The popularity of pole dancing

Pole dancing for fitness has become so popular that now there are even dedicated pole competitions like The Arnold Classic, which will be hosted in South Africa in May 2016. And for the first time in history, pole fitness is being considered as a category for the Olympics.

Benefits of pole dancing

Incorporating elements of dance, acrobatics and gymnastics, pole fitness is one of the best ways to develop flexibility, coordination and balance, stamina and muscle definition. By having to control body movements, spins, turns and pivots, you increase your coordination and balance, and at the same time it provides a complete body workout.

1. Improves coordination and balance

Pole fitness requires an amount of coordination and balance. Learning to control spins, turns and pivots will strengthen muscles throughout the body including the core.

2. Tones shoulders and chest

Any pole move in which you use your arms to press away from the pole will strengthen and tone the deltoid muscles in the shoulders and pectorals in the chest. Pulling yourself up the pole, in a controlled manner is comparable to a chin-up. Chin-ups work your deltoids, trapezius, upper arms and your rhomboids, among other muscles.

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3. Tones biceps and triceps

The biceps contract when pulling yourself up the pole. The triceps are mostly engaged during downward pushing motions. Because many pole moves require a simultaneous push/ pull action with each arm, you will usually be targeting the biceps of one arm and the triceps of the other.

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