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Building a Training Programme THAT WORKS!

Updated: Apr 7, 2019

So LPDS, how do you build a training programme that actually works!?

We hear you! And we’re going to address exactly that! You’ll have to bear with us, because unfortunately for you, we’re not going to give you a list of moves that if you perform regularly will turn you into a badass.

1. You are already a badass, you just need to believe it.

2. There is no blanket quick-fix that applied to everyone will yield the same results. No one else has your body, your movement history and has lived in your skin - ergo no one else can know exactly what YOU should do.

We’re going to assume you read our first blog ‘What Is The Point Of It All?’ (and if you haven’t – you can read it here). We’re basing our approach to exercise from this perspective of overall wellness. Unless you’re an athlete, we need to pop our ego’s down for just a minute to hear a truth;

Believing you are exceptional here will lead you down a path of continual self-disappointment. When you aim the bar so high and expect yourself to reach it every time, you disable your ability to invest in the journey. You will stop performing and perfecting the movements that you feel you CAN do and bring you enjoyment as you chase yourself in endless circles of frustration to be where you think you should be. This neglects an important aspect of your training. If you actually want to get really good at something, you need to spend time with it rather than racing through it in pursuit of the big guns.

We want you to LOVE yourself. That means accepting that you are a human and fitness is one aspect of your life along with work, kids, other hobbies and living human lives. (Side note: professional athletes literally have teams of people looking after every aspect of their training, nutrition and even their sleep schedule – even then, the extremes their bodies are pushed to often go beyond the realms of health and wellness. Unless you are a professional athlete then we are speaking to you – keep reading). Your capabilities day-to-day are determined by the amount of time you can dedicate to working on them, your mental health and emotional state, and literally everything else that you have going on in your life.

With the above in mind, we encourage you to drop the competitiveness with yourself and engage in ANY activities whereby the journey becomes more enjoyable and important than the end result. There are several reasons for this (we’re gonna do another list here, I mean, let’s just say we didn’t choose the thug life, it chose us);

1. You will stick at things when you’re actively engaged with the process as opposed to trying to outdo yourself and beat your body into extremes each week.

2. By sticking at things longer you may actually find you accidentally DO become pretty damn good at those things in the process.

Now, here’s where we drill a little deeper.

There are certain components of a well-rounded exercise programme that if you’re training for wellness you may want to consider adding into your regime. These are; strength, flexibility and heart health (aka cardio).

If you’re reading this blog there’s every chance you’re a pole dancer (if not, do you even have fun in life? Justsayin') and pole dance naturally contains each of these components. Choreo, aerial time and flexibility combine to make this a perfect programme IF you approach each area and don’t avoid shizzle.

If you’re looking to improve in pole, training these components away from pole WILL help you. If you don’t pole and you’re here for the LOL’s, then building a programme that works in each of these areas will help you achieve overall wellness.

How you build these in is totally up to you – but here’s the T: flexibility without strength leads to a lack of support for the skeletal system, ultimately leading to long term joint pain and instability. Strength without flexibility leads to an overall tightening and shortening of the muscles which puts pressure on the joints leading to the body becoming pulled and deformed over time by tight muscles. Heart strength is important to prevent heart disease and to allow the body to pump blood and oxygen to the areas that require it when we ask the body to perform.

Whatever you do, approach fitness from a place of wellness. Find activities you enjoy and pursue them not with an end-goal in mind, but from a place of engagement. Your body and your mind will thank you.

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