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!