Pole Dancing for Fitness and Strength
With new exercise and fitness options turning up each day, it’s not surprising that pole dancing is recognized as one of the newest, innovative forms of exercise. Professional pole dancers and performers would agree that the shiny brass pole provides a challenging full-body workout. If you’re not convinced, think about the Chinese pole dancers in cabaret and stage performances. Although the two are not always compared, both share fundamental skills that combine gymnastics and dancing for flexibility, endurance and strength.
Typical pole dancing exercise moves include climbing, hanging, spinning, and swinging on the pole. Working with the pole tones the upper body, arms, legs, and core because your are holding your entire body weight up.
Tracy Gray, one of the principals of Aradia Fitness has been teaching pole dancing since 2003. Her vision started in Vancouver. Now Aradia Fitness has 22 studios in Canada, one in Las Vegas and two in North Carolina. “Pole dancing can be very feminine and powerful at the same time,” says Gray, who insists that pole dancing for lucre is different than pole dancing for fitness.
It offers the benefits of strengthening, toning, stretching and cardio all at the same time. Gray says pole dancing also has a way of letting women, in particular, feel more confident in themselves. The body transformation might have something to do with that, too.
Are you ready for something new? What do you think of pole dancing as a form of exercise?