Tips For Poling With Face Coverings

Tips For Poling With Face Coverings
*Consult a Doctor If You Have Any Underlying Conditions*

The Right Fit

The most important thing to look for in a face covering is proper fit. An effective face mask will fit comfortably against the side of your face and keep your nose and mouth covered consistently. If it’s so uncomfortable that you’re constantly adjusting it, or if it restricts your breathing prior to exercising, it is not the correct mask for you. Here are a few of our favorite masks for poling: The Movement Mask, Made to Move, and UA Sportsmask.

Your Body Can Adjust

Provided you don’t have an underlying respiratory or cardiovascular condition, your body will still receive adequate oxygen through a mask. Much like endurance training at different altitudes, over time, your body will adjust to any slight change in levels.

Adjust Your Intensity & Set Reasonable Expectations

Don't be discouraged if you're not poling at the same level as you were without a face covering. Your instructor will always err on the side of caution—she will work with you, and the rest of your class, to reduce pace and intensity. Let your body get used to poling with a mask and gradually work back up.

Listen to Your Body & Take Frequent Breaks

Your body isn't accustomed to poling with a facial covering, and it may take time for you to get comfortable poling this way. Pay attention and check in with your body throughout your workout—your body has ways of telling you if you're doing too much. Pay attention to any dizziness, lightheadedness, or shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to take a break until you've fully recovered. We can not emphasizing this enough, now is not the time for pushing yourself to nail your nemesis move! Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to pull back and take a break.

Carry A Spare

It’s best to find a mask made of materials that will wick moisture away; the advantage of a cloth mask is that it can be washed. Masks will lose their effectiveness if they are wet—we encourage our pole enthusiasts to carry a clean, dry spare! 

Putting on Your Mask

Wash your hands PRIOR to putting on your mask—use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure you do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your mask. Wash your hands AFTER taking off your mask. Remove your mask by the ear loops because the front of the mask is where germs will collect.