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Wednesday 26 February 2014

The life of: a pole fitness fan

(Image found at and edited by me)

I'm currently black and blue. I have more bruises than I care to count, my backpack rubs uncomfortably and my foot hurts when I walk. And I wouldn't change it for the World. Today I thought I'd dedicate an entire blog post to my newest love - pole fitness.

I already mentioned in my 100 happy days post (here) that I started pole fitness a few months ago. Since then my love for it has grown and I find myself wishing that I could practice every single day. Unfortunately lack of space in my house means this isn't possible, but that only makes me more impatient for the next class!

The circumstances surrounding me starting pole fitness were unusual. At the beginning of this uni year (September) my sister and I signed up to join the Archery club. We'd heard that it was good, and having tried it out a few times before we decided it'd be a fun skill to improve (I personally wanted to be like Merida from Disney's Brave). Unfortunately after about five weeks of training the club had to make some cuts as there were too many members. After trying our hardest, both my sister and I were asked to leave as we're in our last year of uni and so don't have the potential for improvement that the competitive club wanted. Slightly downhearted, we both agreed that we had to find something else to try. A visit to the Uni's societies website told us that a Pole Fitness society had literally just been created. It was like fate! After having wanted to try this out (more so than archery) for a long time, we immediately signed up for our first class and waited impatiently for the first lesson (note: my sister and I are not quite joined at the hip. We just both enjoy the same things!)

The first lesson arrived and it was as enjoyable as we had hoped. The teacher took us through a variety of Bronze moves (the lowest level of difficulty) and we even managed to kick upside down. With each class our ability and enthusiasm grew. Nowadays we spend most of the lessons completing Silver level moves, and the teacher has just started showing Jess and I how to complete doubles moves (one category in Pole competitions is Doubles, where two people share one pole to perform). I can't believe we've managed to improve so much in such a short space of time.

One of the first inverted moves I learnt (still need to work on my flexibility!)

Jess and I doing a doubles back drop

Starting pole has also given me the incentive to improve my body. I've started stretching every day and incorporating some exercises to improve my strength. Professional pole dancers have such incredible bodies, and even though I know I probably won't get to their level, I'm damn well determined to try.

If it hasn't already been made obvious throughout this post, I highly recommend pole fitness to anyone wanting to try something new. Classes which cater to every level of ability are available, and if you're passionate enough you will consistently see improvement (although there's certainly no pressure to move onto more difficult moves if you're not ready!). I haven't enjoyed anything so much since I quit figure skating. Just a note though, it hurts. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. When you start taking your hands off the pole the moves rely on the friction between your skin and the pole keeping you in position. But what do they say? No pain no gain. Sometimes I subject my body to two lessons a week, so it can't be that bad. And if I can deal with it, I assure you most everyone can.

So if this post excites you and you're willing to try something new, what are you waiting for? Go for it and potentially find a new passion just like I did.

Do you have a hobby that you love and highly recommend?

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  1. I've always wanted to try this! You look so graceful and gorgeous!
    Eden from edenroses xx

    1. If you can find anywhere near you that offers classes then you should definitely give it a go! Pretty much everyone that started when I did has come back week after week because it's so fun! And thank you ^_^ Still a long way to go but I'm proud of my progress so far :) x

  2. I really want to take Pole classes! xx

    1. I hope you can sometime! They're so much fun :) x