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Spring Clean Your Pole Playlists

By on May 27, 2016

Feel bored with your current pole playlists? Find yourself pressing skip all the time? It might be time to Spring Clean Your Pole Playlists!

First things first: take a quick glance through your playlists and pull out any songs that you consistently skip, that seem out of place on your list (or in your class), or that you’re generally ready to part with. Move them to a separate list in case you want to pull them back in later, or remove them entirely. Either way, make space for some new music and a fresh-feeling list. Then, try out some of the following ideas to update your playlists.

Some of these strategies might be ones you use all the time, but hopefully some will be a reminder of fun ways to liven up your music collection. Remember that the music doesn’t necessarily have to be brand new…Just new to you (and hopefully some of your students).

(Please note that I sometimes refer to searching on Spotify, as that’s my preferred resource for music. You can get a basic account for free. You can also probably apply many of these techniques to the music source of your choice!)


Think About The Purpose Of Your Playlist

Is the music driving your class structure? Or is it mostly just background noise? The purpose of your music matters. For example, the music in my flexibility class is kind of just background noise. I choose songs that have a certain vibe and every few weeks I integrate some new ones in, just to keep fresh.

On the other hand, my flow-style pole class is driven by the music. I try to build my playlists to naturally compliment the goals and flow of the class. I also try to bring in new music fairly often for the freestyle portion of our class, so that students are constantly challenged to dance to different styles and songs. I might even take song requests from students when it’s time to dance.

A pole conditioning class might be the same way—the music might be chosen to keep students motivated (and, perhaps, slightly distracted) during particularly challenging training segments.

At home or in the studio, you might structure your playlists to go along with your typical training flow. Maybe that means a couple of upbeat warm-up songs, followed by some background music while you practice tricks, then music that pushes you on as you get through some conditioning, a new (or favorite) freestyle song, and finally some sexy stretching music. This is, of course, just an example—your own playlists will depend totally on how YOU work out.

See how some of my current favorites might fit into your playlist:

River by Bishop Briggs – (I love this for freestyle!)

Cut the Cord by Shinedown – (a favorite for conditioning or freestyle)

Some Like It Hot by Neon Hitch – (great for conditioning or a fun warm-up)

Sick by Donna Missal – (love this for cooldown/stretching)


Explore New Music

Sometimes we get into the habit of choosing the same styles of music over and over again for our classes. This spring, take a chance and find some new music to test out in your classes. Do you tend to gravitate towards Top 40-style music? Add in a song that your class would never hear on the radio and see how it goes. Usually go for a hip-hop vibe in your class? Try out a rock song and see if you class enjoys the change.

My favorite way to track down new-to-me music is on Spotify. Search “pole fitness” or browse the general workout playlists as a starting point. The Spotify “Discover Weekly” playlist is crafted each week just for your account, based on what Spotify thinks you’ll like to listen to. It can be a great starting point.

Curious what some of your favorite polers love to dance to? You can peek at the public playlists of your pole friends (and pole stars) too. See what Aerial Amy’s been listening to lately. Sneak a peek at Jeni Janover’s “Get Liquid” playlist on the Body & Pole account.

If nothing else, this is an interesting way to get a peek at what other instructors and students pole to without necessarily having to Shazam every song you hear on their Instagram posts (although that can be a great strategy, too!).

Try out some of these songs and see if they stick:

Afterhours by Troyboi, Diplo, and Nina Sky

Trouble by Ethel and the Chordtones

Muse by OCAD

Devil by Cash Cash

Think About The Vibe

I love to look at playlists that are themed by mood to get inspiration for my own music collections.

Search various mood words to find something that suits you, or see if any of these lists catch your eye:

Sexy Rock to Pole to

Creepy/Dark Tunes

Chilled Out Sexy Vibes

Crying on the Dancefloor



Get Creative With Throwbacks, Mash-Ups, and Covers

People love the occasional throwback jam or interesting mash-up that calls back to an old favorite. Know your class and what types of older songs they’ll be excited to hear. For example, I have one nighttime pole class that goes crazy for popular music from the early 2000’s, so I have a playlist I’ll pull out occasionally that we affectionately refer to as “2009 frat party music.” However, my Friday morning polers wouldn’t necessarily appreciate listening to old Chingy songs, so an 80’s rock throwback might be better received.

Along the same lines, adding in a cover of a familiar song is a fun way to bring new life to a playlist and to build on music you already know and love. Again, it helps to know your class to determine which covers might appeal.

Check out some of these:

Mad by G-Eazy ft. Devon Baldwin

Paint it, Black by Ciara

No Diggity by Chet Faker

Love Lockdown by Glass Animals

Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) by Blu Cantrell

Ignition/Do You… by Phoebe Ryan

Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You by Jay-Z and Linkin Park

Spring cleaning your playlists should be fun and stress-free. Don’t worry about sitting down and committing to hours of playlist building or worrying if the music you’re choosing is “right.” Just play around when you have time, pay attention to what feels good in your classes (or your own training sessions), and enjoy finding some new favorites.

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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