Once upon a time, pole dancing was only acceptable in gentlemen’s clubs and the very worst (or best?) student clubs (I’m looking at you Zoo Bar) but now the skill and sheer difficulty of pole dancing has led it straight into the fitness scene. I went to try my hand at an X-POLE workshop along with fellow blogger Becs (The Style Dynamo) and my friend Tiff. Here’s the verdict.
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
Pole scores a 3 – this was a tough one to score. The range of skills that can be executed on the pole are endless! There are gravity defying stunts which could cause serious injury if not done with care and proper direction. However, the basics are fairly straight forward and easy to pick up even if you’ve never before moved your body in any way more adventurous than a light jog. So really, the class is adaptable to whatever you’re capable of – many people use pole to get into fitness if they have an aversion to the gym. It gives great results, especially for your abs and arms I must warn you though – bruises are inevitable and you will ache the next day in muscles you didn’t even know you had used!
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
Definitely a 4
! – the idea of a group of people in a room dancing around poles is pretty weird, even to the most liberal. But once you’ve warmed up and done a sexy walk or two around the pole, all inhibitions go out the window! Stacey is an excellent instructor and works hard to keep the class fun and light hearted.
Throughout the class we built up a routine and performed it to music a few times which was a hoot. I especially loved the choice of song – anyone else obsessed with Empire? Because I love you readers so much, I am displaying here something that should never be seen outside of the pole studio…enjoy (please don’t make fun of me)
The Fine Print
This workshop took place in Herts Dance & Fitness in Welwyn Garden City (just North of London) but they will soon be opening a studio in New Barnet so watch this space. A beginner’s pole class costs just £10 and they run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Pole Fit is an excellent way to get in shape, build confidence and have some fun! This is the kind of class that everyone should try at least once – if you need a buddy, I will happily go again 😉