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Published July 12th 2015
Build strength and tone up whilst dancing
In the last week I have participated in casual classes at both the Underwood and the Brisbane City Pole Gym venues and had a great time at both. It has now been 48 hours since I last clambered down off the pole and the muscles in my arms are in quite a bit of pain. So it is with slow moving fingers that I write about my two brilliant experiences.
Pole Mania at Underwood The first class I went to what was aptly named Pole Mania. In this fun, fast-paced class participants learn a new routine every couple of weeks. My friend and I arrived for the second half of an angsty Evanesces routine but didn't feel at all left out. In fact it was down right hilarious watching each other attempt to catch up. However, at no point did we feel embarrassed because the regular attendees were literally the kindest women I've ever met. The lovely lady directly opposite me gave kind reminders when I had the wrong limb wrapped around the pole and gave extra little tips about how to improve momentum in our pole tricks.
After the class I learnt that most of the attendees are undertaking courses (offered at a variety of levels) on different nights, and that by undertaking a course they are actually able to participate at any of the casual classes they like. This meant that most of the women, (and I say women because it was ladies of all ages) were friends, who supported each other through every twist, turn and trick.
As an added bonus when we went to pay we found out that the first session was free (usually $17). Talk about good customer service! I was convinced after this one class that I would most definitely be signing up for a beginners course in the near future, and my second session at the Brisbane City venue two days later only cemented this decision for me.
Pole Trick. Credit: The Pole Gym
Private Pole Party at Brisbane City The second class I visited was a Private Pole Party my Maid of Honour had organised at the beginning of my Hen's night adventure! My brilliant besty secretly organised the event, however with a bit of investigation (it is advertised clearly on the website) I discovered that these party costs upwards of $150, which is pretty brilliant if you divide the cost between all your girlfriends.
At the venue we were met with a bubbly instructor keen to teach us a new routine. She was even kind enough to wait for three hens stuck in traffic. She asked me to pick a song, which was the most stressful moment of the session, and after I finally made my mind up we jumped up to our poles and began a routine to Rihanna's very sexy song, Jump.
The class was a good mix of sexy moves and pole tricks, however, if I were to organise a class myself I would ask for a bigger focus on the pole moves because as awesome as it is shake your thing and learn how to dance, I would have loved to try a few more moves with my feet of the ground. However perhaps I only thought this because I had done a class two nights earlier; as I looked around the room there were definitely some girls who were happy with the few we learnt.
At the end of the class we felt exhausted, sweaty and a little sore. Be prepared to walk away with a bruises and bumps (totally worth it by the way) as you will without a doubt hit the wrong body part against the hard pole at some point in the hour long session. Luckily our instructor regularly wandered around the flailing body parts and gave individualised help and instruction to ensure as many of us as possible mastered the correct moves.
The class ended with a quick demonstration of what our instructor was capable of and seeing her high up in the air, twisting and turning between two poles, absolutely blew my mind. I cannot wait to start my own pole journey during the next six week term.