VIDEO: Reporters try pole dancing for fitness

News Shopper: Reporter Vicki Foster gets to grips with pole dancing Reporter Vicki Foster gets to grips with pole dancing

Over the years pole dancing has twisted its way into dance studios and gyms, and it’s all been in the name of fun and fitness.

On October 14 I went along to Claire’s Pole Fitness in Charles Street, Greenhithe, to see just what the fuss was all about.

Pole dance instructor, Claire Linsdell, has been pole dancing for five years. She offers private tuition and has recently launched a pole dancing fitness class.

As I was driving to the class I started to get nervous. Oh dear, just WHAT have I got myself into.

Flinging myself around a pole all in the name of work was not something I had ever thought I would be doing.

As soon as I got to the class I met Claire and she explained a little bit of what I would be doing.

Floor work, filler moves, twists and spinning, it all made me even more nervous.

Straight away Claire started off by showing me some stretches and then it was my turn.

My first move was to hold onto the pole with my left hand and push my hips to the right. As soon as I did this I could feel the stretch in my side and I knew this class was going to be tough.

I then went onto spinning (quite badly) around the pole and learning some other basic moves.

Miss Linsdell said: “It tones all of your body and really improves upper body strength. It’s about getting fit in a fun way.”

The 24-year-old said she has taught women aged between 17 years old and 50 years old.

When I asked Claire about the seedy image pole dancing has, she said she doesn’t agree.

She said: “I have taught people of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are really shy but by the end of it their confidence has really boosted. I have seen a lot of people change.

“It is more like gymnastics on a pole. I have seen so many people achieve and get the moves.”

I was quite surprised at how much strength it took out of me. Holding my entire body on a pole was quite a challenge and much harder than it looks.

Although I was very aware I was spinning around a pole, I had a lot of fun and I didn’t stop laughing the whole time.

During my class I learnt various moves which included a barbarella, which is a basic pole spin.

I really enjoyed the class but I did pay the price, the next day I was aching and had some bruises. Oh well, I guess that means I did well!

If you like the sound of pole dancing fitness call Claire Linsdell on 077254 86083

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1:01pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Erastus says...

It seems that the Poles will do anything for a few extra quid.

I am sure this particularly large Pole did not object in the least as Vicki flung herself around him.

Let's face it, it beats washing vehicles in supermarket car parks or laying down patios.

Your Lord, Erastus Theobald Piggott

PS: Why wasn't he included in the photograph?
It seems that the Poles will do anything for a few extra quid. I am sure this particularly large Pole did not object in the least as Vicki flung herself around him. Let's face it, it beats washing vehicles in supermarket car parks or laying down patios. Your Lord, Erastus Theobald Piggott PS: Why wasn't he included in the photograph? Erastus

8:10pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Excalibur says...

Vicki, you appear a tad overdressed for this activity - I'm told that the ladies that participate in this type of rather bizzare activity usually have slightly less clothing on. Please dress more appropriately next time - all in the name of quality journalism, you understand!
Vicki, you appear a tad overdressed for this activity - I'm told that the ladies that participate in this type of rather bizzare activity usually have slightly less clothing on. Please dress more appropriately next time - all in the name of quality journalism, you understand! Excalibur

9:34pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Jon' O says...

Nice video & report.
Nice video & report. Jon' O

9:38pm Wed 15 Oct 08

Jon' O says...

Excalibur wrote:
Vicki, you appear a tad overdressed for this activity - I'm told that the ladies that participate in this type of rather bizzare activity usually have slightly less clothing on. Please dress more appropriately next time - all in the name of quality journalism, you understand!
Always has to be someone moaning.
Does it really matter what she wears?
[quote][p][bold]Excalibur[/bold] wrote: Vicki, you appear a tad overdressed for this activity - I'm told that the ladies that participate in this type of rather bizzare activity usually have slightly less clothing on. Please dress more appropriately next time - all in the name of quality journalism, you understand![/p][/quote]Always has to be someone moaning. Does it really matter what she wears? Jon' O

12:26pm Fri 17 Oct 08

Sunny Girl says...

Chilly jonny, Excalibur is adding humor and I thought his comment was very appropriate.

Vicky, red thong and tassles on your nips next time!!

Sunny x
Chilly jonny, Excalibur is adding humor and I thought his comment was very appropriate. Vicky, red thong and tassles on your nips next time!! Sunny x Sunny Girl
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