Before you get on the pole it’s imperative to warm up to avoid injury, and once you’re finished showing off your moves, you need to cool down too just like with any type of exercise. In between training it also helps to stretch to increase flexibility – it will definitely help you reach some of those killer moves if you do.
Although there are lots of exercises that you can do to warm up and cool down, there are also some great accessories out there to help you make the most of your stretching. I’ve listed just a few of the best sellers below…
This flexibility stretch out strap has 12 labelled loops to help ease you into suitable stretches, it comes with a user guide to show you which moves it is best to use for. It is suitable for all ranges of flexibility and helps you gradually improve so you can move up the wrung of numbers on the strap.
There are lots of similar stretch straps available online but this one in particular currently has a 4.9 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon and gets fantastic reviews as one of the best fitness accessories for it’s stability, great quality and it’s compactness when folded up into it’s handy travel bag.
- Great for pole if you’re pushing yourself to hit some moves that your legs just can’t reach yet.
- Elasticized top strap for deeper gradual stretches
- Padded, soft middle section gives extra stability while performing stretches
- Made of quality and durable materials.
Pros: Comes with a user guide. Suitable for beginners. FlexFlixx will refund or replace if there are any issues.
Cons: Not many – possibly slightly cheaper options out there.
For a different option to improve stretches, my instructor swears by these kind of resistance band accessories which do a similar thing to the above but are a different material and are more elastic. My instructor also uses them to do squats and pull backs with the help of the pole when warming up – they are so diverse.
- Ideal for pole to use both as a workout to warm up or for stretching to improve flexibility.
- Bands come in straight lengths, but can be easily knotted to create loops.
- Available in different resistance and elasticities dependent on your level of strength.
- Progressing through the different types of band allows you to gauge your improvement.
- Can be rolled away for easy storage.
- Can help in rehabilitation, improving range of movement and co-ordination as well as in yoga and resistance training.
Pros: Cheaper dependent on the length you buy.
Cons: Not always as robust as other straps (a girl in my class snapped one just the other day)
Foam rollers are similar to a getting a deep tissue massage (but much cheaper, so you can have one every day!) – it breaks up knots, helps with muscle soreness, increases your range of motion and flexibility and keeps you limber.
There are lots on the market but this one in particular has dual pressure zones which lets you control the pressure and action.
- Great for pole to help with those aching muscles after doing lots of tricks and moves.
- Can be used on all key areas such as Lower and Upper Back, Neck, Knee, ITB, Quads, Hamstrings, Delts, and Shoulders
- Ideal for Sports Injury prevention as well as rehabilitation.
- Very portable and lightweight – it’s only 13 inches in length so you can take it anywhere.
- If there is an issue they refund you and send you a new product.
- Comes with an instructional ebook
Pros: Cheaper than going for constant massages. Small so easy to take with you to class. Great if you always have achey muscles.
Cons: Can cause problems if they’re not used correctly (see below)
A physio I know says he always sees people using foam rollers wrong and doing themselves more damage than good so do always use the ebook. For some great visual tips on how to use a foam roller correctly this is a great routine to stretch out the whole body too…
I am forever getting foot cramps and agitated feet and no one ever wants to rub my feet for some reason! So these are the next best thing – foot massage balls. They can be used
The reviews they get are as good as the stretch out strap from FlexFixx (currently 4.8 stars on Amazon) and buyers have commented on their handiness for travel as well as at home because of the handy bag and a lot of people use it on their back and hands as well as feet.
- Perfect if you are always getting foot cramps when pole dancing or they ache after dancing. Or if you just generally love a foot massage.
- Comes in a set of 3 – spiky, porcupine, smooth and small 2.5″ – 6cm, medium 3″ – 7.5cm and large 3.5″ – 9cm.
- Also great for sufferers of plantar fasciitis.
- Used for prevention and treatment of chronic pain
- Comes with a handy mesh carry bag
- Bonus user guide with a reflexology chart for feet and hands.
Pros: Can also be used on different parts of the body. Cheaper than a foot massage. Great for relieving aches and pains.
Cons: You could just use a tennis ball which would be a lot cheaper (but it won’t have the added massage effects of the spiky and porcupine balls)
Yoga mats are a great accessory to have even if you’re not a self proclaimed yogi. You can take them with you to pole class for stretching in the studio, unless your instructor provides them, or just use at home for stretches in between classes.
There are tonnes of yoga mats for sale but these Timberbrother ones are made from an eco-friendly material and are recyclable so are a great choice and they are also a reasonable price for such a good quality product.
- Lightweight & comfortable to carry.
- The undersurface of the mat is designed for grip which makes it non-slip
- Dual layer design and two tone colors
- 183cm long, 61cm wide and 6mm thick
- Made from eco-friendly Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) material – it is recyclable and is free from any rubber or latex that could be harmful to your health.
- Easy to clean and extremely durable
Pros: Comes with a string for easy carrying. Eco friendly. Good sized mat.
Cons: There are cheaper ones on the market but they range in quality.
Always read the instructions when using these products and check with your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions that using these exercise/fitness accessories might affect.
Let me know if you have any other accessories that you swear by, or if you have any questions about the above?