MiiWear at Dutch National Pole Championship 2018

MiiWear will be at the Dutch national pole championship (NK Paalsport) on June 2nd and 3rd in Sporthal De Slagen, Waalijk.
During the championship you have the possibility to visit workshops, demo’s and stands. MiiWear will also have a stand where we display our products with amazing discounts!

With the Dutch Pole Sport, the organization wants to show that pole dancing is a serious sport that requires strength, dexterity, fitness and agility. Within Artistic Pole there is more emphasis on the expression, but that is (also) an athletic achievement. The rules for an action are described in the Code of Points that are applied by all jurors. Transparent to judge. The NK is the ideal opportunity to see what the Netherlands has in store. Hopefully more and more people will be enthusiastic about the sport, whatever it means: a place at the Olympic Games!


The Dutch championship is associated with the Internation Pole Sport Federation (IPSF)

IPSF is the only recognized sports association for pole sports.

This makes this the Dutch championship the only recognized national championship.



Please visit www.paalsportbond.nl for tickets and other information.



The science behind backwarmers

The science behind backwarmers.

Wearing backwarmers has lately become very popular in the pole and aerial community. Many sport apparel companies has add them to their shops, and they are now available in diverse range of materials. They are cosy, comfortable and cute, but are they really that important when it comes to your flexibility progress? And what is actually the whole science behind this item?
As everyone knows, during any physical activity your body temperature rises. As the heart rate and blood circulation increase and breathing becomes deeper ,your body starts producing sweat. It's an absolutely natural reaction which prevents your body from getting overheated and your whole system to collapse. Sweat on skin can cool the body down in very short amount of time. The problem with the whole process is that when it happens too fast, it is basically a temperature shock to which not only the skin, but mostly the muscles can react with soreness, stiffness and a lot of discomfort, especially the next day. All high level athletes want to prevent that from happening and they do that simply by putting on clothes right after being done with their physical activity.
Stretching doesn't make you sweat like for example running, but still, it is not a passive or relaxing activity. If done correctly, active flexibility training should make your heart rate come up.  After all, it is very important to be properly warm before you even start stretching. Keeping up your body temperature stable during your flexibility practice will give you the best results and that is when a good quality backwarmer can come in help. It will be able to absorb sweat, while still keeping you feeling warm and cosy. A good backwarmer should also be long enough to cover your entire middle and lower back, and stay on place without rolling down too much.


Progress and injury prevention

It's really not rocket science that warmth is helpful during flexibility training. As stretching and bending in sauna sounds like a great idea, dropping into a split right after ice cold shower feels like pure madness. When muscles and joints are not warmed up, the risk of getting injured is much higher. The joints are crucial to warm up as well, as they help the muscles to release the tension. Warming up your muscles with at least 10 minutes of cardio activity should be mandatory before you even get into stretching. You can try jogging, jumping over the rope, or riding a gym bicycle, but when it comes to warming up your joints, the best what you can do would be lot's of circular motion such as hip circles, leg swings and all the yoga poses that include twisting your spine.
While working on backbends, the focus is not only on muscles, but also on deep connective tissue and joints. Everything in the whole body is connected together. Very often the biggest issues that are keeping you away from your dream backbend and splits progress, might be blockages in your pelvis, lover back, hips and abdominal. Not saying that warmth will cure all that, but together with focused breathing and some myofascial release techniques, it will help your body to relax and go further in stretches.
After all, backwarmers were used long time before the whole pole/aerial community even "discovered" them. They were mostly used by rhythmic gymnastics schools who are known for their intense backbending trainings, by ballet dancers who often suffer from poor circulation and low body temperature due to small body fat percentage and professionally trained dancers in general.
The conclusion is that wearing a backwarmer might be very useful, helpful, cute and fashionable all together but at the end, it is something you just need to try for yourself.. literally on your own skin.
Article written by Michaela Aerial ,with help of Nicky Van Bommel.
Nicky Van Bommel is a personal trainer/coach specialized in flexibility and mobility, certified pilates instructor, certified pfysio in 4xT method and techniques. She is a passionate aerialist as well. Loves helping circus artists to increase the ability of their body in a safe & quick way and trying to bring physio and PT knowledge/skills together as they belong. 

