PG Pole Dancing
If you're like us, you were devastated when your parents shot down your idea of making it big as a world famous "dancer". Hadn't they seen Flashdance? How else were you supposed to get a body like that without swinging around a pole? Well fear not friends, now you can get all the physical benefits of pole dancing while still being able to look Mom in the eye at Thanksgiving. Read below for five things you didn't know about pole dancing and some basics on the fitness movement.
It Dates Back Past 96's Striptease - It's hard to believe, but the exotic dance that takes place at your local "Major League Yabbos" and modern day pole dance fitness can both be traced back to ancient times. According to the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA), pole dancing that we know and love today has a fusion of Chinese, Indian, French and Dutch elements. "Chinese Pole" for example, dates back past the 12th century and was primarily used by acrobats for circus performances. "Indian Pole," or "Pole Mallakhamb" was used as a way for wrestlers to develop speed, reflexes, concentration and coordination.
Modern Day Fitness Benefits - Let's face it, pole dancing can be pretty intimidating to try out if you're just starting your weight loss journey or if you just have body issues in general. Fear not though because taking a class at a reputable studio won't require you to go topless with just a G-string on...if they do then please find the nearest exit because you just landed yourself a job at the strip club. Pole dance fitness classes can be performed fully clothed so you can experience all the great benefits which include increased flexibility, endurance, balance and overall muscle strength.
Celebrities Do it Too! - Celebs like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are pretty much a given for having taken the pole for a spin or two, but even the more "demure" celebrities are trying it out. "I was incredibly ungraceful at first. The upper-body strength and the core strength you need to do it gracefully is crazy. I take my hat off to the women who can do it. You have to be incredibly strong," said Emma Watson who had to learn how to work the pole for her role in "The Bling Ring."
2016 Olympic Contender? - Despite being denied for the 2012 Summer Games, a large effort is still being made for the Olympic Committee to recognize pole dancing as a sport and include it in the lineup for the 2016 Olympics. Until then, competitors will continue to show off their skills at events like the annual International Pole Championship.
It's Not Just for Women - Although the sport is primarily dominated by female competitors, men are starting to break into the field as well. Check out International Pole Championship competitor Steven Retchless on America's Got Talent...body glitter included.
Stripper Poles And Fitness Goals
Fitness Background: You don't need experience as an exotic dancer or a gymnast to get started with pole dancing. Most studios have beginner classes that will help you nail the fundamentals before progressing on to more complicated movements.
Benefits: As stated above, the strength, coordination and flexibility gains that you can achieve through pole dancing are pretty substantial. You can also burn a ton of calories if you work hard for the entire class. While many people use it as their main fitness program, the pay per class structure offered by most studios makes it an ideal supplemental program for CrossFitters, bodybuilders, runners etc.
Pricing: Classes are usually purchased in packages as opposed to the monthly fee system at traditional gyms. Prices typically range from $10 - $20 depending on how many classes you purchase at one time. Check coupon sites like Groupon, Livingsocial or Lifebooker for discounted prices on classes at local studios.
Locations: Pole dancing studios are popping up all over the country, so finding one shouldn't be a problem. Our own personal favorite studio is Wellness On The Green in Morristown NJ. It's a great studio with experienced instructors who will work their butts off to get you in amazing shape.
Interested in other above the ground fitness programs like silks or trapeze? Check out our article on Aerial Arts for more information.
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