You read that correctly. My friend, Dee, pointed out a Groupon for pole dancing fitness classes near my house, and I signed up along with her. We attended our first class this week, and my arms and abs are still sore. Overall, it is an EXCELLENT workout, but you may want to ease into it…
The deal was honestly too good to pass up for me. Dee and I had wanted to work out together this summer, and the Groupon was $49 for 10 pole dancing fitness classes about 15 minutes from my house. I know my younger sister really enjoyed pole dancing classes as a student and teacher over the last few years, so I decided to give it a try too. Dee and I also found out the first class is free, so really it ends up being $49 for 11 classes. How cool is that?!
We showed up 10 minutes early for a noon class and learned that no one at this fitness studio does anything on time. The doors weren’t even unlocked until 12:05. The teacher showed up at 12:20. But they let us stay for more than the designated hour, although we didn’t take them up on it since we were exhausted by then.
It started out with stretching and then we did the main, basic spin around the pole about 100 times. I got that one down okay. I ran into problems with “the fireman” – the second, basic turn that requires wrapping your legs around the pole. It hurts to rub your sensitive skin on the metal pole quickly, so my body naturally tried to block my progress. My poor foot took the majority of the hesitation damage. I did eventually get that turn down okay too.
The final main move that we practiced was a spin around the pole where you hold your legs out and push out from the pole with one hand while holding on with the other. I liked this one, but my arms and abs hate me now.
Prepping for Next Week
I’m stretching every day to get my arms working well again. I’m also walking a lot more to keep my legs in shape. My foot is still bruised, but it’s mainly on the surface. Found some more bruises on my shins and inner thighs, but that’s the nature of pole dancing apparently.
Girls and guys, do me a favor. If you ever see a real pole dancer doing amazing tricks, tip in $5′s, not $1′s. It’s WAY harder than it looks!
Have you ever tried pole dancing or anything unusual like that for fitness? How did you like it?