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  • Weight Lifting with Poling

    Posted by SissyBuns on July 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I usually lift weights but since I have gotten my pole a couple of months ago I have not been to the gym, so I haven’t had a problem.

    I’m about to get back into my routine of lifting but now I’m wondering how to combine it with poling which is also strength training to a degree.

    I usually lift heavy and rest each muscle group for at least a day before working it again and I break my workout down by specific muscle groups usually (Like Bicpes/triceps, calves on Tuesday…..abs/lowerback chest and back on Thursday… for example)so if I work different parts of my body all week, and muscles that I use for poling will almost always be in recovery for the most part….. when the hell do I pole?!I’m also running during the day but that doesn’t usually interfere with poling.

    Does anyone else lift out there? How do you combine it with pole workouts?

    SissyBuns replied 14 years, 9 months ago 10 Members · 19 Replies
  • 19 Replies
  • SaschaPoles

    Member
    July 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    i think veena would be able to help you, i think she’s recommended strength training…i know i definitely need to start strength training though!

  • SissyBuns

    Member
    July 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Yeah I knew veena could help. I’m just waiting on her to bless me with her wisdom….just waitin…. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_compress.gif

  • SaschaPoles

    Member
    July 21, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    i actually have a question; like with weighted hoops- does that increase your core strength?

  • Veena

    Administrator
    July 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Ahhh yes, the frustration of fitting pole into a weight training routine. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_scratch.gif

    You are right, pole is a full body work out. With that in mind you need to decide on what your focus will be. Pole or weights? If you go all out on both, you run the risk of overuse injury and burn out. Depending on how many work outs you have a week you could try poling only 2 times a week, having one of those days on a non lifting day and one on a lifting day, So you would pole before or after your work out, depending on what your goal is. If you focus is on strength do that first, then pole.

    You could try doing an upper body and lower body split for your weight training. So one day lower and another upper, than the rest of the week is free to pole. Sooo that way you could still do some pole work on your lower body day., leaving only one day of just upper body training to work around. The possibility are endless….so think about what your focus is and go from there. Are you looking to improve your strength for pole or do you just miss going to the gym?

    I love to lift heavy to and I use to do bi, tri, shoulders,…. back, chest…2x a week and legs 1x a week before I found pole dance. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rambo.gif https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rambo.gif Make sure to give your whole body at least one full day of rest.

    I now try to do one full body a week and then pole when I get a chance.

  • mnwild1

    Member
    July 22, 2009 at 12:34 am

    OK.

    With what Veena said, I get the resting days but…..I teach Spinning 4 days a week and a Step/Resistance class 2 days a week. Two of the days a week I do two-a-days (Monday /Wednesday AM Step, Monday/Wednesday PM Spinning). On those days I am up at 4:15 AM and don’t get home until 7. On Thursdays and Fridays I have Spin class in the AM (up at 4:15 but home around 5). I didn’t mention I also have a regular full-time desk jockey job- M-F 8-4:30. I just can’t figure out when to either get a rest day in or pole….

    Today I sould be poling but I am on the forum……relaxing

    Cheers!

    mnwild1
    (Heather)

  • SissyBuns

    Member
    July 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Ahhh yes, the frustration of fitting pole into a weight training routine. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_scratch.gif

    You are right, pole is a full body work out. With that in mind you need to decide on what your focus will be. Pole or weights? If you go all out on both, you run the risk of overuse injury and burn out. Depending on how many work outs you have a week you could try poling only 2 times a week, having one of those days on a non lifting day and one on a lifting day, So you would pole before or after your work out, depending on what your goal is. If you focus is on strength do that first, then pole.

    You could try doing an upper body and lower body split for your weight training. So one day lower and another upper, than the rest of the week is free to pole. Sooo that way you could still do some pole work on your lower body day., leaving only one day of just upper body training to work around. The possibility are endless….so think about what your focus is and go from there. Are you looking to improve your strength for pole or do you just miss going to the gym?

    I love to lift heavy to and I use to do bi, tri, shoulders,…. back, chest…2x a week and legs 1x a week before I found pole dance. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rambo.gif https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rambo.gif Make sure to give your whole body at least one full day of rest.

    I now try to do one full body a week and then pole when I get a chance.

    I think my focus is a combination of what you said. I miss the gym and working out and seeing the results but I also want to get stronger for poling. I think what I’ll need to do is do full body workouts 2-3 times a week and then pole during my off days. But I’ll probably be somewhat sore on those days which could be bad for poling but also good for working off the lactic acid build up of my Strength Training. Or I could workout during the day and then pole later before my soreness kicks in and with enough time between the lifting and poling for my muscles not to be fatigued….hmmm…. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_scratch.gif

  • kasanya

    Member
    July 22, 2009 at 1:33 am

    How about something like this, SissyBuns?

    Day 1 – Full Body Str Trng
    Day 2 – Pole Dancing
    Day 3 – Rest
    Day 4 – Pole Dancing
    Day 5 – Full Body Str Trng
    Day 6 – Rest
    Day 7 – Rest

    Or alternatively you could do a four day rotation, so you’d get 3-4 solid workouts each week:

    Day 1 – Full Body Str Trng
    Day 2 – Rest
    Day 3 – Pole Dancing
    Day 4 – Rest

    I guess it all depends where your priority lies.

