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All posts by Pippi Parnasse

  • Pippi doing shots with the Dorze
    Your Pole Tribe

    Hi BK readers, haven’t seen you in awhile! I had to take a few months off because I had two back-to-back activities consuming all my time. These activities were completely unrelated on the surface, but strangely enough...

    • Posted December 5, 2016
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  • 5 Ways Being a Stage Actor Makes You a Better Poler

    Photo jesuschristsuperstar-101_filtered.jpg by daniel_dimarco, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Actors and other theatre-dwellers are drawn to performance-based sports such as pole. As such, there are plenty of polers with a theatre background! I was a high school theatre kid,...

    • Posted August 24, 2016
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  • 7 Things Every Pole Studio Should Sell

    The pole studio reception desk can be both an oasis in the sweaty studio and a hotbed of shopping temptation. They can range in size from a box of grip aid behind the counter to full-on clothing...

    • Posted August 7, 2016
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  • broken light fixture by Pippi Parnasse
    4 Bad Habits from Poling in Tight Spaces

    My floor after I kicked my light fixture while poling One of the appeals of pole fitness is that it’s easy to put up a pole and train in your own home. However, many of us don’t really...

    • Posted July 18, 2016
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  • Lola Revolver 6-10 by Bill Chen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    Why Experience Matters in Teaching Pole

    Image Lola Revolver 6-10 by Bill Chen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 There are many certification and training programs out there for polers to become instructors. These can be valuable tools, especially for people without prior fitness industry experience. However,...

    • Posted June 30, 2016
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  • 3 Pole Safety Precautions You’re Not Taking

    Most of us polers know the rules of the road when it comes to safety, and we pay them good lip service. But most of us slack pretty hard in the training safety arena. Here are some...

    • Posted June 24, 2016
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  • Inversions: The Sacred Cow of Pole

    Mardi Gras Pole Dancer by Nathan Rupert, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 We passionate polers get up in arms about a lot of things: competition fairness, rape culture, and which pole finish is best. But nothing seems to bring...

    • Posted June 7, 2016
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  • Extreme Pole Dance
    What Drives You To Pole?

    Extreme Pole Dance by Luca Rossata, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 We polers love to have our goals. (See also Process-based Pole Goals and Organize your Pole Workouts with a Kanban Board.) Whether it’s placing in a competition or...

    • Posted May 10, 2016
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  • cleaning supplies
    Spring Cleaning for Polers

    Cleaning by NY, CC BY-SA 30 Happy Spring! The season of life and new beginnings is also the time of Spring Cleaning—an annual effort to renew your home by casting out the old and unused and freshening...

    • Posted May 5, 2016
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  • Pole Dancing with Long Hair

    Gorgeous long locks can look fantastic on the pole, but they can get in the way as well. Those of us with long hair already know how awesome/annoying it is to pole with, but let us break...

    • Posted April 12, 2016
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  • Pole vs. PMS

    PMS affects your pole dancing skills negatively through bloating, weight gain, mood swing and reduced strength. Image menstrual cramps by 欠我兩千塊 CC BY 2.0 Ah, premenstrual syndrome. That special collection of painful and inconvenient symptoms that those of us...

    • Posted April 6, 2016
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  • Di-pole-macy

    I’m a pretty direct person by nature, and it’s common for people like me to say “I’m too blunt; I just don’t do diplomacy.” However, we polers are not afforded the luxury of shrugging off diplomacy. Here...

    • Posted February 29, 2016
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  • Turning Your Pole Weaknesses into Strengths

    Teatro Martini by Prayitno, CC BY 2.0 Pole draws together so many skill sets that very few people excel at all of them: Strength, flexibility, grace, creativity, stage presence, musicality, not to mention the ability to learn...

    • Posted February 21, 2016
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  • It’s OK to Not Be Sexy in Pole

    One of the most exciting things about pole is how it allows women to explore their sensuality with pride and confidence. While we fall in love with acrobatic tricks and cirquesque performances, for many women it was...

    • Posted February 8, 2016
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  • 4 Reasons Exercise Videos Still Rock

      From Jane Fonda  and Richard Simmons to Insanity and P90X, workout videos have been a part of our fitness landscape for decades. The lovechild of two 80s hallmarks, aerobics and home VCRs, fitness tapes have evolved from Sweatin’...

    • Posted January 18, 2016
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    Organize your Pole Workouts with a Kanban Board

    Polers love the New Year. It’s a time to fantasize about all the pole moves you’re going to master in the next twelve months and call them “pole goals” or just “New Year’s resolutions.” But these goals...

