When you think of pole dancing, what do you think of? You probably think of poles installed on brightly lit stages while scantily clad women in clear platform heels and itty bitty bikinis spin around for someone else’s pleasure. If that’s what you’re thinking, you aren’t alone.
Although pole dancing has been associated with strip clubs in recent history, that hasn’t always been the case. Throughout the centuries, both men and women have used the pole to build strength and increase flexibility.
No matter what you might think, pole dancing definitely isn’t just for the strip club, and here’s why.
A workout for your entire body
In the strip club, it’s all about slinking around the stage. True pole dancing is about a lot more than spinning around a pole slowly and making eye contact with the wealthy gentleman in the first row.
It may not appear this way to you at first glance, but pole dancing is a great workout, when done correctly. There are a number of moves that require unbelievable upper and lower body strength. Some moves may even require you to hang upside-down by using the strength of your inner thighs alone!
Pole dancing utilizes isotonic and isometric moves, just like gymnastics and dance. It provides a full body workout that you can’t get at the gym when you run on a treadmill or lift weights.
Sure, pole dancing may help you get in touch with your femininity, but at the end of the day, anyone who can complete a variety of advanced moves seamlessly is probably more fit than anyone you’re likely to run into at the gym.
Strength, flexibility, and control
When it comes to pole dancing in the strip club, it’s all about contorting your body in a ways to make you appear sensual. When it comes to pole dancing in a fitness studio, it’s all about strength, flexibility, and control.
Although getting a great workout is important when it comes to losing weight and building muscle mass, that isn’t the end of the story. By using a pole, you can utilize your new-found fitness to work on building strength. All that spinning and inverting is a great way to work on flexibility, and transitioning between moves safely definitely allows you to practice control. For these reasons, a pole workout is great for the body, as well as the mind.
Fitness for all ages and body types
If you’re thinking “strip club” every time you think of pole dancing, you’re focusing your attention on a very small demographic of people. Unfortunately, the myth abounds that pole dancing is really only for young, skinny women, when in reality, pole dancing is great for women of all ages and body types.
Pole dancing is a great way for middle aged and older women to get in tune with their bodies again. Pole dancing is also a great way for women with curves to feel more comfortable in their own skin. A great pole fitness studio creates a variety of classes to suit every age and fitness level.
Did you know that studios even offer classes for kids? There are even competitions that take place across the globe that include male contestants!
Dancing and artistry
Sure, you can swing around a pole to get a man all hot and bothered. That’s how strip clubs use the pole, but that’s not the only way it can be used.
Because pole dancing requires so much strength, fitness, and control, it is a true art form that is difficult to master. You can definitely work a pole in an artful way that doesn’t exude an unnecessary amount of sex appeal. Just like dance, it can be used to communicate a story with the body any way that you wish.
Hopefully, after all that, you can see that pole dancing has a lot more to offer than what you’ve been led to believe. Sign up for a class and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that pole dancing has something to offer everyone.