If the thought of spending hours in the gym leaves you in a cold-sweat before you even get to the treadmill and you know it takes a bit more than flashing some knee from under your petticoat to be considered risqué, get the ultimate in self-confidence boosting fitness with three one-hour introductory classes from Vertical Secrets for R99.
Pole-dancing is essentially the Swiss-Army Knife of fitness training. The only way to get all the benefits of pole-dancing without actually doing it would be to spend about seven hours in the gym with a personal trainer and an intimate knowledge of every piece of equipment they own. Not only does it improve muscle tone and general fitness, pole-dancing is also great for your flexibility and self-confidence. It’s also a better way to improve your posture than duct-taping a broomstick to your spine – and far more attractive.
The idea of the introductory class is to introduce you to your new dance partner: the pole. It’s guaranteed not to step on your toes like your second-cousin at a relative’s wedding. Not only is it designed to teach you some of the more basic moves, like spinning, jumping and climbing, but it’s also designed to help you build up core and upper-body strength. Though you might think pole-dancing is easy, supporting your entire body-weight with one arm and holding yourself horizontal on a vertical pole is the type of thing that should be an event in weight-lifting competitions.
The three one-hour classes are an excellent way of getting yourself comfortable with the art of pole-dancing and a good introduction to the fact you don’t need to wear gold hot-pants and stiletto boots to take a singing-in-the-rain swing around a pole. With the improved body-awareness and self-confidence you’ll get from learning to climb a pole, you probably won’t even mind if you take a tumble or two.
Swingin’ Fact: A pole-dancer in the early 1930’s made it into the record books for ‘Oddest Dance Routine’. Performed in an ancient tomb with a bubble blower in each hand and one strapped to her stiletto’s, Sheila Von Straten’s dance left some historians less than amused.