Most fitness programs tout weight loss more loudly than any other benefit. Pole is a great way to lose weight too, and maybe that’s why you got into it to begin with. But a funny thing happens to many dedicated polers: whether they came into pole to lose weight or for some other reason, they can end up not really caring about dropping those extra pounds. In fact, there are several reasons polers with curves might want to keep them!
You get stronger by lifting more weight
Pole is a bodyweight exercise, which means that you only work with what you weigh. So that means that polers who weigh more are lifting more weight, and that sounds like a better workout to me! Unlike with some bodyweight exercises like air squats where you’re just using your bodyweight but not really lifting all of it, with pole you are actually literally lifting all that weight. Carrying it with your arms and your hands and your legs up the pole and moving it around in the air. When you start to think about doing that with ankle weights on, you start to realize what a big difference those extra pounds can make to your workout!
You need the extra surface area to grip the pole
When you’re holding onto the pole with your hands, there are only a few things that matter—the size of your hands, the size of the pole, and the grippiness of both. But when you’re holding on with your thighs, your armpits, or your elbows, it’s a whole other story. Extra meat on the thighs just means there’s more of you to hang onto the pole with when you go into your layback. Extra arm and boobage can save your Teddy or your Rocketman. If you’re just hard bones and muscle, those things aren’t great to grip the pole with because there’s not enough give. Some softer areas can really help you cling.
You have extra lusciousness for floor work
You know what’s funny about pole? It always hurts, even if you’re not on the pole. Floor work causes just as many pinches and bruises as the aerial aspects. And you don’t get a nice rubbery mat like in yoga. If you’re at the studio or performing in a competition, it’s just you and the floor. That can be painful, especially if your bones and joints are digging into the floor, which they invariably will be at some point. Having a little extra layer of you there can take the edge off. Be your own yoga mat.
Polers appreciate and love their bodies
What is it about pole fitness that makes us come to appreciate our bodies just the way they are? We used to say it had to do with the sensual empowerment aspects of pole—but we find this confidence and self-esteem even in purely athletic studios. Maybe it has to do with appreciating our bodies’ abilities instead of their appearances. Maybe we get so used to seeing ourselves and our friends in our Brazil Shorts that we realize how silly our insecurities are. Or maybe it’s just because pole is so damn flattering. Whatever the reason, polers seem to be happier with their bodies at whatever the weight.
Many people get into pole to lose weight, and many do lose weight, and many are still trying. If any of that is you, that’s great! But if you find yourself appreciating what those extra pounds can do for you in the studio, that’s great, too.
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Article written by Natalie Roberts and originally posted at http://www.dailyhiit.com/hiit-blog/hiit-life/fitness/17-problems-pole-dancers-will-understand/
Taking up pole dancing is brilliant – I’ve loved it since my very first lesson, and couldn’t imagine my life without pole in it, but there are a number of problems every pole dancer will experience at some point in their lives.
1. You’re coated in bruises
At first I was worried about the fact I kept bruising after each pole session because I hated the way it made my legs look in shorts or skirts, and obviously didn’t want anyone to think that I had been beaten, but then I learned to embrace my pole bruises (or pole trophies as I call them now), and I actually get excited when I see a new bruise! Weird – I know, but if you’re a poler you’ll understand. There’s a huge feeling of accomplishment when you’ve mastered a new move and have an awesome new bruise to remind you of it!
2. Friction burns become a regular feature on your body
Alongside the bruising, you’ll often develop friction burns. This is going to sound crazy, but, as painful as they are, I love them because I know that they’re a sign I’ve worked hard. The only way to stop this is to stop pole – and why would you do that? Pole is awesome!
3. People constantly ask if you’re a stripper
Yes, I do pole dancing, but no I am not a ‘pole dancer’ in THAT way…and even if I was, that would’ve been my choice to make! The stereotype associated with pole dancing is slowly fading, but for some it’s still around, and when you post photos to social media sites and get asked ‘how much love?’ it can be upsetting at first, but after a while you learn to laugh it off.
4. You can’t afford all of the amazingly beautiful pole outfits you want
This fits right in with the typical thing of not being able to afford all of the clothes you want in general, but it could possibly be even more upsetting – yes really! There are countless gorgeous pole outfits available, but most of us can’t justify buying many of them as they tend to be pretty expensive. I just want to glide around the pole coated in sequins and sparkling like a Christmas tree – is that so wrong!? Sadly, I’m yet to find a solution to this problem though – please comment if you have one!
