[Joey Payne | HuffPost]

As explained by X-Pole’s UK & EU Marketing Manager, Joey Payne

Rio 2016 is on and the nation is once again transfixed by sporting achievement. If you find yourself naturally drawn to the gymnastics, then pole fitness might be worth investigating: it’s also a full body workout that burns some serious calories.

You may have seen or heard of pole fitness in a number of different contexts: from man-pleasing pole dances, to have-a-go on a hen do, through to jaw-dropping feats of aerial acrobatics on TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent. Yet despite some forays into the mainstream, you might not think pole fitness is for you… Here’s why we think it’s worth a try.

A serious calorie-killer

Pole fitness is not the easy option. A beginner’s pole fitness class can burn more than 400 calories per hour – more than aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and walking – whilst advanced pole fitness burns 700 calories per hour – more than swimming, running, cycling and Zumba.

Despite its high calorie-burning potential, pole fitness remains somewhat misunderstood. In a recent survey conducted by pole fitness brand X-POLE, 75% of all respondents admitted to not knowing the difference between pole dance and pole fitness, and respondents in the 16-24 age group were one of the lowest awareness groups: surprising for the generation that generally tends to be early adopters of emerging new trends.

Alongside a lack of awareness, the other barriers to trying pole were being too old (48%) and feeling uncomfortable (37%). The reality is though there are women as old as 63 competing in pole and an increase in confidence is said to be one of the most attractive benefits of practicing pole.

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