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How Curves Help with Pole

How Curves Help With Pole

Originally posted on BadKitty USA Website
Article written by  on November 30, 2015

Most fitness programs tout weight loss more loudly than any other benefit. Pole is a great way to lose weight too, and maybe that’s why you got into it to begin with. But a funny thing happens to many dedicated polers: whether they came into pole to lose weight or for some other reason, they can end up not really caring about dropping those extra pounds. In fact, there are several reasons polers with curves might want to keep them!

You get stronger by lifting more weight

 

Pole is a bodyweight exercise, which means that you only work with what you weigh. So that means that polers who weigh more are lifting more weight, and that sounds like a better workout to me! Unlike with some bodyweight exercises like air squats where you’re just using your bodyweight but not really lifting all of it, with pole you are actually literally lifting all that weight. Carrying it with your arms and your hands and your legs up the pole and moving it around in the air. When you start to think about doing that with ankle weights on, you start to realize what a big difference those extra pounds can make to your workout!

You need the extra surface area to grip the pole

 

When you’re holding onto the pole with your hands, there are only a few things that matter—the size of your hands, the size of the pole, and the grippiness of both. But when you’re holding on with your thighs, your armpits, or your elbows, it’s a whole other story. Extra meat on the thighs just means there’s more of you to hang onto the pole with when you go into your layback. Extra arm and boobage can save your Teddy or your Rocketman. If you’re just hard bones and muscle, those things aren’t great to grip the pole with because there’s not enough give. Some softer areas can really help you cling.

You have extra lusciousness for floor work

 

You know what’s funny about pole? It always hurts, even if you’re not on the pole. Floor work causes just as many pinches and bruises as the aerial aspects. And you don’t get a nice rubbery mat like in yoga. If you’re at the studio or performing in a competition, it’s just you and the floor. That can be painful, especially if your bones and joints are digging into the floor, which they invariably will be at some point. Having a little extra layer of you there can take the edge off. Be your own yoga mat.

Polers appreciate and love their bodies

 

What is it about pole fitness that makes us come to appreciate our bodies just the way they are? We used to say it had to do with the sensual empowerment aspects of pole—but we find this confidence and self-esteem even in purely athletic studios. Maybe it has to do with appreciating our bodies’ abilities instead of their appearances. Maybe we get so used to seeing ourselves and our friends in our Brazil Shorts that we realize how silly our insecurities are. Or maybe it’s just because pole is so damn flattering. Whatever the reason, polers seem to be happier with their bodies at whatever the weight.

Many people get into pole to lose weight, and many do lose weight, and many are still trying. If any of that is you, that’s great! But if you find yourself appreciating what those extra pounds can do for you in the studio, that’s great, too.

 

 

Majikmyke and his take on Sensuality

As title would indicate this post (and more to follow) are dedicated to Michael Egan aka Majikmyke. I met Mike many years ago, I am sure he would not remember but I remember it like yesterday. He was the first male I had seen in a pole studio EVER and I had been poling for a while by then. I was uncomfortable to say the least, you have to understand that given my cultural background just stepping into a pole studio was momentous for me. I had let go of holding myself back or defining myself and this was just another block I needed to overcome. Being in a class with Mike was an education in itself. He had a wonderful persona willing to learn attitude and a gentleman to the core. My fears of poling with a male student were so dumbfounded and I walked away relearning that every obstacle we see in our way is mostly our own imagination. We make it as big as we want to or as insignificant as we want to. Since then we have been friends and now we are a part of bigger family or should I say poling tribe. He is competing on the 20th of August for Titans Of Pole Champions, this is my way of letting everyone know how very special Mike is.

#Majikmyke
Mike has been poling for a while now, he started this journey because he wanted to do something special for his wife and I started my pole journey because I wanted to dance but could not imagine a partner other than my husband , and so here we are today, my respect for Mike via this post. I love his take on “sensuality.”
“People really do meet their sensual side when they pole dance. The sensual side very often is a positive mental attitude reflecting self perception. I see in my lady pole mates, how they have gained self confidence, composure, muscular development, and increased stamina through pole dancing. Once a person learns to invert pole dancing becomes sort of addictive. For me pole reinvented my body and mind. Due to pole dancing I am becoming more flexible, I have a better balance and posture, an overall toned body, and a whole lot of confidence.” You could not have said it better Mike.

 

Go Get it Mike!!!