I am a pole dancer. Very loosely. I’m more of a pole climber and fall-off-er. But I’m working on it. If you’ll let me, I’d like to bring you along for the ride, and show you what pole will end up doing for me, and what it could do for you! I want to document my progress as this will, finally, be a permanent and regular fixture in my life, from now on.
I started dancing at university; a friend and I went to have fun and we danced for a good year. In that year we did spins and inverts and routines that gave me a taste for the vertical life and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been an on and off poler, taking breaks for my year abroad, final exams, surgery. But I’ve never forgotten how much joy I get from swinging around and mastering a move.
Part of the reason I started pole dancing was that I’ve always had an aversion to the gym (except for a brief stint in my first year of university; it didn’t take). I saw the classes advertised as a fun full-body workout, and it’s the only form of exercise I can safely say I enjoy. It’s the only style of exercise that works on trimming and toning my body all at once. It’s the only time when I’m red-faced, sweaty and out of breath that I still feel confident in my body.
Like everyone else in the world, one of my new years resolutions was to “get fit”, and pole has been my tangible way to do so. I’ve been at Pole Fit London for about four classes now and already I feel the improvements in my body. In the first week, I could barely hold on to the pole. In my third session I was climbing two or three times before tiring. This could partly be because of my background – my muscles have been reminded of what to do – or it could be because pole dance pushes you. It makes you exert yourself, and then builds on that every time.
But my main goal for coming back to pole is the sheer fun of it. I have such a fantastic time, watching my own improvements, spinning around and feeling sexy and graceful – it doesn’t even feel like exercise until the next day! And even better is when I watch other members of the class being amazing with their climbs and sound, and then I get to copy them too! I know I don’t look even half as good as they do, but I also know that’ll come with experience… I’m not too worried about only staying on the pole for 2 seconds, as long as it’s better than the week before it, I don’t mind how I improve.
It’s not a quick-fix; I’m not suddenly skinny and tiny and climbing up and down the pole. It takes time to build that kind of muscle, but I’m working on it. And I’m hoping to take you on my pole journey too. It’s no fun performing without an audience, after all!