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Benefits of Pole Dancing for Exercise

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: KJ Fitness,Ink • updated: 4/28/2009

Pole dancing exercise offers women serious fitness benefits in addition to being fun and sexy. Building muscle strength and flexibility while encouraging expression, pole dancing exercise remains a popular fitness craze.

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    Thinking about pole dancing for exercise? Join the millions of pole dancing devotees worldwide who enjoy a wide range of fitness benefits while having fun and getting in touch with their sexy sides.

    Pole dancing isn’t just for strippers. For the past ten years, average women have been turning to pole dancing for exercise.

    Pole dancing exercise is a combination of erotic dancing and highly physical acrobatic moves on a stripper pole. There’s also an emphasis on expression and feeling sexy while exercising.

    Typical pole dancing exercise moves include climbing, hanging, spinning, and swinging on the pole. Working with the pole tones the upper body, legs, and core. In between utilizing the pole, dancers also strike sexy poses.

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    Pole Dancing Exercise Fitness Benefits

    As a form of aerobic exercise, pole dancing can burn up to 250 calories per hour. It also increases flexibility, improves body awareness and posture, builds confidence, and strengthens muscles.

    Pole dancing exercise’s muscle-building benefits are a plus for women who often lack upper body strength. Supporting your entire body weight on a stripper pole using just one arm is challenging. Women who do pole dancing exercise several times a week for a few months develop arm and core strength relatively quickly.

    Women can also expect to see increased muscle definition in the thighs and bottom with regular pole dancing exercise. More advanced moves focus on using leg strength to grip the pole while letting the torso and arms hang free.

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    Getting Started With Pole Dancing Exercise

    If you’re ready to try pole dancing for exercise, start by looking up classes at local gym. Pole dancing has become widely popular throughout the U.S. and Britain.

    In a pole dancing exercise class, you can expect to groove to sultry music while working with a stripper pole. You may also want to bring a pair of high heels as some classes encourage students to strut around the room.

    Pole dancing exercise gear may also include a pair of hot pants. The workout attire you don in your class will depend on your specific gym and instructor, but it isn’t uncommon for classes to encourage students to sport bare legs. It’s essential to be able to grip the stripper pole with your thighs, and having exposed legs is the best way to practice.

    You can also try pole dancing at home. Pole dancing workout DVDs are available on the internet and in stores. Pole dancing at home can be a pricey proposition though since it requires a stripper pole. In-home, removable stripper poles typically cost anywhere between $200 and $400.