Although it is usually best to start off your pole journey in a pole dancing fitness class if you can so you can be shown how to do moves safely and so someone is watching your technique, there are also a number of Pole Fitness DVDs available if you want to learn at home. These are also great for instructors, experts and competitors wanting to get ahead of the game as they are suitable for all different levels, please see a review of just a few of the top rated out there at the moment…
The company Pole Exercise have 3 DVDs in their series which have proven to be very popular with beginners and advanced pole dancers alike. All 3 DVDs have plenty of content and walk the viewer through how to do a number of different and challenging moves. The second DVD also includes some routines and stretches.
Pole Exercise DVD 3 is the latest one and gets fantastic reviews – it features over 70 moves to learn including spins, climbs & drops, poses and inverts as well as strength training. It also includes 3 spinning pole routines to really help you master spinning pole. According to Amazon reviews it is easy to follow and to work through and you can move up the levels as you become more advanced.
Pros: Provides a huge list of moves to learn. Large mix of poses and routines. Apparently it is beautifully shot. Moves are well explained and easy to follow.
Cons: Reviews suggest that DVD 3 isn’t for beginners and that there are no safety guidelines, nor advice on how to build up strength so you might benefit with starting on DVD 1 if you are new to pole.
Jamilla is an internationally renowned pole instructor who has been sharing her lessons and inspiring people to pole dance for nearly 10 years. Her Art of Pole DVD series has won numerous awards and is one of the most well known instructional pole DVD collections out there.
Her DVDs are split into volumes from 1 through to 5. Volume 1 is for complete beginners and walks you through the basics and fundamentals of pole and each DVD develops techniques from there through to Volume 5 which covers various advanced moves and transitions. You can buy each volume separately or in a bundle to progress through them as you improve your skills. They all also include bonus features such as Jamilla showing off some of her pole routines to give you inspiration to be as bad ass as her.
Pros: The whole set is great if you’re looking to progress through from beginner to expert but you can also buy individually if you want to choose the DVD that best suits your ability. Jamilla takes you through each move step by step and also explains the do’s, don’ts and how to protect yourself from getting hurt. Really great reviews.
Cons: The box set of all of the DVDs are a bit pricey.
Pole Motion claims to enable “you to improve your fitness whilst learning an artistic new skill” It is a compilation of easy to follow pole fitness lessons led by instructor Justine McLucas and includes around 20 beginner moves, 4 routines and 3 tone up sessions, a warm up routine and also a stretch out session. Pole Motion is mostly focused on pole dancing for exercise and is aimed mostly at beginners as an introduction to pole fitness.
Pros: Great introduction to pole fitness. A good choice if you’re looking to learn some new fitness routines. Good
Cons: Mostly for beginners so probably not very helpful if you have been learning pole for a while.
If DVDs aren’t your thing then there are also lots of online videos available as well, please see my review of those here
I hope you enjoyed reading. Please let me know if you have any other DVDs you would recommend?