Yoga isn’t the only aberrational “sport” trying to make it to the 2012 Olympics. The Pole Fitness Association is petitioning to include pole dancing in the upcoming Olympics.
Pole dancing doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with high heels and strips clubs, and if the practice is to be accepted into the Olympics, it will more than likely need to shed this image.
I must admit, I’ve actually taken a pole dancing class (please don’t judge me on this). My friend told me about it, and I figured even if it wasn’t for me, what the heck, it’d definitely be an interesting experience! I didn’t take the class with the intentions of turning myself into a striptease, but rather was simply curious to see what it was like and what kind of workout it provided.
Let me tell you, it was more than an experience and definitely prescribed a fierce workout! Pole dancing requires a lot of upper arm strength. It also involves the squeezing and isolating of certain leg muscles, which undoubtedly gives them a good burn. I was sweating by the end of the class, and the next day, my arms were even a little sore. My experience taught me that pole dancing isn’t necessarily just a joke and certainly isn’t just a tease.
The actual moves weren’t that easy either. I actually had a bit of difficulty learning and perfecting the steps. The typical glimpses you may see on TV make pole dancing look like a cinch….well this certainly wasn’t the case for me. However, I definitely enjoyed the challenge and my friend and I had a great time laughing at each other.
While I don’t think I could ever replace my normal workouts outside or at the gym with pole dancing, it was definitely worth the experience. If you’re
looking for a fun and comical alternative to your habitual exercise routine, I’d definitely recommend giving it a try. At the least, you’ll get a good laugh out of it, some toned arms, and a nice story to tell your friends.
As to whether I think pole dancing should become part of the Olympics….Well, I definitely think it would need to be done tastefully and have it introduced to people with more characteristics of a sport than a sensual activity. If it resembled something like gymnastics, than what the heck, why not? In my opinion, it’s certainly more appropriate for the Olympics than yoga!
What do you think? Should pole dancing even be considered for the Olympics? Have you ever tried it?