5. Your shoe collection is getting out of control
Pleaser shoes – just the word makes my bank balance drop. These are shoes designed specifically for pole dancing and, as I’m a huge fan of shoes in general, the thought of buying pleasers excites me far more than buying pole outfits. I’m actually yet to purchase some official pleasers though – as my bank balance just won’t allow it yet, but I’ve found loads of stunning shoes which, until I can afford the real thing, look just as good.
6. You eat, sleep and breathe pole
Pole dancing is hugely addictive! Once you’re into it, it’s hard to stop thinking about it, and you find yourself Googling new move ideas, inspirational videos to watch and just talking to everyone about pole – whether they’re interested or not! There’s no solution to this because, in my opinion, it’s not a bad thing
7. No pole is safe
Not only do you never stop thinking about pole, but you never stop doing pole! My friends find it hilarious that I can’t walk past a ‘good looking pole’ – polers you know what I mean – without climbing it and pulling a pose. Lamposts, street signs, goal posts, tube rails…no pole is safe! Again though, there’s no solution to this – why? Because it’s awesome!
8. Other workouts seem boring in comparison
I love exercising, but honestly – no other workout makes me feel as happy (and strong and sexy) as pole. Nothing even comes close.
9. You learn to accept that tops just don’t fit well anymore
Pole dancing is amazing for getting into shape, but nobody tells you that your arms and shoulders will become bigger and stronger while your waist becomes thinner….awesome I know, but it makes buying tops impossible. I have a number of tops that fit perfectly on my torso, but cling so tightly to my arms that it’s like a mini operation to take them off! Solution…erm…sorry I don’t have one.
10. You’re desperate to get a pole of your own
After the first few lessons you realise that you’d progress so much faster if you could practise at home, and you become desperate to get a pole in your house. They’re actually very reasonably priced, but it’s still a lot of money to find – unless you’re wealthy – in which case send me some pole clothes – please!
11. Once you have a pole of your own, nothing else gets done
I’m serious – housework, cooking – it all gets forgotten. Many even contemplate pulling a sicky from work to play on the pole! As I said earlier though – it’s majorly addictive – but forgetting everything around you just seems so worth it when you’re able to say ‘but look at this fabulous new move I just mastered!’
12. You wish you had a spare room just for pole
The other problem with having your own pole – most of the time there’s not really enough room for it and you end up kicking the walls/chairs/bed as you try to perform your favourite moves. My only solution to this – and it may hurt you to read this – is that you’re just going to have to cut back on the extended style moves until you get back in the studio for your lessons.
13. You feel immense anger that you’re not yet strong enough/flexible enough to do certain moves
From day one I started researching new moves and hoping and waiting for the day that I could do them…and getting angry when I realised, even after loads of practising, that I still wasn’t strong enough. It’s all good though because you’ll find that you spend pretty much all of your spare time stretching or just repeatedly trying the moves to build your strength…and this will make you an even better poler!
14. When the pole is just too slippy
We’ve all been there, and sadly this happens all of the time – the pole just won’t let you grip. To non polers that might sound crazy, but the damn cold weather makes the pole too slippy. I’ve spent many lessons feeling uptight because – like a bad hair day – it just wouldn’t happen. There is a fantastic solution to this though – Tite grip! Yay!
15. Your hands resemble a builder’s
Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with builder’s hands, but when the rest of you looks like a sleek and sexy gazelle, while your hands look like Shrek, it’s not the best thing.
16. You just don’t want to do both sides
We all have our favourite side for pole – it’s the one that’s stronger (obviously), but we also know that we should work both sides to prevent one side of our bodies from being far stronger (and looking far more toned) than the other. This sucks. Yes – we know we need to do it, and unfortunately there’s not solution to this problem, but it just sucks.
17. You somehow end up in a fantastic new pole position, but have no idea what it’s called
We’ve all done it – attempted a new move, failed, but somehow managed to create a totally awesome move from the mess up! Now comes the incredibly annoying Google search for that position’s name – ‘what is it called on the pole when your……..?’ Been there? We all have…I’ve learnt to stop caring about the name of that crazy new move you just found, and just enjoy it.
How many of these pole ‘problems’ can you relate to? Let me know if you can think of any more!
