Every Poler has heard it, “oh you pole dance? What are you, a stripper?” Or “Pole dancing? That’s sexy” And while yes, it can be sexy, it’s usually definitely not for the perv making that comment. It’s time to educate them! Sure pole fitness can be sexy, but it’s not to everyone, to some it’s about pushing your body to its physical limit, and that’s perfectly fine too! What really irks me is when people belittle the sport just because woman spin around a pole for money sometimes (and lets face it, sometimes the pole is there for grinding, they don’t even spin). So as a pole fitness enthusiast I consistently find myself having to defend myself which really shouldn’t happen, but it does. Here’s how I educate them!
Pole fitness takes an incredible amount of physical strength to be able to lift your own body weight! It utilizes your core muscles which improves posture, coordination, balance and flexibility, and can eliminate back pain. You build and tone muscles (quadriceps are used to grip the pole and triceps are used when you’re hanging in midair on the pole). Climbing a pole is harder and more effective than bicep curls!
At an advanced level of Pole Fitness you can burn up to 800 calories in an hour, at a regular level you can burn 250 or more in just one session. It’s an incredible mix of endurance, flexibility, strength training and cardio (especially if your studio includes routines!)
Unlike regular fitness classes which can include dozens of people and one teacher, pole fitness usually only has 3-10 people which allows the instructor to give you a lot more of her time, making it a very personal class in which you learn more. You build close friendships with the girls in your class, I love my pole friends, we cheer each other on and it’s such a positive environment.
You gain a feeling of accomplishment! When you perform moves that are very much like gymnastics you feel like you could win a gold medal. Honestly that will be an amazing day when the Olympics recognizes Pole Fitness as a legitimate competitive sport. When I look back at where I was, barely being able to do a push up 8 months ago, to now , where I can hold myself onto a pole with NO hands, I am incredibly proud of just how far I’ve come!
Lastly, but there are definitely many more, the confidence booster that pole provides is amazing. You just feel so good when you get that move down, or when you hear your friends cheering you on. When you’re spinning around that pole and you forget about the world and it’s problems because you’re just having too much fun. Maybe it’s the endorphin’s released from exercising but either way you feel great when you are pole dancing, you feel strong and powerful. It’s an obsession, it’s a passion and no body and their stupid “stripper” comments can ever take that away.
So the next time someone makes a pervy comment, or tries to belittle this wonderful sport, you look right at them and whip out all these wonderful points about pole fitness, and challenge them to hold themselves up on their wrist alone in the wrist seat!
Until tomorrow mes amours!