There’s just something so sexy and mesmerising about pole dance . . . Unfortunately, because of those vulgar associations with stripping and such, we become a little ashamed to admit this, let alone give it a whirl 😉 . It stops seeming sexy and flips on over to slutty. Well, that’s unfair because there is so much more to pole dancing than what little we know or see in music videos. The stripping/exotic dance is just one part of it. There is pole dance art and then there is pole dance fitness, which is what my girl Marjolein Blokland, a fitness and Muay Thai instructor, does.
Mar started teaching pole dance fitness about 2 years ago. Wanting to provide an alternative form of exercise that is both fun and effective, challenging and enriching in more than just physical ways, she found pole dance fitness. She herself is an autodidact in this, and is always learning new techniques and tricks to teach her clients. I’ve watched Mar grow this from a musing into a popular fitness pursuit for quite a few women and even some men. You can always tell how liberated and exhilarated the person on the pole feels when you watch them perform/practice. Some empowerment is evident. Pole dance fitness is all about grace, strength and sensuality. Some even claim to find a mental/emotional healing.
Most people who’ve tried it confess pole dance fitness gives them a confidence boost and makes them feel beautiful both inside and out. Why? Because it becomes about so much more than what the body looks like: what it can do. Mar herself says she loves it for the way it has improved her strength, confidence and flexibility and has helped her in “overcoming a lot of mental blocks and fears by challenging my body through the spins and lifts.” What a va va voom way to keep fit and fab!
Give it a go just for funsies, are looking for a new hobby or want to build your control, strength, flexibility and confidence in a creative and fun way. Mar’s studio is at The Colosseum Gym in Adams Arcade, Nairobi. At the very least, you will have tried something new. Enjoy!