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Pole Dance Fitness is Ouch (and Love)

Whatever your notions of Pole Dance Fitness are (it’s sexy, it’s daring, I could never do that, etcetera, etcetera), throw it out the window. RIGHT NOW.

I’ve long wanted to try pole fitness. It looked like a hell lot of fun, but I had all sorts of excuses that kept me from trying it. Basti was still too alagain, I was too busy, I need to get more fit, I need to lose weight for it because I was too fat to wear short shorts. Of all the reasons, being too heavy was the most compelling one for me. My sense of insecurity from the pounds I’ve gained from pregnancy and motherhood is a heavy weight on my shoulders, yet I could never find a workout or a routine that inspired me. Yes, I’m that kind of person. I can’t just bank on discipline and a picture of my former fit self to get me going.

I first met Ciara when I was working as part of the hair team for 9Works Theatrical’s Grease, and it was then that I promised her I would try it out. Someday. A very non-committal “someday.” Months later, I have yet to show my face at her pole dance classes yet the thought was very much poking at the back of my consciousness.

And then I saw this video:

And the last bit of the brick wall caved in. As serendipity would have it, my friend Myrene invited me to join her pole class for a trial. Fate was pushing me to the pole!

After my first pole class with Ciara and Myrene. I was hooked after one session!

From that first class, I started taking pole fitness classes twice a week. Every week, I feel myself getting stronger, getting more flexible, gaining more confidence and getting more comfortable on the pole. Not to mention getting used to the pain, the pole burns and the bruises. Ouch. It’s all part of the process. I think I’m losing weight, but I’m having way too much fun to check as of the moment.

And so, along with a few mommy friends of mine, we now have a regular group of pole fitness fanatics. Not happy with the not-mommy-friendly schedules of the different pole classes in the metro, I dragged a handful of friends to form our own group so we can take classes at our convenience. This beast is our teacher.

Teacher Jen, just hanging out on the pole like nobody’s business.

Nothing’s more fun than getting back to shape with your trusted friends in an encouraging environment.

Pageant pose, sige na. With my pole classmates, Daniela, Paola, Chinky, Joyce and Teacher Jen. Yes, I hid behind her.

So from my first day when I couldn’t even lift my legs up while holding the pole, I can now do this:

And if I can do it, so can you.

Looking to trying out pole fitness to get yourself back to shape? Check out these places:

Movement Dance Studio

Polecats - at Strata 100

Beast House

Stardanz Fitness Studio – GF, Landsdale Tower, 86 Mother Ignacia St., Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City; 0917 408 7170



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