"Summertime, and the living is easy..." - Ella Fitzgerald
The days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, and things are heating up around here! Pole, Lyra and burlesque are all strenuous activities and become even more so during the summer months, however, this is no excuse to stop dancing! With a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, your summer sessions will be a breeze. Here is our Siren survival guide to keep you cool as a cucumber!
Words by Eva Devore
As the weather warms up, it's time to take off those layers! Switching your class attire to a crop top and shorts, or a cute lingerie set will help you beat the heat. Stick to cooler, absorbent fabrics such as cottons and bamboo to let your skin breathe. Some active wear companies even have sweat-absorbent technology within their fabrics to help you stay cool.
For Lyra students, switch to stockings to protect your legs while keeping cool. Students below Rubies level can wear thigh high socks or leg warmers, while those in Rubies and above can wear nylon or fishnet stockings. Leggings will be much too hot!
Drinking water is more important than ever during the warmer months! Make sure to not only drink water during your class, but also throughout the day to make sure you stay hydrated. If you don't drink enough water, you may suffer from dizziness, lightheadedness and and nausea!
When you sweat, you not only lose water, but also electrolytes and salt, so you may find a sports drink or electrolyte supplement may be useful after a particularly intense class. For a summery treat, add frozen fruit and cucumber slices to your water bottle to keep you sipping pretty!
It's hard to remember to eat when you're feeling hot and bothered, but eating well will help you feel more energised during your classes. Make sure to have something light to eat before your class, no later than 1.5 hours before your class. Eating any closer to your lesson might make you feel nauseous!
Before your lesson, have a potassium-rich snack like a banana, avocado or some sweet potato. Potassium helps your body retain electrolytes and stay hydrated! After your work out, have a snack ready that is high in magnesium, which assists in muscle recovery. Yogurt, almonds and dark chocolate are great options!
In the summer heat, getting sweaty is inevitable! Make sure you bring along everything you need to stay dry and ensure you can grip the pole or lyra safely!
Don't use any moisturiser on the day of your class, as when you start to sweat, it will make you extra slippery! Dry Hands is perfect to keep those hands sweat-free and ensure a good grip. You can also use shaving cream on your body to make sure you stick to the pole. Remember to pack your own towel, as the studio towels aren't to be used by students!
Staying out of the sun is the best way to beat the summer heat, and luckily, Sky Sirens classes are all indoors! Give yourself plenty of time to get to the studio, so that you aren't hot and bothered before your class starts.
If you can, try to be aware of the hottest parts of the day, and avoid anything too strenuous in these times. Fortunately, most of our classes are after 5pm, when the weather cools down! If you have a class or practice time during the middle of the day, be extra cautious and listen to your body.
Pay close attention to your body and how you're feeling. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous, stop what you're doing and take a break. Your health is more important! Remember to take breaks during your workout, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
During the summer months you will warm up more easily, so its easier to over-extend yourself. Be extra conscious of your body and how far you push into the positions, as pushing too hard will result in straining your muscles!