Written by Tara Steed & Emily Lester
There's no denying that we all love what we do here at the studio! Many of us are in the studio every chance we get - which is awesome! But constant training can take a toll on our bodies. Your PFS staff wants to see you happy, healthy, and growing. We've noticed some fatigue and signs of over training in students who are either here everyday of the week, or who stack several intense classes back to back. To truly get the most from your journey, consider incorporating rest and recover days.
The Pole Fitness Seattle studio offers a variety of classes so that you can plan your schedule at the studio to alternate what your focus is each day and allow your body to rest. Make sure you are planning for dance focuses class days and take Poleography, Twerk and Flow. This will only add to your practice and make you a more well rounded pole dancer.
Some Exercise Science! Exercise, or any other physical work, causes muscle tissue breakdown, the depletion of energy stores, and fluid loss. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise. To grow stronger, the body needs recovery time to adapt to the stress of exercise. Recovery time allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Your repaired tissues are stronger and able to take more stress for the next training session. With proper rest sessions in between training, you'll find you'll build strength faster and with greater ease.
Watch out for signs of over training - this can include a feeling of general malaise, staleness, depression, decreased sports performance and injury. Better to take 2 or 3 days of rest a week, than to take weeks off later from over training or injury.
For more information about the science of exercise and pole dance check out one of our favorite books, The Vertical Athlete.
It's a constant and ever changing balancing act between providing just enough stress for the body to adapt to the resistance, and allowing just enough time for recovery and repair to occur.
On the days you do take Climbs and Spins or Inversion classes you want to be able to give the class and your instructor your all so make sure you are listening to your body and adhering to a QUALITY TRAINING schedule. This is particularly important if you wish to progress at an Inversions 202 level.
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