Last year, I started something that I never in a million years imagined I would take up and that was dun dun dunnn…. Pole dance. Or as I like to called it, pole fitnessssss 🙂 This gloriously acrobatic and sexy sport seemed so beyond something shy Paula would do but with a bit of spontaneity, I agreed to try some classes and have now done it for about 10 months.
Pole definitely isn’t something that meets the eye. There’s a lot of stigma surrounding it but honestly, there’s lot more to it than people perceive at first judgement. After going through about 40 weeks of classes, I can tell you that more than anything, it is an intensely challenging fitness program which tests your body and mind to master incredibly difficult moves and spins. I have learnt to deal with excruciating pain, learnt to trust myself and had to really adopt a fighting spirit to be able to tackle on the danger and pain that comes with learning pole.
For those who are interested in trying pole, I can tell you that the first 20 lessons will be the most easy fun you’ll have… BUT from that point on, be prepared for a whole other dimension of pain. Oh and did I mention that if you’re prone to bruising, your legs will never look the same. They’ll take on a pretty shocking transformation, turning into battered and bruised splotchy limbs. But don’t worry, it all adds to the hype factor when your friends hear about it.
Now with me, someone with literally no upper body strength who couldn’t even do 5 push-ups without intense arm tremors, I can now proudly say that I can climb poles from bottom to top and have accumulated a modestly-sized repertoire of tricks. I admire pole dancers so much, primarily for their strength, elegance and determination and if you knew what they did to get to where they are, you would have so much respect for them too. It’s just too bad 90% of people associate it with strip clubs, whereas I believe it should be associated with skilful artistic expression.
And bruises. That definitely comes next.
Pole, like I was told by my fellow pole dancing friends who started before me, has helped a lot with my confidence and I’ve learnt to just embrace what I do without really worrying about what other people think. I’m really proud of what I’m doing and even more proud that I’ve decided to look past the discomfort and pain to commit to something far more challenging than I’ve found any other sport. Nothing comes easy in life and in this studio, I’m able to keep pushing the limits of my body. The momentary pains in class and practise are totally worth everything I end up learning.
Also one more judgement I wanted to rid was that guys can’t pole. I’m telling you, pole is for everyone, all shapes and sizes. I’m so inspired by the guys I see at my studio or even at performances because they’re so strong and just tackle on the moves without whinging. They give a new sense of stability and power seen in pole and to me, it is so inspirational.
Here are some photos of me at pole as I’ve progressed through the levels. I still have a long way to go but if you have any questions about pole, feel free to ask! Credits to Studio Verve instructors for the images.