This is pole dancing to a woman:

Grasp it, mount, twist, spin, climb, hold…hold…and then French Brass Monkey.

Pole dancing to many men:

Pole. Dance. Dancing with pole. *Mouth agape.*

This is how most women view pole dancing.

This is how many men view pole dancing.

Something’s amiss.

Here’s a nostalgic SAT analogy for your understanding: Bagels are to Tide laundry detergent as clenching singles with your ass cheeks is to pole dancing. Doesn’t make sense, does it? That’s because pole dancing’s lodged behind a misogynistic façade of Tupac lyrics, tassels and Washingtons.

Lately, more and more women venture to pole dancing studios attempting to learn the craft as part of their workout routine. It’s gradually become socially acceptable.

What’s your first reaction when a woman tells you they’re learning how to pole dance? Now, what’s your first reaction when a man tells you they pole dance?

Limiting it to three things:

  1. Ogle at scantily-clad women.
  2. Impress a scantily-clad woman.
  3. What’s he trying to pull?

Before Vimbly spins some facts your direction, let’s rid of a few pole dancing stereotypes:

  • Pole dancing classes don’t require six-inch heels and a thong. Actually, most instructors prefer if you simply wore light, comfortable clothes. Heels are optional (but often provide a more strenuous workout).
  • For you mathematicians: Gymnastics + Acrobats + Pole = Pole Dancing ≠ Strip Club Pole Dancing
  • Pole dancing’s origins begin in India, where men, as well as women, actually competed. It did not begin in a dirty cellar in London’s red-light district.
  • Think empowering, not degrading.
  • Think Cirque du Soleil, not Law & Order: SVU.

With that said, men, as well as many women, perceive pole dancing as effeminate or something to see not do (like anything in a Bruce Willis film). Even of the five men currently sitting in this office, only two would consider trying a pole lesson. And to think we call ourselves modern Renaissance men.

For those of you interested, check out a list of NYC pole dancing classes. For those of you not yet interested, you will be soon.

Well, these are five reasons why ALL men and women should add pole dancing to their workout:

this guy is working it, probably because he knows about the health benefits of pole dancing

1. Greatly improves body control: Most men and women never develop core strength. Oftentimes, they’re too focused on the man in the mirror. Just because you can bench press a dump truck doesn’t mean you have core strength. The benefits of pole dancing start at your core muscles. Focusing on core muscles improves strength and stability, but, more importantly, it improves your muscle-building ability. When your core muscles sync you reach a level of strength known only by professionals and superheroes.  

2. Instant results with attainable goals: We live in a culture of impatience and instant gratification. Why else would things like the Magic Bullet, Shake Weight, and the Internet exist? One of many benefits of pole dancing: each class begins with a goal and ends with students attaining that goal—maybe it’s a basic climb, toothpick inversion, or the classic French Brass Monkey. Each week you see your immediate progression rather than waiting a few weeks to up the dumbbell five pounds.

3. The human body was built for pole dancing: Ridiculous! Preposterous! In-con-ceivable!? It’s true. The strong upper-body and compact core allow us perfect pole skills quickly. Also, modern pole dancing originates from the sport (yes, sport!) in India nearly eight-hundred years ago. Even today, pole dancing’s acrobatic appeal transfixes men and women in China and India, where negative stereotypes about the hobby cease to exist.

you can even discover the benefits of pole dancing in a subway

4. Cirque du Soleil not “No, no way”: Acrobatics or sexy times? Then again, it’s a little seductive… (Warning: Beware of the music) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1nkIc5ryPM

5. Build firm, toned muscles very fast: Avoid creatine, tranquilizers, or inordinate amounts of ham. Pole dancing builds and tone muscles quickly and efficiently. Without the redundancy of a gym routine, pole dancing constantly tests both sides of your muscles, achieving muscular and strength symmetry in the left and right sides of your body. The benefits of pole dancing aren’t limited to regular ol’ folk, either. Just look at what a former triathlete had to say about his pole training. 

 

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There ya go, fellas. Pole dancing is not only a ladies’ game. Why should they be the only people who retain the benefits of pole dancing? Grab a pole and work those core muscles!