Calm down chaps, this isn’t an article about pole dancing as you know it. Today I’m going to be looking at pole dancing as a genuine form of exercise. Granted I did get a few man point nods from my mates when I said I’d bought my girlfriend (Amy) a pole for valentine’s day, but the fact is having had a sly go on it (when Amy was out), it’s so much more difficult and testing than I expected.
I don’t have a problem doing chin ups, or press ups, climbing ropes or anything involving lifting my own bodyweight (or so I thought), but stick me on a pole and suddenly the next day my forearms ached, shoulders were tight and Lats (latissimus dorsi) burnt like a hot chilli pepper. In an effort to regain some man points, I’m going to liken pole dancing to gymnastics (thank you Louis Smith for making gymnastics respectable for males and bringing it into the mainstream).
Since Amy started going to classes once a week and practising a couple of times a week at home (five weeks ago), she has reduced her body fat by 3%. If you follow my blogs on a monthly basis you will know that I’m a big believer in trying all forms of exercise and like to profile a different ‘sport’ each month. Of all the activities I’ve sampled none has given results like this so quickly, with only three sessions a week.
In it’s pure form, pole dancing is an artistic form of dance and gymnastics that I’m told is great fun for women. Like dancing it requires grace, finesse and stamina, and like gymnastics you need to be strong and flexible. I’m the last person to speak to or hear from regarding grace or dancing, but strength exercises I can get behind.
Pole dancing requires core, upper body, and lower body strength. It’s a full body workout that burns fat, builds lean muscle and is enjoyable for those who want to try something that’s a bit unconventional. You must, however, be prepared to embrace bruises (don’t say I didn’t warn you)!
Darran Law is the At Home Fitness Personal Trainer in Solihull