    • Posted January 11, 2016
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  • symptoms of anemia
    Poling with Anemia

    “Symptoms of anemia.” Häggström, Mikael. “Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014”. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762. I think I was in college when I first dipped into anemic territory. I went to give...

    • Posted December 17, 2015
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  • bodybuilding woman
    3 Things Men Say to Belittle Women’s Strength

    “BodybuildingWoman” by roonb – IMG_1547small. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BodybuildingWoman.jpg#/media/File:BodybuildingWoman.jpg One of the greatest things about the pole journey is the physical strength you gain. Before you started doing pole and aerial, maybe...

    • Posted December 9, 2015
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  • How Curves Help With Pole

    Most fitness programs tout weight loss more loudly than any other benefit. Pole is a great way to lose weight too, and maybe that’s why you got into it to begin with. But a funny thing happens...

    • Posted November 30, 2015
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  • Respect Your (Pole) Elders

    Competitions come and go so fast, shooting stars rise and fall with such regularity that the spotlight in pole seems to be more of a strobe light. The flavor-of-the-week pole star who you’re crushing on today may...

    • Posted November 17, 2015
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  • 5 Tips for Choosing a Good Pole Teacher

    When you first started poling, you probably went to the nearest studio, or the cheapest, or the one your friends were going to. But eventually you got obsessed, and decided it was time to take it to...

    • Posted October 27, 2015
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  • Roadtrip! Design Your Own Pole Vacation

    Want to see the world and pole at the same time? You don’t need to wait for a pole boot camp or convention to have a train-cation. You can DIY it with your own pole tour! All...

    • Posted October 13, 2015
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  • 5 Things That Happen When You Don’t Warm Up in Pole

    It can be so tempting to skip warming up and jump right into pole. Warming up takes time and energy that we’d rather spend on poling! Unfortunately, skipping your warm up can have negative consequences, ranging from...

    • Posted September 25, 2015
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  • Returning to Pole After a Break

    There are many reasons you might take a break from pole. You might be recovering from an injury or surgery. You could have taken some time off to focus on something else in your life, such as...

    • Posted September 21, 2015
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  • 7 Reasons Midday Workouts are the Best

    Most people work out either in the mornings or the evenings, leaving the humble mid-day workout a bit of an anomaly. People have lots of excuses why they don’t want to work out during lunch hour: I...

    • Posted August 24, 2015
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  • Circus Train
    Do Pole Dancers Have the “Wanderlust Gene”?

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train by Eli Christman, CC BY 2.0 As I pondered the visa recently pasted in my passport by the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania (which will be the...

    • Posted August 17, 2015
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  • Press
    Dealing with the Press: A Guide for Pole Dancers

    As pole fitness becomes more popular/notorious, some community members may find themselves the subject of articles, interviews, and TV spots. Usually it’s competition winners and studio owners who will be the focus of media attention, but you...

    • Posted July 30, 2015
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  • Indie musician
    Being an “Indie” Poler

            “Where do you train?” That’s one of the first questions that polers ask each other when they are introduced, and for many of us it’s not an easy one to answer. I guess...

    • Posted July 22, 2015
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  • Using Grip Gloves for Pole

    Back before social media was a thing, we displayed our memes on coffee mugs, t-shirts, and bumper stickers. One favorite among the ladies stated, “Today was a waste of make-up.” Well, sometimes I have training sessions where...

    • Posted July 13, 2015
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  • What the Heck is a Pole Jam Anyway?

    Attending pole classes is great, but there are times when you just want to practice without following an instructor’s agenda. Maybe you are preparing a routine, or working on some new moves that you don’t have enough...

    • Posted June 15, 2015
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  • My Pole Students Are Teaching My Moves!

    We pole instructors work hard to come up with new moves and combos in order to keep our students interested and challenged. But have you ever taught a new skill to a student—especially if that student is...

    • Posted June 8, 2015
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  • Injury Surgery Decisions for the Aerialist

    Sometimes we polers and aerialists downplay the danger of our sports in order not to scare off potential newcomers and insurance vendors. But pole and circus arts can be quite dangerous, and even when taking the proper...

    • Posted May 31, 2015
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  • Pole vs. Lotion

    Do you remember your first preteen trip to Bath and Body Works? So many smells! And fancy names like Moonlit Path and Twilight Amber and Vanilla Sugar Holiday Cookie. The introduction to sugary, fruity-smelling body products is...

