Pole Fitness Addiction: The Best Addiction to Have!
I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably fixated on how anyone sane could possibly have a fitness addiction. After all, most people’s idea of fitness is hopping on an exercise bike or a treadmill to spend 30 sweaty minutes going absolutely nowhere.
I couldn’t get addicted to that either.
But pole dancing? That’s actually fun. Not fun in the way we convince ourselves that we’re having a good time in an aerobics class or while running for a full hour after we’ve lost feeling in our legs. You know, actual fun.
Why is pole dancing so addictive?
Perhaps the true beauty of taking pole dance fitness classes is that you can walk in the door as the very picture of a beginner and leave with a few new moves under your belt. Unlike your typical strength training session where you might feel the slightest twinge of the burn once you get home, pole fitness will have you feeling muscles you didn’t know people even had.
Seriously, even if you’re a master at doing a bazillion bicep curls at the gym a few times a week, you’re still gonna feel it after an hour with the pole.
But beyond getting a killer workout every session, there’s something strangely empowering about mastering each new move. There’s an innate sense of sensuality that clings to you after you get past your initial shyness over ditching your sweatpants and baggy t-shirts during class. Basically, even those people who attend their first class as a dare will often find themselves thinking about their next class. And what they can do to better prepare for it.
Hello fitness addiction, you sexy beast, you.
Taking your pole dance fitness to a new level
Once you’ve been traveling in pole dance fitness circles for a while, it won’t be long before you start hearing about all the amazing things people like Jeanine Butterfly and Cleo the Hurricane can do. After a little time with your pal Google, maybe you secretly long to perform those moves as effortlessly as they do. In a very real way, your pole dance fitness addiction is pushing you to embark on a series of new fitness adventures.
For the seasoned pole dancer, you may want to stretch your skills to new levels by taking classes in:
- Aerial silks
- Trapeze work.
Less extreme ways to feed your addition
If the idea of twirling in mid-air with only a length of silk to keep you from crashing to the ground doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend your free time, you have plenty of less adventurous fitness options to help you up your pole game. Remember, pole dance fitness is for everyone, regardless of your current level of conditioning. In fact, regular practice on the pole alone will naturally help you improve your strength, flexibility and stamina.
Of course, there are some easy ways to speed up your improvement if you’re not particularly patient.
Think back over what was most challenging for you in your last several pole classes. Is your flexibility limiting you? Yoga or pilates can help loosen and lengthen your muscles and ligaments. Do you need a breather between almost every move you perform on the pole? Taking Zumba or doing weekly sprints could help increase your stamina and overall cardiovascular health.
While the word addiction can have so many different negative connotations attached to it, developing a pole dance fitness addiction can only help you improve your life by pushing you to develop more fully in every aspect of your health and fitness. Truly, a pole fitness addiction is the best type of addiction to have.
Your turn! How are you feeding your pole fitness addiction?