Pole dancing is a great workout. But if you’re a little shy about actually dancing, this may be the workout for you.
It’s called “Pole Blast.” It’s a way to apply the pole to your fitness routine.
“It’s fun and upbeat,” says Jennifer Kees, the owner of Kees Camp Pole Fitness Studio.
Jennifer is clearly comfortable on the pole. She should be. She’s been dancing and training others for nearly two decades.
“People think, ‘Oh, there’s no way I could do that.’ I don’t want anyone to think that they can’t do it. The pole blast class is the way for people to get in here and try it.”
It begins with what Jennifer calls, “Juicy Joints.” The joints are stimulated, which keeps them loose.
“Try to grow a little taller with each kick,” says Jennifer as we loosen up the hip joint.
Once we’re warmed up, we move on to some exercises designed to give us “perky pecs” and “lean legs.”
Using the pole for balance, we move through a series of plies and squats. A few of these, and our quads and hamstrings are screaming.
“Push, push, push,” says Jennifer. “Oh my goodness, don’t stop!”
“Pole Blast” is a good introduction to the pole, which in this case, isn’t used for dancing. Instead, it’s used to improve balance, strength and flexibility.
The abdominal work is some of the hardest. Simply hanging on the pole engages the core.
“This isn’t something I’m doing outside of fitness,” says Jennifer. “I do it for fitness and I want everyone else to come in and experience it.”
And if you master these moves, you may want to take it to the next level.
“Or not – it doesn’t matter. You don’t have to take the Pole Blast class into our dancing choreography if that’s not where your comfort zone is. That’s fine. You’re still going to get a great work out.”
And eventually, a great, dancer’s body.
Learn more about the class here.