Are You Full Bodied and Wondering About Pole Fitness?
So this section of the website is dedicated to those women who are full-bodied! Plus size women often wonder if pole fitness or pole dancing is a sport that is viable for them. This is the place where you will get all the answers to make an informed decision about whether this is for you or not.
Many people think that pole dancing for fitness is only for light and skinny men and women. There are so many people doing pole fitness who are overweight. There are just some guidelines to follow to ensure safety. I will point them out in this article as best I can.
Pole dancing for fitness is a great way to slim down, build confidence and improve flexibility. Over the years I have been asked many times by friends, family, and acquaintances whether pole fitness and dancing for heavier women is safe to do and if it will be worth the try.
The short answer is YES, it is most definitely worth it. The following is a breakdown of what you need to know in terms of equipment, exercises, and clothing in order to stay safe, feel comfortable and have some peace of mind that you won’t break your face in the process.
The Right Dance Pole For You
The first and most important rule when buying a proper dance pole is to not skimp on the pole quality! You will regret it as soon as you start using the pole. I have made this mistake in the past, and it doesn’t help going for the cheapest option. Get a good quality pole from a reputable brand like X-Pole and forget about cheap alternatives.
The most common type of pole to buy is a portable pole that can be moved around. The reason most people buy this kind of pole is that they believe that a permanently installed pole will be difficult to remove and may cause damage. The opposite is true.
Permanent poles are easier to remove than what you think and they cause less damage as they are securely anchored to beams in the ceiling. The problem with a portable pole for heavier bodies is that they can take less strain that permanently installed ones.
Pole manufacturers usually have an indication of the weight that a removable pole can hold. Often this number is 350 – 400+ lbs. This number should be taken with a grain of salt, and here’s why.
The weight indication often does not make provision for swinging or spinning from the pole. The indication is derived from the vertical force applied to the pole, so you need to be very careful with it.
Bearing this in mind, the obvious and safest choice would be to get a permanent pole that can accommodate a bit more weight and strain. X-Pole has some awesome selections available for permanent dance poles.
You will need to get permanent mounts to securely install your pole. You can get them from X-Pole as well, if you are unsure how to install your pole properly, there is help at hand! Here is an informative video to explain how to safely install your dance pole.
Which Pole Exercises To Make Use Of
A lot of online pole dancing lessons and courses don’t offer simplistic moves taught in a way that everybody type can learn and get used to at their own pace. I believe that Amber Starr’s Pole Dancing Course is the best at the moment. It is great for beginners and experts alike, the course get’s updated regularly and best of all you get a free One year 1-on-1 coaching package.
This is awesome because Amber can help you with the moves you struggle with and give you advice as to which routines are the best for your level and body type.
If you want to read more detail about my recommended online home pole dancing courses, you can click this link. I give a brief explanation of each and provide some more details.
Plus sized women often struggle to find comfortable and well fitting clothing for any occasion. This is even more so when looking for large sizes of workout or pole dancing clothing. Here are some good options I have found on Amazon.
Some women may get discouraged to even try a sport like pole dancing because of their weight or body type. The stigma that pole fitness is only viable for skinny girls needs to be chucked out of the window! Pole fitness is my favorite exercise to build my confidence, slim down, increase flexibility and just have FUN!
It is available to everyone, but certain precautions must be taken to ensure safety and peace of mind. To recap, pick a high-quality pole, consider permanently fixing the pole in place, subscribe to an online pole dance course in order to learn and challenge yourself, and pick some comfortable clothes! That’s it! Nothing to it at all…
If you are a complete beginner, it might be worth your while to read my article about online pole dancing lessons, it will outline where to start. Once you have read that, you would want to dive a little deeper into the essential pole dancing equipment necessary.
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