Addressing the Pole Fitness Stigma

Addressing the Pole Fitness Stigma
Even though pole fitness is gaining popularity around the world, it still has an image problem. To do pole fitness, you need bare skin to grip the pole, and the heels are your equipment.

 

4 months ago, pole fitness was assigned to me as my StrongFit homework. I never would have tried it otherwise... because it's very difficult to learn, I didn't want to look foolish, and I knew I would be judged because of the stigma attached to it.
 

Here's what happened next: Pole fitness forced me to face my weaknesses and insecurities. That's exactly why the old Sara would have quit after the first lesson. But that's why there is a new Sara. Because she didn't quit.

 

I've always been transparent with you: you've witnessed all my fitness adventures from day 1, even if it embarrasses me to show you how much I struggle. My intent is to inspire you to be an overcomer. I think you know me well enough to know that my intent is NOT to strip in night clubs.

 

Pole fitness has done wonders for my athleticism and confidence. I cannot believe I can do a push-pull press handstand and standing splits!

 

But my biggest win of all: Seeing and meeting women who wear the pole costumes without giving a crap about their body imperfections. That inspired me to stop obsessing over my imperfections ... it gave me the courage to whip off my track pants and rock the pole in my booty shorts. I don't feel trashy in the heels. I feel empowered because I know why I am wearing them. I'm part of the pole sisterhood now. These ladies are confident AF! They are lawyers, doctors & dentists.

 

Whenever I catch myself judging another woman, it's usually a sign that whatever she is doing is triggering something much deeper inside of me that makes me feel inadequate. #OwnYourBS

 

I watch professional pole dancers in awe: It's amazing! It's sexy! It's athletic! I respect the years of hard work it takes to get to that level.

 

This is your one and only chance at life. You can either sit it out or dance. It's up to you. But I'm gonna dance, on a pole, in booty shorts, in 8" heels. #IhopeYouDance

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Dr. Sara Solomon is the creator of the Fat Loss Fast System about Intermittent Fasting and Flexible Dieting. She has degrees from McGill University in dentistry (DMD) and physical therapy (B.Sc. PT). She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, ACE personal trainer, NASM fitness nutrition specialist, Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor, Certified Level 2 Buddy Lee Jump Rope Trainer and Ambassador, a Team Bodybuilding.com and BSN athlete, and a retired PRO Fitness Model. Her passion is teaching others how to fuel and move well.

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