Post Thanksgiving break turkey bloat, I decided to get my life back together and hit the gym. But the idea of kicking off the final stretch of the fall semester with more weights and crunches sounded just as dull as it did right before break. So I decided to switch it up and try a workout class somewhere in the city… and that’s what led me to NY Pole.
NY Pole is a studio pretty close to Times Square–I apologize, but bear with me–it boasts $20 intro classes, hot pink walls, and a great view of the city from its esteemed position on the 8th floor.
At first I was a little nervous, after all what would my parents think? Pole dancing is usually associated with strip clubs, which I think is usually enough to turn off most people. But here’s why you should fight that uncomfortable feeling and try it out anyway.
I went with a good friend and we walked in very unsure of what to expect. Upon our entrance, we were greeted by our instructor. She was super friendly and extremely muscular… but what else should we have expected? Pole dancing is a truly incredible full-body workout. We knew that this class would test the effectiveness of our time at the gym.
Honestly, nothing could have prepared me for it. Being an intro class, we all took turns on the various poles in the room, doing simple moves, laughing, learning. Overall, we didn’t spend a whole lot of time “on” the pole.
Still, I woke up the next morning feeling like I’d been punched in the gut.
So if the quality of the workout isn’t enough to make you try it, hear me when I say this: it is so good for your self-esteem. Anyone can pole dance, and everyone should. Why does the idea of it scare us? Why would people rather spin at soul cycle than on a pole?
Pole dancing is sexy.
Staying in time with Baby Bash and T-Pain’s “Cyclone,” we flung our bodies around the pole in semi-twirling motions. We nodded at ourselves in the mirror and shook our hips and climbed the pole as high as we could. When we came back down, we came back down with a renewed sense of confidence. Pole dancing requires using your whole body in ways you never have before. It requires you to wiggle and flex, bump and grind, bend and snap.
Everyone needs to pole dance at least once, if only to say they have. Not only is it fun and effective, but it’s a great way to get in touch with the side of yourself that wants to feel sexy, to be sexy. There are steps we can all take towards body positivity, and pole dancing is a pretty great place to start.
So grab your friend or go by yourself and get on that pole! I promise you’ll thank me later 😉
Image:”Street pole placa” by Elislike. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons