Focus On: Pole Fitness

Hi lovelies 😀 How has your day been? As always, thanks for your fabulous comments this morning. I’m so thankful to have y’all hanging out with me <3

I thought it would be fun to do some spontaneous posts featuring more obscure workouts and classes. When I put the call out on Facebook, Pole dancing was a quick and popular request 🙂 This should be a good first one in the series because it’s a class I have experience with and really enjoyed. pole_dancingSource

When I lived in Valdosta, I took weekly pole dancing classes with a friend at a small studio, which has since closed down. Our instructor had a lot of real life experience, so it was interesting to say the least, but we always looked forward to this class. It was an intense workout and a lot of fun.

What is it: Pole Fitness. There are a variety of types out there, from Pole Dancing, Pole-altes, Pole Aerobics, etc. but the premise is pretty much the same: you’ll spin and dance your way to a toned body and most likely really enjoy yourself. It’s one of those rare gems of a workout that doesn’t feel like you’re working out.

What to expect: More of a “club-like” feel, with dim and colored lights, loud music and ladies only. Most likely, you’ll have an Intro to Pole class before you start with Beginner level classes, just to become more familiar with some basic moves and how it all works. I was really surprised at my first class to discover that the pole actually spins—for some reason I thought it was stable and you had to make the spinning happen yourself. The fact that the pole rotates makes it a *little* easier, but it still takes a lot of strength.

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Usually, you’ll learn a few combos and put the moves into a dance. Pole dancing has a little bit of a stigma attached to it, but I promise that it’s extremely tasteful and a legit workout. It’s more empowering than anything and I didn’t feel self-conscious or embarrassed to take class.

What to wear: Skin sticks better than fabric –and you’ll want a little traction- so the best bet is to wear tighter fitting shorts (my fave are lululemon boogie shorts), a tank or sports bra and sneakers. Some studios may prefer you to be barefoot, while others will encourage you to bring heels. I may or may not have purchased 7 inch clear heels with a sparkly pink butterfly on them, just for classes 😉

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The pros:

-You will be sore, in a good way. I’ve lifted weights consistently for the past 5 years or so, and pole dancing made me sore unlike anything else. It helped to target my arms (especially my biceps), and my thighs (including the hard-to-target abductors and adductors).

-It’s a great way to meet new friends. I LOVED the group of girls who took class in Valdosta. They didn’t take it too seriously and were super encouraging when my friend and I went to our first class.

-Often, you can arrange personal classes for birthday parties and bachelorette parties

The cons:

-You’ll be bruised up. I had crazy bruises all over my arms and stomach. Thought they’d go away or happen less often the more I took class, but they didn’t.

-As with any type of group fitness, the class depends on the instructor and the music. Our instructor was a pro (literally), and while she was super sweet and fun, she didn’t know how to teach fitness. We learned some awesome spins and tricks,but  she had a difficult time putting class together. Obviously, I still went and had a blast, but preferred the classes I took in Orlando.

Want to learn more? My friend Meghann did an awesome video about Vixen Fitness in Orlando.

Have you ever taking pole classes before? Would you? If you have, what was your experience like?

Hope you guys are enjoying your day!!

See ya later tonight <3

xoxo

Gina

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64 Comments

  1. joanna on April 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Love this. keep em coming! i also like how you even added- what to wear comment.

  2. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on April 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I love love love pole dancing. I have have danced the pole, pussycat, lap, burlesque, and aerial (hello silks!) at Sedusa Studios here in CA. The classes are small and limited but the instructors are very one on one and take it slow for all levels. I got so many bruises from the pole and rash burns from the silk but they are so much fun! I was so toned and strong when I did pole, an awesome workout. Too bad it’s super expensive so I had to stop doing it 🙁

  3. Ashley on April 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    So funny this was posted! After reading it I wanted to sign up, but thought *maybe a Groupon or something will pop up….sure enough, yesterday there was a DailyDeal email – $20 for 20 classes! You bet your booty I signed up 😉

    • Fitnessista on April 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

      so fun! let me know how it goes 🙂

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