Have you considered taking up pole dancing as a hobby? Just like with any new activity, you may have a few assumptions about pole. I know I did. So I decided it’s time to clear things up. If you’re contemplating finding a studio, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, don’t worry. Here are a few things to think about if you’re new to pole dancing.

You will bruise

Oh, people… If you think pole dancing is simply a fun exercise that will lead to some fun in the bedroom, you’re wrong. Pole dancing, hoop and other aerial exercises, involve a lot of skin hardening. For the first few months, you will likely find yourself covered in bruises. My foot used to grow a massive bruise on the top, which would swell up further just when I thought it was gone! It’s not pretty, but it’s so utterly worth it once you overcome that phase. Though you may still bruise from time to time as you advance, it’s not as often and it’s not usually as severe.


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You don’t need upper arm strength

If I had a quid for each time someone said to me, “I would give it a go, but I have no upper arm strength,” I’d be a very rich woman. Ladies, gentlemen, non-binaries and everyone in-between, you don’t need upper arm strength, you will gain it by training!

I don’t know where this rumour started, but I never once thought this when I started pole. I never really thought anything if I’m honest. But where did this stem from? If anything, your legs get worked more than your arms (in my opinion anyway). So, take your “weak” arms to the studio and let the instructor show you what you’re truly made of!


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It’s not just for stripping

Okay, hold on before you get the wrong idea. Pole dancing can be a part of stripping. But stripping can be done without the pole. At the same time, pole dancing can be done without stripping. They go hand-in-hand, and they go separately. It’s really up to you what you do with it. Here are just types of pole dancing you can pursue:

  • Stripping (duh)
  • Contemporary
  • Street
  • Chinese acrobatic pole
  • Pole for sport and fitness

Taking too much time off will bite you in the butt

If you think it’s something you can pick up casually and do whenever you please, you’ll regret even starting. Pole dancing, like working out at the gym, requires effort. The second you take time off, you will need to play catchup when you return. After I graduated uni, I couldn’t afford classes, so I was going through phases of training. As a result, I never really progressed. I’ve only just got myself into a strict routine and the difference is already showing. I understand that life gets in the way, and that’s fine, but it’s just something to be aware of.


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It’s an expensive hobby

I never truly realised this at first. During my uni days, it was £30 for ten classes. Now, I’m paying around £7 a class, which is still a lot cheaper than some other studios. And that’s only one thing to pay for. Dry hands/iTac, knee pads, clothing, and even a pole for home training make the numbers add up. I pay around £56 a month for pole and hoop, and then I pay for a gym membership on top of that just so I can keep my strength up!

You will develop a shoe addiction

Those “stripper” shoes you see on TV? Yeah, we’re obsessed with them. Pleasers are… Perfection. They cost an arm and a leg, but you’ll find yourself too dedicated to the brand to shop elsewhere. If you asked me to KonMarie my Pleaser collection, nothing would be reduced. Each pair you buy has a special place in your heart and are always worth saving up for!

You will make amazing friends

I am so grateful for pole dancing. If it weren’t for pole, I wouldn’t have the friends that I do today. When I started university, I wasn’t good at making new friends. I didn’t adapt well and my first year was a struggle. I did make a few through my course, but I didn’t feel as connected to them as I did to the girls I met at pole. Six years later, they’ve become my family. I can’t imagine what my life would be like had I not braved my first class.

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  1. Allvery good insights! Can speak for the bruising too like wow i bruised in places i didnt know possible when i did it! Also, chinese acrobatic pole? Sounds interesting! Great post babe x

    • Lacey

      Thank you so much! I don’t know a lot about Chinese pole. It is actually quite different and would probably require some different training, but I have seen a performer do it and it was INSANE!

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