5 Changes Pole Dance Fitness Enthusiasts Experience
Taking pole dance fitness classes can allow you to reshape your life in more ways than you may realize when you hesitantly take that first class. Not only will you improve your levels of strength, flexibility and stamina, but you’ll also undergo a fundamental transformation in the way you view yourself and your abilities. Check out these five key changes that you’ll likely experience during your journey into pole fitness.
- Modesty, Shmodesty
While some women have always been comfortable wearing as little as possible to the gym, you were maybe less comfortable with the idea of displaying your body in all its sweaty glory. Since pole fitness requires contact with bare skin to help you grip the pole, you were initially cool with ditching the yoga pants in favor of running shorts and a t-shirt – but that was it.
Now, it’s all about getting a better grip on the pole so that you can execute that cool new move you saw. Working out in just a sports bra and a pair of those barely-there shorts may have once horrified you, but it’s now standard workout attire.
- Bruises Aren’t Bad
After you reach a certain age in childhood, sporting all the bruises you acquired on the playground just isn’t cool. Trip on a slippery step at work? You’ll be wearing long pants in the middle of summer until your bruises heal for sure.
Once you get serious about your pole dance classes, you may slowly notice that you’re less concerned about finding clothes in your closet to cover up a new bruise. Instead of being the mark of a clumsy accident, every bruise has a cool story about a new move you mastered in class. Why would you ever want to cover up those?
- New Priorities
For many people, making plans with friends is all about whether they actually want to participate in the activity. Want to have dinner? Tell me about the restaurant. Care to see a movie? Depends on who’s in it.
As you begin to develop even the early stages of an awesome pole fitness addiction, making plans with friends isn’t so much about whether it sounds like fun. Instead, you have to frantically check your calendar to make sure it doesn’t interfere with a pole class. Even if you’re the type of person your friends can always count on for Margarita Mondays before you take an interest in pole, they may have to start planning girls night around your pole schedule.
- Shopping Woes
You know what? As a woman, shopping for new clothes was never fun in the past. Between dealing with two shirts from the same designer in the exact same size that didn’t fit the same and the fact that sizes between designers aren’t uniform, it’s nearly impossible to find what you need. In fact, if you’re like me, you probably avoided buying new clothes altogether until an extra-snug fit in the waistband of your favorite pants forced you to take action.
But after a few months of regular pole classes? Yep, your clothes don’t fit again, but in the good way. At first, shopping for clothes in a smaller size is exciting and fun. But why are all the shirts so tight in the arms? Is this shirt just defective?
Oh, that’s right. I actually have arm muscles now. Whoops.
- Changing Outlook
Perhaps the most startling change for many pole dance enthusiasts is how different the world looks to them after just a few classes. Suddenly, you’re the one harassing your children about going to the park to play with their friends because you want to see how many cool moves you can do on the jungle gym. Listening to music used to just be a way to pass the time during your daily commute, but now you’re imaging how the song on the radio would make an amazing pole routine.
So, what changes have you noticed since starting pole dance classes?