5 Stripped Down Myths of Pole Fitness| Fitness Trends | Review, Photography, Video4/25/2014
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My wingman and bestie Sophia Gholz and I made our way to Vertical Fitness this week to train under Shannon in one of her weekly classes. Within minutes of the class beginning, my soul began to sing a siren's song as the layers and labels of the world began falling away... revealing a side of myself I hadn't paid attention to in quite a while. Here are my:
1. Pole Dancing is trashy
This is by far the number one stigma Pole Fitness has going against it. Perhaps rightly so due to it's seedy history. However, once this concept is stripped down what's revealed is a legitimately challenging full body work out. My conversation with instructors and participants alike, during the class, exposed how close knit this passionate community is. It seems once the Pole Dancing bug bites you, you are hooked. In reality the class is moving, sensual, and brilliantly daring. It's also an incredible core work out that pushes you to explore new facets of your mind and body, not unlike yoga. Pole Fitness Dancers choose to be bold, secure, and passionate. Shannon shared with me that husbands love their wives transformation while training saying, "Whatever you did to my wife, keep doing it".
|Chair dancing is also incorporated into classes|
|"Stripper Heels" optional|
|Pole Fitness is Exhilerating|
|Pole Fitness Students Practice for a Recital|
|Floor work begins the class with lengthening and stretching|
Another preconceived ideal about these classes is that they are cheesy. Not so! Just like any dance class there is learning curve, teaching your body to go against it's normal muscle memory and awaken that curvy side. Arch the back, lengthen the legs, stretch out, and take up space. The music was grooving and heady, creating just the right atmosphere to break free. Classes have purpose, beginning with a warm up and ground work, and following with technique for safe dancing sequences. The atmosphere is welcoming as participants cheer each other on, leaning on each other for moral support, and motivation to accomplish goals. Pole Fitness competitions are also popping up all over the country with experts like Shannon even pushing for it to be in the Olympics one day soon. Local classes aren't confined to working on a pole. Instructors get creative with boot camp, cardio, and core classes all incorporating, you guessed it, the pole.
|Dancers, Acrobats, and Gymnasts are just some of the titles Pole Fitness Performers can claim|
|Amy with the class at Vertical Fitness Studio|