For those looking to start adding pole fitness into their lives, taking the first step may seem like a daunting task. There are so many things to consider! Am I too old to start pole fitness? Am I too big? What if I don’t feel sexy? Should I take a pole fitness class or course at a studio? Or should I invest in a dance pole and learn pole fitness on my own? What about doing both? What will people think? What if I’m not strong enough for pole fitness? The questions can be overwhelming! This shouldn’t stop you from taking your first step. Come join our introduction class every Saturday at 12:30 to see if Pole Fitness is for you.

I have no strength, can I still do Pole Dancing?

Many of the people who come into a pole dancing class for the first time are not strong! Pole dancing is fantastic for building strength in your whole, so you will become stronger with practice. The more you practice, the faster you will gain strength. Many students come to their first lesson thinking they have weak arms. In your first lesson you’ll be given some basic strengthening exercises to help with this, but the best thing you can do to improve your upper body strength is Pole Dancing for Fitness! Just by trying the moves, you’ll be training those muscles up – you’ll notice an improvement in just a matter of weeks!

Is Pole Fitness suitable for me?

Pole Fitness is beneficial for everyone regardless of age, sex, or weight. Your instructor will teach you the basic principles of the exercises and coach you thoroughly and enthusiastically through every new technique. Whether you’re a beginner or have a fitness background, you can make it as easy or as challenging as you like.

Do I need any previous dance or fitness training?

No, you don’t need any previous dance or fitness training. You’ll build skills as you grow and learn.

What should I wear to the classes at PDCT?

Normal workout wear is fine, a tank top and above knee length shorts is recommended. Note you will be gripping the pole with your inner thighs, so it’s best to wear what’s comfortable while allowing your skin to be in direct contact with the pole to prevent slippage.

What are the benefits of Pole Fitness?

Practicing Pole Fitness has both physical and mental benefits. You will develop more endurance, muscle tone, and flexibility, as well as improving your self-esteem and body. Unlike other tedious workouts, all the variations in dance and pole techniques + social elements in the classes will keep you interested and motivated. Pole Fitness may be challenging, but before you know it you’ll posses skills you never thought you could have. And all of this whilst having fun!

Will my age affect my ability to participate in a Pole Fitness class?

You are never too old to exercise, nor for Pole Fitness! During the classes every participant encounters a training at his or her own level. During the classes people of all ages train together, and encourage each other. Written permission is required for persons under 18 years.

Is Pole Fitness injury provoking?

Whilst it is possible to injure yourself within any sport (or just existing as a human), at Pole Dance Cape Town we try to minimize the possibility of injury by applying a carefully balanced program. At the basic level of Pole Fitness training, the muscles are only lightly strained. This way muscle strength is built gradually and coordination will improve. After the basic level is properly covered, techniques that require more strength and experience will be introduced.

Will Pole Fitness give me masculine arms and/or upper-body?

No, definitely not. Pole Fitness is an extremely good workout to tone and strengthen the arms. Your arms may get stronger, but it won’t turn you into a body builder!

How much work goes into strengthening your core?

This normally depends on the individual as each person’s body is made up differently. Some girls need to work a little bit harder to strengthen their core than others. In each class the instructor will focus on strengthening your core, upper body and lower body to ensure a full body work out.

What does it take to become a dancer?

Passion and love for the sport. And yes, it is a sport  Anybody can become a pole dancer, but to become great at it – just like with any other sport – it takes passion, love and commitment.

For a person who doesn’t do pole dancing full time, what are the challenges to look out for?

In the beginning the different kind of grips and holds used for different spins and tricks will be a bit difficult and all of a sudden you don’t know your left from your right. Luckily you get used to it very quickly. On the pole you use different muscles than you do going to gym, for instance. Even the strongest fittest person will find pole dancing challenging as you use your own body weight as resistance.

How does dancing affect you – emotionally and physically

Physically your body will burn fat, tone up and build lean muscle. The spins and tricks executed on the pole uses the whole body using your own body weight as resistance.

Emotionally: As soon as you enter the class the stress of the day will leave you. There is nothing more exhilarating than landing that specific spin or trick that has been your nemesis for a long time. You find yourself again in the studio. A lot of girls come to class because they have lost who they are due to life’s challenges and in pole class it’s just you and your pole, nobody judging you, nobody expecting anything from you except to have fun and let loose!

What should dancers be aware of when going into pole dancing

It’s not as easy as it looks, but your instructor will get you there 🙂

What are the other things, besides dancing, that can derive from pole dancing?

Strength, flexibility, confidence, health will improve, friendships with like-minded people