The bass resonates in the floorboards and vibrates up through the soles of my feet. My hips begin to sway from side to side, testing their boundaries. I run my fingers through my hair and if you were to look into my eyes, they would be saying, “Come over here, I dare you”.
How Every Woman Feels Pole Dancing. Seriously, you can’t help but feel like this.
A couple of months ago, I started pole dancing as a new form of exercise. Four months later and I am totally addicted. To the point that I can’t stop talking about it, and want all my friends, and potentially ALL WOMEN everywhere, to try it out.
I know to many of you this may sound crazy, but trust me, the experience is amazing and completely life changing. The pole? Life changing? YES. Well not just the pole, more the class in general.
I have been interested in the political issues surrounding the female body for years. It’s such a loaded subject – concepts of ownership, decency, guilt, shame, and intrigue all rolled into one little body! Because of this, as an artist, the depiction of the female form was one of my favorite subjects. I understood the power of the feminine theoretically, but somehow I was still separate from it. For example, I loved reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and thinking/discussing the ideas presented in the book. Yet something was still missing in my own life and I couldn’t figure out how to bridge the gap with logic.
Cut to a few years later. I have a few friends who have tried pole dancing and love it. Then I see this TED Talk by S Factor founder Sheila Kelley. It sounds like the living embodiment of what I was trying to convey in my artwork, so I decide to give it a whirl. Now, I am finishing up level 2, moving onto my next 8-week session in a few days and I just can’t get enough. And for the first time, I feel like I understand all those theories I loved reading about. I don’t understand them in my head. I understand them in my body and in my soul. And I didn’t think my way there. I danced.
The support of this female community is amazing.
With that said, these are my top 5 reasons that I think every woman should try pole dancing. And if there is a studio in your neck of the woods, I definitely recommend trying it!
1. Gain strength
Pole dancing increases your overall strength. Climbing and twirling on that pole requires some massive arm and core strength! To prepare you, each class comes with an hour-long mat warm-up/workout, tweaking moves from dance, yoga, and pilates to name a few. Going to class just once a week, it’s amazing how much stronger, and more toned, you get!
2. Become more flexible
Like many forms of dance, pole dancing improves your flexibility. Keeping your spine and legs flexible has so many health benefits! It can reduce your risk of injury, improve your posture, increase your blood flow, and reduce stress. Even if you are an active person who loves cardio, you can benefit by adding a stretching routine to your daily repertoire!
3. The support of an amazing female community
This is hands down one of my favorite parts of S Factor. How often do you get women stepping into their sensuality and cheering each other on? It’s great seeing all the girls in my class week after week, and noticing how far each of us has come from those first awkward steps in the intro class. There is no competition, only support.
4. Learn to feel comfortable in your own body
Pole dancing teaches you to be comfortable in your body, to revel in it, to love each and every curve (…or lack thereof)! There are women of all shapes and sizes. At first, we all wear the standard workout gear: a pair of sweats or yoga pants and a t-shirt. Then within just a few weeks, the shorts start getting shorter, eventually shoulders and bellies are revealed. It’s honestly an amazing transformation and such a wonderful thing to witness and be a part of. Women are strutting their stuff and feeling good about themselves!
We are inundated with daily cultural messages that we are not good enough (till we buy this face cream, lose those 10 pounds using this new diet, have it all perfectly together, etc.). It is so refreshing that after a two-hour class you can walk out and feel sexy just as you are.
5. Which brings to my last point, the permission to be sensual and feminine.
Many of us are not comfortable being sexy or sensual. If you are anything like me, those were just not words that I ever used to describe myself. I was more comfortable with words like cute, but not sexy. Sexy is dangerous. And that my friends, is what makes it exciting.
In this class you have permission to be feminine, sensual, and unabashedly SEXY. You can let your body move, and be moved, by the music without thinking about it. There is no following an instructor or dissecting how you look in the mirror. Let your hair down, shake that ass, and just let go.
Somehow, it connects me to a deeper part of myself that I was never able to access before and there is a wellspring of strength and creativity there. And it feels so great, like I am finally coming home into my own body.
There you have it. Now you know why you won’t be getting me off the pole, or out of my class, anytime soon. I look forward to that Saturday afternoon the whole week – the low lights, the music, and two hours spent simply having fun with other women.
– See more at: http://www.singingbirdhealth.com/blog/2014/05/5-reasons-you-cant-keep-me-off-the-pole#sthash.Yd9sdKgN.dpuf