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Soooo I recently received my first package from DancePoleSale.com, packed with DVDs to help me improve my pole prowess. WAHOOOOO! Previously, they offered to send me some DVDs in exchange for my honest review of them. Lord knows I love to share my opinion. Thanks for joining me in my first Tell All Thursday post… a review of Alethea Austin’s “Stretching for Pole” DVD!
The questions DancePoleSale.com asked I be sure to cover after my first time working out to Alethea Austin’s “Stretching for Pole” DVD:
DancePoleSale.com: Were the instructions in this DVD easy to understand? Were you able to follow along easily: Me: Easy yes, follow along yes.
DancePoleSale.com: What student level do you think this DVD should be recommended to? Me: I’d say it suits everyone from absolute beginners to flexi yogi types. Alethea provides modifications for beginners and experts alike along with some gentle reminders that she worked almost daily for three years to get to her flexibility level (which is amazing). I needed to hear that! EVERYONE who wants to be more flexible would totes benefit from this video.
DancePoleSale.com: How does it compare to other pole dancing DVDs you’ve experienced? Me: Love it. Music is less likely to annoy me the billionth time I play the DVD.
DancePoleSale.com: Were there any aspects of the DVD you didn’t like? Me: Yep, I wanted the video to provide more visual and audible direction when getting into many of the stretches… it was pretty clear but I’m SUPER into details and wanted more to know the exact areas where I should feel the stretch most, what to avoid, where to pull or push my weight. Details. I wanted more.
DancePoleSale.com: Overall did this DVD make you feel good about yourself: Me: Thankfully, this stretching DVD did not have an effect on my personal sense of self… but I really enjoyed it and will be playing it again and again and again.
DancePoleSale.com: Would you recommend this DVD to a friend? Me: YES. Toes. I’m hereby recommending it to everyone. I intend to use it 3x/week for the next 8 weeks… I’ll let you know if I’m crazy bendy in November. #staytuned
DancePoleSale.com: On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 as the highest, how would you rate this Alethea Austin’s Stretching for Pole DVD? Me: It’s an easy 8.5.
DancePoleSale.com: Any other thoughts? Me: Of course….
- This video is definitely not overproduced. Which I kind of love.
- Alethea’s freestyle dance at the end explains what all of the fuss about her is about and demonstrates how flexibility looks so pretty in a pole dance. This is key because by the end of the video I was SPENT.
- It’s only an hour and brought some news stretches into my world.
- Alethea is knowledgeable but not intimidating with her instruction.
- Some of the camera angles didn’t make sense to me… i.e. at the beginning of a new stretch we’d see her face instead of foot placement. Eventually the camera would show me what I needed to know in order to ensure proper alignment but Type-A me with little patience wasn’t thrilled. I have to mention that this “con” is in the first viewing of the DVD. Watching it over and over one only needs to start a move with a full visual and audible explanation… I know when I do the video again I’ll remember most of what I learned from the 1st time… so this isn’t a big deal.
- As with the visual demonstrations… I would have liked a little more audio direction as far as where to distribute my weight, where exactly I should feel the stretch, what to avoid etc. etc.
- You definitely need a pole in order to get the full benefit of some of the pole stretches that are in this video. I tried to see if I could do the stretches on a door frame but you’ll want a pole nearby when you do the video for maximum stretching.
- Game on. I’m going to stretch to it 3x/week for the next 8 weeks. Results, if noticeable (I am so not one of those people to measure my stretchiness) will be posted.
- DancePoleSale.com has some great stuff. You can shop their site for poles, DVDs, and accessories. You can connect with them on Facebook … Or on Twitter @DancePoleSale
Happy stretching and come back next Thursday for my review of the austin massage therapist who damaged my radial nerve and left me with a temporarily paralyzed hand! (Hint: It’s more cautionary tale than glowing review.)