What’s the big deal about Pole Dancing?

5 years ago
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By now I’m pretty sure we’ve all gotten over our biased judgments about Pole Dancing -- the current fitness trend that has evolved from gentlemen’s nightclubs to performance art and now as an official sport, even vying for a place in the Olympics.

Pole dancing enthusiasts have crossed over from amateur and professional dance performers to gym go-ers to athletes and now I’ve just heard even kids!? Being a professional student of life... my curiosity brings these questions to the floor… What’s the big deal about Pole Dancing? What particular mind, body and health benefits can one attain from practicing such “sport”?

Hence from much perusing around the Internets, watching Youtube videos and interrogating pole dancer friends, here’s why I’ve been meaning to ask myself these days… “Why not try pole dancing out?”

• Pole dancing gives you a FULL BODY WORKOUT. The movements involved in pole dancing are high intensity and strength based. It involves isotonic and isometric contractions resulting in more intense muscular training compared to ordinary aerobic workouts.

• Pole dancing will make you LOSE WEIGHT. One single class can burn as much as 250 calories. Pole dancing combined with a health and fitness program will definitely help you strip away the pounds, tone and build muscle on your especially on your arms and abs.

• Pole dancing improves FLEXIBILITY and REDUCES TENSION. Warm-ups before you actually start pole dancing involve a whole lot of stretching. To prepare you for a whole lot more stretching during the dance itself. Moves such as the split and the backbend, significantly improve flexibility, balance and coordination when done consistently.

• Pole dancing boosts CONFIDENCE. Like all physical activity, pole dancing makes your body release the feel good hormone called endorphin. Add on feel good music, stilettos, short shorts plus the ability to accomplish a new trick! You’re actually exercising, performing and being sexy all at the same time.

Personally, I think the last one gives it the edge over the usual workouts out there. To start out, maybe I should practice with this conditioning and stretching DVD boxed set first before joining a class... what say you?

 

 

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