Some (blurry) pho­tos of me

Pole danc­ing has come a long way in a short amount of time. The stigma attached to Pole Fit­ness is steadily wear­ing away — peo­ple are recog­nis­ing it for the legit­i­mate all-over-body work­out that it is. I started pole fit­ness classes back in August last year and I haven’t looked back since. It’s addic­tive, it’s fun, it’s a chal­lenge and I love it! I could blab­ber on for the rest of my life about the ben­e­fits of pole fit­ness and why you’ll love it, but I’ll try and keep it short.

Before you crin­kle your nose and think No thanks, I’m not a strip­per, hear me out. I know I’m not alone in my dis­taste for phys­i­cal exer­cise and I have no skill what­so­ever when it comes to dance, but pole fit­ness has really changed my out­look and helped me to get past my couch potato mind­set. Pole fit­ness does NOT have to be about sexy danc­ing (but it’s fun if you try it from time to time, heh heh.) It’s a work­out from tip to toe, focus­ing mainly on core strength, upper strength and bal­ance. Don’t freak out if you have none, nei­ther did I! You build strength in all of these areas super fast as you grasp the basics. You find your­self build­ing and util­is­ing sta­bil­i­sa­tion mus­cles you didn’t even know you had as you learn to climb, go upside down, spin your­self into sexy pret­zel shapes and get fit all at once! It’s super fun, like I can’t even TELL you. It sounds dif­fi­cult and phys­i­cally demand­ing because it is, but never once have I regret­ted or dreaded a class — this com­ing from the girl who doesn’t want to get up to grab the T.V remote.

If you can con­vince a friend to come with you the fun just triples. Every­thing is bet­ter with a friend, right? When I first read about pole danc­ing I fig­ured it would be ridicu­lously hard, or awk­ward, or some kind of catch. Because it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it. You get to:
1. Make new friends
2. Get fit and toned
3. Build some seri­ous mus­cle (don’t worry, not like a female body­builder, more like Miranda Kerr)
4. Have a great time
5. Get flex­i­ble and bendy
6. Learn some WICKED tricks and look good doing them
7. Skip all the bor­ing and frus­trat­ing parts of nor­mal exer­cise — no tears!

I’m not try­ing to say there won’t be any pain… as you learn harder things there will be bruises, sore arms, sore legs, all that jazz! But it’s all totally worth it because you hob­ble away from it feel­ing fit­ter, sex­ier, and accom­plished. You see results almost instantly — what I couldn’t do in the first les­son was easy in the next — you can feel your­self get­ting bet­ter each time! If you’re any­thing like me, you get annoyed and give up when you don’t see abs after 6 crunches. I never feel like I’m stuck in a rut or not get­ting any­where in pole.

If you’re not con­vinced you’ll love it then you haven’t under­stood me prop­erly! Don’t worry if you think you’re too ‘big’ or ‘heavy’, in some moves it’s eas­ier for big­ger girls because your skin will grip beau­ti­fully com­pared to try­ing to grab a pole with just some thigh bones. You’ll be pleas­antly sur­prised to find it’s not dif­fi­cult at all.

If you have any ques­tions at all feel free to com­ment below or mes­sage me on twit­ter @maklinamakeup — pole fit­ness is some­thing you just have to try!
Another blurry photo of my class at the end of our first term last year — we’re all grip­ping the pole and hold­ing our entire body weight with the skin on our legs, ouchies!
This video is from a girl who’s been doing pole for about 4 months. You can go as slow or as fast as you like as you learn, if you can afford lessons for 4 months straight (lol not me, I’m too poor) then you could also be doing this!