Pole Fitness: What is it?

When the phrase “pole fitness” is heard, many people think, “Come on, isn’t that just stripping around a pole?” What many people don’t realize is that pole fitness has evolved into an extremely challenging and rewarding sport. According to PoleMotion.com, “pole fitness is an extension of pole dancing that uses the pole to its maximum potential as a versatile piece of fitness equipment. It works the whole body, improving muscle tone, flexibility, coordination, posture as well as upper body and core strength.” 





Pole fitness has extended to classes across the country as well as at-home pole kits. Similar to many specific exercise regimens like soul cycle or pilates, Pole fitness has a close community that promotes the encouragement of other pole athletes. Multiple celebrities have ventured into the world of Pole Fitness. In 2014, an episode of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” documented Kim, Kylie, and Kris Jenner taking a pole fitness class. Singers Madonna and Shakira have exhibited their Pole moves during performances on stage. Comedian Nicole Byer, who has recently begun taking classes, shares her pole progress regularly on Instagram.




Many actors and actresses have also taken to the pole for movie and television roles. “Hustlers”, released on September 13, is a true story adaptation in which a group of dancers at a New York strip club hatch a plan to scam their wealthy clients. As the lead character of the movie, Jennifer Lopez trained extensively to perform on the pole. It was so physically demanding of a scene that Lopez and the movie crew treated it as a stunt. 




An article published online on Shape Magazine highlighted eight reasons you should try pole fitness, including the exercise benefits, female bonding, and the fun of a little risqué role playing. Every pole class is different. Classes may emphasize different aspects of Pole Fitness, but the benefits of Pole Fitness are always astounding. 


A New York based poler says, “I pole because words are not enough. Pole has provided an outlet to communicate my emotions further than words and has helped me heal. It has given me an escape from stress, heartbreak, and low self-esteem and has challenged me to focus on growing, bettering, and appreciating myself, even if it’s only a couple hours a day or a performance here and there. I never imagined I’d be flying upside down well into my 30s and beyond, after being a gymnast as a child/teen, and I am forever grateful to the art of pole for helping me continue my love of movement, build my strength, be apart of a special community, and give me the confidence to tell my truth.” You can find the content of her pole fitness on Instagram: @rockerstalker. 


Pole fitness is an extremely beneficial art form and exercise regimen that utilizes all muscle groups while creating a sense of community and bonding. Pole fitness has helped so many women and men feel empowered. If you still don’t believe it, try a class for yourself! 


New York Pole Fitness Centers:

Foxy Fitness and Pole Training Studios 

355 7th Ave #306, New York, NY 10001


Body and Pole 

115 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001


S Factor New York 

235 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011