Pole fitness

Hoops is here to help you manage your sport and fitness obligations, and to find new opportunities. To help you do that, we’re going to be investigating activities which are a little off the beaten path.

This week we have a crack at pole fitness, the fitness activity emerging from the shadows of the stigma that surrounds its origins.


Excellent full-body workout? Check. Challenging to master? Check. Brilliant fun? Check.

Few people looking for a new form of exercise would think of pole dancing, but perhaps it’s time that changed.

Under its new moniker pole fitness, and with renewed emphasis on the considerable fitness benefits it packs into a short workout, it’s now something of a family activity, as witnessed by Hoops with the children’s class that took place before our time came to give it a go at Pole Sessions in Worsley, Salford.

“We don’t do sexy,” Claire, Pole Sessions’ founder, told us.

Well that’s good, because neither did we, as you can see in the video below…


Changing perceptions

Pole fitness will always be connected with pole dancing – it is, after all, the same thing, but done for very different reasons.

And that mindset is what is important. Take away any sexualisation and you are left with an activity that trains core strength and tones the entire body, and that is a lot of fun as well.

“There’s definitely connotations that go with it – we say pole fitness, not pole dancing,” Claire told us.

“But it’s in society now and I don’t think the stigma is as strong as it once was.

“My friend used to have a pole in her house, so I made any excuse I could to go around and use it, it was good fun! My parents weren’t really bothered, but my dad makes sure to tell everybody that I do it for fitness – he doesn’t just tell everybody ‘my daughter’s a pole dancer’, he says ‘my daughter’s a pole dancer, but she does it for fitness’.

“Also, I had to explain to all the mums at school when my son told everybody that mummy was a pole dancer!”


Why is it a good workout?

So, we aren’t going to be stigmatised for going to pole fitness classes, but is that enough?

Why exactly should we use the pole as our source of fitness?

“It really is fantastic for your fitness,” said Claire.

“It tones you up really fast, but everywhere. It’s not like going to the gym and doing weights, where you target specific parts of your body. I had someone who lost a stone in six weeks, she was only coming once a week.

“And you don’t feel like you’re doing exercise, but then the next day you feel so achey!

“As well, there’s always more you can learn, you can’t get bored because there’s always something you need to learn there’s always new moves coming out.

“I’ve taught somebody in their seventies, and then we have a kid’s class as well, so there’s such a range of people who get involved. It’s such good fun, you meet loads of great people and it really is great for your fitness.”


What next?

Hoops is now available in app stores, so you can use us to find opportunities for any sport or fitness activity you can think of. Simply click here to download the app for Android, and here for iOS – or search for Hoops Connect.

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