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Pole Dancing - why not give it a go?

Updated on November 24, 2012

Pole dancing has become an increasingly popular exercise. Not so many years ago it was associated with strip clubs and seedy nightclubs. However, things have moved on a long way and this form of exercise is now practised in gyms, dance studios and even the home environment.

Pole dancing takes place on a vertical pole that is fixed to a ceiling and floor. The pole has the ability to spin or to remain locked depending on the user’s preference. It is a form of exercise that demands both anaerobic and aerobic exercise and provides a very good all-round workout.

Pole dancing exercise;

The nature of this form of exercise involves flexibility, stamina and strength (especially upper body strength). The exercise is great for toning and building upper body and core strength. It requires some gymnastic, acrobatic and dance skills. All of which can be learnt by a beginner.

Pole dancing for beginners;

When you first begin it is quite difficult to remain on the pole for more than a few minutes. It takes time to build strength. You may find yourself covered in bruises and sometimes friction burns. Your muscles may feel stiff, as you will use many muscles that may not usually get a good workout.

What to wear? – It is generally recommended to keep the arms and legs exposed as this makes it easier to grip the pole. As for footwear, some pole dancers wear 4 inch high heels and others go barefoot. It’s your choice.

Do not wear creams or moisturisers or you will not be able to grip the pole.

Remove your jewellery to avoid scratching the pole.

Pole dancing for kids - Children as young as 5 have been known to sign up for pole dancing. There has been some outcry at this claiming that it teaches young children inappropriate moves and is associated with the sex trade. Most trainers would strongly disagree and encourage children to participate in a healthy fun activity that keeps them fit and strong. They argue it is a combination of gymnastics and dance.

Not bad for a 47year old Grandmother.
Not bad for a 47year old Grandmother.

What is the upper age ?

There is no upper age for pole dancing. Anyone can join in the fun and work towards the level that best suits them and their ability.

Pole dancing can be enjoyed by all. It's a great way to meet people, have some fun and get a good work out. Once you know a few pole dance moves, you can jump on a pole anywhere.

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      It's great to watch and takes skill and endurance.

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      sudhathakur 4 years ago from Chandigarh, India

      Pole dancing must be considered for the next Olympics. It takes real strength to perform a pole dance and the more you practice, the more you excel in this.

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Hi lindacee. It is an incredible workout and is something that takes time to learn, more so for strength and endurance. Limbs can also be quite sore too. The health benefits are huge and it's so much fun. My 9 yr old nephew is excellent - I'm in awe.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great introduction to pole dancing, samnashy. They say it is an incredible workout. I also heard they may be considering it as an Olympic event -- I find that hard to believe, but these days nothing would surprise me! ;)

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Carol. It's takes a bit of time, not that I'm an expert. The photo's are all of my extrovert sister - love her to bits.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Though I am never going to do this what fun to read about it. Great photos and voting up.