I first started pole dancing because of a New Years resolution – along with the standard ‘drink less’, ‘eat less chocolate’ type statements on my list (none of which I stuck to by the way) I added ‘try a new hobby’ on there as well. I’m glad to say I stuck to this resolution and haven’t looked back since.
I would highly recommend adding it to your resolution list for 2017 too if you haven’t already tried it. The benefits to pole dancing for fitness are endless but here are just a few:
1. Get strong 💪
It goes without saying that if you’re flipping yourself upside down and hanging by your arms you’re going to get strong. Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be expected to do this in your first few classes – it’s something you build up over time without really realising you’re even doing it. It also motivates you to keep getting stronger so you can master that next move.
2. Find new friends
There is such a thing as a pole family and you’ll find it when you start going to pole classes. A pole family cheers you on through each new move and laughs with you at all of the failed attempts. If you’re lucky you might find friends for life who you can compare bruises and burns with, and meet up with outside of class.
3. Build self-confidence
Spending week in-week out in tiny shorts, building and toning muscles, losing weight, meeting new people – it goes without saying that all of these things will do wonders for your self-confidence and will hopefully leave you feeling like you can conquer everything in your life, not just the pole.
4. Become more flexible and improve coordination
Doing countless spins and controlling your own body weight to reach moves will naturally increase your ability to coordinate yourself and be more aware of your body. Also to continue to get better and reach certain moves you have to try and become more flexible. These traits then, in turn, come in handy in everyday life too – I am only half as clumsy as I used to be!
5. Your sense of achievement will be unbeatable
There is no better feeling than working up to a move for a while and then finally reaching it, watching yourself go from strength to strength and impressing non-pole people with your skills. It may be a big challenge, and hurt a bit, but I would recommend anyone to try it no matter who they are.
So go on, have a go!
If you need some tips on how to start, check out my post about learning how to pole dance if you’re a beginner here >> Learn how to pole dance <<
Let me know if you have any questions on starting pole fitness or if you have any good stories about when you first tried it out.