Cardio Striptease

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I was looking for some fun new exercises to shape up for this summer when I found the Cardio-strip and strip-aerobic routines. I must admit that I am not very fond of aerobic exercise, I prefer Yoga, Pilates or some form of dancing like belly dancing, lambada or salsa. Anything that is fun to do and can be applied to everyday life. That is why the cardio strip caught my attention.

What is Cardio Strip?

Cardiovascular exercise refers to raising your heart rate to a level where you are working out but can still talk. Cardio striptease is a low impact aerobic workout that uses striptease moves. Between aerobics and a sensual yoga it is the routine that will not only work out your body but also your self confidence and sex appeal as it not only focuses on fitness but also in being and feeling sexy. One might say that strip aerobics and cardio striptease are as much about losing inhibitions as weight.

Introduction to Cardio Striptease

Why do Strip Aerobics?

Cardio striptease is a fun alternative to more traditional workouts. Not only do you tone your body but you have fun while doing it. If you choose the pole dancing version, you will use a pole and dance like a professional. After all, wouldn't you like to feel like a "pole dancer" for an hour just to unwind from a boring job? When you finish your routine, you are not only fully worked out but you are also feeling sexier.

You do not need any special clothes or shoes to practice cardio strip tease. In fact, most teachers prefer to practice bare footed. But if you are like me -born with a pair of high heels glued to your feet- you can do your workout on your 6 inches stilettos!

Some people practice with several layers of clothes so they can strip while dancing, but stripping is not a requirement for any of the routines. However, you can go to your workout wearing your fetish boa or fluffy scarf to add fun to your cardio session.

Pole dancing fitness

The Benefits of Cardio strip

  1. The Cardio Strip workout is designed to physically strengthen your body and improve your flexibility.
  2. Once you have learnt the basics, you can start using some of the movements when you go clubbing. You will be the star of the dance floor!
  3. A Cardio Strip workout will give you a toned and more flexible body.
  4. Being at ease with your body and its natural rhythm, will help you feel sexier and happier with your body shape.
  5. Learning to dance in a sensual fashion will uncover the "sexy beast" hidden within you!
  6. You can not only show off your newly toned body to your partner, but you can also entertain him with a professional striptease. More than likely the workout will continue and you both will burn much more calories together.
  7. If you are ever out of work and in the rough, at least you will have a skill to draw on for some quick money while having fun!

Carmen Electra's Workout

Carmen Electra's Full 54min. work out

Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease

Carmen Electra, a former ‘Baywatch’ babe, features in a whole series of aerobic striptease that you can buy on DVD and practice at home. From being filmed in front of a bed, to being filmed in the famous Studio 54. She aims to help you feel sexy and have fun while working out. Most of her routines condition and strengthen the body targeting hips, thighs, bottom and abs.

Like Carmen says: "it’s the type of workout that isn’t boring, you learn dance moves, how to strip-tease and how to give a lap dance. So you never get bored doing it”.

Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease

Where can you do it?

If you live in America, you are in luck. They have probably the most fitness clubs that offer this type of workout.

In the UK, the Goddess School of Pole dancing offers classes starting from 90£ for six weeks. Their emphasis is on helping you love your curves and maximise your assets through pole dancing skills. It is a very relaxed, fun approach. For the advanced levels they include Pilates in the pole dance routine to help strengthen the muscles of the back, the abdomen and the pelvic floor. The addition of Pilates also emphasises proper breathing to help control your movements during the exercises. Remember that proper breathing and muscle control helps also in your sex life.

For those who like me, live in a small town and do not fancy meeting their neighbours while pole dancing, you can always buy a video or DVD or even try a session online.

Sheila Kelly's S factor

Kelly is one of the trainers who have introduced her own workout called the S factor to Hollywood stars. She has a studio in LA where she encourages her students to wear whatever makes them feel sexy. Kelly focuses on really slow and sensual routines. Among her students, Kelly counts women who had breast cancer. For them the workout helps them not only physically but also psychologically to regain their femininity.

Sheila Kelley's S Factor pole dance in Hollywood

Who can do it?

It is supposed to be for anyone; men and women of all ages. Although some schools like the Goddess School of Pole Dancing are only women orientated. Usually routines start with slow, rounded warm ups; back stretches and spine circling then advance to more strenuous movements.

Does it work?

The workout claims to burn 400 to 500 calories, per hour, for a 135-pound woman. After all... how many top overweight strippers have you seen? Then... I would say, it works!

An added benefit to practising cardio striptease is that even if you DO NOT lose all the weight you expected or if you didn't achieve the shape you always dreamt of... You will feel more confident with your curves and of course sexier than ever.

Lap Dancing Instead of Running Laps? Certainly I DO prefer it!

Cardio Striptease: Feeling Good Routine

© 2008 Wendy Iturrizaga

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Comments 38 comments

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

luv da hub!

Sounds like a fun idea!!


