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3 Ways Green Smoothies Are Like Your First Pole Invert

By on May 8, 2015

If you have spent any time on the Internet, you’ve probably encountered green smoothies in your explorations. These nutritious blended drinks aren’t just something you find in health food stores or juice bars anymore. Instead, they are becoming more and more commonplace in the average person’s kitchen (and Instagram account) as a quick and easy way to get a boost of nutrients without much time or effort. Usually consisting of leafy greens and fresh or frozen fruit, along with other tasty additions (like nut butters, spices, protein powders, or superfoods), green smoothies can be used for refueling post-workout or as a healthy meal.

But if you’re a little squeamish about drinking spinach and are yet to brave this green goodness, let me put you at ease: green smoothies are exactly like your first pole invert.

Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

They use familiar equipment in a new way.

When you first started poling, you probably took some time to get to know your new equipment. You might have tried some basic spins, attempted a climb, or maybe even just walked around the pole a bit, getting used to the feel. And once you had developed that familiarity, you might have felt confident enough to go for that first invert, giving you the opportunity to do something totally new with your pole.

Most of us are pretty familiar with blenders, even if they end up being the kitchen appliance that gathers dust on the countertop. But already knowing the equipment gives you a big advantage. It’s one thing less to learn.

So even if you’ve only used your blender for the occasional frozen margarita, you probably have at least a basic understanding of how to operate it—which means you can whip up a smoothie in no time and put this appliance to work in a whole new way.

To start, keep it simple. Try combining a banana, a cup of frozen strawberries, a handful of fresh spinach, and some unsweetened almond milk or coconut water and blend until super smooth.


They open up tons of possibilities.

That basic invert is the foundation for a whole new world of pole skills. Suddenly you’re building off that knowledge and going for leg hangs and butterflies, and eventually taking things to the next level with fancier tricks and interesting combos. With time, being upside down becomes second nature.

The same thing can happen with your smoothies. You might start off with a basic recipe (fruit + greens + liquid), but as time goes on and you get more confident, you’ll be able to toss just about anything in the blender and make it work. Sure, you might have some flops along the way (just like you probably had some pole tricks that weren’t entirely successful at first try), but the more you practice, the easier it gets.

Feeling fancy? Get creative with this spicy combo: pineapple, mango, cucumber, spinach, banana, and jalapeno!

Pink Pineappe Smoothie

They make your body feel strong and powerful.

Remember how good to felt when you had your first successful invert and realized that a) you were able to lift your body upside down, and b) your legs were actually strong enough to hold you in place once you got there? It’s an empowering experience and kind of makes you feel like you can take on the world.

A balanced green smoothie gives you that same feeling (though it might be a tad less dramatic). It gives you the burst of energy you need to get going, while helping you build muscle and strengthen your pole body. It fills you with nutrients, giving you powerful fuel in a simple, convenient package.

And with that kind of energy, you just might be able to take on the world.

Shift your proportions: as you become a smoothie pro (and your taste buds begin to adjust), start adjusting your recipes to include more veggies (like leafy greens, cucumbers, celery, and avocado) and fewer fruits. This minimizes your sugar intake and helps you get more lasting energy from your green drink.

Paige Lysaght

Paige Lysaght

Paige Lysaght is a Certified Health Coach, AFAA certified fitness instructor, and parkour and aerial arts studio owner.
Paige Lysaght

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