Shaping Up

What I Learned From My First Pole Dance Class

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Ever since I saw Nicole “The Pole” Williams’ audition tape for Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” music video, I’ve been dying to try a pole workout class. The level of athleticism Nicole throws up (and down) the pole is simply incredible. Only a person with a lot of body strength can do what she does. Thus, I was up for the challenge.

With three poles in the room and five students (me included), I didn’t know what to expect. But being that it was my first class ever, I knew I wasn’t going to learn a lot. Our instructor led us through a warm-up that involved some light booty shaking and then she gave each of us an individual session.

Once we were done with her, we were able to practice on our own on one of the other two poles. Needless to say, I successfully mastered the art of walking and slightly swinging around the pole. A boring feat.

I ultimately didn’t really like the class. Not because I didn’t get the chance to jump right into climbing the pole, but because I didn’t know what I was doing. I’ve got a competitive spirit and I like to make sure I get something right and continuously work on perfecting it.

I only got about five minutes with the instructor and had to move on to practice something I wasn’t all too familiar with yet. So for all I know, I practiced everything wrong. I do think this class would be fun with a friend. This way you two can practice together and spot each other. I actually plan to go back in a couple months with a close girlfriend.

Alas, here’s a couple things I gathered about da pole from taking my first class at Foxy Fitness & Pole:

1. It’s a sport

No joke. The US Pole Dance Federation is a real thing and the instructors at Foxy Fitness & Pole all participate in competitions every year. It’s not just about exemplifying the sexy parts of pole dancing, it’s about showcasing your physical skills as well.

2. Sexier calves are in my near future

I was on my toes the entire time. I’m sure it’s to emulate the high heels I would be wearing if I were performing, but my calves were nice and sore the next day.

3. It’s not as easy as it looks

Just grabbing the pole requires a certain form. Every time I put two hands on the pole, I had to make sure my shoulders were even.

About Dara Adeeyo


Dara is a freelance writer, nail art addict, and uncertified Beyoncé expert. She loves a good workout, but also love eating Nutella out of the jar. Follow her daily adventures on Facebook or Twitter @dadeeyo