I have now seen and heard it all! The latest hot trend in fitness is pole dancing. Yes, the pole has made its way into mainstream, fitness center classrooms. Women of all shapes and sizes are spinning, twirling, and climbing their way to a sleeker, more toned body. The workout promises to build muscle, improve posture, flexibility, burn calories, and improve confidence. I can see how a workout like this could accomplish all of these purposes. Hmmmmn, I am always up to trying new things, but unless this pole has a ladder attached to it, I’m not quite sure I can do it.
I am trying to visualize myself in a pole dance class. The instructor leads us through a floor warm up, involving stretches and rhythmic movements. After warm up we are instructed to put on our high heels, so that isn’t a problem. The first problem arises as i take command of the pole. We are to circle the pole, holding it with one hand. Then, like a monkey swinging his way through the jungle, we are to jump up onto the pole. Slinging my body against the pole, and gripping it with my thighs, I realize that I have misjudged that my upper body strength equals my lower body mass. Immediately I find myself spinning around the pole, head down. The concerted amount of effort it takes to pull my upper body back up is more than a little awkward, as I grunt and groan my way, breathlessly, to the pole again. Taking into consideration that I am about as flexible as an ironing board, the moves required to find myself in that predicament in the first place would surely have pulled and strained every muscle in my body. Since I am not a quitter, I visualize that I am now one with the pole, particularly since my 4-inch, spike heel is now lodged in my mouth! Mind over matter tells me that this is an easy fix. A few days of Ben Gay and ice packs will have me up and going again. I’m such a dreamer!
It would take a lot more nerve and some significant weight loss before I would venture into an organized class and publicly humiliate myself. I’m sticking to my hula-ho0p. I can do that with bare feet, dancing upright. Aside from breaking things that I hoop into, it’s relatively harmless.
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