An Intro to Pole Dance Fitness
Once upon a time, most people thought pole fitness meant taking off your clothes and dancing for mysterious men in smoke-filled clubs to pay your bills. While pole has roots in the sultry world of gentlemen’s clubs, pole dance fitness provides an experience that’s a far cry from those assumptions. What’s Pole Fitness? Pole Dance Fitness combines gymnastics, dance, and bodyweight training to create a full body workout that’s fun, sexy, and athletic. There are popular misconceptions that pole dance is something only young babes in their 20s with perfect bodies are allowed to do.
Let us be the first to tell you this is far from the case. Any woman (or man) of any age, size, or shape can enjoy pole fitness without guilt, shame, or embarrassment, especially at our location. Pole fitness is effective for improving full body strength, especially in your upper body. As you learn strength holds that allow you to move with fluidity and poise, you’ll develop a graceful rhythm and style that’s all your own. With every class, you’ll experience athletic improvement in functional strength that can be used in every area of your life.
Fitness Benefits of Pole Dancing
Everyone joins pole dance classes for different reasons. Some women want to enjoy the experience of being a sex kitten in a safe environment; others enjoy the ability to feel like a pole warrior princess. Depending on your experience, benefits of pole include: Weight Loss: You can burn as much as 250 calories in a pole dance class. Of course, pole alone may not cut it. You’ll have to live by the mantra “eat clean, dance dirty” for best results. We’ve seen plenty of students walk through our doors and shed up to 60 pounds – and sometimes more – in six to eight months with consistent pole practice. It’s easy to release weight when you’re having fun and enjoying yourself regularly.
Build and Tone Muscles
Pole fitness shows you how to support your entire body weight using one or both arms, a feat which is way tougher than performing standard biceps curls at the gym. Pole movements build and tone your muscles consistently because they provide a combination of strength training, endurance, and flexibility along with dance movements.
Improved Sex Appeal + Sensuality
Sex appeal and sensuality are very personal journeys. Each and every one of us is only responsible for being sexy and sensual to ourselves and those we deem worthy of seeing us as such. That being said, there’s something to be said for the natural sexiness and fluidity a woman develops with regular pole dance classes. Whether you’re simply indulging for yourself or seeking to learn something special for your lover, pole is something many women have used to reclaim their sensuality.
Greater Poise + Confidence
Improved coordination, balance and personal confidence are also reported – and observed – in regular pole dance attendees. You can’t help but to feel pretty badass once you’ve mastered the art of lifting your entire body up into an inversion wearing 6-inch heels. (Did we mention this is a great skill to have in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse?)
If you’ve found yourself straining to touch your toes, or even enjoy basic yoga poses, then try pole. The movements, stretches, maneuvers learned to execute routines is strengthened through the natural development of flexibility over time. Pole studios often provide supplemental flexibility and contortion classes to help you safely increase your flex appeal for pole moves.
“Some studios are dirty, but Evolve was very clean! There is plenty of parking in the neighborhood and you don’t get a snobbish or competitive vibe from the other students. After your introductory class, they reach out to you via email, so they’re pretty personable as well. Dancing here is definitely fun and a huge workout.” – Yelp Review
What to Expect at Your First Pole Fitness Class
So you’ve been watching YouTube videos, hearing your friends talk about the fun they’ve had trying pole at a birthday party, and you’re so sick and tired of everyone getting in on the fun but you. Now it’s time to jump in and try your first pole class – so where do you begin? First, take a look at our schedule.
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We recommend Pole Virgin
It’s the perfect class for you if you have never taken a pole class. In this class you will be introduced to the basic moves, needed to become a magnificent pole dancer. We suggest you take this class at least 4 times before moving on to our Pole Vixen Classes. What Happens in Pole Virgin? First, you will begin with the warm-up, which incorporates Yoga and Pilates in a sexy way. Next, you’ll learn pole transitions, like Around the World, for example. These moves are done around the pole without lifting your body. After this, you’ll learn Pole Spins like the Firefly and Sun Wheel. Class will finish with a quick routine that combines all moves and before leading to our official cool down. Click Here to Schedule Pole Virgin!
What to Wear to Your First Pole Dancing Class
Most pole dance enthusiasts and class members wear a tank top and shorts. Depending on your comfort level, you might not be ready to bare so much skin – and that’s okay. We recommend a tank top and shorts, but if this isn’t your style, feel free to come in your athletic capris and yoga pants. While we strongly recommend a tank top, a short sleeve shirt is also acceptable.
Be advised: you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and pants in order to have skin free. Your skin is what’s needed to grip the pole and gain traction in movements – especially skin at the crook of your bendy joints such as knees and elbows. You can opt to tie your hair in a ponytail or bun, or keep it loose. Body sprays are okay as long as they’re not too strong. And shoes? Industry standard is 6-inch heels, however, you definitely won’t lose out on anything if you attend your pole classes barefoot until you’re ready to try your moves in heels. With that being said, there are two things we definitely stress for all class members:
1. No/Minimal jewelry
2. No Body Lotions, Oils, or Gels
Why No Jewelry?
In order to prevent accidents, snags, scratches and damage to your jewelry or the poles, we prefer you take your jewelry off or keep it to a minimum. There’s never any fun in performing a pole move and hearing the unsightly screech of a ring scraping along a metal pole. Also, the jewelry impedes your grip, which is not helpful for learning. (You also keep the stress of loss stones and jewelry pieces at bay.) Why No Body Lotion or Moisturizers? Your skin needs to be dry, and skin conditioners and lotions tend to add an extra layer of lubrication that makes you slippery. Lipids, oils, and slick moisturizers not only contain ingredients other members may be allergic to, but they coat the pole with slickness that makes mastering moves hard at any level. Yes, we know the last thing you want to do is walk into class looking like Ashy Larry, but we promise nobody will probably notice, and you won’t be the only one. (Don’t worry; you actually end up getting used to the no lotion rule over time.)
“I had my first class here the other day and it was just pure fun! Lori was very nice, fun, and helpful. I’m hoping the more I go the stronger and better I’ll become. Can’t wait for my next class! It’s truly a different but great twist on a workout while letting out your inner sex vixen.” – Yelp Review
Incorporating Pole Dance in Your Lifestyle
Perhaps one of the reasons you’ve considered pole is to add an exciting enhancement to your lifestyle and wellness routine. Like we’ve discussed, pole fitness is excellent for toning and building muscles, shedding unnecessary weight, and building full body strength and endurance.
With a physician’s approval, we recommend incorporating pole dance fitness in an overall lifestyle management program that includes clean eating, adequate amounts of fresh water, and some cross training. Cross training activities that pair well with pole dance fitness include yoga, Pilates, kettlebell training, CrossFit, Fluidity, and running.
One thing Evolve instructors also absolutely love are green juices and smoothies. Green juices and smoothies are full of raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes that improve your health and well being. They’re featured in popular fasts and diets, but they’re best incorporated as a consistent part of a healthy lifestyle. We’re not saying you have to have a green drink morning, noon, and night, but it wouldn’t hurt to try one two to three times per week to see if it helps give you added energy to power through your pole routines!