    Personally, I’m trying to figure out how to juggle strength training, running, pole dancing, and Pilates… lol… I need more time in a week. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_sad.gif I figured out a plan to fit it all in! But so far I have been too tired and/or sore to achieve everything in the plan each week. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_confused.gif It will help when I finally manage to pass my fitness test and can drop the running for another year.

  • Veena

    Administrator
    July 22, 2009 at 1:35 am

    If you want to do full body then I would do something like this

    weights
    rest
    pole
    rest
    weights
    rest
    pole

    I wouldn’t do pole and weights back to back. Let your muscles recover. But…..this schedule is assuming you would be doing inverts and spins, each time you pole.

    otherwise…

    If you wanted to do pole on your non weight days instead of rest, you could do transitions, floor work, flexibility. Easy, light, gentle movement is good after a hard work out. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif

  • SissyBuns

    Member
    July 22, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I like the idea of changing my pole workouts. Maybe not spinning and inverting everytime I pole. Maybe on my lifting rest days I can work on transitions and floor work. That sounds good…..the problem is sticking to it and not trying to spin and stuff when I’m supposed to be taking it easy lol. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

  • Veena

    Administrator
    July 22, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Once your body gets use to the demands of pole and weight training you can bump it up a bit by doing pole more often. For now though, I would take it easy, an injury would mean no pole or weights…..trust me that SUCKS. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_thumbdown.gif Listen to your body and give it the rest and nutrition it needs. You will see an improvement in your poling once you start weight training. Have fun.

  • xoxoHeatherxoxo

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I’ve been trying to work this out too, (got alittle off track w/ the kids home for summer vacation) I’m thinking this routine:

    Mon. Bis,tris, abs at the gym then straight home for some poling.
    Tues. Legs, glutes and alittle tredmill at gym.
    Wens. Poling, abs and some deep streching.
    Thurs. Back, shoulders, chest and tredmill at gym.
    Fri. Hiking (weather permiting) or legs and glutes at gym.
    Sat. Poling, abs and deep streching.
    Sun. rest

    What do you girls with Personal Training back grounds think?

  • Sassafrassle

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Is there a reason why you go for heavier weights rather than lower weight/higher reps? Just curious is all. I do pump classes at the gym (the lower weight/higher reps) twice a week at lunchtimes generally and on one of those days, I also take pole class in the evening and am generally okay with physically managing that (although my shoulders can get a bit tired, depending on how hard pump was on any given day and what I’m doing at pole). I also run and do a yoga-esque class, as well as the weights and twice a week poling and find alternating the cardio with the strength training a pretty good way of managing things. I had in fact been thinking about doing a forum post about what sorts of things people cross train with along with pole but I guess I don’t need to now;p!

  • Veena

    Administrator
    August 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I’ve been trying to work this out too, (got alittle off track w/ the kids home for summer vacation) I’m thinking this routine:

    Mon. Bis,tris, abs at the gym then straight home for some poling.
    Tues. Legs, glutes and alittle tredmill at gym.
    Wens. Poling, abs and some deep streching.
    Thurs. Back, shoulders, chest and tredmill at gym.
    Fri. Hiking (weather permiting) or legs and glutes at gym.
    Sat. Poling, abs and deep streching.
    Sun. rest

    What do you girls with Personal Training back grounds think?
    Looks good to me! If you start to feel worn out or you become weak, that is your body telling you to change it up a bit and give it a little more rest. Even taking up to a full week off can be beneficial.

  • Veena

    Administrator
    August 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Is there a reason why you go for heavier weights rather than lower weight/higher reps? Just curious is all. I do pump classes at the gym (the lower weight/higher reps) twice a week at lunchtimes generally and on one of those days, I also take pole class in the evening and am generally okay with physically managing that (although my shoulders can get a bit tired, depending on how hard pump was on any given day and what I’m doing at pole). I also run and do a yoga-esque class, as well as the weights and twice a week poling and find alternating the cardio with the strength training a pretty good way of managing things. I had in fact been thinking about doing a forum post about what sorts of things people cross train with along with pole but I guess I don’t need to now;p!
    High reps are good sometimes…The claim is longer leaner muscles, Some fear heavy lifting will make them look bulky, like a man or a bodybuilder https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rambo.gif This is false. To get as big as a man you need testosterone, the right body type and TONS of special training and diets…I personally favor the heavy weights, for strength building. Light weights can be good for rehab work and beginners, so they can work on form. Sooo if you are poling, and doing the body pump classes be careful. Because the BP classes are really high rep, you can run the risk of over use injury!! Its fine to do for a bit, but just be aware. If your looking to gain strength, than 8, to no more than 12 reps, is what you should aim for. 2 to 3 sets. If you can do more than 12 reps, up the weight.

    As far as cross training for pole, I would say things like, pilates, yoga and things of that nature are great and are not to stressful on the joints, if done properly. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_flower.gif

  • Natalie

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve been trying to work out a good balance between weight training and pole – basically I’m doing four days of weight training, one or two of pole right now. I’ve hit a poling plateau so I’m trying to weight train harder for now so I can be strong enough to learn new moves. Once I get there, I’ll up the pole, down the weights a little. Give and take as I work my way up https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif

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