. Reconnect with your body, celebrate the progress you’ve made, and be excited about the new milestones you’ll achieve. The journey may not always be easy, but the satisfaction and growth that await you are well worth the effort. Get ready to soar to new heights and make your comeback one for the books.