A Fun and Total Body Workout for Summer

One of the fastest growing trends in the world of fitness, pole dance has been on the rise over the past few years with more people realising the benefits of the sport for fitness training; consequently driving pole fitness as a mainstream phenomenon.

There are numerous organizations geared towards regulating best practice, developing a syllabus and offering instructor qualifications; but not only has it become popular for fitness, it has become quite a progressive sport with dedicated pole competitions taking place worldwide and events such as The Arnold Classic (for the first time in South Africa in May 2016) adding it as a sport category to their line-up. For the first time in history pole fitness is even being considered as a category for the Olympics.

Incorporating elements of dance, acrobatics and gymnastics, pole fitness is one of the best ways to develop flexibility, coordination and balance, stamina and muscle definition. By having to control body movements, spins, turns and pivots you increase your coordination and balance, and at the same time work your arms, shoulders, upper and lower back, core, abdominals, obliques, glutes, quads, calves, ankles, wrists and forearms – a complete body workout.

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A large number of pole dance schools have popped up all over the country and you can now choose to learn pole from the comfort of your own home with a wide range of quality poles, gear and instructional DVDs on offer from experienced companies like X-Pole SA, the leader in pole and aerial fitness equipment in South Africa.

Emma Rose, Regional Director of X-Pole South Africa adds; “Pole fitness is catching on, not only because it’s such a great workout but because it’s fun and appeals to both men and women from all walks of life. There are some incredible pole athletes out there doing really inspiring things, including personalities from South Africa. All I can say is, watch this space!”

To find a pole dance studio near you or to invest in a pole of your own, visit www.x-pole.co.za.

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Date added: 10/20/2015