Pole dancing, pole fitness, pole anything still raises eyebrows these days. Though it has recently been recognized as an official sport there is still a huge stigma associated with pole fitness. What’s that all about?
Secretly, I always wanted to try pole fitness whilst I was in University. But for many different reasons, I just never did. Finally, I plucked up the courage and tried pole fitness recently and discovered many reasons to love it.
Intrigued by the sport and the insane body strength required to pull off the moves, I finally decided to take the plunge and try pole fitness for the first time. After all, what’s life if not to do all the things you’ve ever wanted, right?
So here it is – the three most important things I realised about pole fitness that made me love it.
1. It Is For Everybody
I know you don’t believe me. But seriously, everyone in that class (aside from the instructor of course) had different levels of body strength and dance background.
Literally, anyone can do it. What made my class in particular amazing was that there were different genders all dancing together!
2. The Unexpected
What I didn’t realise was that like other sports such as Yoga, there are different types of pole fitness and each move can be executed in numerous ways.
And yes, you won’t look like all the glamorous ladies you see on television straight away. Instead, you’ll be on your tippy toes counting your steps, trying to get the right momentum to swing your leg and hook around the pole!
You’ll also feel muscle aches in places you completely forgot about. It uses every.muscle.ever. Well, the upper body muscles at least.
3. Fun Fun Fun
The class had a fun atmosphere and it was obvious that all judgment towards the sport was left where it belongs – outside, never to be seen or heard of again.
The instructor highlighted that it’ll feel unfamiliar at first as, after all, no one is used to swinging around a pole using just your arm strength!
In fact, her first question was ‘has anybody ever been on the pole before, perhaps on a drunken night out?’ – to which a few hands shot up and everyone giggled.
4. Before You Start
Don’t forget to choose the right class for you! As it was my first time ever attempting the sport, naturally I signed up for the ‘Beginners’ class. Even if you do have a dance background, without having any prior experience in pole fitness it’s always safest to start at the beginning and the instructor will guide you to which classes she thinks will suit you best!
Don’t be afraid to show up with zero strength or any flexibility too! Naturally, both of upper body strength and flexibility will help when you’re doing routines, but everything can be built up slowly! Being in that class meant that we’re all learning from the basics. It’ll make laughing together and helping each other with the steps so much funnier.
The instructors are so understanding and will repeat the steps as many times as you need and really help you get to grips with it all!
If you want to try something exciting, with a few friends or on your own, even if you’re looking for a fun alternative to the gym I’d definitely recommend going for pole fitness! At least drop by a taster session and see how you feel!