Kelly Yvonne: It combines the best parts of an effective workout regime into one activity: weight training and cardio fitness. Phoenix Kazree: First of all, pole is fun. The only way to be successful in any exercise program is if you enjoy it. That is the only way to be consistent. It doesn’t matter how good any exercise is for you. If you don’t continue to do it. MN: What are the benefits?
KY: The weight training challenges your muscles to develop in a variety of ways. Over time, this developed strength provides opportunities to execute more difficult movement and this process is repeated over the course of your pole fitness training. Similarly, the cardio fitness component of the exercise allows your body to burn calories and fat. The combined result of pole fitness is weight loss and a toned physique. PZ: Pole builds strength, stamina, and flexibility. Those are only the physical benefits. Many polers, including myself, find it therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul. MN: Do you think there is still a misconception about pole dancing?
KY: I think there is still a misconception because it is so closely associated with unapologetic displays of female sexuality. Sexuality is not something that is explored in the public or academic arena on the same level that technology, science, entertainment and other subjects are. In addition, female sexuality is often viewed as taboo. As a result, the same misconceptions are still attached to pole dancing despite the fitness, artistic and entertainment avenues it explores. PZ: However, I do think more people are beginning to understand that there can be athleticism and artistry involved. But, there are still polers who keep it secret from their spouses, friends, family, and coworkers.