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APALMETER SparkPoints: (19,104)
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4/26/13 1:58 P

I just finished my second week of class. I'm living it. List 2 lbs this week but the big boost was that according to my scale I lost 2.3 lbs of fat. Meaning I gained muscle. It is defiantly a workout. Our instructor teaches some pole tricks but it is mostly using the pole for strength exercises to make us stronger for those that are taking the pole dance classes. My only problem is trying to figure out how to get to more classes.

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
4/26/13 1:09 P

I have to disagree with you Detox. My first class was wonderful and I am anxiously counting down the days until my next class. It wasn't "sexual" at all! My instructor was extremely helpful and showed us stretches and strength moves using a pole as a "machine" per say. My abs hurt more from laughing! At quite frankly, with my anxiety issues, doing this class gave me a HUGE self esteem boost. I am not sure what class you joined, but apparently your instructor wasn't very good. For anyone looking to try pole fitness, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was a blast! Be prepared to sweat your butt off, and laugh until you can't anymore. And your legs/abs/arms will feel like jello the next day!

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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4/26/13 3:53 A

Having tried it, I can tell you it isn't fun AT ALL when you's not like other dance or fitness classes that give an immediate payback and self esteem boost...

There are far more enjoyable ways to build strength and flexibility...without the need for highly specialised equipment or performing for people expecting you to perform in a highly sexualised way.

Seems to me that some women want to learn Pole Dance because they think it will suddenly make them more sexy or doesn' is something you can't learn...neither is self-acceptance...

INNERBEAUTY78 Posts: 217
4/25/13 9:47 P

I would love to take Pole Fitness classes! There's a place where I live that offers them, along with a Core Cabaret class, a Cardio Go-Go class, a Conditioning class, and a Flirty Floorwork class. Sounds like so much fun! Unfortunately I can't fit it into my budget right now, but hopefully I can soon. Plus, I feel like I'd want to lose more weight first. I would feel so self-conscious in those classes.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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4/25/13 11:42 A

I thought of this when I read this post; if you think that pole dancing isn't a good workout, check out this champion pole athlete showing off her strength:

Obviously I doubt you'll be doing this in a class, but as you can see, it's an amazing workout. And any lady afraid of strength training should check out this woman (I refuse to call her a girl... nothing girlish about her!) - she's one of the most powerful athletes I've ever witnessed, but she looks amazing. No bulk at all. ;)

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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4/25/13 1:37 A

I keep trying to convince my boyfriend he needs to install one for me... you think he would be all for it... LOL

Seriously, I was friends with a girl who danced at a local club, and her arms and legs were stacked. It is a great workout from what I understand. Let us know how it goes!

BUTRFLY_FREEDOM SparkPoints: (19,555)
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4/24/13 9:13 P

I haven't tried it, but have always thought it would be fun... But what I really want to try is the rope dancing stuff... not sure exactly what it's called.

KELLY_R Posts: 3,080
4/24/13 8:50 P

Be prepared to see how weak you just may be when you're required to hold your body weight up with your arms. haha

My stepdaughter likes pole workouts - she installed a pole in her living room.. One time I visited her she had me try it out - was VERY tricky, and I can see how you can really expect to get bruised thighs while working on that thing.

Takes some amazing, tremendous strength - all over, legs, upper body, core - to execute some of those moves. Have fun.

GAYEPB SparkPoints: (0)
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4/24/13 6:02 P

My daughter does it, she dances professionally and I was pretty amazed with her skill. It looks like ballet on a pole.

VESUVIOUS SparkPoints: (27,345)
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4/24/13 2:19 P

This is on my list. I would love it if you would let us know how it went. I looked at doing it at a dance place vs a gym. I've started bellydancing videos to help start building up my core muscles. And get the hips moving....

BOB240 SparkPoints: (6,131)
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4/24/13 8:06 A

Pole dancing I think is passing as a fad.. VBery popular a few years back but fewer classes nowetc. If you find it fun then go for it. In my experience pole dancing was a "spectator sport" for the men who were in between sets in the weight room...

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,380)
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4/24/13 2:09 A

Tried it once, would never do it again...realised it would be impossible to practice in my own time and is just simply not practical as an ongoing fitness/dance genre...I took up belly dance instead and have never looked back...:-)

GZELLEFRO SparkPoints: (88,931)
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4/23/13 10:32 P

I haven't tried it, but I would like to.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
4/23/13 9:21 P

I've tried it, and the first couple of classes, I was most sore in my forearms (from gripping) and my thighs (from the squats while dipping). Although it was a lot of fun, my instructor often made me feel ridiculous when I didn't pick up the moves as quickly as the girls who had been going. :/ Overall, I really enjoyed it, although I thought I broke my back at one point when I executed a move incorrectly. :)

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
4/23/13 9:06 P

I just signed up for my first pole fitness class. Anyone have stories about pole fitness class, or what to expect the first couple times? I am planning on going only once a week for the first couple weeks, just because I know how bruised/sore you get!

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