While your parents might balk at the news that you’re taking to the pole, if you’re looking for a great full-body workout to try this summer then pole dancing is it. Pole dancing is one of the fastest growing trends in the world of fitness and these days is considered a sport, much like gymnastics or any other form of dancing – in fact, it is  even being considered as a category for the Olympics! Pole fitness studios have started to pop up all over South Africa and is one of those things you just have to try at least once in your life.

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 work your arms, shoulders, upper and lower back, core, abdominals, obliques, glutes, quads, calves, ankles, wrists and forearms – a complete body workout!

Our Editor Crystal attended a few classes at a studio in Cape Town and absolutely loved how it made her body feel; “I did pole fitness for about 3 months and found that not only did my flexibility and posture improve but I also became stronger. The classes were so much fun and we even learned how to dance in heels!” said Crystal.

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Picture courtesy of Chantel Nienaber.

If you’re not so keen on joining a class then you can also choose to learn pole from the comfort of your own home with a wide range of quality poles, gear and instructional DVDs on offer from experienced companies like X-Pole SA.

Emma Rose, Regional Director of X-Pole South Africa adds; “Pole fitness is catching on, not only because it’s such a great workout but because it’s fun and appeals to both men and women from all walks of life. There are some incredible pole athletes out there doing really inspiring things, including personalities from South Africa. All I can say is, watch this space!”

To find a pole dance studio near you or to invest in a pole of your own, visit The X-pole website.