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!