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RFox 8 years ago

Awesome idea....hubby must love it too! ;)


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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

In New York its very popular and my sister has a website with information on pole dancing. Its a sexy and fun way of keeping in shape!


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prasadjain 8 years ago from Tumkur

How much information you have presented! hats off!


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

Compu-smart: Somehow I suspected that you would like this :-)

R-Fox: You are right... husbands and boyfirends are all for it.

Violet: I love New York, a place where you can find anything! I have to content myself with the DVD and the online curses.

Prasadjain: thanks for the comment!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Great hub! I have no words...

I´m already trying to convince my partner to search for Cardio Striptease curses, I know I will love it :D


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

funride, if you do not find any courses in your area you can always get a DVD and practice toguether ;-)


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Jondolar 8 years ago from Tacoma, WA

Princessa,

Oh man... All I can say is, I'd last about five minutes doing this before progressing on to "another" activity. (-; Cowabonga!


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Seems like great fun, I will suggest this to my friends, they would love it. Cheers.


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

I've heard about this! I feel like I would probably end up wrecking my back, lol


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Decrescendo 8 years ago

Cool find. Thanks for the health information.


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

If I could move like Carmen Electra, I could do those stripper moves a lot easier. If I looked her, I wouldn't have to do them at all. I don't know how she gets her hips going like that.

I'm gonna need a LOT of practice.


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crazycat 8 years ago from Philippines

I think this is fun and worth a try.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

Thanks for your comments guys.

Jondolar: I don't think you would have any problem following one of this routines, you look quite sporty to me ;-)

Crazycat, Cgull and glassvisage: Done under proper supervision, cardiostrip can be really fun!

You are welcome Decrescendo... hope you give it a try!

Shirley: Practice makes perfect :-)


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francetales 8 years ago from Toulouse, France

That was funny, as good as the tecktonik.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

Francetales: What about starting a new French trend... the STRIPTONIK ?


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glycodoc 8 years ago

I can't imagine this not being a hit!


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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

Anything to get people exercising is great, no matter what you call it!

Super hub.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

glycodoc: You are right, cardio striptease should be a hit ;-)

pjdscott: any exercise is good for you but if you can have have fun while doing it... even better. Thanks for your comment :)


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danieltetreault 8 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada

I am going to assume this Hub is geared towards women in general. Are there any men out there who would try this? Just curious. I don't think I would or at least openly admit it!

Daniel Tetreault

PS I know a guy with a pole in his apartment. But I think it is for the various girls attending his wild parties. Maybe he secretly dances around it late at night when nobody is watching. LOL!!!


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nicolap 8 years ago from Dorset, UK

That sounds one helluva lot more interesting than step aerobics! I'll have to see if I can find a class near me.


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

danieltetreault: Yes, there are many men trying this :)

nicolap: It is really fun to do. I hate aerobic training but I have tried this and it is sooo much fun that I am hooked!


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tbryson 8 years ago from Orange County

way more fun than a step class or spin. And the music and social part is great too. Great hub. http://www.dancerpole.org


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Princessa 8 years ago from France Author

tbryson: this is certainly more fun than any other routine I have tried ;)


Tsene 8 years ago

nice article ;)


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Jeniferr 7 years ago from United States

What the heck? Looks like fun but I don't know if I have the courage to do this, lol. I bet my boyfriend would like it though. :)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Tsene: Good you liked it!

Jeniferr: I bet you are right. Men love their woman doing this kind of thing, and you do not need to be an expert to do it. Just find the courage and have fun doing it, it is amazing how liberating it can be :)


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Wow! Just stumbled upon this hub Wendy. It is soooo cool, and so true! Who said workouts should be boring? :)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Misha: you know me... I love having fun and I DO prefer Lap Dancing instead of Running Laps!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL I can't wait to meet you in person Wendy, for some lap dancing. Hope this will happen eventually :)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

Misha: LOL only if YOU promise doing the dancing first ;)


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Are you sure you want 90kg body on your laps? :O


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Princessa 7 years ago from France Author

I promise... no touching LOL


TheSandman 7 years ago

Hello,

What do you recommend for a guy in his early 60's with one bad knee and one bad hip on the same side. I have been very athletic all my life and still consider my self in good shape. I just bought a recumbent bike, what do you think of that idea?? PS I don't think a stripper pole is for me :-)


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deancortez044 6 years ago from Las Vegas

This really is a great workout for women, and a way to spice up your relationship as well :) I bought my girlfriend some pole dancing lessons for her birthday and she's been loving it.


krystieboh 6 years ago

wow,great hub! very enticing! hmmm . . . looks fun!


hartingale 5 years ago

Cardio striptease - I like the idea - in my hub I suggest that you get a pole at home for more of the "striptease part of poledancing and learn a few moves in a class.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Poledancingpoles

The fact it is good for you and great exercise doesn't mean that it isn't also damn sexy.


Hiit 5 years ago

Great and well written hub. Great information.

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