There's no part of the gym experience that makes me feel sexy-not the damp, musty locker rooms, not the baggy shirts and track pants I work out in, and certainly not the sweat dripping down my forehead as I stumble through cardio kickboxing or huff and puff on the stair climber. But perhaps I'd feel differently if I put on sky-high stilettos and a push-up bra, sauntered past the standard gym equipment, and gyrated in front of a mirror for an hour instead. That's how many women are choosing to spend their gym time these days, forgoing sit-ups and interval running for increasingly popular pole dancing classes.
I've never taken one myself, since any sexy dancing I do in public (i.e., not alone in my bedroom, listening to Britney Spears' "Blackout") is brought on by one too many gin fizzes. But if you've ever watched someone work the pole, either in class or in the club, it's obvious just how much physical strength and cardiovascular endurance it requires. Even for the very shyRead More »from Get on the Pole: How Pole Dancing Benefits the Body and Mind