7 Things You Didn’t Know About Vertical Fitness
Some call it vertical fitness. Others say pole dancing. This sexy, full-body workout is gaining momentum for its liberating and strengthening returns. Here’s why you should slip into some heels and give it a go!
1. You’ll Build Confidence
Pole fitness is a form of self-expression. Taking the sport out of the club and into the gym has transformed the scene into a feminist act of sorts, a time to reclaim your body and let go. Experts also say it’s emotionally and sexually therapeutic, creating body awareness and boosting self confidence.
2. You Will be Sore
This bodyweight workout calls on upper body strength, pushing your arms, shoulders and abs to their limits and toning your entire body. As you learn the art of pole fitness and master more and more tricks, you’ll build up a sweat quickly, torching calories and getting a beautiful strength and endurance workout.
3. Your Brain Will Thank You
Vertical fitness not only works your entire body, it improves your emotional health. You’ll burn off stress-fueled adrenaline and naturally produce euphoric endorphins. Your mind will feel calm, clear and happy after a workout.
4. You’ll Target Hard-to-Tone Areas
Spinning, twirling and inverting on a metal pole calls on muscles that you don’t even think about in a typical weight room setting. A few vertical fitness classes in and you’ll start to notice toning around the backs of your arms, lower abdominals and even that squishy part where your bottom meets your thighs. Another huge perk: Stronger back muscles. This means better posture, fewer overall injuries and a healthy spine.
5. It Counts as Cardio
Pole dancing routines are equivalent to anaerobic cardio bursts. Give it your best and you’ll be sure to hit that target heart rate while challenging all major muscle groups. Like any form of dance, you’re engaged and moving, blood is flowing and your heart is pumping.
6. There’s No Judgment
Come as you are, accept your body and those around you and just have a good time. You’ll forget you’re even exercising! Pole fitness is all about embracing empowerment and releasing any preconceived notions.
7. You’ll Make Friends
There’s a natural camaraderie that shows up around the pole. Laugh together, learn together and progress together. That feeling of accomplishment is what bonds are built upon.
Studio B offers all levels of Vertical Fit Classes, from introductory fun and flirty fundamentals to handsprings and inverting to exotic Russian-inspired classes. Be sure to sign up in advance. Knee pads are recommended.
By Lisa Blake
Lisa is a Summit County-based freelance writer who enjoys writing about health, wellness, dining and skiing. Find her work in Breckenridge Magazine, The Purist, 5280.com and at lisablakecreative.com.