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5 Unexpected Benefits of Pole Fitness

Unexpected Benefits of Pole Fitness

*Please note the photo quality is pretty poor in this post, because they’re all screenshots from videos. Also I hope you all enjoy my fantastic photo editing skills smudging out my classmates for their privacy. #soprofessional. 

Okay, so there’s some pretty obvious benefits of starting an exercise routine. Increasing strength, fitness, getting out of the house – all that. They’re all good things! But Pole Fitness/Pole Dancing has turned out to be something special. Any fitness class that can get me out of the house in winter at bedtime has to be pretty impressive. Right?  My class has been from 8pm to 9pm. Like, I’m normally in my PJs curled up in bed by then in winter!

Even on nights when I have to take off my dressing gown and slippers to get dressed and ready to go, even if I’m a bit “wah I don’t want to go out” at first, but the time I’m there I’m pumped and excited.

Actually it’s my favourite day of the week. The whole week I’m just counting down the days until pole. (Pole is tomorrow. Can’t. Wait.)

Finding Friends

When I first went to my first class the teacher asked who brought a friend with them. And basically everyone in my class had come as a pair or more. So I was the one brave enough to come all by myself. And I have to admit I had a bit of an idea in my head about the type of person who did a pole fitness class – and I was worried that that super cool, sexy, tall, leggy, gorgeous, fit, flexible, amazing goddess in my head probably wouldn’t be my friend.

(Which is stupid because the whole reason I started wanting to go to a pole class is I have friends who do it and OBVIOUSLY my friends are people who would be friends with me! Duh.)

It was fine. Firstly, it was a beginner class. So nobody was doing impressive inverts and splits on the first day. It’s not like I was the only person who was sooking because my hands hurt after 10 minutes. I was in the right place.
And also apparently the 8-9pm time slot is affectionately referred to as “Mum’o’clock.” Because it’s the time where babes are in bed, kid’s sports are finished, partners are home from work to take over.  Which was really lovely. By the third week we were all swapping birth stories. As ya do when you finally get some time away from your kids. It’s great. Totally had no reason to stress about not finding my people. They’re definitely my people.

Body Confidence

I had an inkling that doing pole fitness might help with my body image/self esteem issues. I also was kind of thinking that pole fitness would help me lose weight and get skinny. Either way worked for me.

This might not sound like a big deal to people who don’t have this struggle, but I haven’t weighed myself in about two weeks. Up until two weeks ago I’d compulsively weigh myself at least a couple of times a week. If not daily. If not multiple times a day. I have some issues.

The last time I weighed myself I did not like the number that came up. I’d gained weight. And I literally said “Oh fuck off” to my scales, stepped off them, and have not got back on them since.

I BROKE UP WITH MY SCALES, PEOPLE! THIS IS A BIG DEAL!

Because instead of focusing on what my body looks like I’m like – holy heck my body does some cool stuff. Who needs to be skinny when you feel strong?

(Okay, fine, deep down I’d still like to be skinny. A lifetime of body image issues cannot be cured in a few weeks, but I’m definitely feeling better about myself.)

Feeling Sexy

Again, I had a bit of a clue that feeling sexy might be a benefit of doing pole fitness. I mean, pole dancing is hot. It’s so sexy to watch. I just wasn’t entirely convinced that I would feel (or look) sexy when I’m doing it. I’m not exactly coordinated or flexible. I’m still not. I have a video from a class a couple of weeks ago of my kneeing myself in the face. (Though, I may not have been flexible enough to do that before I started, so maybe that’s a win?)

But there is something really deeply cool about dancing, wiggling, feeling a bit sexy in a room of women*. There is no male gaze here. I feel like I’m getting to be sexy in myself, for myself. I have the 6 inch shiny heels and the booty shorts just doing my thing. It’s amazing.

* Men are able to do pole though if they want to! Just I’ve only ever had classes with women.

