Boy was I in for a surprise! After one hour-long class, every muscle in my body was quivering, and I was slightly discouraged that I couldn’t do half the moves the instructor showed in this ‘introductory’ class. At the end of class, I was told that I need to wear less clothing, as skin on pole contact is best and my go-to sweats and tee-shirt just weren’t cutting it.
Refusing to be a quitter, I took the same ‘intro to pole’ class exactly one week later, this time, armed with my determination and the required ‘uniform’ of 5-inch clear Lucite platform heels and tank and skorts ensemble. After my second class, I was shocked by my strength gains. I was ‘spinning’ and ‘climbing’ before I knew it. Plus, it was fun!
Despite gasps of shock from family and friends (“you’re doing what?”), I was hooked and determined to fit pole fitness into my life. Just a few classes later, I feel stronger, longer, and leaner. And I want you to feel the same! I sat down with the ladies at NY Pole, one of the premier pole fitness companies in New York, to dispel the stereotypes and find out why all women should give pole fitness a try. Here’s what I learned:
1. It’s Risqué
“The stereotype of what pole dancing means to the majority of people, although changing and getting better every day, is part of the allure to some women,” says instructor Tracy Traskos, of NY Pole. It’s also a great conversation topic at parties or even at work.
2. It’s like Role Playing
Besides the fact that you get to wear 6-inch stilettos when you work out, you also get to be a sex siren for an hour. Coupled with building the leg and arm strength needed to climb the pole and hold yourself up and the coordination to follow the choreography, you get to do moves like head and hip rolls, mimicking the sexy dancers you often see at strip clubs (while toning at the same time!)
3. Female Bonding
“Women who take the classes together create great friendships while bonding over the fun of pole dancing,” Traskos says. “Also, no one is catty or judgmental so it’s a place you can be free to look foolish if you want to!”