    • Posted May 23, 2015
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  • Don’t Hate the Day Job

    “I wish I could just pole all day instead of working a stupid desk job!” Have you ever said this? If not, I bet you’ve got some pole buddies who riff on this as one of their...

    • Posted April 27, 2015
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  • 6 Pole Humblebrags We Are All Guilty Of

      Clip from “Cooter.” 30 Rock. NBC. May 8, 2008. Ah, the humble humblebrag! We’ve all been exposed to them, even if we didn’t know what they were called. Those sneaky self-congratulations disguised as complaints about one’s...

    • Posted April 14, 2015
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  • Are You a Pole Snob?

    Hanging On by byMaC Photography on 500px My old job was in a sweet suburban summer resort town filled with cute little independent restaurants. My boss hated all of them. He claimed that he hadn’t found a...

    • Posted March 30, 2015
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  • I couldn't possibly have a big ego... My brain is already full of intellect, funniness and whatever it is that makes me this damn sexy!
    Getting Over Yourself: Pole and your Ego

    The performing arts attract certain kinds of people. Creative types, sensitive souls, open-minded individuals—but also people who love attention, people who are self-centered, and narcissists. Pole is no exception, and you may know many people who fit...

    • Posted March 18, 2015
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  • Burnout: When the Spark is Gone from your Relationship with Pole

    Frustrated by Harrie van der Meer on 500px There comes a time in every poler’s life when pole is not fun anymore. You’re tired. You’re beat up. People in the pole community are being assholes to you....

    • Posted February 28, 2015
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  • Getting Dolled Up to Pole – Alone

    I’m a pretty minimalistic-utilitarian person. My apartment is tiny and has very little crap in it (just enough to get in the way when I pole). I only do three exercises at the gym. Even my trademark...

    • Posted February 24, 2015
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  • Pole Amnesia: How Not To Forget Your Moves

    We’ve all been there: You bust your ass to learn a new move, you’re so excited when you get it, and then a couple months later you try and realize you can’t do it anymore. It’s so...

    • Posted January 13, 2015
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  • Polers with Pasts

    We all know that pole is a great way to have fun, make friends, and stay in shape. We also all tout that it has nothing to do with stripping or adult entertainment. Except when it does....

    • Posted January 5, 2015
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  • Process-based Pole Goals

    Every December, polers flock to social media to post their pole goals for the New Year. They usually involve doing an Iron X and a Fonji and the splits, and like most new year’s resolutions, they go...

    • Posted December 29, 2014
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  • Family eating meal
    Dealing with your Anti-Pole Family

    The holidays are famously a time for families to get together and argue. Different political and religious stances and contrasting lifestyles mix with deep-seated childhood issues that surface when you are around your family and your childhood...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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    Diet Contingency Planning

    As the holiday season approaches, you may be thinking of dieting or trying to eat healthier in order to balance out the holiday calories. You’re going paleo, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, or good old fashioned low-fat. You’re reading...

    • Posted November 24, 2014
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  • Give Thanks for How Far You Have Come

    Polers are always beating themselves up. Well, I mean of course we are physically beating ourselves up; we’ve all got the bruises. But we tend to be emotionally hard on ourselves, too. Poling is difficult and we...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • Salem witch trial engraving
    Witch Hunts and Pole Dancers

    Just got back from the drug store. It’s a zoo out there. The pedestrian artery of downtown is thronged with visitors and lined with vendors selling t-shirts, witch hats, and tarot readings. Frankenstein, Robin Hood, and Chewbacca...

    • Posted October 30, 2014
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  • Credit your Photographers!

    October is Photographer Appreciation Month, and we polers have a lot to be thankful for. Pole as an art and a sport would be nowhere near where it is today without the beautiful photos and videos we...

    • Posted October 26, 2014
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  • Skateboarder
    It’s OK to Just Trick Out

    Have you ever walked by a group of kids skateboarding? On the sidewalk, in a park, outside a building with steps and railings. Usually it goes something like this: they take turns trying tricks. Most of the...

    • Posted September 26, 2014
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    Why I Only Pole for 30 Minutes a Day

    I’ve been poling for over 10 years (see Pippi’s Pole: 10 years in pole: a retrospective and a routine). My pole fitness career has survived injuries, surgery, drama, burnout, being broke and unemployed, moving in with my...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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    How Not to Take Competition Results Personally

    If you have ever entered a competition, you have probably lost a competition. I mean, sure, you may have won some as well, but unless you won your first competition and then retired, the streak has to...

    • Posted July 27, 2014
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