Improved Posture

Doing pole fitness has made me a lot more aware of my body. MAYBE it’s because I’m always just a little bit achy and stiff from pushing myself to do things I’d never thought possible, so I have to think a bit more about how I move. I’m also constantly covered in bruises. I really do feel like I need to be more careful with myself for the rest of the week. (OKay, I’m also just a little bit proud of all my bruises. And I’m constantly going “LOOK! LOOK AT MY BRUISES!” I basically match my splotchy tiles.)

I think before I get up and down off the floor. I’m more careful when I lift things. I also seem to sit and stand taller and straighter. It could be that body confidence thing, I’m feeling more comfortable in my body so I’m also being kind to it. And I find myself stretching and moving more throughout the day. I do spend a lot of time sitting still! A lot of my work is either sitting at the computer or driving so doing a bit of a stretch every now and then is super important!

More Energy

I’ve been so ridiculously busy lately. My friends barely ever see me. I’m always working on something. I’ve got constant deadlines and commitments. Not to mention my kids have sporting activities on three days a week. And my partner has been working interstate a lot. My life is pretty hectic.

I was concerned that adding in another activity would wreck me. Especially when it’s on a Thursday night and my two biggest work days are usually Thursday and Friday. It was the class and time that worked for us but I was worried that it would be a bit of a “Who Sank The Boat” situation and that pole would be the mouse that ruined it for everyone else.

But honestly I feel more motivated and energetic. I’m currently trying to work out how to fit an extra session of Pole a week into our schedule! Because I look forward to it all week so one session just doesn’t feel like enough. A week is so long to wait.

The studio I go to is The Pole Room. They have four studios across Melbourne. If you’re in Gippsland I recommend checking out Storm Studios (That’s where my friends go).

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum. She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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19 comments

  1. Mary-Jane Lyng

    Pole is the greatest. Closely followed by burlesque, for similar reasons re body image, if your studio runs a class, I highly recommend!

    • Parenting Central

      I did a “seduction” chair routine class on the weekend and it was super cool.

      I really didn’t think I’d be so interested in the dancing part. I mostly just wanted to do the cool tricks.

    • Mary-Jane Lyng

      I’d likely face plant on a chair 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 I’d love to do a fun floor workshop. I think my studio might be doing one on the weekend actually 😬

    • Parenting Central

      The chair only slipped out from under me once so overall id say it was a success.

  2. Amanda Nicholls

    Very cool! I would bruise so easy – I bruise if I look at the corner of a table. 😂

    • Parenting Central

      Me too. Even before I started I’d be just randomly covered in unexplained bruises.

      Though I also get explainable bruises walking into benches and doors all the time too. 😂

  3. Christine Knight Thomas

    Love pole fitness! I did some classes and loved it but a ligament tear in my wrist put an end to my pole days!

  4. Amy Wakley-Ahearn

    I’m still not sure how I feel about it, not gonna lie! But very glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

  5. Naomi Evans

    I admire anyone who not only does pole fitness but is brave enough to post the photos! We went for a ride once and I asked my girlfriend to take a photo of me to prove I’d done it to people. Took one look at the photo and it’s not seen the light of day since!! Glad you’re enjoying it though! 🙂

    • Parenting Central

      Ha yes! Actually one benefit of taking videos is getting to carefully select the exact still I’m willing to share.

      But then I share the knee to the head so I’m also not huge on preserving my dignity. 😂😂😂

  6. Chrissie Davies

    Look at you go!🤗👏🌞👏

  7. Seamus Patrick Curtain-Magee

    From what I understand of it, it’s quite a workout! I’m blown away with how strongly people can hold themselves on those poles!.

  8. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan

    Pole fitness really helps lower and upper body strengthening and tones the hips and thighs. Great for athletes and runners

  9. Jasmine Zapka

    This is awesome Rach! Do you mind if we share?

  10. Aleney de Winter

    Looks like quite a work out! Go you

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