Once upon a time I decided to give pole dancing a try, and long story short, I’m now addicted. Strong is the new sexy, however when it comes to this incredibly athletic yet acrobatic form of exercise the sexy makes getting strong so RAD. I recently had a RAD pole dancing 101 experience with one my favorite NYC FitGirls Courtney Alexander of Flaunt Your Fitness, so enjoy this beauties.
First things first, pole dancing is not a strippers only sport. “Because of where it originated (in the strip club) some people still view this form of exercise as taboo,” says Alexander. But lets not be fooled, pole dancing “is genuinely a great total body workout,” she adds. So whether you are looking for a new way to sweat or just want to unleash your sexy side ladies you absolutely must give pole dancing a try…and here is why:
1. You Will Sweat
The first thing I noticed during my pole dancing 101 session with Courtney was, “Yo this is cardio!” My roots were instantly damp and I loved it. So don’t let those sashays and turns fool you girls, in one single class you can burn up to 250 calories.
2. You Will Be A Buff Babe
I lift weights, do push ups and sometimes pull ups, so I was blown away by how sore I was after my first pole dancing class. I mean hello, you have to support your entire body weight with your upper body most of the time, your quadriceps and inner thighs are used to grip the pole during climbs, and lets not forget your core–mine was on fire throughout. So there you have it, total body strength training.
3. You Will Be More Flexible Than Gumby
If you’re not able to bend and touch your toes, pole dancing may be the solution to improve your flexibility. The warm up in an average pole dancing class involves plenty of stretches to reduce tension in the body. Also, moves like splits and backbends are incorporated into some pole moves that significantly improve the body’s flexibility.
4. Your Confidence Will Soar
Once you get the basics down and strengthen your muscles a bit, you will quickly begin to develop some serious skills and a body that makes heads turn. Being confident isn’t just about your state of mind – you will actually start to walk tall and improve your posture.
5. You Will Give Your Mood A RAD Boost
Pole dancing can greatly boost your mood, because well, it’s exercise and like any other form of sweat, your body releases endorphins – the feel good hormone. It also can be an excellent stress reliever. “I started pole dancing about a year or so after my mother passed away and it became my happy constant,” shared Alexander. I could totally relate to this and post class I too felt mentally high for several days to follow.