Backwarmers, why suddenly such a big whoop?

I guess you have already heard about backwarmers and all the great reasons why it is good to wear them. But maybe you might be interesting in knowing why they came out so suddenly and why everybody is wearing it today.

Well, safety in every sport developed in time and it is known that humans unfortunately tend to learn mostly by their mistakes. In this case mistakes would be different kind of injuries in sport. When it comes to pole-dancing, only about 10-15 years ago, girls were already performing floor-work and exotic moves, but nobody thought about the impact it might have in the future for their knees. In the beginning of my pole career myself I ended up in a hospital with swollen painful knees. And nowadays? Every exotic pole-dance class requires to wear protective knee pads. Yes, it is not just a fashionable article that makes you look cool but hey, it serves it's cause.

When we look for example to some other sport, lets say Ice Hockey. Around 1920's when this sport came out as international competition, clothing was mostly protecting players from cold weather. Uniform contained shorts, high socks, gloves and t-shirt. It was only in 1979 that helmets finally became mandatory for all NHL players, because obviously in history countless ugly injuries had happened.

In gymnastic schools, many teachers and trainers were already working with backwarmers and did recommend them to their students for safety reasons, especially during back-bending practice. But because there were no clothing companies producing them, parents from young gymnasts were knitting them themselves or simply made it by cutting off an old pullover or thick t-shirt.

Pole-dance as a sport went through long period of evolution. Before it was all about the power tricks and dancers were training for those dead lifts, handsprings and flags. Now almost every dancer I know has Rainbow Marchenko on their dream-move wish-list. Most pole-dance studios used to put much bigger focus for example to leg flexibility practice over backbending. But as the demand for back flexibility training increased, it has been added to stretching lessons.

Contortion and back bends are quiet heavy for your spinal muscles, so be gentle to your body and advance slowly. Be aware about your limits and never push through pain. Practice regularly and under surveillance of experienced trainer, and always, ALWAYS do a proper warm up. And last but not least, learn from mistakes of others and protect your back with a backwarmer.

World Pole Sports Championship 2017

MiiWear at the World Pole Sports Championship 2017

MiiWear at World Pole Sports Championship 2017

MiiWear was very proud to be part of this year's World Pole Sports Championship 2017 in Netherlands.
This was the first opportunity to show the international pole comunity what we have to offer. Our vending spot was right in the middle, between all other popular brands and I can say we were very surprised to receive lot of attention and positive feedback of our products. Next to all our beautiful handmade backwarmers in more than 15 different colours, we also presented our newest article, the ultimately most comfy pole sporty strings. Underwear that was specially designed for flexible and sporty girls. Description of them with explanation why we think they are so amazing, you can find in our webshop. 

But back to the topic, our experience with IPSF was more than positive. It was really exciting to see all the athletes competing. I even met some of my pole idols in real life, like PinkPuma, or the world's most talented junior Olga Trifonova. And I just couldn't resist giving them the opportunity to pick a free backwarmer from us as a gift. I was really excited that they liked it very much! Olga told me later, that after wearing it around all day, it helped her to get rid of stiffness and pain from the previous day. I couldn't wish for better feedback.

The athlete that amazed me the most, was 15 years old Dutch junior Zoë Timmermans. She won the category of Ultra Pole, which was a pole battle style of competition. Making the athletes going face to face against eachother. Zoë was absolutely amazing and to make sure that she can keep poledancing and share her talent with the world for many more years to come, she also could pick a handmade backwarmer from us to protect her back. Heart-warming was her reaction on social media, when she said how much she loves it.

As I'm very passionate about flexibility, poledancing and I'm dedicated to spread knowledge about safety in these disciplines, I spend all 3 days talking to athletes, visitors and patiently explaining the importance of wearing backwarmers. I was left without voice, tired, but extremely happy. It was overall a great experience for MiiWear. We brought awareness to many people who were not familiar with backwarmers and how it can protect the body and increase progress.. so mission accomplished!