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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?

Social media-driven, passionate about living healthy, and writing about both. Marisa Finetti has been published in a number of magazines on topics of spa and wellness, and has her own blogs on social media and health: Best Be Well,Spa Pixie and Social Media Siren.


  1. amymacfitness

    December 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I’m always looking for way to make exercise fun and as a fitness trainer, I want to be able to have an educated opinion about each trend. I recently gave pole dancing a try and I agree with your post as well as the other comments. Here is the rest of my experience –

  2. Polly

    March 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I agree with what Susan says, pole dancing is not just a great exercise improving strength and agility it is also a confidnce booster.

    The learning of some of the more complex tricks can certainly lead to a sense of satisfied achievement.

  3. Susan Peach

    December 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    What do I think of pole dancing as a form of exercise?

    As a fitness professional I coach my students and clients that the best activity for them is the one they will do consistently ie they have to see it as “fun,” not “exercise.”

    As a pole dance teacher, I see women literally transform on the pole. They love rediscovering how the female body moves, the sense of freedom, the gains in confidence, strength and grace, and the support of their friends and classmates.

    Sure sounds like fun to me!

    • Marisa Finetti

      December 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

      Susan: Yes, pole dancing for exercise is not only an effective way to get fit, but a great place for women to make strong bonds with each other. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  4. Jon Staff

    December 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Looks like some good motivation for women to get out there and exercise without doing just boring old cardio. Pole dancing is quite similar to doing bodyweight exercises actually.

    • Marisa Finetti

      December 30, 2010 at 1:00 am

      Jon: Absolutely! I think we are always looking for new and innovative ways to get fit and stay active. It should be fun!

  5. Jarret Morrow

    December 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hey Marissa, thanks for this post. You’ve definitely got your finger on the pulse of hot trends in health and fitness!

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