There’s never been a better time to explore new ways to keep fit and active.
Pole fitness offers a full-body workout and is an indoor activity that is great for winter. While the need for a pole way seem like an obvious hinderance, the complementary strength and flexibility training do not require any equipment.
And The Pole Project is now providing interested fitness fanatics with access to classes and on-demand tutorial videos for working out from home.
A rising trend
Pole dance has become more mainstream since it was first awarded Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Observer Status in 2017.
While it’s now considered an official sport and the community is growing, it’s still one of the lesser known forms of fitness.
The pole benefits
In terms of exercise, pole fitness improves fitness, tone, strength, coordination and balance, stamina and muscle definition.
It is the perfect union of athleticism and artistry, and with online classes and tutorials on offer by The Pole Project, it has never been easier to work on your fitness levels at home.
“During this time of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to keep ourselves active, and convenience is also a huge factor,” says Kathy Lee, owner of The Pole Project.
“Whether you want to join online group classes or use our on-demand tutorials at your leisure; what we’ve tried to do over the past few months is carry on engaging with our community and create value by continuing with instruction as best we can,” adds Lee.
Train at home
“We know that most people don’t have poles at home, so for our online classes and on-demand videos we’ve had to focus on complementary activities to continue building strength and fitness levels until such time as we can welcome members back to the studio”.
Accordingly, most online classes do not require equipment. These classes range from flexibility and bodyweight strength training to yoga, dance and floor work.
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You can join live or work from the recording later on. In addition, The Pole Project’s first series of on-demand videos includes handstand tutorials for beginners and intermediates, as well as shoulder strength and mobility exercises. There are more tutorial videos in the pipeline.
“As with any sport, you start as a beginner and work your way up to advanced at your own pace. Our oldest member is 61, but we also have a kids class called Fly Kids with students as young as 6. At this time, though, our online classes and on-demand videos are geared toward keeping those interested moving and engaged, and ultimately excited to get back to classes,” concludes Lee.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.