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It’s tough gig, this job. One day I’m writing about the worldwide obesity crisis, and the next I’m sliding down a steel pole with nothing but the bare skin of my thighs holding everything together.
Yes, I went pole dancing, and it’s one of the best fitness experiences I’ve ever had.
Pole dancing, for some reason, is an athletic pursuit that a lot of people tend to have hang-ups about. They say it’s too sexy, too risqué, too hard – whatever the excuse, you never hear them being said about a Zumba or a spin class.
But take it from me – a thoroughly unsexy, inflexible male – that everyone should try it at least once.
I was invited as a guest to try out a beginner’s class at Pole Dance Academy’s Redfern-based studio, and despite having my fishnets still in the wash, I decided to give it go much to the delight of my co-workers.
Upon first walking into the studio, and seeing row upon row of glittering poles, I’ll be lying if my heart didn’t begin to race.
It’s not that I haven’t seen pole dancing before (I’m just kidding nanna, if by chance that you’re reading this) it’s just that I’d never imagined my body, which resembles a gymball sitting on two upside-down traffic cones, twisting around the pole with all the sass and fierceness of Demi Moore.
(The class warming up. Clearly one person (me) in the bottom left is struggling. Image: Supplied)
And it appears that this feeling of nervousness is a common one, according to Pole Dance Academy founders (and sisters) Maddie and Shimmy.
“We get a lot of people coming in here who are shocked by what they can achieve on the pole after only a few sessions,” Maddie told me after the class.
“It’s incredibly empowering to look at your body afterwards – at your arms and legs – and say ‘wow, these actually held me up there’.”
After a thorough warm-up including some deep stretches, toe-curling contortions and some exotic body rolls and hair flicks, we were ready to hit the pole.
Under careful guidance, we learnt moves ranging from the self-explanatory “front hook” to the “bad kitty” to the more enticing “hello boys” (a wide-legged spread, that did indeed risk showing the class my “boys” – a feat that I’m sure would have endeavoured me to the all-female class).
You may be thinking, doesn’t this all sound very awkward for a man to do in the middle of a room full of ladies? And to be honest – it did – for all of about five seconds, and then it was gone.
I’m not sure if it was the beat of Beyonce’s latest tune thumping through the studios speakers, or the ultra-welcoming nature of the classes instructors, but I felt incredibly empowered.
(Me werking it in the background. Image: supplied)
Yes, despite being as naturally sexy as a drunk uncle at a wedding, I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to stretch out my “kitty paws” and purr with all my might.
It’s simply the effect that pole dancing has on a person.
And it seems that this effect is contagious too, because it wasn’t long before the entire class was #werking it like nobody was watching.
To be frank, there was a feeling of community, of camaraderie, and most importantly of body positivity, that I’ve never felt in any other fitness activity before.
It didn’t matter what your body looked like (or indeed, what you looked like up there on the pole), as long as you were trying your hardest and expressing yourself in a way that society doesn’t really seem to let you do.
After the class we heard from some of the Academy’s most dedicated students, who each told stories about how pole dancing has reinvigorated their passion for fitness, for self-confidence, and most I importantly of all – owning their own body, whatever size or shape it was.
It’s for this reason that I believe everyone – no matter how unsexy you feel – should give it a go at least once.
Even if you don’t return for a second class you’ll be shocked at what your body can do, and at the very least, you’ll walk out with that little extra bit of sass in your step knowing that you could bust out a show on any given street sign without a moment’s notice.
Read more at http://coach.nine.com.au/2016/09/29/14/03/why-everybody-should-pole-dancing-at-least-once#jvI2PWOvOT1uiKRo.99