*6 Reasons You Should Start Pole Fitness

Those of you who regularly read Inside Laura’s Head or follow me on social media will know that I’ve been pole dancing (for fitness, at classes-I don’t work in a strip club!) for just over a year now. I go to classes at PPD Studios in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and if I’m honest, when I joined I never expected to enjoy it. I was wrong. And here’s why I changed my mind.


It’s such good exercise

At pole we do a warm up, which starts to work your whole body. We then do conditioning exercises, which build your core strength, much needed for pole. Different moves then work different muscles, and if you do what I do and go to hoop class too, you work even more. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my strength since starting pole.

The girls have become friends

It’s weird how being part of a team or club makes you bond with people, isn’t it? The girls at class are far more than girls I dance with, they’re genuine friends, and when one of us has a bad day, or nails that tricky move we’ve been trying to get for ages, the whole room feels sad with you, or gets excited for you. It’s a really lovely atmosphere.


It’s a big confidence boost

My instructor will vouch for this. Girls come in for their first few lessons in jogging bottoms and a baggy t-shirt and hide away a little. A few lessons in, and they come strutting in in their new pole shorts, get changed in the class-you just feel better about yourself. I like my body far more now I’ve seen the clever things it can do, and I feel more confident to be in a sports bra and a vest top with a pair of shorts (a good sports bra is a MUST when you have big boobs like mine!)

Nailing that move makes you feel AMAZING

The day I managed my first spin, properly-I was thrilled with myself. And the day I climbed to the top of the pole, after nearly a year of trying to, I felt like I could do anything.


It can lead to a love of all things fitness

My instructor recently branched out into offering aerial hoop, trampolining fitness, an aerobic type class that we do in the dark to 90s club tunes whilst holding glowsticks, and a few other classes. Me, the girl who always avoided anything to do with PE, signed up to them all. Because I want to be stronger, so I can do more pole stuff.

It looks beautiful

The different moves we learn in class look so graceful and elegant when done right. Pole isn’t always about grinding against a pole wearing heels, there is SO MUCH more to it than that. My instructor teaches us how to link moves into a mini routine, and it’s just gorgeous.


Have you ever had a pole dancing/pole fitness lesson? Would you?


*This post was written in conjuction with Lingerie by Victoria who kindly provided me with a lovely sports bra for my classes, in return for writing this post. All words and opinions in this post are my own. As an aside, I absolutely love Freya Lingerie and I’d encourage you to go and have a browse, there’s so much I want to treat myself to!



  1. Tara
    September 19, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I love this post Laura, I am dying to try pole!

  2. September 19, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I really want to try pole dancing, need it to strengthen my body. Fab to do it I a fun way, and not with weights at the gym!

  3. September 19, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I tried pole dancing once and my goodness did I hurt after doing it! I had so many bruises! Haha. However it worked my entire body.and really felt the benefits.

  4. September 20, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I did use to do pole, it’s definitely a workout people never realise!! I loved it, me and my friend just said we need to go back! x

  5. Rebecca Smith
    September 20, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I’ve always been interested in pole fitness. One of my friends started it a few years ago and is now an instructor and even takes part in competitions!

  6. Christine Dodd
    September 20, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I’d love to have a go – I can imagine it being very elegant

  7. September 20, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    I’ve heard so much about pole fitness if I was able to do it I think it would be something I would really enjoy. x

  8. Alyssia Slade
    September 20, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of people on my facebook feed doing Pole fitness and I have always wondered what it would be like. I’m a larger lady so I don’t know 100% if it would be for me…

  9. Milly Youngman
    September 20, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I’d LOVE to do pole fitness, just finding a class near me is the issue. It looks fun and I’ve heard before how good it is for your fitness!

  10. September 20, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    If ever a post has made me want to pole, it is this one!

  11. September 20, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I did this on a hen weekend once and loved it. I couldn’t believe how much of a work out it was though x

  12. September 20, 2016 / 10:49 pm

    What a coincidence my friend told me she wanted me to start doing this with her, it’s supposed to be really good for fitness.

  13. September 20, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    I gave pole dancing a go at one of those Fresher’s fair at uni and it was SO, SO hard. Like, I was sore for days after this and I was quite a fit person to start off with. It’s such a great, fun way to exercise!

  14. September 20, 2016 / 11:31 pm

    I have been thinking about doing pole fitness for a while but I want to build up some upper body strength (and get myself comfortable in shorts) before I do x

  15. Sonia
    September 21, 2016 / 2:38 am

    LOVE the fact you are doing this dance! I’ve try it and is a boost of confidence!! i mean you just feel sexy as F!

    Love from Sun & http://likesocharming.com/

  16. September 21, 2016 / 9:40 am

    My sister dose pole dance and I’ve been to a few shows! It’s absolutely fantastic!

  17. Natalia Molinero
    September 21, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I also do pole dancing and have a few interviews with professional pole dancers in my blog. I really love it, it’s so sexy and you get really fit! x

  18. September 21, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I have never considered pole fitness before but sounds like its one I sjhould definitely think about.

  19. francesca
    September 21, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Awesome!!! I’ve always thought this is so cool and you look amazing at it! I don’t know if I’d have the strength but there is only one way to find out I guess!!

  20. September 21, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    A friend of mine does this and I think it looks AWESOME! My uni runs classes of this so I’m going to join next term 🙂

  21. September 21, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    What a cool way to get fit. I think these are awesome reasons to try it out.

  22. Claire
    September 21, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Some great reasons to try it. It looks like so much fun.

  23. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    September 22, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I REALLY want to do this, as I have heard that it’s such a great workout. But, it’s going to have to wait until after baby is born haha.

  24. September 22, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    My marks are still visible. haha. Pole dancing has been my saviour when I crave the moves of dancing. Feels refreshing!

  25. Hannah
    September 22, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I always hear people raving about this! I would definitely give it a try

  26. September 22, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    This actually looks like so much fun. I’m quite tempted to try it out in the future! xo

  27. Sarah Ann
    September 23, 2016 / 6:58 am

    I’ve bever trued pole fitness but it actually looks like a lot of fun and great exercuse.

  28. September 23, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I’d love to try out pole fitness! I know it’s really good for your core strength!

  29. Georgia
    September 23, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    A friend of mine does pole fitness and she loves it. She got a pile fitted in her house so she can do it at home when she’s not at her class! I’ve heard such wonderful things about it and I’m more intrigued after reading your post. I’ll have to check where my nearest class is.

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