dancing around pole fitness

pole dance

Whenever someone mentioned the words “pole dance,” like most people, Maiah visualized a sequined bikini, a Neil Armstrong-like desire to defy gravity and, ahem, the “human anatomy.” After attending her first class, Maiah tells us that pole dancing was more much sweat and tears than it was T&A.

dancing around pole fitness

With a new job (as an educator!), new roommates and living in a new city in California, I made it my goal to be open to as many new things as possible. Despite all my apprehensions (and maybe even some misconceptions), I was intrigued by the idea of a pole dancing class and the way it was quickly becoming the trendiest way to sweat.

I spent some time researching studios online and found one in my local Carlsbad neighborhood. Comforted by the fact that I was attending “pole fitness” rather than “pole dancing,” I reserved a spot online and was ready to cross this item off my bucket list.

what to expect from a pole fitness class

The promise that the class would focus on a routine that includes ‘poses, transitions and spins designed to build strength and get your blood pumping’ was spot-on. The class started on a yoga mat warming up the body with some great stretches and toning exercises. From here we moved into some pole work where I quickly realized that upper body and core strength are essential to succeed at this discipline.

top tips for mastering the pole

If there’s one thing I’d like to make clear, it’s that pole fitness is no walk in the park. Far beyond my expectation, the class proved to be an amazing aerobic and anaerobic workout. I was initially sore and slightly bruised but once I learned a few basic moves and spins, I was surprised how skillful and competent I felt. One tip I found helpful is to keep those toes pointed and extend the legs for a beautiful line in the body. I also found that I needed attire that allowed for a great range of motion. I wore my boogie shorts, the same ones I wear for hot yoga.

One of the best aspects of pole fitness is the way I see myself incorporating my flexibility and strength from my yoga, gymnastics and ballet background. What started as the need to fulfill a curious desire has developed into a weekly fitness commitment.

While pole fitness has become Maiah’s new favourite way to sweat, she’s still committed to her goal of trying new things. What other fitness bandwagons should she hop on?

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I think she should try suspended yoga if she hasn’t already! Super fun!

Comment by Miranda — September 2, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

“What other fitness bandwagons should she hop on?”

More anti-gravity and weightless fitness on the Omni-Gym (yogaswing)!! Its amazing! I think I might even like it better than pole fitness, but they are both amazing :)

Comment by maria — September 2, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

hey I have done a pole dancing class…..and it is an awesome workout. It is certainly no walk in the park. I work out regularily with a trainer, and I found it tough. I have a new respect for pole dancers …..It is a lot of fun and certainly lots of laughs….I would encourage anyone who who has not tried it to give it a spin!!!

Comment by Kelly — September 2, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

I’m a pole dancer there’s one year and a half. Pole dance made me abandon yoga, spinning and weight training. I know quite a few moves – but there’s still plenty to learn! here in two weeks I’ll be participating of the Brazilian Pole Championship!

Have fun on the pole, and luck for both of us!

Comment by Laura — September 4, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

My friend & I are hooked onto pole dance ever since the gym offers pole classes last year. Both of us find it easier to learn pole with our yoga practices. We are really amazed by strength & flexibilty of the pole dancers. There are always so much fun & laughter in the classes.

Comment by Tatiana — September 5, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

Give Aerial Circus a go Maiah. It involves trapeze, rope, silks (tissue) and hoop (lyra). Not sure if Carlsbad has a studio but if you can find one it’s my favourite way to sweat! And it will be right up your ally if you like pole. And somewhere between yoga and silks is anti-gravity yoga – which is fun also.

Comment by Erin Marie — September 6, 2011 @ 8:48 am

Hey, that’s the studio I dance in!

Pole dancing is so much fun, and I’m ALWAYS exhausted after our workouts!

Comment by Amanda — September 8, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

I’d love to hear more about this the better you get! I am interested in taking classes but I’m only 18 so I’m worried my parents won’t approve…

Comment by Robyn — September 16, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

Amazing!I really want to have a try!

Comment by dance dress — January 6, 2012 @ 3:36 am

Thank you Maiah for sharing your Pole Fitness experience with us, and I’m so glad you had the courage to do something new! The boogie shorts are so great for pole, as well as the Pace Setter and Chase Me Skirts. Wishing you loads of fun as you continue with your fitness adventures.

Comment by Stephanie — December 31, 2012 @ 7:59 am

At Cheeky Girls, my clients wear mostly the Pace Setter Skirt because the ruffles look pretty as you spin around the pole, as well as the No Limits Tank and CoolbackRacer. As long as the tank is high enough that you have coverage when sliding off the pole on your chest :) I love lululemon, as you can tell from my Ambassador picture featured at the top of this article!

Comment by Stephanie — December 31, 2012 @ 8:04 am

I’m glad you decided to give pole dancing classes a try! I teach pole dancing classes in St Louis Mo at Pink Lemon Studio. For anyone interested in trying a class, I encourage you to come join us. We are a friendly and supportive group of women who are looking for a fun and engaging way to keep fit. http://www.PinkLemonStudio.com

Comment by Jennifer — December 3, 2013 @ 11:02 am

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